GBCA Green Building Voice
Mar 2014 issue

GBCA Courses

Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Tue 1 Apr, Adelaide  
Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Tue 3 Apr, Brisbane
Tue 8 Apr, Adelaide
Tue 15 Apr, Perth
Green Star Certification Workshop
Tue 29 Apr, Brisbane
Green Star Innovation Course
Tue 29 Apr, Brisbane
View more courses

GBCA Events
Leading Green Thinkers Innovation Series: Green Technology
Thu 27 Mar, Sydney
Meet the Stars - Bowden
Wed 2 Apr, Adelaide
Site Tour: Melton Library and Learning Hub
Thu 3 Apr, Melton
Site Tour: University of Tasmania - Institute for Marine & Antarctic Sciences
Wed 16 Apr, Hobart
Breakfast with the Board
Wed 30 Apr, Sydney
Innovation Series: Sustainable Products and Materials
Thu 1 May, Sydney
Meet the Stars - Caloundra South
Thu 1 May, Brisbane
Green Building Day - Sydney
Tue 27 May, Sydney
Green Building Day - Melbourne
Fri 30 May, Melbourne
View more events

Australian Technologies Competition - entries close 6th May.
2XEP Forum on Doubling Energy Productivity on Thu 3 - Fri 4 April, 2014

The business case for healthy and productive buildings
The World Green Building Council has launched a major global project to help define and measure the health and productivity benefits of green office buildings. Find out more.

AIRAH building simulation guidelines released
The AIRAH draft 'Building Simulation Procurement Guidelines' are now open for comment. Comments close 1 May, 2014. Download the guidelines.

Environmental Certifications Survey
Help GBCA member Edge Environment understand how building manufacturers use environmental product certifications and assessments. Plus you could win some great prizes. Start the survey now.

Financial boost for green retrofits
Commercial property owners can now access additional finance to help overcome the funding challenges when undertaking commercial property upgrades and to reduce their buildings' energy consumption and costs. Find out more.

Just released - a guide to energy savings
The Fifth Estate has release an ebook on low carbon energy - The Energy Gold Rush: Your Toolkit for Strategic Energy Management.

"The City of Melbourne strives to achieve the community's vision of Melbourne as a bold, inspirational and sustainable city - a great place for people to live and visit.

To become an eco-city, we deliver programs to improve the efficiency of the city's buildings, reduce carbon emissions, protect our world renowned parks and gardens and develop ways to capture, store and reuse stormwater."

Councillor Arron Wood
City of Melbourne



Green Cities 2014

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

People are at the centre of all that we do. This was the message that was heard loud and clear at Green Cities 2014. Find out more in the wrap-up of Green Cities 2014.

A sustainable strategy for our shops
Can Australia's retail sector turn green into gold? The GBCA's Robin Mellon explores the benefits of sustainable design for the retail sector in Sourceable.

Siobhan Toohill on the move to Westpac and making an impact

GBCA Board member, Siobhan Toohill has held some of the most high profile positions in Australia's sustainable built environment. Now she's about to notch up her first year as Head of Sustainability and Community at Westpac. Find out how she's going.

Meet Davina Knox

Davina is a Technical Manager in the Green Star Development team, which is responsible for guiding the evolution of rating tools. Davina is an experienced planning consultant and has recently completed a consultation series to develop a revised Green Star - Communities PILOT Submission Guideline. The new guideline is due for release in May. Find out more about Green Star - Communities.

GBCA advocacy update

The GBCA makes submissions to all levels of government on a range of issues relating to green buildings and sustainable communities - 27 submissions were made during 2013. To find out what we've said or see current consultations, head to the GBCA website.

Nominations are now open

Nominations for the inaugural World GBC Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Buildings are now open. 
Find out more and enter.

Green Star - Communities Guide for Local Government

Developed by GBCA with support for AECOM, the guide is a resource for local governments to encourage community developments that enhance liveability, contribute to local economic prosperity and deliver sustainable outcomes. Download the report.

The key to a sustainable future in industrial

Australand's Keysborough Spec 1 development at The Key Industrial Park in Melbourne's east has become the first industrial facility in Australia to register for a Green Star - Performance rating. Find out more.

Green Star - Design & As Built Scoping Paper is coming soon

The scoping paper will outline new pathways to certification and major changes to credits and categories. It is set for release on 31 March 2014. Track our progress.

180 Brisbane

180 Brisbane is a shining example of practical sustainable design, innovative thinking and is Queensland's first 6 Star Green Star - Office Design v3 building. Designed to provide a new direction for smarter and more sustainable workplaces, the building achieved four 'Innovation' points for unique transport and management initiatives. Read on

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

A former paper mill in rural Hampshire, UK, has been transformed into the new home of Bombay Sapphire Gin. The distillery is powered by renewable energy from a biomass boiler, photovoltaic array and hydro-electric turbine and is the first refurbishment project to achieve a BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating, anywhere in the world. Find out more.

Future Proofing Geelong

Future Proofing Geelong is a collaboration of business, government and community to support initiatives that contribute to a more sustainable, liveable and productive Geelong. A focal point of the plan is improving the energy efficiency of Geelong's commercial buildings with a range of resources and grants to help owners and tenants achieve this.
Find out more.

GBCA Supported Event

New leadership for Grocon

Carolyn Viney takes the reins as CEO and leads GBCA Member, Grocon into the next stage of its evolution. Find out more.

Bowden Village Lots 191-196

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

Parsons Brinkerhoff Freshwater Place

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

Hindmarsh Office Building 2

5 Star Green Star — Office As Built v2 / SA

The Avenue, Site 4B, 10 Herb Elliot Ave, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, 2127

5 Star Green Star — Office Design v3 / NSW


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