GBCA Green Building Voice
Feb 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses
Green Star Certification Workshop
25 Feb, Sydney
22 April, Melbourne
Green Star Communities Foundation Course
28 Feb, Sydney
18 Mar, Melbourne
27 Mar, Canberra
Green Star Innovation Course
22 Feb, Melbourne
21 Mar, Sydney
Green Star Design As Built Foundation Course
26 Feb, Melbourne
4 Mar, Brisbane
20 Mar, Adelaide
Green Star Communities - Climate Adaptation Resilience Masterclass
18 Mar, Sydney
Green Star Communities - Australian Urban Design Protocol Masterclass
24 April, Melbourne
Online learning
View our Green Star online modules
GBCA Events
Site Tour: Forte
22 Feb, Melbourne
Green Cities 2013
6-7 Mar, Sydney
Up to 22 CPD points
Site Tour: King George Central
21 March, Brisbane
Green Star Success Series: Understanding As Built
22 March, Brisbane
27 March, Sydney
Smart Cities - 2050 and Beyond
3 April, Sydney
Corporate Partners

Brookfield Multiplex

Industry Events
22 March, Brisbane

Australian Clean Technologies Competition 2013 Launch event
26 March, Sydney

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

Industry and International News

Instant Waste Management opens new material recovery facility in WA
Up to 200,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste each year will be transformed to new material outputs like road base, clean fill sand and metals, following the opening of  Instant Waste Management's new heavy materials recovery facility in Perth. Read more

Sustainable suburbia and the holy grail
Our obsession with personal space, and its value being greater than public space, needs some rethinking, says Adam Beck.  Read more in The Fifth Estate

"Hunter Douglas Commercial focuses on green product innovation which is at the forefront of the window coverings industry. We provide solution options with high solar optical performance to provide energy savings through reduced heating & cooling loads on buildings. We also focus on sourcing environmentally sustainable raw materials, recycled content and end of life recyclability."
Jenny Brown
National Marketing Manager

Resilience - the challenge for greener cities

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

Another summer, another series of extreme weather events. From bushfires in Victoria to floods in Queensland - each year it seems that extreme weather events dominate the headlines as I sit down to write my first Green Building Voice columns for the year. And each year, there are renewed calls for us to consider how to make our buildings and communities more resilient in the face of climate change. But are we really listening? Read more

The Green Cities Hub set to be a hive of activity
In addition to providing ample opportunities for networking and doing business with Australia's best sustainable suppliers, this year's Green Cities Expo will feature an exciting new addition - the Hub. The Hub will engage exhibitors and conference delegates in a two day program of dialogue around 'innovation in challenging times'. Explore the Hub program

Discover the Blue Economy at Green Cities 2013
Entrepreneur, author and activist Gunter Pauli argues that while we set our sights on a ‘green economy’, many green solutions are a case of doing less bad, rather than doing good. At Green Cities, Pauli will share his solution - the ‘blue economy’. Read more

Policies please, not posturing
With the September date for the federal election now set, the GBCA is calling on all political parties to outline the policies and programs that will drive productivity and sustainability in Australia’s built environment.
Read more

Green Star - global and growing at Green Cities
Green building council Chief Executives from South Africa and New Zealand will join our own Romilly Madew at Green Cities for a discussion of the impacts that sustainability rating systems like Green Star are having in different regions around the world, and what’s next for Green Star.
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Here comes the first of Sydney’s new green icons…
Lend Lease’s Barangaroo South project, part of the $6 billion Barangaroo urban regeneration development on Sydney Harbour, has been accepted as a pilot project for the newly-released Green Star – Communities PILOT rating tool. Read more

Beta testing puts Green Star - Performance into practice
Over the past several months, the Green Star team has been conducting workshops with facilities management teams to ‘beta test’ Green Star – Performance draft credits. We spent five minutes with Paolo Bevilacqua, Sustainability Manager with Green Star – Performance Principal Sponsor Australand, to get the inside scoop on beta testing and find out how the rating tool is performing in practice. Read more

Green and ‘future proofed’: ISPT’s Green Star portfolio
Australian property funds management company, ISPT, has a simple goal – to be the best-performing wholesale property fund manager in Australia and the first choice in property for Australian Superannuation Funds. Find out how Green Star is helping ISPT achieve this goal through ‘future-proofed’, in-demand assets that are built to outperform. Read more

Corby Civic Hub, Northamptonshire, UK
The striking Corby Civic Hub, or ‘Corby Cube’ is a mixed use civic centre, library, town hall, theatre and performing arts centre located in Corby, a former steel-producing township in the United Kingdom. The £35 million Corby Cube forms part of a wider sustainable regeneration project for the local area and is the only theatre venue in the UK to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified rating. Read more

Visionary green leadership just part of the design at Bowden Urban Village
Bowden Urban Village is a ‘place-making’ development initiative that has been driven by the policy and strategic objectives outlined within South Australia’s strategic and 30-year plans for Greater Adelaide. And, in a commendable demonstration of visionary leadership, Renewal SA has committed to 5 Star Green Star certified ratings or above across the entire development. Read more

Canberra Institute of Technology - Sustainable Skills
Training Hub/ACT

6 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

Collins Square/VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2

ISIS Darwin Fitout/NT
4 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

LIMS (La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science)/VIC
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

Breakfast Creek Road/QLD
6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2

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