GBCA Green Building Voice
Mar 2010 issue

GBCA courses

Melbourne Courses

GSAP - 22 March
GSAP - 19 April

Certification Workshop - 8 April
Certification Workshop - 10 June

Office Interiors - 13 April



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GBCA events

Victorian Member Evening
melbourne member evening
Melbourne // 18 March




Event promo




Industry events

AIRAH workshops on BCA Section J (energy efficiency) amendments, March & April

ARBS 2010 Exhibition, Sydney 12-14 April

Asia Eco Green Building Congress, 12-14 May

Developing Human Capital for Sustainable Economies, Germany 27-28 May

Israel GBC co hosting green building convention in Tel Aviv Nov 2010 - email exhibitor expressions of interest




Green Star Communities

Green Star Communities

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New members

Active Utilities
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Civil Global Services
Confluence Project Management
DBI Design
Doma Group
Doma Trustee
Edge Project Management
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Flagship Property Holdings
Gomango Architects
GSM Projects
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Green thinking

by Romilly Madew, CEO Green Building Council Australia

Romilly Madew Green Cities

If there was one message to be taken from Green Cities 2010, held in Melbourne recently, it was "act now".

The conference confirmed how far our industry has travelled in such a short time.

Since Green Cities 2009, the conversation has shifted from how we green our individual buildings to how we should shape our precincts, our communities and our cities.

The outcomes and announcements from the conference reflect the sense of collaboration within and passion for the green building industry.

Read more from Green Cities 2010.


GBCA news

Building a more compatible approach to rating tools
A new agreement between Green Star and NABERS will deliver a more consistent and compatible approach to building rating.

New framework to guide sustainable cities
The GBCA has released a new national framework for sustainable communities at the opening of the Green Cities 2010 conference.

Steel credit revision to drive best practice steel production
The GBCA has released the draft of a revised Green Star 'Steel' credit which aims to drive best practice steel production and fabrication.

GBCA CPD Program launched at Green Cities
To meet the future and growing needs of the Green Star Accredited Professional, the GBCA has launched a CPD program. You can read about the program on the GBCA website, and a full communication campaign will be launched soon outlining details of the program.

Hard hats are going green
Australia's one million traditionally blue collar construction workers are turning green as the building industry drives a predicted boom in green collar jobs over the next 20 years.

Q&A with Malcolm Smith
Malcolm Smith, Director of Integrated Urbanism, ARUP UK, shares his vision for green cities with GBCA.

GBCA commits to renewable energy
The GBCA is pleased to announce we will now be using 50% Green Power and 50% Gold Power in its Greenhouse in Sydney.


GBCA case study


Wangaratta High School in north-eastern Victoria was awarded a 4 Star Green Star - Education PILOT rating in August 2009 for Stage One in its three part redevelopment plan, becoming the first Green Star certified school in Australia. Utilising environmentally sustainable design (ESD) principles, the Taylor Oppenheim/Meinhardt Group project team aimed to reduce the new senior school's negative impact on the environment, while at the same time, providing students and teachers with a healthier, more productive space.

Read the full case study.


GBCA advocacy

The biggest shake-up in Canberra in recent weeks has been as a result of the home insulation scheme, with the result that Penny Wong became the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, and Greg Combet became the Minister for Energy Efficiency. A dedicated Minister for Energy Efficiency should result in an even greater focus on the importance of greening our buildings.

Read about what this means for GBCA and green building.


Industry news


ASBEC discussion paper Cities for the future, a report on transport related GHG emissions and the built environment

Report State of Australian Cities 2010 launched 5 March

AE Smith draws on pedal power to highlight energy efficiency challenges

Wanwu Eco-Country directory encourages green investment and exports between Australia and China

The Fifth Estate Sustainable property: investor appetite is on the rise

Advanced Environmental is now Built Ecology

A new life cycle assessment tool being developed is set to raise the sustainability bar for building materials

United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards 2010 - call for nominations

Australia Award for Urban Design 2010 - call for nominations

SA Building Innovation Fund applications close 12 March



New WorldGBC CEO, Jane Henley from NZGBC

Christchurch civic building achieves 6 Stars, highest ever for a NZ office building

President, CEO and Founding Chairman of USGBC, Rick Fedrizzi presents at World Economic Forum

UK-GBC launches Green Building Manifesto

US body predicts green building trends for 2010


International project highlight

International project

New Zealand’s first 6 Green Star - Office Design certified rating has been achieved by Samson Corporation for the Geyser building in Auckland.

Geysers' floor plates are divided into five individual sub-buildings set around a system of atriums with pedestrian linkages. This maximises natural daylight penetration into, and exterior views out from, the majority of the spaces. Each 'sub-building' is wrapped in a dynamic 3-dimensional semi-reflective white twin walled facade. This technology creates natural heating and cooling ventilation by way of thermal currents rising up through the void spaces between the two walls.

It naturally heats each building by trapping warm air between the two walls in the winter, significantly minimising heat losses overnight and 'pre-warming' outside air during the day. In the hottest months the entire outer skin opens electronically to fully ventilate the cavity by creating cross convection currents from the cooler Southern elevations of the buildings.

Read more about the project.


Member of the month

Viridis e3

Viridis E3 specialises in the delivery of cost-effective environmentally sustainable development and property consultancy services for a broad range of public and private sector clients.

In-house services expand across the whole lifecycle of a project or a property development. This includes strategic environmental and policy advice, scoping and technical project and environmental services from design through construction as well as long term environmental asset life cycle enhancement. This is complemented by their industry and business training and corporate change management services.

Viridis E3 has been a member of the GBCA since 2007.

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