GBCA Green Building Voice
Aug 2011 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses

Green Star Foundation Course
7 September, Adelaide
16 September, Melbourne
24 November, Hobart

Green Star Office Interiors
19 October, Melbourne
16 November, Adelaide

Green Star Certification Workshop
19 October, Melbourne
16 November, Adelaide

GBCA Online Courses
Multi Unit Residential
Green Star Refresher course


GBCA Events

World Green Building Week
19-23 September, Worldwide

Site Tour: Flinders Medical Centre - New South Wing
23 August, Adelaide

Site Tour: Media House
25 August, Melbourne

GBCA Master Class Summit
15 September, Adelaide

Green Cities 2012:THINK
4-7 March, Sydney

Green Cities 2012:THINK

Corporate Partners



Industry Events

QLD Security of Payments Act (BCIPA) Training
26 August, Brisbane

RICS DRS - Adjudicator Training Course
5 September, Brisbane

Tropical & Subtropical Green Building Council Alliance Conference
14-15 September, Singapore

4th International Urban Design Conference
22-23 September, Gold Coast

WoodSolutions Field Tour
25-30 September, UK

SSEE International Sustainability Conference
24 October, Brisbane

Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference
25 October, Melbourne

Energy Efficiency Council National Conference 2011 17 November, Melbourne

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Green Star Performance sponsorship opportunities


Industry and International News

NSW Government calls for public comment on last resort arrangements under WIC Act

White Pages: Sydney’s White Pages recognises green heroes Romilly Madew & Matthew Wright

Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition

Sustainable House Day celebrating its 10th anniversary

Fifth Estate: Green is worth more but let’s move onto B & C grade, urges Nils Kok

AIRAH releases best-practice guideline for building management & control system

Architecture & Design: One Shelley Street gains 6 Stars in 'design and built' categories

Colonial First State: Australian commercial property sector well positioned for carbon regulation

CETEC undertakes IEQ & productivity study

GBCSA: Aurecon building achieves first 5 Star Green Star SA rating

Member of the month

City of Gosnells

City of Gosnells
The GBCA would like to recognise the City of Gosnells for its strong leadership and commitment to green building in Western Australia.

The City’s Civic Centre Redevelopment Project received a 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 certification in November last year, representing ‘Australian excellence’ in environmentally sustainable building design.

The City of Gosnells has been a GBCA member organisation since 2008.


Origin Energy


Talk around the GreenHouse

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

Ray Anderson


Sadly, Ray Anderson, a great leader of our time died last week.  I have been privileged to meet and listen to Ray, who founded Interface, the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet.

I was moved by the words of Rick Fedrizzi, President, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Chairman of the US Green Building Council, who wrote: “If there was a Dictionary of Green Building, Ray Anderson is whose picture you’d probably see alongside the word 'leader'. + Read more

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World Green Building Week

86 countries. 7 regions. 5 days. 1 cause: World Green Building Week
This September, World Green Building Week will again unite industries, organisations and individuals to draw attention to the importance of creating greener, healthier, more sustainable buildings and communities.

Green schools and hospitals for Tasmanians
The GBCA applauds the Tasmanian Government's commitment to meet Green Star benchmarks for every new school, hospital and health centre.

Beta testing for better communities
Green Star - Communities has reached a momentous milestone: BETA testing has commenced.

From buzz to roar: Green Star - Performance
Remember the buzz in the industry when the first Green Star rating tool for offices was released? When Green Star - Performance hits the market, the buzz will be replaced with a roar.

Green Star Innovation templates now online
Green Star Revolution promised to make Green Star simpler and easier.

Green gongs for GBCA members
Six of NSW's top sustainability awards have been presented to GBCA member companies for a range of green building initiatives.

GBCA supports Thriving Neighbourhoods conference

Thriving Neighbourhoods (TN) explores the relationships between the built and natural environments and human health and wellbeing.

GBCA  Advocacy


Further to the GBCA’s 2010 ‘ Green building priorities’ paper, the states and territories are showing their commitment to sustainable leadership in different ways. This month has seen particular commitment from the Tasmanian Government, in Minister Cassy O’Connor’s requirements that all new building works undertaken for schools, hospitals and community health centres meet 5 Star Green Star standards, with certain flagship buildings, such as the Sustainability Learning Centre planned for Mount Nelson, constructed to a 6 Star Green Star standard. + Read more

In addition, the Queensland Government has released their Green Door information paper. The Green Door scheme is designed to accelerate decisions for development proposals that are identified to be among the most sustainable in Queensland. + Read more

GBCA Case Study

Peregian Springs State School


Australia’s first Green Star - Education Design v1 primary school, Peregian Springs State School on the Sunshine Coast, is already reaping the benefit of its sustainability status, attracting the highest pre-enrolment of any school in Queensland.

Developed by Aspire Schools, a consortium led by Leighton Contractors and the Commonwealth Bank under the South East Queensland Schools PPP Project program, Peregian Springs is the first of seven schools due to be constructed under the program over the next four years. + Read more

Recently certified projects


6 Star Green Star - Office Design v2, King George Central, QLD

6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2, 512 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD

5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2, 'Worldpark Adelaide - Building A', SA

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, Santos Place Fitout, Levels 18-26, QLD

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, ISIS Head Office Victoria, VIC

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, EPA Fitout, SA

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, The Edge - RGD Corporate Office, QLD

4 Star Green Star - Industrial Design v1, Energex Distribution Centre, TradeCoast Central, QLD

International Case Study

Zero Energy Building in Singapore

[email protected] ACADEMY, SINGAPORE

Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA) '[email protected] Academy' project is the first Zero Energy Building in South-East Asia retrofitted from an existing building.

Converted from a three storey former workshop, the Academy houses offices, classrooms and a resource centre over 4,500 square metres.
+ Read more


@gscommunities on development of new tool: Second week of BETA testing draft PILOT Green Star - Communities benchmarks. #gscommunities in Darwin with Land Development Corporation. 12 Aug

@gs_performance on tool's potential: Green Star - Performance will present a great opportunity to add value to existing buildings in Australia 8 Aug

@nilskok on valuing green buildings: Forthcoming GRESB report to benchmark environmental, social performance - Sustainability Report 5 Aug

@gbcaus on new Twitter goal: We're driving for 1000 followers for @gbcaus. If you're lucky number 1000 you'll get a ticket to a GBCA event in your state. The race is on! 4 Aug

@RomillyMadew on GBCA work: In the past week, @gbcaus has engaged with almost 500 of the industry: in workshops, tours, courses, events! So proud of my team and work. 22 July

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