GBCA Green Building Voice
Jan 2010 issue

Green Cities 2010

GBCA courses

Melbourne Courses
GSAP - 2 February
GSAP - 22 March

Certification Workshop - 8 April
Certification Workshop - 10 June

Office Interiors - 13 April

Master Classes - 24 February


GBCA events

Meet the Stars/
Goods Shed North

goods shed north
Melbourne / 4 February


Green Cities
green cities
Melbourne / 21-24 February


Green Star Site Tours
melbourne uni site tour
Melbourne / 24 February


Victorian Member Evening
melbourne member evening
Melbourne / 18 March




Precinct project

Rock Development signs on as Principal Sponsor

Register for the quarterly e-newsletter

Participate in nationwide sustainable communities workshops


precinct project


Industry events

Sustainable Living Festival - 6-21 February, Melbourne

Green Building Mission to North America - 7-13 April

Transitioning to a climate resilient future - 15-16 April, Melbourne



New members

ABA Construction Managers
Ashburner Francis Consulting Engineers
Ceres Cleantech
Controlled Demolition (NSW)
Dimond Architects
Gerard Lighting
krost business furniture centre
Leader Cabling Systems
National Standards
Portugal Cork Co Qld
Recycled Timbers
Sandover Pinder
Sustainable Development Consultants
Tankworks Australia
Village Well




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Green thinking

Romilly Madew

The Green World Cup

In just a few weeks, Melbourne will be welcoming green building leaders to our own Green World Cup as a session at Green Cities 2010.  And I’ll be moderating a session with leaders from green building councils around the world which will explore those green building solutions that can be applied to Australia. Read More


GBCA news

GBCA to encourage best practice PVC production in Australia
GBCA is taking steps to recognise environmental advances made by Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) manufacturers across Australia.

The Common Carbon Metric launched at COP15
The Common Carbon Metric for measuring energy use and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from building operations was officially launched at COP15 in Copenhagen on 11 December 2009.

New capital cities planning system supports sustainability
States and territories will be required to develop capital city strategic plans by 2012 that meet national criteria for transport, housing, urban development and sustainability.


GBCA case study


The Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment in Sydney is the first social housing scheme in Australia to be awarded a Green Star certification. Achieving a 5 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential PILOT rating, the Lilyfield Housing Redevelopment is also the first project of its kind to achieve a Green Star residential rating on the East Coast of Australia. Read the full case study.


GBCA advocacy

In this new section of the Green Building Voice we will be providing on-the-ground updates from our man in Canberra. Amidst the hubbub of a new (and federal election) year, there will be some very serious policy contests, and green buildings are likely to move to centre stage as Australia debates how to best tackle climate change. The GBCA will be working with all parties to promote green buildings, to ensure the federal election campaign produces good policy.

Read more about what's happening on an advocacy front.


Green Cities 2010


Industry news


COAG's National Strategy for Energy Efficiency - provide your feedback

Barangaroo congratulates stage one winner - Lend Lease

Results of the 2009 CoreNet Global and Jones Lang LaSalle global survey on corporate real estate and sustainability

WSP Lincolne Scott, with Brookfield Multiplex and ARUP, wins Australian Engineering Excellence Award

Astrid Siohan (WSP Lincolne Scott) wins NAWIC's Innovation in Design award for her work on the GBCA GreenHouse

The Fifth Estate News from the Front: Rob Adams

UCI's TaskAir system wins international innovation award

Submissions for Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards2010 closing soon

ACCA Australia Sustainability Reporting Awards, applications now open

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program applications close 28 February

ASX-Listed Office Trusts: Does "Green" Pay? A Citibank Report


World Green Building Council and International Union of Architects sign MOU

NZGBC announces New Zealand’s first 6 Star Green Star - Office Design certified rating for the Geyser building

Marriott hotels on fast track for LEED certification


International project highlight

International project

In response to member feedback, we will now be featuring a building from a different country each month, showcasing new and existing buildings that have been certified under different rating systems.

This month, we are pleased to highlight Armstrong World Industries’ corporate headquarters in the USA; an existing building from 1998 which was refurbished to best practice standards. In 2006 the project earned an Energy Star label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in 2007 it earned a Platinum rating in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System.

Read more about the project.


Member of the month




Grazer is a small but rapidly-growing company which specialises in efficient documentation and asset information management across Australia.They do this by providing easy-to-use software which allows access to all the information for a development – from drawings and CAD files to user, operation and maintenance manuals – in digital form.


This connects with Green Star by providing an on-screen Building Users’ Guide that can explain not only how a building should be operated and managed, but how users can access the facilities they need, where facilities are located, and how they link to other services. Intelligent visual presentation tools and building users’ guides, along with the decreased need for paper-based documentation, make Grazer our valued GBCA Member of the Month.

Grazer Pty Ltd has been a GBCA Member organisation since 2008.

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