GBCA Green Building Voice
Mar 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses
Green Star Innovation
21 Mar, Sydney
Green Star - Communities Foundation Course
27 Mar, Canberra
Green Star - Design & As
Built Foundation Course
9 Apr, Sydney
29 Apr, Melbourne
Green Star Certification Workshop
11 Apr, Perth
22 Apr, Melbourne
30 Apr, Sydney
Green Star - Communities: 
Australian Urban Design Protocol Masterclass
24 Apr, Melbourne
30 Apr, Brisbane
Online learning
View our Green Star online modules
GBCA Events
Site Tour: King George
21 Mar, Brisbane
Green Star Success Series: Understanding As Built
22 Mar, Brisbane
27 Mar, Sydney
Smart Cities - 2050 and Beyond
3 Apr, Sydney
Workplaces of the Future Summit
12 Apr, Sydney
Green Star Success Series: Assessors Perspective
16 Apr, Brisbane
19 Apr, Sydney
Corporate Partners
Brookfield Multiplex
Industry Events
Architects and Sustainability: residential 1
21 Mar, Sydney

22 Mar, Brisbane

Earth Hour
23 Mar 2013

Harvest Festival
23 Mar, Canberra

2013 CIBSE International Seminar Series - Building Resilience from Hindsight 
to Foresight
26 Mar, Perth
28 Mar, Adelaide

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

AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop
18 Apr, Melbourne

Industry and International News 
Nominations now open for World Environment Day Awards 2013
The annual national World Environment Day Awards invite nominations from organisations whose work serves to protect, manage or restore our natural heritage. Nominate your organisation.

Latest research on Aussie attitudes to water efficiency
New research commissioned by Smart WaterMark has found that concern about water scarcity is on the rise, with over 95% of urban Australians making changes to save water around the home and garden. Read more

Submissions for Australian Clean Technologies
Competition 2013 to open
27 March
The Australian Clean Technologies Competition
is once again seeking entries
from Australia’s best companies in the high-tech, highly skilled cleantech sector. Read more

Mentors needed to assist tomorrow’s plumbers and
gas fitters
Rheem Australia is calling for mentors in the plumbing and
gas fitting industries for a new
e-mentoring initiative developed in partnership with Campbell Page, one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit community services organisations. Read more

Entries now open for 2013 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation,  leadership & commercialisation, school science, and science journalism and communication.  Learn more

New research on the positive impacts of indoor plants in the workplace
Recent research conducted by Dr. Fraser Torpy from the University of Technology Sydney has revealed that indoor plants can reduce stress and negativity by up to 60 percent and improve productivity by up to 30 percent. Read more in Dynamic Business


Building a sustainable legacy for our schools
By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia

The buildings of the past - from Napoleon’s triumphal arch to the grand Pyramids of Giza - were built on the foundations of ego. The buildings of the future, urged the Director of the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools Rachel Gutter at Green Cities 2013, must be built on the foundations of legacy. We can leave no better legacy for future generations than to build schools that are healthy, productive and sustainable. Read more

Green Cities 2013: Embracing our challenges with optimism
One hundred speakers. One thousand delegates. One million ideas. In early March, Sydney played host to Australia’s largest and most influential conference for sustainability in the built environment - Green Cities 2013.
Read more

New WorldGBC report launched at Green Cities
Speaking at the recent Green Cities 2013 event in Sydney, GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew launched the WorldGBC’s most recent report: The business case for green building: a review of the costs and benefits for developers, investors and occupants. This comprehensive report consolidates research from across the world to highlight the many benefits that green buildings offer stakeholders across the building lifecycle. Download the report.

The GBCA to collaborate with Austrade and other GBCs on trade mission to the Middle East
During mid-April 2013 GBCA Executive Director of Advocacy and Business Services, Robin Mellon, will be travelling to five cities across the Middle East to showcase Australia’s sustainable development capabilities and engage with other green building councils in the region. Read more

Read all about it in Evolution 2013
The GBCA’s annual publication, Evolution 2013 is now available online. The edition features green building case studies from across the country, profiles and insights from some of our Australia’s most successful ESD consultants, the latest global statistics, and more. Download your copy

Continue your professional development
From site tours to the Green Star Success Series, Smart Cities to Workplaces of the Future, there are plenty of opportunities to add to your CPD point count in March and April. Check the GBCA courses and events calendar for face-to-face learning opportunities in your state, or do it yourself with our range of eLearning courses.

Green Star submission templates and more launched at Green
Cities 2013
In a special presentation at Green Cities 2013, Green Star Director of Operations, Orjan Lundberg, spoke to industry about several Green Star Revolution initiatives – including the introduction of a number of new submission templates - that will make certification quicker, easier and more consistent in 2013. Read more

New Queensland project signs up for Green Star – Communities

Ecco Ripley, located just five kilometres from the centre of Ipswich, is the first development in Queensland to be accepted as a project for the Green Star – Communities PILOT rating tool. Read more


Monash University Briggs Hall & Jackomos Hall
Victoria’s Monash University emerged as a sustainable education provider in 2012. In addition to championing the environmental cause through student education and research, Monash has embarked upon a diverse program of works that puts green research into practice and is delivering sustainable places for students to live and learn. Read more

Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, Abu Dhabi UAE
Located in the United Arab Emirates’ capital city of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre has achieved a five pearl rating under the Estidama Pearl Rating System (PRS) - the local sustainability rating system administered by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The Learning Centre is the first government development to attain the highest possible rating under the Estidama Pearl scheme and involves the redevelopment of the 40-year old Al Ain Zoo to include a wildlife themed safari, destination resort, retail and residential community.  Read more

The search for the greenest school on Earth is on in 2013!
The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools is looking for the most remarkable schools around the globe that both exemplify how sustainability can be integrated into what and where students learn and help advocate for better, more efficient learning environments. The most outstanding school wins a $5,000 grant and an onsite award presentation. Entries close 1 April 2013. Learn more

Building Commission and Plumbing Industry Commission Workplace / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE Nambour Campus,

Trades Training Block / QLD
4 Star Green Star - Education As Built v1

Wood & Grieve Engineers - Perth Office Fitout / WA

5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

Equinox 4 /ACT

5 Star Green Star - Office Design v2

McLachlan & Ann - Commercial / QLD
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

"We are excited to see Solatube Daylighting Systems being used in several Green Star projects, to aid the promotion of daylighting into green building design. We have recently launched our ICE awards program which is a competition run by Solatube to promote the use of Solatube Daylighting Systems in innovative and creative ways".
Frank Harrington
Commercial Manager

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