GBCA Green Building Voice
May 2011 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation
8 June 2011, Perth

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
9 November, Perth

Green Star Office Interiors
9 November, Perth

GBCA Online Courses
Green Star - Refresher
Green Star - Multi Unit Residential

Industry events

Premier's Sustainability Awards 2011
9 June, Melbourne

FSC Lunch with Jane Goodall
9 June, Melbourne

National General Assembly
19-22 June, Canberra

BEMP 2011
21-22 June, Canberra
BEMP 2011

Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable
27-29 July, Noosa

Melbourne Open House
30-31 July, Melbourne

AITPM National Conference 2011
10-11 August, Melbourne

2nd Tropical & Subtropical Green Building Alliance Conference
14-15 September, Singapore

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

Escaping Silos SSEE International Conference
24-26 October, Brisbane

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsor the summit

Sponsor Green Star Performance

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New members

Albatech Pty Ltd
Blue Star Pty Ltd
Broad Construction Services (NSW/VIC) Pty Ltd
Crone Skou Architecture Studios
CTA Australia Pty Ltd
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Waterproofing Technologies P/L

Recently certified Green Star projects

Site 8A SOP, 8 Australia Avenue, NSW, 5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2

Peregian Springs State School, QLD, 4 Star Green Star - Education As Built v1

Building 12 Waverley Campus, VIC, 5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

Cromwell Refurbishment, VIC, 5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

39 Delhi Road Building C, NSW, 5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2


Origin Energy

Environment Design Guide


From words to actions

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

From words to action

“They don’t wrap fish in our work,” said acclaimed US architect, Hugh Newell Jacobson.  And it’s true.  Unlike yesterday’s news, the choices we make during the design, delivery and management of our cities leave an indelible legacy for future generations.

When the Australian Government launched its new national urban policy, Our Cities, Our Future, last month, it was the first time that a federal government had sought to outline its overarching vision for the nation's cities and how it would play a role in making them more productive, sustainable and liveable. More.


Green Star Revolution


Green Star winners at 2011 Innovation & Excellence Awards
Green Star certified projects took centre stage at the 2011 PCA/RLB Innovation and Excellence Awards in Sydney this May. More.

GBCA Summits: the next generation of master class
Launched in April, the GBCA Summits provide the industry with specialised training to further green building skills. More.

Green Star Communities Supporters unlock opportunities
The new Green Star Communities Project Supporter category unlocks showcase opportunities for local government and small to mid-size businesses. More.

GBCA/Austrade partnership to showcase industry to world
GBCA / Austrade have partnered to create the Australian Green Building Export Directory to promote our green building capability to the global market. More.

Get involved with Green Star Performance

GBCA Advocacy

Australian Government backs Green Star for green cities
The Australian Government has provided sponsorship towards the development of the Green Star - Communities rating tool. More.

National urban policy first step on long journey
The new national urban policy, Our Cities, Our Future, is the first step on a long journey toward sustainable cities, says GBCA. More.

Minister Rudd notes importance of GBCA/China collaboration
In a speech to China's Guangzhou University, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kevin Rudd noted the importance of GBCA and ChinaGBC collaboration. More.

$160 million for cities a good start
The GBCA has welcomed Federal Budget funding for projects that support sustainable urban development, as the first step towards an integrated strategy for Australia's cities and communities. More.

GBCA Case Study - City of Gosnells
Civic Centre Redevelopment Project

City of Gosnells
The City of Gosnells in Perth achieved a 5 Star Green Star rating for the retrofit of its Civic Centre. In doing so, the City has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and shown that even buildings constructed during the 1970s can receive an environmental and economic overhaul. More.

Industry & International News

GBCA starts ChinaGBC on a journey of a thousand miles

Shift to green gathering pace in China

Five high profile speakers confirmed for BEMP 2011 in Canberra

The Laminex Group and GBCA open the green door for Melbourne's builders and designers

Bowden Urban Village gets green light

EOIs for Bowden Urban Village Tri-generation Pilot close 3 June

Call for papers - Tropical and Subtropical Green Building Conference

Architecture & Design: Seminars highlight Green Star significance

Architecture & Design: AECOM shoots for the green stars

The Fifth Estate: New off grid bio-gas powered building for Sydney

International Case Study -
Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China

China Case Study
The 106,000 square metre Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China, was completed in December 2009 and the office part of the project has gained a LEED Platinum rating.

Hovering 50 feet above the ground, this new mixed-use "horizontal skyscraper" was developed by Stephen Holl Architects and the China Academy of Building Research. More.

Member of the month

Colliers International

Colliers International is a leader in global real estate services defined by its spirit of enterprise. Colliers is an active supporter of emerging green building councils around the world.

Through a culture of service excellence, and a shared sense of initiative, Colliers International integrates the resources of real estate specialists worldwide to accelerate the success of its partners. The company represents property investors, developers and occupiers in local and global markets.

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