GBCA Green Building Voice
Nov 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years

GBCA Courses

Green Star — Communities Foundation Course
Thu 21 Nov, Perth

Green Star Certification Workshop 
Wed 4 Dec, Adelaide
Thu 5 Dec, Brisbane

Online learning

Earn & learn any time with our Green Star online modules

GBCA Events
Sustainable Communities & Infrastructure
Thu 28 Nov, Sydney
Site Tour: 8 Central Ave
Thu 28 Nov, Sydney
Site Tour: HASSELL Sydney Studio
Thu 5 Dec, Sydney
Site Tour: 150 Charlotte Street
Thu 5 Dec, Brisbane
Site Tour: ANZ Fitout
Thu 30 Jan, Sydney
Site Tour: Currambine Community Centre
Thu 30 Jan, Joondalup
Site Tour: 55 Elizabeth Street
Thu 30 Jan, Brisbane


State of Australian Cities
Tue 26-29 Nov, Sydney

Energy Efficiency Council National Conference
Tue 3-4 Dec, Melbourne

Join the 'anywhere working' world during National Telework Week from 18-22 November.

Scholarships now open for the Women in Leadership's Advanced Leadership Program 2014.

The NSW Ministers for Resources and Energy and for the Environment and Heritage have released a consultation paper on proposed changes to the Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) Rule. Submissions welcome until 11 December 2013.

The GBCA has supported ASBEC with a submission to the consultation on the Australian Government's  Emissions Reduction Fund Terms of Reference. Read  our letter and the joint submission report.

"The Frenchams Group provide green solutions to the ever-changing landscape of interior design in the modern office environment.  With new trends and requirements for plantscaping, Frenchams have evolved to meet the demands of our clients' plant needs and services.  With new planter styles and green initiatives we offer individual solutions to each project."

Tony Gerraty
CEO, The Frenchams Group



Accountability through transparency

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

"Build green but don't bother with Green Star."

This attitude is not new. There will always be those who devalue the importance of verification and validation. But choosing Green Star is not like opting for a 'designer label'. It is independent proof that a building's owner - whether that's an institutional investor or taxpayer - got what they paid for. Read more and have your say.

How affordable is the Great Australian Dream?

While the cost of operating a home over its lifetime should be an integral part of the affordability equation, we rarely consider lighting, heating, cooling or energy use when we're doing the sums on our mortgage repayments, writes the GBCA's Robin Mellon in Sourceable.

Green building growth

In 2013, the World Green building Council's membership expanded to 98 green building councils. Almost 150,000 building projects are now registered to achieve ratings, which equates to 1.1 billion square metres globally. Download the WorldGBC's annual report (PDF 1MB) to learn more.

Quality school buildings deliver quality learning outcomes

'Where' students learn is just as important as 'what' they learn and 'who' teaches them. "Just as investing in quality teaching and quality resources is essential, so too is investing in quality learning environments," says Romilly Madew. Read the statistics that underscore why green schools are great schools.

GBCA a 'green champion'

Australia's leadership was recognised by the Green Building Council of South Africa with the Chairman's Award for our "generous support and guidance" in the establishment and ongoing success of the GBCSA. "Without the GBCA's generosity of spirit and collaboration, we would not have achieved the milestones nor the market impact that we have," said the GBCSA's Chief Executive Officer, Brian Wilkinson.

Romilly Madew accepts SAGBC's Chairman's Award

Green Star submission templates online
We've recently created short report templates for each relevant credit in the Green Star — Office v3 rating tool to make compiling Green Star submissions easier and more cost-efficient.  Download the Microsoft Word templates from our website and ensure you're better prepared and your submission can be assessed with ease.

Green Star Certification - tell us what you think 

We are refining our Green Star certification process. Tell us how we can make the process better for you, from registration through to documentation to submission and assessment. Provide your feedback to Rebecca Breuer.

Everyone's talking about Green Star — Performance

First Green Star — Performance project registered

The Wyndham Civic Centre in outer Melbourne is the first building in Australia to be registered for a Green Star — Performance rating, with a further 30-plus buildings expected to be announced within weeks. "With Green Star — Performance we'll be able to measure the environmental performance of our Civic Centre, identify pathways to improve the building over time and reduce its operational costs," says Mayor Cr Bob Fairclough. Read full media release here.

Meet our first GSAP — Performance

Cundall's Associate, Nick Stokoe, is Australia's first qualified  Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP) — Performance. This new qualification enables professionals who work with Green Star — Performance to gain training relevant to their specialisation. Read more.

Rising star of Green Star

Congratulations to Green Star Accredited Professional, Le Han Tan, who recently achieved Round 1 certification for  Building F Rhodes Corporate Park in Sydney. Le Han, Principal Mechanical Engineer with AECOM, has six Round 1 certifications under his belt - the most of any GSAP in Australia. Discover Le Han's hot tip for certification in round 1 by reading more now.

Cleaning products and VOC requirements now recognised

Cleaning products and VOC requirements for adhesives, sealants, paints and carpets are now recognised under the  Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes. Read more.

BHP Billiton

Spanning more than 60,000 square metres of space in the iconic Brookfield Place development, BHP Billiton's tenancy in Perth is the first 6 Star Green Star — Office Interiors v1.1 rating in Western Australia - and one of the very few to achieve such a rating for a project of this scale in Australia. Originally registered for a 5 Star rating the project team pushed the boundaries with innovative ideas, achieving four Innovation points and lifting the project to a 'World Leadership' 6 Star rating.  Read more.

The Navy Yard Corporate Centre

With the USGBC's Greenbuild 2013 conference taking place in Philadelphia this week, read about how GlaxoSmithKline's new 19,320 square metre US headquarters achieved the first double LEED Platinum rating in Philapelphia's Navy Yard (Core & Shell and Commercial Interiors) (PDF 0.3MB).

Victoria's draft guide to your own Wonder Wall

RMIT has a number of new Green Star-rated buildings, and is committed to improving the sustainability of its older stock. RMIT's Building 21 needed a face lift, and a green facade was constructed to transform the plain brick building into an appealing continuation of the green landscape. After carefully assessing maintenance requirements and selecting the right species for the conditions, this wonder wall has exceeded expectations and added another dimension to University Lawn Precinct. Read more about this case study and others in  Victoria's Guide to green roofs, walls and facades (PDF 8MB).

BlueScope has made changes to its metallic coating process, increasing the lifespan of its Colorbond® steel range while using fewer resources.  Read more.

Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre

4 Star Green Star — Healthcare Design v1 / VIC 

Building F Rhodes Corporate Park

5 Star Green Star — Office As Built v2 / WA

Circa CT1 (Stage 2)

5 Star Green Star — Office Interiors v3 / QLD

720 Bourke Street

6 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / VIC


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