GBCA Green Building Voice
Aug 2012 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years

GBCA Courses

Green Star Design & As Built Foundation Course
16 Aug, Sydney
22 Aug, Melbourne
4 Sep, Brisbane

Green Star Communities - Adaptation and Resilience Master Class

30 Aug, Sydney
11 Sep, Melbourne

Green Star Innovation Course
16 Aug, Melbourne

Green Star Office Interiors

23 Aug, Melbourne
27 Aug, Brisbane
11 Sep, Sydney

Project Certification Workshop
16 Aug, Melbourne
27 Aug, Brisbane
11 Sep, Sydney

GBCA Events

Green Star Day
17 Aug, Melbourne

Site Tour - Pixel
23 Aug, Carlton

Site Tour - Convesso
4 Sep, Melbourne

Breakfast forum: Urban renewal opportunities for the sustainable future of Perth
5 Sep, Perth

Site Tour - City Central Tower 8
26 Sep, Adelaide

Corporate Partners

Brookfield Multiplex


Industry Events

World Green Building Week 2012
17-21 Sep, International

Increasing Density, Decreasing Impacts
17 Sep, Melbourne

International Green Building Conference 2012
10-12 Oct, Singapore

Building Sustainability Sweden 2012 Conference
18-19 Oct, Sweden 

EcoDistricts Summit
23-26 Oct, USA

Green Building Congress 2012
30 Oct - 1 Nov, India

Industry and International News

One One One Eagle Street
GPT Group this month launched its iconic 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v2 certified One One One Eagle Street property in Brisbane. Read more in The Fifth Estate.

Entries are now open for the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability Prize. Read more

AIRAH Calls on Building Services Engineers
AIRAH is seeking to have the occupation of “building services engineer” formally recognised by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. To this end, it is requesting that engineers who work within the HVAC industry take a few moments to complete an online survey.

SEED Engineering
“It was an easy decision for SEED to become a sponsor of Green Star – Performance because as an organisation we feel strongly that existing buildings should be recognised for their holistic sustainability features. Often these features were installed in times when building performance was not considered to be as important as it is now, and currently these buildings are not recognised to be ‘green’, but simply ‘old’. Green Star – Performance will provide an operational pathway to Green Star certification for these buildings.”

Rob Lord, Managing Director, SEED


Amana Living Incorporated fitout / WA
5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

Clayton NRAS Housing / VIC
5 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential As Built v1

GPT Office Fitout / NSW
6 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

Holmesglen Building 6 / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

PIXEL Building 9 - The Brewery / VIC 
6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v3


Talk around the GreenHouse

World Green Building Week - Green buildings for great communities
By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia 

*Source: World Green Building Council 

Recently, the global green building movement reached a momentous milestone: 1 billion square metres of registered green building space.

While this is an incredible achievement, a city of green buildings does not a sustainable community make.

It is clear that we must expand our focus beyond buildings to the sustainability of our communities and cities.

From 17-21 September 2012, the global green building movement will unite for World Green Building Week.

This year, more than 90 green building councils representing 25,000 global organisations will come together to highlight the importance of ‘green buildings for great communities’. Read more

Green Star rising

From a zero base in 2003, the number of Green Star certified projects has grown exponentially. We are aiming for 500 certifications by the end of 2012. Let's work together to get there!

Applications now open for Green Star Certified Assessors
The GBCA is currently seeking applications from Australia’s top sustainable property professionals to join our exclusive panel of Green Star Certified Assessors. Applications close 27 August 2012. Find out more and apply today

Green Star Revolution adds value to CPD
As part of our ongoing efforts to revolutionise Green Star, we’re introducing a range of new initiatives to make Green Star qualifications more valuable, relevant, cost effective and easier to maintain. A new streamed approached to qualifications will ensure better alignment of learning with Green Star project work, and our eLearning resources are offering new opportunities to earn CPD points easily and cost-effectively. Visit your CPD Learning Portal or our website for more information on the new-look CPD program.

Green Star – Interiors set for October PILOT release
After a year of consultation, development and refinement, Green Star – Interiors is almost ready for PILOT release. Green Star – Interiors takes its predecessor rating tool (Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1) “out of the office”, allowing the environmental sustainability of any building interior fitout to be assessed, regardless of the building type or use. Read more about Green Star – Interiors.

Credit Spotlight: Engagement
The Gov-4 ‘Engagement’ credit within the Green Star – Communities PILOT rating tool rewards community developments that can demonstrate the implementation of effective stakeholder engagement, involvement and capacity building strategies, and the development of a shared community vision. Read more

Applications now open – Green Star Technical Coordinator
The GBCA is currently seeking applications from sustainable building professionals to join the Green Star team in the role of Green Star Technical Coordinator. Learn more and apply today.

Celebrating sustainable Sydney for World Green Building Week 2012
Now a truly global event, World Green Building Week 2012 is an annual initiative of the World Green Building Council that brings together sustainable development leaders from around the world. As part of our celebrations, GBCA and Better Buildings Partnership will be leading daily Sustainable Sydney Walking Tours from Tuesday to Friday. During the week we’ll also be launching a self-guided version of the tour, so celebrating the city’s green building success can be a year-round affair!

Register your World Green Building Week Event
Show your support for sustainable development by hosting your own World Green Building Week event or activity. Be it a site tour, picnic or cocktail reception, if your event is picked as the most creative of 2012, you will be featured in the September edition of Green Building Voice. Register your event

Join the Conversation with Romilly Madew and Rick Fedrizzi
To celebrate World Green Building Week GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew and United States Green Building Council Chief Executive, Rick Fedrizzi will be taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Join the conversation on Tuesday 18 September at 9am to hear @RomillyMadew and @rickfedrizzi on how green buildings are laying the foundation for the great communities of our future.

Tell us how green buildings are making your local community great
We’re inviting Australia to tell us how green buildings are making local communities great via Facebook throughout the duration of  World Green Building Week. Share your video on the GBCA Facebook page from 17-21 September 2012 for your chance to win a free ticket to the next GBCA event in your state.

Streamlined board to lead Green Building Council of Australia into the next decade
At the recently held Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), members of the GBCA have unanimously approved nine governance changes which are consistent with best practice for boards in Australia. These changes include changes to the length of board tenure and the election and rotation of directors. Read more 

A gold medal for sustainability
For most people the word ‘Olympics’ conjures images of bronzed athletes, extravagant opening ceremonies, gold medals and torch relays. Increasingly however, the term ‘Olympics’ can also be associated with the word ‘sustainability’. Read more 

Fujitsu Docklands Office 
Information technology companies are known for their commitment to innovation. But when Fujitsu Australia decided to move to ‘greener pastures’ in 2008, it also secured its reputation as a company committed to sustainability. Located within Dockland’s 6 Star Green Star – Office Design and As Built v2 certified The Gauge building, Fujitsu’s 6 Star Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1 rated fitout has resulted in annual water savings as 2.4 million litres, energy and carbon emissions reductions of up to 65 per cent and a 42 per cent fall in absenteeism. Read more 

ABSA Towers West, Johannesburg, South Africa
Centrally located in the Johannesburg CBD, ABSA Towers West achieved a 5 Star Green Star – Office As Built v1 certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa in February 2012. With ESD features including a high-capacity grey water system (among the largest in Southern Africa), high-efficiency light fittings and low VOC materials, ABSA West is leading the way in the green transformation of Johannesburg. Read more



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