GBCA Green Building Voice
Jan 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years

GBCA Courses

Green Star Certification Workshop
6 CPD points
7 Feb, Melbourne
25 Feb, Sydney
25 Feb, Brisbane

Green Star Communities Foundation Course
No CPD points
13 Feb, Brisbane
20 Feb, Canberra
27 Feb, Adelaide
28 Feb, Sydney
18 Mar, Melbourne

Green Star Innovation Course
4 CPD points 
15 Feb, Brisbane       
22 Feb, Melbourne
21 Mar, Sydney

Fitout Calculators Course
6 CPD points
15 Feb, Melbourne
22 Feb, Brisbane

Green Star Design & As Built Foundation Course
No CPD points
14 Feb, Sydney
26 Feb, Melbourne
26 Feb, Perth
4 Mar, Brisbane

Green Star Interiors Foundation Course 
No CPD points
15 Mar, Brisbane
19 Mar, Melbourne
20 Mar, Sydney

Green Star Climate Adaptation Masterclass
12 CPD points
18 Mar, Sydney

GBCA Events

Workplaces of the Future Summit
3 CPD points
30 Jan, Melbourne

Site Tour: Building 6, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
1 CPD point
12 Feb, Chadstone

Site Tour: The University of Tasmania Medical Sciences Building 2
1 CPD point
19 Feb, Hobart

The Green Star Success Series: Getting Round 1 Certified
1 CPD point
15 Feb, Sydney
21 Feb, Brisbane

Green Cities 2013
Up to 22 CPD points
6-7 Mar, Sydney

Corporate Partners

Brookfield Multiplex

Industry Events

Sustainable Futures - Travel Planning
25-26 Feb, Sydney
21-22 Oct, Sydney

22 Mar, Brisbane

Sustainable Futures - Transport and Landuse
8-9 April, Sydney

Industry and International News

Jerry Yudelson tips green building expansion in 2013
Green building icon, Jerry Yudelson has identified 10 ‘mega-trends’ that will accelerate the green building movement in 2013, including the emergence of ‘cloud’ technology and a new global impetus to address the existing building challenge. Read more in The Fifth Estate

Low Carbon Australia to merge with Clean Energy Finance Corp
December 2012 saw the in-principle agreement by the Boards of Low Carbon Australia and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to a merger of the organisations’ programs, systems and staff. Read more

FMA seeks Policy Coordinator
Applications are now open for the new National Policy Coordinator role with FMA Australia, the peak national industry body for facilities management. Read more

"John Holland is thrilled at the GBCA’s recent confirmation of Hobart’s first two 5 star Education 1 design rating projects for the University of Tasmania. The client, design, and John Holland teams have worked closely to deliver leading edge research and specialist teaching facilities without compromise to the sustainability goals."
David Moran, General Manager, Southern Region, John Holland


The key to a green city... is you 
By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

In the same way that black smoke billowing from industrial smokestacks was seen as a symbol of ‘progress’ 200 years ago, green buildings have become a symbol of prosperity and evolution in recent times. Over the past ten years, we have seen emerging sustainable technologies, materials and rating systems like Green Star go from pie-in-the-sky ideas to everyday reality. So much so that the World Green Building Council now reports that the global green building movement has surpassed the one billion square metre mark for sustainable building space. In 2013, our challenge is to go further. Read more

Cities go from grey to green at Green Cities 2013
The Green Cities team is proud to announce that urban sustainability doyen, and Executive Director of the Portland Sustainability Institute, Rob Bennett has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for this year’s event. In From Grey to Green: The Infrastructure that Builds Green Cities, Bennett will share his experiences of going beyond the planning of a sustainable community to actually building it. Rob Bennett will also present in a master class on Accelerating District-Scale Sustainability. Explore the Green Cities 2013 program and register today

Applications now open for role of GBCA Advocacy Manager – State
The GBCA is currently seeking applications for the position of Advocacy Manager – State. Reporting to the Executive Director – Advocacy and Business Services, the Advocacy Manager – State is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of advocacy strategy and policy, and engagement with state and territory governments on built environment sustainability issues. Read more


Beta testing now underway for Green Star - Performance
In early 2013, the GBCA will partner with 14 leading building management teams across Australia to beta test Green Star – Performance draft credits. Management teams from office buildings to universities and performing arts spaces will provide their feedback and contribute to the development of the PILOT rating tool. Find out how you too can get involved in Green Star – Performance beta testing

Green Star certification up in 2012
December 31st saw the GBCA’s most successful year for Green Star certification draw to a close with 145 projects certified. A 43 per cent increase on certification rates for the previous year, 2012 also saw a major Green Star milestone reached with the 500th Green Star project certified in September.

New green leaders in 2012
As 2012 drew to a close, GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew celebrated a great year in green building and identified several new leaders in the sustainable development space. Read more

Affinity Village Club House, WA
The Affinity Village retirement living project in Baldivis, Western Australia now boasts one of Australia’s greenest club houses. As the first such facility to receive a Green Star rating, the Affinity Village club house was awarded its 5 Star Green Star rating for a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives, including passive solar design, high levels of indoor environment quality and individual metering and motion sensors. Read more

A sustainable city for yesterday, today and tomorrow: Freiburg, Germany
While most of Australia’s urban development has come during the era of the motor car, resulting in urban sprawl, the German city of Freiburg offers an alternative evolution; one based around foot traffic rather than vehicular traffic, and with extensive public transport networks. From walkable streets to sustainable retrofits, find out why Freiburg is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe.

Environmental Upgrade Agreements demonstrate why partnership is the new leadership
GBCA local government members Parramatta City Council, the City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, Lake Macquarie Council and North Sydney Council are taking an active role in facilitating sustainable upgrades to buildings within their local government areas through Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) financing. An EUA is a tripartite agreement between a building owner, a local council and a finance provider and is one of the ways in which governments are assisting industry to overcome barriers to the sustainable improvement of existing buildings. Read more

Sir Samuel Griffith Centre / QLD 
6 Star Green Star  - Education Design v1

Australian Hearing Hub / NSW
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Murrumba State Secondary College - Stage 1 / QLD
4 Star Green Star - Education As Built v1

Greenway Offices / ACT
4 Star Green Star – Office Design v3

150 Charlotte Street / QLD
4 Star Green Star – Office As Built v3


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