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World Green Building Week 2015 wrap up

Green Building advocates from across the globe came together to celebrate World Green Building Week 2015 last month. Taking place from 21-27 September, this year’s theme was: ‘Powering Positive Change,’ encouraging the sharing of success stories when it comes to slashing energy use and emissions, saving water and preventing waste to landfill, and providing healthier places for people.

A host of GBCA initiative took place across Australia including our second annual GBCA Garden Party, Future Green Leaders Live events in Sydney and Melbourne and a site tour of Key Worker Housing Bowden.

In addition many of our industry partners and Members hosted events including Australia Living, Cundall, Instant Waste.

Read all about them below:

GBCA Garden Party

The industry came together to celebrate the year’s achievements at the GBCA’s second annual Garden Party on Thursday, 24 September. The event took place as part of World Green Building Week and was attended by up to 130 industry movers and shakers. Guests enjoyed spectacular views over Sydney Harbour from Cruise Bar at Circular Quay, whilst enjoying live entertainment from Wonderbrass. We were honoured to be joined by guest speakers Anna Bligh, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA NSW and former Queensland Premier and Storm Cunningham, Revitalisation expert, speaker, and author of 'The Restoration Economy'. Check out the photos to relive the night.

Future Green Leaders LIVE

Our ‘Future Green Leaders LIVE – Innovators of Tomorrow’ event took place in Melbourne and Sydney on Tuesday, 22 September. A highlight of the event was the announcement of Lisa Hinde Sustainability Analyst with JLL as the winner of the Future Green Leader of the Year award. The event allowed some of the industry’s top innovators in technology and construction to come together and share ideas. Attendees heard from two professionals already working in the industry and one student with a big idea for the future, before joining a structured speed-networking session to mix and mingle with other Future Green Leaders and industry professionals. Photos from the event can be found here.


Cundall celebrated WGBW for the fourth year, hosting events from ten different global locations including Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. Caimin McCabe, Director, Cundall is committed to participating in World Green Building Week every year in recognition of the enormous role sustainability plays in everything his organisation does. “World Green Building Week is part of the action we take to share our knowledge on sustainability and aim to make a difference in the process,” he explained. “We are committed to providing people with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to make a difference in our: homes, offices, projects, industry and community.”

Read more on their Cundall Conversations blog: http://cundallconversations.com/tag/world-green-building-week/

Instant Waste

Instant Waste hosted a site tour at their Bayswater location, in honour of WGBW. Participants had an opportunity to learn what happens to construction waste once it leaves the site as they took part in a free site tour of Instant Waste Management – a material recovery facility that processes over 200,000 tonnes of C&D waste every year. “When Instant Waste got involved with WGBW a couple of years ago it was to raise the awareness of Western Australia’s low recycling rate for construction waste, which is still below the average commercial construction projects,” said Jake Hickey, State Resource Development Manager, Instant Waste Management.