GBCA Green Building Voice
Jun 2014 issue

Our goal is sustainable places for everyone, because we believe everyone should have the opportunity to learn in a green school, work in a green office, or live in a green home. But how do we get there?

We’re changing the world. Come with us
Partner with the GBCA and help create a more sustainable Australia. Membership renewals are due by 30 June 2014. Renew or join today.

Take action this World Green Building Week
World Green Building Week 2014 will be celebrated from 22 - 27 September and this we want you to ‘Get Up, Green Up’. What will you do?

Planning a trip? Stay sustainably
There’s more to sustainability in the hotel industry than using fewer sheets and towels. Next time you check-in, choose quality AND sustainability.
Read more in Sourceable.

Nanotechnology, trojan horses and beyond
Can’t get enough of the latest gadgets? Read the review of our Innovation Series - Sustainable Products and Materials in Architecture & Design.

Ready for a challenge?
Thanks to industry feedback, there are four new Innovation Challenges to push project teams to think outside the box. Find out what’s new.

The new Green Star – Communities
Thinking about a Green Star – Communities project? PILOT version 0.1 is now ready for use.  View the summary of changes document to find out what’s changed.

The Green Star  Design & As Built consultation period closes on 31 July
Make sure you have your say on the draft credits and scoping paper before it is too late. 

Sustainable buildings that stand the test of time 
World-leadership Green Star buildings connect people and place, leaving a powerful legacy for future generations, says Lend Lease's Group Head of Sustainability, Geoff Dutaillis. Read more.

Jorge is the Executive Director Green Star and is responsible for delivering the next generation of Green Star rating tools, including the new Green Star – Design & As Built. With a background in ESD consulting, product assessment and architecture, Jorge has wealth of experience in sustainability and the built environment. Speak to Jorge today about Australia’s built environment.

Case Studies

Crowdsourcing solutions to climate change
The World Green Building Council has teamed up with MIT Climate CoLab to drive demand for green buildings and reduce the impact of the built environment. The winning idea will win $10,000.  Find out more.

Better Buildings Bondi Junction

GBCA is partnering with Waverley Council to deliver Better Buildings Bondi Junction – an initiative to improve the energy, water and waste efficiency of buildings in this well-known Sydney spot.  Find out more.


GBCA Courses

Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Wed 25 June, Sydney
Tue 26 August, Perth
Wed 27 August, Brisbane
Thu 28 August, Melbourne

Green Star  Communities Foundation Course
Tue 5 August, Sydney
Thu 14 August, Melbourne

Green Star — Communities: Climate Adaptation and Resilience Master Class
Tue 24 June, Sydney
Wed 25 June, Melbourne

Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Tue 12 August, Melbourne  

GBCA Events
Leading Green Women
Tue 24 June, Perth  
Meet the Stars Caloundra South
Thu 26 June, Brisbane  
Site Tour: RMIT Swanston Academic Building
Thu 26 June, Melbourne  
Site Tour: Frank Fenner Building
Wed 16 July, Canberra  
Site Tour: La Trobe University Institute of Molecular Science
Thu 17 July, Bundoora  


"Vertilux proudly reduces impact on the environment by making better blinds - and making them from better materials. Our Greenvision™ fabrics are PVC-free, low-VOC and third-party assessed. And every process in our factory is governed by our 'waste not, want not' factory principles."

Paula Dawes FDIA (Hon)
National Marketing Manager

Australian Awards for Urban Design –  Monday 14 July

BEMP 2014: Productivity by Design –  Tuesday  15 July

UNAA Sustainability Leadership series –  Tuesday 24 June

52nd Australian Export Awards –  applications open

Green Globe Awards now open 
Drum roll please…..nominations for the 15th annual Green Globe Awards are open and this year there’s a new category for the built environment. Find out more.


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