GBCA Green Building Voice
Dec 2010 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation Course
2 February, Sydney
17 March, Canberra

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
28 March, Sydney

Green Star Office Interiors
6 April, Sydney

Green Building Council Summit 2011


Earn CPD points




Take the 2010 Member Survey

GBCA events

Green Cities 2011


Green Inventors

Corporate partner


New members

Code Green Consulting
NS Projects
Prime Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd
Frontline Demolitions NSW Pty Ltd
Soho Projects
Paint Professionals
CISCO Systems Australia Pty Ltd
Smartcool Systems Australia Pty Ltd
EnvironArc Design Pty Ltd
Fredon Air Pty Ltd
Inhabit Group
Sunshine Palm Supplies P/L T/A Gaddy's Indoor Plant Hire
Schindler Lifts Australia Pty Ltd

Recently certified Green Star projects

6 Star Green Star - Office Design 2, Maroochydore Government Office Building, QLD

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, Hassell Warry Street Studio, QLD

6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2, The Ark, NSW



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GBCA: 2010 in review

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

2010: A year of achievements



Despite a global economic downturn, a lacklustre construction market around the world and domestic political dramas, the green building industry took a number of long strides forward this year. 

We can be very proud of the Council’s efforts this year, which have ensured that Australia’s green building sector not only survives, but thrives.

Speaking at the Annual General Meeting recently, Chair Tony Arnel paid particular tribute to the member companies of the Green Building Council of Australia. More.



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Four new directors of the Green Building Council of Australia
The GBCA elected four new directors at its Annual General Meeting.

Existing buildings reaching for the green stars
The GBCA is developing a new Green Star rating tool to assess the operational performance of existing buildings.

Cities are everyone's business, says GBCA
A list of influential industry groups, corporations and academic institutions calls for a bi-partisan approach to urban policy.

National urban policy needed, says GBCA
A new Australian Government discussion paper is an important step towards a national urban policy.

Revised credits herald the next generation of Green Star
Two revised credits which assess stormwater and commuting mass transport have been integrated into all Green Star tools.

Revised credit for environmentally responsible concrete
A revised Green Star credit aims to further drive demand for concrete with reduced environmental impact. Send your feedback on the draft credit to [email protected] before 25 February 2011.

ASBEC Zero Emissions Residential Task Group - GBCA appointed to Chair
Mark Allan, representing the GBCA, has been appointed Chair of the ASEBC Zero Emissions Residential Task Group (ZERTG).

Build It Back Green is live
Build It Back Green, supported by the GBCA has just launched its new website.

New report from Australian Carbon Trust to reveal potential for energy efficiency retrofits to reduce carbon

$15 Trillion call for international action on climate change

A review of the UK’s construction industry

World Green Building call to action at Cancun

GBCA announcements
Register your interest to participate in the testing of the recently launched Green Star – Public Building PILOT Rating Tool  by 14 January 2011.

New Credit Interpretations and Technical Clarifications
New Credit Interpretations Request and Technical Clarification rulings have been published. Download all rulings. The publication date for these new rulings is 1 January 2011.

GBCA Highlights of 2010

Certifications climb
From a zero base in 2003, we currently have 283 Green Star certified projects around Australia.  A further 491 projects are currently registered and 95 are being processed. We achieved our 250th Green Star certification, Pixel in Melbourne, in July.

Green Star tool releases
We released three more tools: Green Star – Industrial v1, Green Star – Public Building PILOT and a custom rating process which will be able to rate buildings outside the scope of other Green Star tools.

Green Star Communities
Green Star Communities continues to build momentum as a project of national significance.  We released the National Framework for Sustainable Communities, and now have a range of industry and government sponsors, including every government land organisation in the country.

Education and events
The GBCA delivered more than 180 educational seminars, workshops and master classes around Australia, as well as more than 70 events, to support ‘green collar’ growth, and has now trained more than 18,500 people.

Green Cities
In partnership with the Property Council of Australia, we staged the most influential green building event in the Asia Pacific region – Green Cities.  Green Cities has been very effective in establishing a solid business case for sustainable building – and the conversation has moved beyond individual buildings to how we can shape our precincts, our communities and our cities.  

Continuing Professional Development
The CPD program was launched in July and is now supporting the skills development of more than 4,000 people across the industry.

The GBCA maintained a strong voice during the federal election campaign, launching its five policy priorities to drive discussion, and gaining a number of policy commitments from the Gillard Government, including the ‘ Tax Breaks for Green Buildings’ scheme.

Industry engagement
We appointed two new industry engagement representatives to work closely with members and accelerate green building around the country.

We signed an agreement with NABERS to work together on the delivery of a more consistent and compatible approach to building rating.

Green schools
The advocacy team worked closely with both state and federal politicians to ensure the Australian Government’s stimulus spending on schools delivered a green education revolution.  Almost 100 schools are now certified or registered for Green Star, and a Green Schools policy paper has been released.  Many state governments are now mandating Green Star for all new school developments, with others referencing Green Star in determining their standards.  

Local government
We established the Local Government Task Group to bring together cities and councils and encourage an ongoing dialogue.

The GBCA continued to expand its role as an active member of the World Green Building Council, and in particular within the Asia Pacific region.  We were also an active participant of international World Green Building Week.

The voice of the industry
The GBCA website was visited by more than 40,000 people each month; Green Star tools were downloaded more than 30,000 times in the last year.  Our newsletter has more than 16,000 subscribers.

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