GBCA Green Building Voice
Mar 2011 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation Course
17 March, Canberra
30 March, Newcastle
4 April, Sydney

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
28 March, Melbourne
1 July, Canberra

Green Star Office Interiors
6 April, Sydney
1 July, Canberra

GBCA Online Courses
Multi Unit Residential
Refresher course

Book your ad now in the Green Star Education Technical Manual

Industry events

Low and zero carbon building seminars, Nationwide,
16 - 23 March

Inaugural Canberra Urban and Regional Futures Seminar, Canberra, 21 March

Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings, Melbourne & Sydney, 17 - 22 Mar

National Carpenters Day 2011
8 April

Carbon Management Course, Sydney, 29 Mar - 7 June
Skills gap logo

Healthy Cities Conference: Making Cities Liveable, Noosa
28 - 29 July 2011

BEMP South Australia


Sponsorship opportunities

Event Sponsorship
Green Building Council Summit

Green Star Tool Sponsorship
Green Star - Performance


Corporate partner



New members

Axis Plumbing Group
dKO Architecture
Eagle Rock Construction (Qld)
Kingston Warners Bay
Locker Architectural Systems
Lynx Integrated Systems
NCG Air Conditioning & Mechanical Services
Warringah Council
Weave Loc Floor Coverings
Woodlink Architects
Wyndham City Council


GBCA Publication
Evolution 2011


Recently certified Green Star projects

4 Star Green Star - Retail Centre Design v1, Stockland North Shore (Townsville), Retail Development - Stage 1, QLD

5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1, Leongatha Learning Centre - Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE, VIC

5 Star Green Star - Education PILOT, Williamstown High School, Bayview Campus, VIC

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





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Sustainable solutions from Green Cities

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

  Green Cities Intro



From the moment we started the conversation at Green Cities 2011, we launched straight into solutions.

Innovation expert, Jeb Brugmann, called on us to optimise space to create value.  Head of Sustainability for the 2012 Olympics, Dan Epstein, urged us to focus on the long-term legacy from the beginning of a project, while Europe's most famous environmental sceptics, Bjorn Lomborg, told us to use our money for the greatest good.  Dr Esther Sternberg showed us how to create ‘gems’ of urban space to reduce stress.  Finally, architect Michael Green inspired us to seek simple solutions to complex problems. More.


Green Cities 2011 News

Below is a selection of quotes from the conference:
“We hear so much about climate change but at Grosvenor we think of it as people change. It's about culture, leadership and the desire to change and that rests with the people within an organisation.”
Rob Kerr, Chief Executive Officer, Grosvenor Australia

“Real green city builders create location-optimising communities.”
Jeb Brugmann

“If we are to build – and rebuild – truly liveable, sustainable cities, a radical shift in thinking is required.  We must shift our thinking away from the old dichotomies of urban infill versus urban sprawl, high-tech advancements versus back-to-basics architecture, and shift away from the idea that bigger is better.”
Tony Arnel, Chairman, Green Building Council of Australia

The Fifth Estate - Green Cities conference gets its mojo back

Innovation reinvigorates the Green Cities conversation

IPD Green Property Investment Index released at Green Cities

New website launched at Green Cities

Did you attend Green Cities? Do you want a free ticket to Green Cities 2012? Complete our online survey!

Take the survey - win a 2012 Green Cities pass!


GBCA and NZGBC Partnering for a reponse to natural disaster reconstructionIn the wake of recent natural disasters including floods, bushfires, cyclones and earthquakes, the GBCA and NZGBC are working together to ensure the rebuilding and environmental assessment of retail centres, office buildings, schools, hospitals and multi-unit residential homes is more accessible, streamlined, holistic and cost effective. GBCA and NZGBC will provide the green building information, case studies and know-how to help those affected make a better long-term recovery, as well as identify how we can provide more tangible support. We will also continue to work closely with stakeholder groups, and initiatives such as Green Cross Australia's Build It Back Green program.

GBCA Summits - A new beginning for industry education
The Green Building Council Summit is the next generation in industry education and insider knowledge.

Leading developer supports sustainable communities in Australia
Australand is sponsoring the Green Star - Communities rating tool.

Romilly Madew appointed new chair of WorldGBC committee
The new committee will develop an international standard for quality assurance of global green building rating tools.

More work to do to green NSW, says GBCA
The GBCA has assessed the NSW Government's green building performance against five key criteria.

GBCA recognises industry leaders with four new fellowships
Daniel Grollo, Peter Verwer, Matthew Quinn and Daryl Browning have been awarded GBCA Fellowships.

GBCA Director joins Australian Building Codes Board
Siobhan Toohill has been appointed to the Building Codes Board.

Get involved with Green Star Performance


GBCA Advocacy - Submission to the 2011 -2012 Federal Budget

The GBCA has provided a submission to the 2011-2012 Federal Budget process to encourage greater commitment to green buildings, communities and cities. The submission outlines the GBCA's five key priorities that will help transition Australia's green building practices from voluntary to vital. Download the full submission.

Our Cities submission

GBCA Sustainable Population Strategy submission

Tax Breaks for Green Buildings Consultation Paper GBCA submission

GBCA Case Study - Pixel

Pixel Building
When Pixel became the first building ever to achieve a perfect Green Star score, it heralded a new era of sustainable infrastructure in Australia.  Pixel, with its 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating and the highest ever Green Star score of 105, has proven that Australian buildings can demonstrate world green leadership. More.

Industry and International News

A Minister for Cities is needed to build Australia's future, says ASBEC

Victoria Premier’s 2011 Sustainability Awards entries open until 1 April

World Environment Day Awards 2011 call for nominations

Schneider Electric establishes Green Buildings Segment

Green building wins the future - USGBC in the news

International Case Study - The Drake Building, Auckland, NZ

The Drake Auckland

This project, rated Four Green Star - Office Design by the NZGBC in 2010, uses a heritage hotel as the cornerstone to a new 'best practice' development. More.

Israel Trade Commission breakfast
The GBCA's Robin Mellon will present at the Green Buildings Breakfast Seminar in Sydney on 23 March.

Member of the month - VicUrban

As the Victorian Government’s land development agency, VicUrban has been a GBCA member since 2002, and has been successful in developing sustainable, affordable communities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. VicUrban is refocusing on supporting more housing in established areas, particularly along major public transport routes, in activity centres in metropolitan Melbourne and in large regional centres. These new residential developments will demonstrate high quality, affordable and sustainable housing. 

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