GBCA Green Building Voice
Jun 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses
Green Star - Design & As
Built Foundation Course
24 Jun, Melbourne
24 Jun, Adelaide
28 Jun, Brisbane
1 Aug, Sydney
15 Aug, Melbourne
Green Star Certification Workshop
6 Aug, Melbourne
15 Aug, Sydney
Green Star Innovation Course
21 Jun, Brisbane
7 Aug, Melbourne
20 Aug, Sydney
Online learning
Earn & learn any time with our Green Star online modules
GBCA Events
Green Building Day
24 July, Sydney
30 Jul, Melbourne
Site Tour: Monash University Clayton Campus
4 Jul, Melbourne
Smart Cities Breakfast - Transport & Logistics
24 Jul, Sydney 
Site Tour: RMIT Design Hub
25 Jul, Melbourne
Brookfield Multiplex
Industry Events
Australia Award for Urban Design Gala Dinner
25 Jun, Canberra
Women, Management and Work Conference
18-19 Jul, Sydney
World Green Building Week 2013
16-20 Sep, 2013
Green Globe Awards Ceremony
24 Sep, Sydney
Brisbane Open House
12-13 Oct, Brisbane

“Melton City Council is very proud of the new Melton Library and Learning Hub and its 5 Star Green Star rating. It is a central focus for lifelong learning and community activity and we will educate our residents on the sustainability aspects of the building and encourage them to apply them at home where they can.”
Cnr Kathy Madjlik, Mayor,
Melton City Council

AbiGroup Melbourne Green Star Retrofit / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1

Department of Primary Industries, Attwood / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Gasworks Tower A / QLD
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Goods Shed South / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Legion House / NSW
6 Star Green Star - Office Design v3

Delivering the next generation of Green Star rating tools

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

The evidence is all there in black and white: Green Star-rated buildings emit around a third of the greenhouse gas emissions and use a third of the electricity when compared with the average Australian building. Read more

New high-performance team for GBCA

We’re excited to announce changes to our team that will help us to ensure we’re achieving our strategic objectives, and meeting the needs of industry. Robin Mellon has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, while Orjan Lundberg and Jorge Chapa have been appointed as the new Executive Directors of Green Star. Read more

A sustainable solution to NSW Health’s spiralling energy costs

The Audit Office of New South Wales has released a new report which finds that NSW Health’s energy costs have increased by nearly 50 per cent over the last four years. The solution? Greener buildings, says GBCA Chief Operating Officer, Robin Mellon. Read more

Get involved in World Green Building Week 2013

From 16-20 September 2013, sustainable development leaders from around the world will unite to celebrate World Green Building Week. An initiative of the World Green Building Council - the theme of this year's event is 'Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People'. Hold your own World Green Building Week event.

New Renewable Energy Master Plan for the City of Sydney

"We are particularly pleased to see the City of Sydney up-scaling building-level solutions to its neighbourhoods, precincts and communities, identifying alternatives to traditional grid energy and harnessing waste products," says GBCA Chief Operating Officer, Robin Mellon. Read more

Environmental benefits of Green Star too good to ignore

The results of our first-ever research into the environmental savings of your certified projects are astounding! Download the Key Findings

Get ready for better building performance!

Get to know the newest member of the Green Star family: Green Star – Performance, which will be launched later this year. Visit our website to download new information and resources including the introductory brochure, business case, summary of categories and credits and information on how you can prepare your building and your team for the pilot phase. Read more

2013 Innovation and Excellence Award winners announced

The GBCA would like to congratulate all the award winners from this year’s Property Council and Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards including GBCA Member organisation’s Lend Lease, Commonwealth Bank, Westfield, Willoughby City Council and ISPT. Read more

Become an AIRAH Accredited Energy Auditor

AIRAH manages a national register of accredited energy auditors, who have the capacity to undertake energy audits and develop energy-management systems. Visit the AIRAH website to submit your application to become an AIRAH-accredited energy auditor.

Have your say on the future of NSW

The NSW Government is currently undertaking consultation on the White Paper – A new planning system for NSW and the Draft Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney. Contribute your feedback

Global recognition for Green Star buildings

The Green Star-rated RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne and 1 Bligh Street in Sydney have both been presented with internationally recognised Green Good Design Awards from the European Centre for Architecture Design and Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture. Read more

Entries open for Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards

The Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards is an annual celebration of sustainable leadership across the Victorian community. Submit your entry by Monday 15 July.

GBCA CEO has the X-Factor

Romilly Madew has been named an 'X-Factor Leader of the Year' by WME Magazine. Read more

Annual Women, Management and Work Conference

From 18-19 July, Macquarie University will host the Women, Management and Work Conference. An outstanding line up of speakers including our own Romilly Madew will explore resilience, future trends in the workplace, new opportunities in business and much more. Read more

Lifestyle Working Collins Street, Melbourne VIC

While Victoria Harbour is fast becoming the location of choice for some of our nation’s best known brands, until now the Green Star benefits and rewards have been most often associated with big name players with big budgets to match. The Stable Group and Lend Lease have bucked this trend, however, introducing Australia’s first 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rated strata title office into the harbour precinct. Read more

Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, Canada

In late May 2013 the Canada Green Building Council announced its 1,000th LEED certification – a real milestone in industry transformation. Read how one of those projects, the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, which achieved a LEED Platinum rating in 2011, is operating as a sustainable learning laboratory for students of construction related trades. Read more

Smart Blocks

Developed in partnership by the Strata Community Australia, City of Sydney, City of Melbourne, Owners Corporation Network of Australia and Green Strata, Smart Blocks is a national initiative to improve the energy efficiency of apartment complexes. Funded by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Smart Blocks website offers apartment owners and managers easy-to-understand information on how to improve the efficiency of common area lighting, water systems, ventilation, pools and amenities. Find out more

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