GBCA Green Building Voice
Oct 2010 issue

GBCA courses

foundation course

Green Star Foundation Course
2 November, Sydney
16 November, Canberra

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
10 November, Sydney

Green Star Office Interiors
17 November, Sydney


Earn CPD points

Technical Manual advertising

Technical Manual Education Ad


GBCA events

Redfern Housing Site Tour,
8 November

Redfern Site Tour

Meet the Stars - Pixel Building,
19 November

Pixel Building Event


Winner of GreenBuild Contest

Industry events

2010 CIBSE Soft Landings Seminar, Australia and New Zealand, 1-23 Nov

future proofing

city and urban

Achieving the Green Dream Conference, Melb, 16-17 Nov

Queensland Heritage Council and Sustainability Forum, Brisbane, 18 Nov

Sustainable Heritage Seminar, Brisbane, 18 Nov

EEC National Conference, Sydney, 2 Dec


Corporate partner


New members

AEC Systems
Broderick Architects
Davro Interiors
Elton Consulting
Equilibrium Air Conditioning (NSW) Pty Limited
Green Resources Material Australia Pty Ltd
GS Materials Pty Ltd
Leffler Simes Architects
Tony Caro Architecture

Recently certified Green Star projects

4 Star Green Star - Office Design v3, 20 Bond Street Sydney, NSW

4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2, Women's Health Services, WA

5 Star Green Star -
Office As Built v2, Project First -DOHA (Sirius), ACT

4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2, Waterloo Junction - Stage 1A, QLD

4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2, Central Land Council, NT

4 Star Green Star-Office Design v2, 91-99 Railway Rd Blackburn, VIC






Panelwall advertisement

GBCA 2015 Vision – Rate, Educate, Advocate

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

GBCA Vision This decade brings many opportunities and challenges for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), our industry and our nation.  Our 2010-2015 strategic plan outlines the steps that we aim to take during the next five years to realise our vision for Australia’s buildings, communities and cities.

In five years time, the GBCA is determined to be operating in a transformed market, where Green Star is a single rating tool that sets the standards for the development not only of single buildings, but entire communities.  More



GBCA news

Community centres, law courts and libraries get ready for a Green Star makeover
The GBCA has released a pilot rating tool to support public buildings.

New Green Star material calculators drive best practice in green building industry
The GBCA has released its new, simplified material calculators, which are referred to as 'Material Calculators 2.0'.

Green Star: Building a green education revolution
A new resource developed by the GBCA outlines the benefits and practical experience of green schools.

Green stars for Canberra communities
"Canberra is a city in transition. The plans of the past are no longer appropriate for a city facing a future of climate change, rising traffic congestion, declining housing affordability, escalating obesity and worsening standards of living," wrote Romilly Madew in an opinion piece published in the Canberra Times recently.

Become a Supporter

New Industry Engagement team
New industry engagement representatives, Toufik Refki and Tanya Parker, have been appointed to work closely with members and accelerate green building around the country.

Leighton Properties continues major sponsorship of GBCA
Leighton Properties has signed up as major corporate sponsor for the fourth year in a row.

Australian and Indian green building councils to targetcarbon offset market
A groundbreaking project could give Australian companies an edge in the rapidly growing Indian construction market.

Technical Assurance Committee to meet 7 December 2010
The GBCA’s Technical Assurance Committee (TAC) considers and responds to stakeholder concerns regarding the development or operation of the Green Star rating system.  The next meeting of the TAC will be held on Tuesday 7 December.  We welcome submissions to the TAC, which have been extended until Friday 5 November. 

GBCA announcements

Register your interest to participate in the testing of the recently launched Green Star – Public Building PILOT Rating Tool (open to building projects such as community centres, law courts, libraries, museums etc). A limited number of projects will be selected. The expression of interest period will close on 26 November 2010 and successful applicants will be notified before 10 December 2010.

AGM: GBCA will hold its AGM at the GBCA’s offices at 2pm on 29 November 2010. The AGM will include the election of directors following the recent nominations process. A Director Candidate List will be circulated to all members with the AGM meeting materials in early November. Please direct any enquiries to the Company Secretary, Lynne Harman.

GBCA advocacy

October has proved to be a busy month for The Advocate and team, especially for federal government meetings. Now that the Gillard Government has started work - and ministers, staff and departments have been confirmed - we have been meeting with both new and familiar faces and focusing on the green building priorities for the next few years. Read more about our advocacy efforts

PM's energy efficiency report a vital step on the road to a greener built environment
The GBCA welcomes the release of the Prime Minister's Task Group on Energy Efficiency report.

Green Schools

GBCA case study - 101 Chalmers Street,Sydney


The Rail Institute building at 101 Chalmers Street is a prime example of how old architecture and new world thinking can combine to create a new green icon.

In September 2010, it was awarded a 5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1 rating, due to its dramatic upgrade driven by InterfaceFLOR, who has leased 80 per cent of the building for its Sydney headquarters. 101 Chalmers Street is only the second heritage building in Australia to achieve this status. More

Industry news

Green Building Alliance in Subtropical regions - 6 & 7 December
This conference will be held in Shenzhen, China and will cover natural ventilation, shading and three dimensional greening. Email us to register your interest.

Employment opportunities with Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle are looking for a National Sustainability Manager.

Victorian Property and Construction Project of the Year Announced
Project of the Year went to Donald Cant Watts Corke for its work on the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Sydney aims to become Australia's solar energy capital (NSW)
The City of Sydney will undertake one of Australia’s largest non-residential solar projects.

The Laminex Group raises the bar in sustainability
The Laminex Group has announced the transition from E1 to E0 MDF products.

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer and contribute to Vietnam's first green building program?
The VGBC office in Vietnam is looking for volunteers and interns.

ASEAN Celebrates World Green Building Week
In celebration of World Green Building Week (20 – 24 September), Austrade’s ASEAN Infrastructure Team hosted a series of events.

International case study - Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

This month's case study features GBCA member Johnson Controls' US headquarters in Glendale, Wisconsin. This development now has the largest concentration of buildings on one campus to ever receive LEED Platinum certification. The project includes renewable solar energy, geothermal heating and cooling and Johnson Controls' own building management systems; in addition, the rating was achieved by restoring 44-year old facilities rather than building anew. M ore

Member of the month


Gerard Lighting

Gerard Lighting, Australia's group of major lighting brands, has been a GBCA member since January 2010.

The intelligent lighting products (iLP) division of Gerard Lighting delivers energy efficient products using the latest technologies such as LED, and light emitting plasma (LEP) as well as a diverse range of control devices and systems. iLP has created simple energy efficient solutions known as iReadyTM that require no commissioning with integrated control devices delivering energy savings.

Core to the group's ability to deliver innovative lighting solutions is an extensive research and development team, based in Adelaide, Sydney and Gosford.


© Copyright Green Building Council of Australia 2012
This email was sent by the Green Building Council of Australia
Level 31, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Phone (02) 8239 6200

To unsubscribe or modify your subscription settings, update your details on the GBCA website