GBCA Green Building Voice
Apr 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses
Green Star Certification Workshop
22 Apr, Melbourne
30 Apr, Sydney
3 May, Adelaide
23 May, Canberra
Green Star - Communities:
Australian Urban Design Protocol Master Class
24 Apr, Melbourne
30 Apr, Brisbane
13 May, Perth
Green Star - Design & As
Built Foundation Course
29 April, Melbourne
6 May, Canberra
14 May, Brisbane
22 May, Perth
Green Star Innovation
1 May, Perth
Green Star - Communities Foundation Course
9 May, Melbourne
29 May, Sydney
30 May, Brisbane
Green Star - Communities: Climate Adaptation & Resilience Master Class
20 May, Melbourne
31 May, Sydney
Online learning
View our Green Star online modules
GBCA Events
Green Star Success Series: Assessor's Perspective
19 Apr, Sydney
Site Tour: M2 Building and The Plasso - University of South Australia
23 Apr, Adelaide
Smart Cities: Digital Economy
1 May, Sydney
Site Tour: Australian Institute of Management Katitjin Centre
2 May, Perth
Green Star Success Series: Understanding As Built
3 May, Perth
Green Star Success Series: The Client, The Brief & The Proposal
16 May, Brisbane
22 May, Sydney
Site Tour: Canberra Institute of Technology - Sustainable Skills Training Hub
21 May, Canberra
Corporate Partners
Brookfield Multiplex
Industry Events

AIRAH Building Simulation Workshop
18 Apr, Melbourne

Corporate Water Valuation
29 Apr, Melbourne

Emergency Shelter Exhibition
1-5 May, Melboune

26-29 May, Hobart

Total Facilities Expo
5-6 June, Sydney

Industry and International News

Consultation paper on energy efficiency retrofits

The Energy Efficiency Council is in the final stages of designing an accreditation scheme for the individuals that oversee and coordinate Integrated Energy Efficiency Retrofits of commercial buildings and are seeking industry feedback.

Critical decade for climate change

A new Climate Commission report warns us to act now or suffer the consequences of more extreme weather events.

Livable Housing Australia seeks pilot projects

Download the LHA Design Guidelines or find out more about how to register for certification.

New look for sustainable infrastructure

The Australian Green Infrastructure Council has changed its name to the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).

CitySwitch NABERS Energy grant program 

Businesses in the cities of Sydney, Willoughby, Adelaide, Melbourne, Yarra, Port Phillip and Perth can now receive funding towards a NABERS Energy rating for their office tenancy when they join CitySwitch.

Aussie students to compete in Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon China 2013 competition challenges university teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. Students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra ( Team UOW) will be travelling to Datong in August to compete with their sustainable retrofit of a typical fibro house.

Australia's challenge: liveable, competitive, productive AND sustainable

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

Prosperity or sustainability? Liveability or prosperity? Development or sustainability? It shouldn’t be an either/or decision, but a question about how each can go hand-in-hand.

Australians are the richest people in the world by median income, and have some of the world’s most ‘liveable’ cities. But we also have some of the highest rates of greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and car dependence, and a stark divide exists between the opportunities available to residents of the inner suburbs and those available to those on the city fringes and in regional or rural areas.

Our challenge is to create communities that are liveable, competitive, productive AND environmentally sustainable. Read more.

GBCA Chair receives sustainability leadership accolade

The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has recognised Grocon Chief Executive and GBCA Chair, Daniel Grollo, for his ‘outstanding work in the advancement of sustainability’ with a 2013 Leadership in Sustainability Prize.

Collaboration the key to sustainability success

At the recent Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) National Congress, GBCA Executive Director Adam Beck presented to delegates on the importance of collaboration in making sustainability work – whether it’s building a rating tool or a whole city.

Melbourne leads the nation in sustainable planning, but 20 min city may remain a dream

The City of Melbourne’s new planning amendment will ensure building and development brings long-term financial benefits to building owners and long-term health and productivity benefits to building tenants. But the Victorian Minister for Planning’s vision for a 20-minute Melbourne may remain a dream unless the Minister engages with industry to establish clear and measureable objectives.


HASSELL sign up for Green Star - Interiors

International design practice HASSELL has registered Australia’s first Green Star – Interiors project, with its soon-to-open studio in Sydney set to be one of the nation’s greenest offices.

Credit spotlight: Accessibility and Adaptability

The Green Star - Communities ‘Accessibility and Adaptability’ credit is helping to make our communities more liveable today, and equipping them to adapt to the changing needs of Australians into the future.

Stockland research confirms Green Star liveability vision

Australian development group Stockland has recently completed a large scale study of its communities’ residents, to gauge public perception of what makes a community liveable.

McDonald’s Kilsyth South

Working with the Green Star – Custom rating tool development team, McDonald’s Australia has broken new ground for the hospitality industry by becoming the first quick service food provider to develop a Green Star – Custom rating tool to assess and certify its outlets.

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, London UK

Apollo Education and the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames have worked together to double the number of students attending Holy Trinity Primary School in Richmond, London. During the £4.7 million upgrade of the school, 993 square metres of existing space was refurbished, while a further 1185 square metres of new teaching space was added. And, through the clever use of ‘Passivhaus’ design principles, Holy Trinity C of E Primary School has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

USGBC release State of Our Schools Report

How efficient, healthy and productive are Australia’s schools? Revealing the poor understanding of the condition of education infrastructure across America, the USGBC has released its first State of Our Schools Report. The Council’s Center for Green Schools estimates that it will take US$271 billion to bring America’s school buildings up to working order and compliance with laws. Add to that the modernisation costs needed to ensure schools meet today’s education, safety and health standards, and a jaw-dropping US$542 billion is required.

AFP House / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

99 Elizabeth Street, Sydney / NSW
4 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Life Sciences Building / NSW
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

Lifestyle Working Collins Street / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Westralia Airports Corporation – Echo 1 Office Building / WA
5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2

“Finishing my Masters qualifications and living in a large, international award-winning sustainable community really helped me add value during the development of the Green Star - Communities PILOT rating tool, which is already starting to change the industry. Now I am fortunate enough to be engaged on Australia’s first Green Star - Communities project (“loop”) which is setting new standards and leveraging parts of Ecomplish Consulting’s niche and independent, sustainable design, development and project management services.”

Ben O’Callaghan
Ecomplish Consulting

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