GBCA Green Building Voice
Jul 2009 issue

In this issue

Green Star Multi Unit Residential v1 now released

International Leading Green Thinker, Bob Dixson

On Air with Romilly Madew
Mission (Im)Possible?

GBCA courses

PERTH - 30 July

MELBOURNE - 13 August

BRISBANE - 18 August

DARWIN- 20 August

CANBERRA - 20 August

SYDNEY - 24 August

ADELAIDE - 26 August


Submission Workshop:
SYDNEY - 7 August

ADELAIDE -2 September

MELBOURNE - 15 October

Office Interiors- inc FREE Technical manual:
BRISBANE - 19 August

SYDNEY - 20 August

ADELAIDE - 23 September

PERTH - 22 October

New members

Abel 2 Consulting

Access Pacific Distribution

Arqus Design

Bayton Group

Builtform Constructions Consolidated Fire & Steam

CplusC Design Construct

DesignInc Adelaide



Frasers Broadway

Hobsons Bay City Council

Lahz Nimmo Architects

Maxim Renewable

Mechanical Project Management


Professional Cleaning Services

University of Tasmania



Green thinking


Improving energy efficiency in Australia's built environment has long been hailed as the "low-hanging fruit" of greenhouse gas abatement.

At Green Cities '09, Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett told the audience that improving energy efficiency was the quickest and most cost effective way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More

GBCA news

Green Star Multi Unit Residential v1 now released!

A new tool which rates the environmental features of multi unit residential buildings has now been released and will help reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions while delivering health benefits and financial savings for building occupants. More

Built Environments Meets Parliament- 12 August

Join us for BEMP 2009. Romilly Madew will be hosting the Sustainability session, exploring the how the building sector can contribute to Australia's reduction in greenhouse gass emissions through energy efficient measures. More information

International Leading Green Thinker Bob Dixson

On the 2nd of July our Melbourne members had the opportunity to be inspired by the Mayor of Greensberg, Kanas US, Bob Dixson as he shared his town's transformation into a Green City after a natural diaster. Read more

On Air with Romilly Madew

In BTalk Australia, Romilly Madew, Chief Executive Green Building Council says there are many reasons to build a green building, including minimising the risk of non-compliance with increasing government regulation on environmental sustainability. Listen to interview.

Mission (Im)Possible?

In June, the GBCA led a delegation of Australian green building industry professionals to Germany to visit some of the most advanced green buildings, study emerging green trends and technologies and met some of Germany’s foremost leading green thinkers. Read more

GBCA Events


Leading Green Thinker
Does Germany have the greenest buildings?
Perth 3 August



Meet the Stars
Alternative Energy Now and the Future
Canberra - 18 August
Sydney- 29 September


Member Evening
Members: Join us for drinks
Melbourne - 25 August


Leading Green Thinker
Molly Harriss Olson
Brisbane - 24 August

More events

Future Green Leaders events



Industry news & events

The Investa Sustainability Institute (ISI) has been established to conduct action research for sustainability in the built environment. The Institutes first Working Paper has now been released: How low can we go? What is the scope for reducing emissions from commercial real estate?

Benchmarking Sustainability- 40 Albert Road- The results of a recent Building Use Study revealed that tenant education and behaviour modification play an important role in keeping a building’s green credentials up to scratch.

Guide to Environmental Performance in Leases - 13 August

CPRS - Path to Business Growth with Hon. Greg Combet - 24 August

Indian Green Building Congress - 10-11 September

Green Tidbits

More gadgets to help you live green

There are small, personal charging devices that use solar energy or wind to power your gadgets. A great example is the Hymini wind turbine that can charge your mobile phone, ipod or MP3 player just by sticking it out the window or taking it with you on a bike ride. Find out more from the City of Sydney Council.

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