GBCA Green Building Voice
Dec 2013 issue

GBCA Courses

Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Tue 11 Feb, Sydney
Tue 18 Feb, Melbourne
Tue 25 Feb, Brisbane
Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Wed 26 Feb, Sydney
Tue 4 Mar, Melbourne
Green Star Certification Workshop 
Tue 11 Mar, Sydney
Wed 26 Mar, Melbourne

GBCA Events
Site Tour: 55 Elizabeth St
Thu 30 Jan, Brisbane
Site Tour: ANZ Fitout
Thu 30 Jan, Sydney
Site Tour: Currambine Community Centre
Thu 30 Jan, Joondalup
Member Evening - Perth
Mon 3 Feb, Perth
Member Evening - Canberra
Wed 12 Feb, Canberra
Member Evening - Adelaide
Tue 18 Feb, Adelaide
The Green Star Success Series: The Assessor's Perspective
Wed 19 Feb, Melbourne

The new Energy Efficiency Certification Scheme from the Energy Efficiency Council supports people who lead and manage comprehensive energy retrofits of commercial buildings. Read more.

GBCA members Goodman Group and Savills won at the 2013 CitySwitch Green Office Awards.

Property outperforms in latest CDP climate change report, says The Fifth Estate.

Does your government deliver value for money? The GBCA's Robin Mellon ponders this question in Sourceable.

"As a leading sustainable consultancy form, for WSP, sustainability is more than just the good housekeeping involved in managing business operations. Sustainability is about ensuring that the advice provided to clients results in sustainable outcomes and reduced negative impacts on the environment and communities."

Andrew Mather
Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region, WSP

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Twelve more months of building green

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

With the year drawing to a close and the festive season in full swing, it's time to celebrate our collective achievements in 2013. So, with much fanfare from the pipers piping and a drum-roll from the drummers drumming, we reprise our 'Twelve months of building green' ...

Victoria leads the Green Star race

Government leadership in Victoria has generated industry confidence and commitment to green building, with Victoria certifying the most projects in 2013.  Read more.

Meet our new board members

Six industry leaders join our Board of Directors, and are committed to driving greater industry engagement and collaboration.

Applause for green leaders in 2013

We salute a number of green leaders for their commitment to Green Star in 2013. Congratulations Lend Lease, Leighton Properties, WSP AECOM and Cundall.  Read more.

Closer collaboration for GBCA and ISCA

A new agreement with the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia will enhance the planning, design, construction and management of sustainable communities and infrastructure.  Read more.

Emissions Reduction Fund

We are working with ASBEC members to provide feedback on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund, a central element of the Australian Government's Direct Action Plan. Read more.

Seven new reasons why it's easier to use Green Star

Seven 'next generation' credits from the Public Building v1 rating tool can now be applied to other rating tools. Read more.

Software partners making Green Star easier to use

We're developing a framework to work with software providers. Together, we want to make Green Star easier to use. Read more.

Jacfin's Ricoh Building
Western Sydney's Eastern Creek has a new sustainable landmark - Jacfin's new building for Ricoh Australia. The buildings's owner, Jackie Waterhouse, has said that "we pride ourselves on creating outstanding developments which are sensitive to the environment. That is why we were committed to achieving the first 5 Star Green Star — Industrial Design v1 rating in NSW." Read more.

Is this the world's greenest building?

One Angel Square in Manchester recently earned the highest BREEAM score ever, with a rating of 95.16 per cent. The building boasts a number of sustainable strategies including a high performance, double-skinned façade, earth tubes for heating and cooling and rainwater harvesting. Read more.

'Greenest City 2020 Action Plan for Green Buildings', Vancouver, Canada

Winner of the WorldGBC's Government Leadership Award for 'Best Green Building Policy', Vancouver's Greenest City 2020 Action Plan sets ambitious targets for all new buildings constructed from 2020. Read more.

Pragmatic sustainability without the 'eco-bling'

NDY is one of our Green Star 2014 Thought Leaders and is working with us to ensure Green Star remains relevant and effectively engages an increasing share of the property industry, including existing buildings and smaller projects. NDY's Chris Nunn explores how to deliver high quality, high performance buildings at a reasonable price.  Read more.

Union Balmain

5 Star Green Star — Multi Unit Residential Design v1 / NSW 

3M Head Office

4 Star Green Star — Office Interiors v1.1 / NSW

Water Corporation Customer Centre Balcatta

4 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / WA

Dandenong Municipal Building

5 Star Green Star — Public Building Design PILOT / VIC


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