GBCA Green Building Voice
Jan 2014 issue

GBCA Courses

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

GBCA Events
Site Tour: Currambine Community Centre
Thu 30 Jan, Joondalup
Site Tour: 55 Elizabeth Street
Thu 30 Jan, Brisbane
Member Evenings
Mon, 3 Feb Perth
Wed 12 Feb, Canberra
Tue 18 Feb, Adelaide
Thu 20 Feb, Brisbane
Tue 25 Feb, Melbourne
Thu 27 Feb, Sydney
The Green Star Success Series: The Assessor's Perspective WA
Wed, 5 Feb, Perth
Leading Green Women
Thu 11 Feb, Sydney
The Green Star Success Series: The Assessor's Perspective VIC
Wed 19 Feb, Melbourne
Meet the Stars - Circa CT1
Thu 20 Feb, Brisbane
Site Tour: Toyota WA Head Office
Thu 20 Feb, Perth
Meet the Stars - 161 Castlereagh
Tue 25 Feb, Sydney

EIANZ Learning to Adapt
training - NSW

Module 1 - 12 March
Module 2 - 14 May
Module 3 - 11 June

Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper released

The Federal Government has released its Green Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Public comment and written submissions on the Green Paper can be made until 21 February 2014. Find out more and have your say.

New name, same great work

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is now Keep NSW Beautiful - with this new name and logo comes a refreshed focus on making NSW the least littered state in Australia – Find out more.

"Kathmandu recognises that minimising our environmental footprint and optimising our contribution to human health and community are integral to our business success. We aim to incorporate sustainable designs into new stores by working with the GBCA and are looking for ways to improve our energy efficiency in established stores, offices and distribution centres"

Tim Loftus
Sustainability & Community Manager, Kathmandu



Sustainable Suburbia?

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

Would Mad Men’s Don Draper feel at home in one of the ever-expanding suburbs on the margins of our major cities? I think so.

After all, we continue to embrace a 1950s vision of suburbia in which homes are built for the car, with men trudging off to work while women stay at home to mind the children.

Instead we must look beyond the design of our buildings and begin to consider how we build communities that connect people to employment, entertainment and opportunity. Read more and have your say.

Green Cities Master Classes and site tours announced

Tour some of Melbourne's greenest buildings and participate in hands-on green building workshops on 20 March, Day 3 of Green Cities. Spaces are limited in these popular sessions, so confirm your place today.

EcoDistricts - revitalising cities from the neighbourhood up

GBCA is a proud founding member of EcoDistricts and we are excited to bring the EcoDistricts Summit to Australia for the first time.  Find out more about EcoDistricts.

Looking for a new office?

Are you a small business looking for office space in the Sydney CBD that is conveniently located and Green Star rated? Join us in the GreenHouse - we have a pod of 5 desks available for sub-lease. Contact us today.

GBCA and Mission Australia say thank you

In 2013 we donated over $1200 to Mission Australia on behalf of our guest speakers. We would like to thank all the speakers who kindly supported the GBCA throughout last year and made this donation possible.

The results are in on Green Star — Design & As Built

The Green Star — Design & As Built Feedback Report has just been released. Find out what the industry had to say about a single, streamlined rating tool for the assessment of building design and construction. 
Read more.

Green Star — Performance PILOT registrations continue to grow

Four more industry leaders have now completed their registration as Green Star — Performance PILOT projects. Plus there are over 30 PILOT projects in the process of registering for this new rating tool. If you would like to be one of the first projects to pilot the rating tool, please submit an
expression of interest form.

New Green Star 2014 Thought Leader – Interface

The GBCA is proud to announce Interface as our 14th Green Star 2014 Thought Leader. Interface is the world's largest designer and maker of carpet tile and a sustainability leader. Discover more about the Green Star 2014 Thought Leaders.

Green Star — Communities PILOT feedback sessions

Are you a GSAP — Communities? Have you been working on a Green Star — Communities PILOT project? We want to hear from you!
The GBCA will be conducting feedback sessions in 2014 to hear your thoughts on the PILOT rating tool credits and their application to projects. Register your interest here.

Certification Review Workshops

Are you keen to help us refine the certification process for Green Star? How should projects demonstrate Green Star compliance? How do you think projects should be assessed? As part of the Green Star 2014 program of works we are reviewing the certification process for Green Star and we need your help. Find out more and join a workshop.

CDL Green Gallery

Opened in late 2013, the BCA Green Mark Platinum-certified CDL Green Gallery in Singapore boasts a modular 'Hempcrete' cladding system, green walls and roof, energy-efficient interior fittings and solar photovoltaic panels that help the building produce more energy than it consumes during the year.  Read more.

Government Leadership Awards

Late last year the World Green Building Council announced their Government Leadership Awards, showcasing Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy. You can find out more about the winners and their initiatives, including Vancouver's 'Best Green Building Policy' and Christchurch's 'Urban Regeneration Award' as well as Australia's entries from the cities of Melbourne and Port Phillip. Read more.

One McNab Avenue, Melbourne

5 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / VIC 

20 Martin Place, Sydney

5 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / NSW

Caneland Central Extension, Mackay

4 Star Green Star — Retail Centre As Built v1 / QLD

BP Map, Melbourne

5 Star Green Star — Office Interiors v1.1 / VIC


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