GBCA Green Building Voice
Feb 2014 issue

GBCA Courses

Green Cities Conference
Tue 19 - Wed 20 Mar, Melbourne
Green Cities Master Classes
Thu 20 Mar, Melbourne
Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Fri 14 Mar, Perth
Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Wed 26 Feb, Sydney
Tue 4 Mar, Melbourne
Green Star — Communities Foundation Course
Thu 6 Mar, Sydney
Thu 27 Mar, Brisbane
Green Star — Innovation Course
Tue 11 Mar, Sydney
Wed 26 Mar, Melbourne
Green Star Certification Workshop
Tue 11 Mar, Sydney
Wed 26 Mar, Melbourne
View more courses

GBCA Events
Green Cities Site Tours
Thu 20 Mar, Melbourne
Site Tour: University of Queensland - Global Change Institute
Thu 27 Feb, Brisbane
Site Tour: 4 National Circuit
Wed 26 Mar, Canberra
Member Evenings
Thu 20 Feb, Brisbane
Thu 27 Feb, Sydney
One Day EcoDistricts Training
Thu 13 Mar, Sydney
Mon 24 Mar, Brisbane
Wed 26 Mar, Perth
Certification Process Review Workshop
Fri 28 Feb, Melbourne
Tue 4 Mar, Perth
Thu 6 Mar, Brisbane
Thu 13 Mar, Sydney
View more events

Join Australia Week in China 2014
2014 Premier's Sustainability Awards - call for nominations
ISCA - IS Foundation training 2 day course
26 - 27 Feb, Melbourne
ISCA - Climate Change Adaptation Master Class
12 - 14 Mar, Sydney
EIANZ - Learning to Adapt - Climate Change Adaptation Training: Module 1
Wed 12 Mar, Sydney

The world's most sustainable companies
The tenth annual Global 100 Index has been released and GBCA member, Westpac, came out on top! The index celebrates the most sustainable companies in the world - and it's no surprise that each Australian company on the list is a member of the GBCA.  See the top 100.

The new space race
There is a myth in the building industry that being green means being lean, and that energy-efficient systems are somehow smaller than standard systems. Find out what four experts have to say on how the construction industry is dealing with spatial issues.  Read on.

Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper
Submissions closing soon - The Australian Government has released its Green Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Your last day to make a written submission is 21 February 2014. Find out more and have your say.

"Wire By Click is an innovative wiring solution that has impressed on some of Australia's most notable construction projects.

Our unique modular design means we can offer some distinct advantages over traditional wiring methods in that it is reusable, reconfigurable, recyclable and there is no cable waste associated with its install.

Wire By Click uses a certified cable which is compliant with the GBCA 'PVC Best Practise Guidelines' and we will continue to work closely with the GBCA to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers."

Adam Bowden
National Sales Manager,
Wire By Click



From grey to green

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

Are we building a future in which everyone of a certain age is 'moved on'? In an article for the Sydney Morning Herald last year, comedian Wendy Harmer wondered whether our elderly citizens will be "parked away out of sight and mind in new developments on the city fringes built on razed bushland where there's no public transport, culture, street life or community?" Read on.

Sustainability master classes

Get hands-on at Green Cities 2014 and enrol in a master class on Thursday 20 March. With classes in marketing sustainability, green communities and EcoDistricts, revolutionising the residential market and lessons in life cycle assessment, there's something for everyone. Book now - there's only 4 weeks to go.

The pursuit of sustainable happiness

Does living a sustainable life make us happier? The GBCA's Robin Mellon explores this question in Sourceable.

Meet Emma Kelly

Emma is the GBCA Market Development Manager, and is about to embark on a meet and greet tour with organisations across the country. With a background in sustainability and behaviour change, Emma can help you understand the value of Green Star for your business. Whether you're a member organisation or new to Green Star, there are opportunities for you to become involved in creating sustainable buildings, cities and communities. Request a meeting or give Emma a call today.

It's time to vote for better buildings, cities and communities

As the South Australian and Tasmanian elections draws near, GBCA is calling on state political leaders to strengthen their commitment to more efficient, healthy, productive buildings and communities. Read more about GBCA advocacy priorities in South Australia and Tasmania.

New GBCA Fellowships announced

Congratulations to Tony Arnel from NDY (Life Fellow) and Rob Coombs from Interface (Fellow) who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to the GBCA and sustainability. Find out more.

Innovation series - green technology

Alan Kay once said 'the best way to predict the future is to invent it.' So join us for part one of an inspiring innovation series. Focused on green technology, this event will highlight emerging technologies affecting our buildings, cities and communities. Book now.

Interested in sustainable interior design?

Presented by GBCA and the Design Institute of Australia, the interiors roadshow will introduce designers, decorators and architects to sustainable design ideas and the Green Star — Interiors rating tool. Secure your spot.

New GECA standards approved

Products certified under GECA's 'Cleaning Products' and 'Paints and Coatings' standards have been approved by the GBCA and can now contribute to your Green Star rating. Find out more.

Toyota WA Headquarters

When Toyota committed to new headquarters in Perth, the brief was clear - a building that matched the company's brand, would deliver environmental savings and achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating. Find out how Toyota met its sustainable building goals.

Make it Right

Make It Right was founded by Brad Pitt in 2007 as an effort to rebuild safe, sustainable homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina. Make It Right builds homes, buildings and communities for people in need and all projects are LEED Platinum certified, cradle-to-cradle inspired and meet the highest standards of green building - proof that high-quality, healthy homes can be available for everyone. Read more.

The Australian Government has released the latest edition of the Your Home technical manual, to which the GBCA contributed. Your Home is Australia's guide to environmentally-sustainable homes. Written by architects, designers and builders, this manual is a powerful resource for people building, buying or renovating a home.  Grab a copy today.

This Changes Everything

Mirvac is pushing boundaries with the release of its plan for a sustainable future. Find out how Mirvac aims to achieve some big goals, including being net positive by 2030.  Read more.

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City Central Tower 8

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5 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / WA

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


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