GBCA Green Building Voice
Nov 2010 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation Course
6 December, Sydney
17 March, Canberra

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
28 March, Sydney

Green Star Office Interiors
6 April, Sydney


MURT Online Course


Earn CPD points


Booth Sponsor




Advertise in the GBCA Technical Manuals



GBCA events

Green Cities 2011: 27 February - 1 March 2011


Industry events

Infrastucture Sustainability
Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne
1-3 Dec

EEC National Conference
Sydney, 2 Dec

Tropical & Subtropical Green Building Alliance Conference
Shenzhen, 6-7 Dec


Corporate partner


New members

Fredon Air Pty Ltd
House of Bamboo
Inhabit Group
Innowood International Australia PTY LTD
JGP Electrical Pty Ltd
Kingspan Insulation Pty Ltd
ME Bank
Mechatronic Developments Pty Ltd
Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd
Schindler Lifts Australia Pty Ltd
Steele Associates
Sunshine Palm Supplies P/L T/A Gaddy's Indoor Plant Hire
Town of Vincent

Recently certified Green Star projects

5 Star Green Star - Office Design v2, City of Gosnells Civic Centre Redevelopment Project, WA




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Green design is good design

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

Melbourne Convention Centre

The debate about whether ‘green design’ is ‘good design’ is done and dusted.  We now recognise that truly great design successfully balances style and sustainability.
Similarly, we understand that a deep consideration of the user, the social context and the surrounding environment are the starting points for any good, green design - whether it be for a building, a chair or a community. More.



Early Bird

GBCA news

Green Lane Diary winners support a sustainable future
The GBCA was a proud supporter of the Green Lane Diary project, which helped children to learn about environmental challenges.

Bruce Precious: Winner of the Green Star Survey
Bruce Precious, from GPT, was the lucky winner of the Apple iPad.

New partnership between the GBCA and Austrade
The GBCA and Austrade are working together to boost Australia's presence in international markets.

UN process opens the way for building sector
The world is a step closer to a common carbon metric for buildings.

Subsidy for Carbon Management course hosted by the GBCA
All NSW GBCA members who meet the eligibility criteria for the course subsidy are invited to apply.

GBCA announcements

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.   

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 14 January 2011.

AGM: GBCA will hold its AGM at the GBCA’s offices on 29 November 2010. The AGM will include the election of directors following the recent nominations process. A Director Candidate List is included in the Explanatory Statement, part of the  AGM meeting materials which was emailed to all members in early November. Please direct any enquiries to the Company Secretary, Lynne Harman.

NEW: To receive emails on Green Star Technical Information, simply log into your profile on the GBCA website, then select “ my Profile” and tick the box “ Green Star Technical Information”. Easy!


GBCA advocacy

October and November have proved to be busy months 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. More.

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 - loop, Canberra

Rock Development Group’s project ‘loop’ is aiming to become one of Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star communities.

'loop' is a redevelopment project built upon a 40,000 square metre site with the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets at its heart. It will be a mixed use development with more than 300 apartments, more than 3,700m2 of retail space and 8,500m2 of office space, with an overarching vision to enhance the site through active sustainable design and a coordinated and effective delivering of services. More.

Industry and international news

Brisbane's WaterSmart Strategy released

Lend Lease supports the green leaders of tomorrow

Code of Best Practice for building owners and facility managers

New program to improve the energy efficiency of Australia's large office buildings

Tune Up Canberra: New incentive for commercial buildings

Green building funding available for hotels

Develop sustainable places with the help of Complete Streets

The Fifth Estate: Green Roofs - a great idea from California to Calcutta

New Zealand Green Building Council launches Homestar

LEED Retail & LEED Volume Program launched at Greenbuild

International case study - California Academy of Sciences building, USA

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences building, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, USA demonstrates how Renzo Piano's masterstroke of design lies in making the park's environment such a visible part of the building itself. The green or ‘living’ rooftop's seven undulating green hillocks pay homage to the iconic topography of San Francisco and blurs the boundary between building and parkland. More.

Member of the month - Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, has been a GBCA member since June 2005. With integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centres/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications, the company is focused on helping customers make the most of their energy.

Schneider Electric's Energy & Sustainability group combines the latest energy saving technologies and practices in the form of Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) which are key to reducing which are key to reducing energy usage, carbon footprint, facility operating expense and improving overall asset value.



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