GBCA Green Building Voice
Apr 2014 issue
Romilly Madew article

Have you ever stopped to think if something is cheap, why is it cheap? GBCA, CEO Romilly Madew discusses the value of sustainability. Read on.

The Green Building Day 2014 program has landed
How do you become the most sustainable company in the world? Find out in ‘Tips from the Top’ at Green Building Day 2014. Book your tickets.

Productivity and performance
Can we create buildings that are good for people and the environment? GBCA CEO Romilly Madew discusses this question in the latest edition of Arup’s @4 quarterly review. Read it here.  

Health, wellbeing and productivity webinar
The World Green Building Council is hosting a consultation webinar on health, wellbeing and productivity in Office Buildings.  Register here.

Game changing technology
Every now and then, an idea or technology transforms our world forever. Find out how big data is creating big change in the built environment.
Read it in Sourceable.

Leading Green Women

Life Cycle Assessment and Green Star
The feedback is in. Find out how the industry responded to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Green Star Discussion Paper 2. The updated LCA credits will be released on 28 April as an integral element of Green Star – Design & As Built.  Read the Stakeholder Feedback Report.

First Green Star hotel on the horizon
The Abode Woden hotel is an inspiring example of how older buildings can be updated into modern, sustainable spaces and it’s on track to be the first Green Star hotel. Find out more.

Design & As Built – open for comment
We are now calling for feedback on the Green Star – Design & As Built Scoping Paper which sets out the objectives and scope of this new rating tool.
Have your say.

NAB Green Star

How to market your Green Star certification  
So you have a Green Star certification – now what? Find out how you can showcase your certification and what other projects are doing to stand out.
Contact the GBCA Marketing team.

Katy Dean image
Katy is the GBCA Advocacy Manager and together with her team she encourages government to demonstrate leadership and support industry to transform the built environment. The Advocacy team engages with all levels of government and makes submissions on a range of issues relating to sustainable buildings and communities and they would love to hear about what’s important to you. Contact Katy today.

Case Studies

ANZ case study

ANZ Headquarters, Melbourne

In July 2012 the ANZ Headquarters in Melbourne became the largest single-tenanted 6 Star Green Star rated office fitout in the country, and only the second building in Australia to achieve the 6 Star Green Star certification ‘trifecta’ of Design, As Built and Interiors ratings. Find out more.

Beijing Building Park Centre

Beijing Green Building Park Centre

The dragon-inspired visitor centre, designed for the Beijing Green Building Park in China, has been awarded a BREEAM Outstanding design certificate. The building scored 100% in the Energy, Water and Waste categories and will be a future knowledge hub for exchanging green building ideas. Find out more.

City Energy Project

The City Energy Project is an initiative to cut energy waste in large buildings and make American cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. The 10 pioneering cities involved in the City Energy Project will boost their local economies, reduce pollution, and their leadership will help shape next-generation energy efficiency strategies for communities nationwide.
Find out more. 

GBCA Supported Event

99 Elizabeth Street

4 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3 / NSW

Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education

4 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 / NT

Brisbane City Hall Restoration

4 Star Green Star – Public Building Design PILOT / QLD


5 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3 / NSW

Building A, 5 Talavera Road

4 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 / NSW

Green Building Day

GBCA Courses

Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Tue 13 May, Perth
Wed 4 June, Brisbane
Wed 11 June, Adelaide
Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Thu 1 May, Sydney 
Thu 15 May, Melbourne
Thu 5 June, Adelaide

Green Star - Communities Foundation Course
Wed 30 Apr, Melbourne
Wed 7 May, Adelaide
Tues 13 May, Canberra

Green Star Certification Workshop
Tue 29 Apr, Brisbane
Tue 13 May, Adelaide
Thu 22 May, Perth


GBCA Events

Breakfast with the Board
Wed 30 Apr, Sydney  
Innovation Series: Sustainable Products and Materials
Thu 1 May, Sydney  
Leading Green Women
Thu 8 May, Perth
Wed 28 May, Melbourne
Tue 17 June, Sydney
Green Building Day - Sydney
Tue 27 May, Sydney  
Green Building Day - Melbourne
Fri 30 May, Melbourne  


Australian Technologies Competition - entries close
6th May

WorldGBC Asia Pacific Regional Network Meeting
7-9 May, Jakarta

Ideaction 2014
18-21 May, Sydney

Australia Award for Urban Design - entries close 28 May

Community Energy Congress - 16 & 17 June, Canberra

Retrofit finance
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is providing up to $100 million of debt finance for retrofits to commercial properties to help reinvigorate Australia's ageing building stock and improve energy efficiency.
Find out more.

Built Environment Meets Parliament 2014
Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is the annual conversation between parliamentarians and industry leaders to showcase the relationship between Australian communities and their built environment. Find out more.


"As a national architectural design practice, Lyons embeds sustainability leadership into each of our projects, and Green Star is a key way for us to benchmark this leadership. We have designed ten certified projects and have another three under assessment, using the Public Building, Education and Office rating tools. These tools provide our clients with a certainty that their design ‘rates’ against empirical national benchmarks, and boosts their branding within their specific market."

Carey Lyon



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