GBCA Green Building Voice
May 2014 issue

Sprawling, congested and polluted. These are three hallmarks of the city built for cars. Few industries have the power to change this, but we can. We can create communities and cities that get people out and active. Find out more.

The sustainability sweet spot
Romilly Madew discusses the sustainability sweet spot – at the intersection of good design, good management and good behaviour. Read it in StrataVoice.

Building to weather the storm
GBCA’s Jorge Chapa discusses how Australia can learn from the US how to build houses that can withstand extreme weather events, in Sourceable. 

Our position on the Emissions Reduction Fund and green building
Our industry will play a vital role if Australia is to achieve its emissions reduction target by 2020. Read our position on the ERF.

Tax cuts for environmental goods
If your company produces ‘environmental goods’ for export, the GBCA and DFAT are pushing to lower global trade tariffs for you. Read more.

Celebrating success
Three members of the GBCA team have been promoted into new roles. Congratulations to Katy Dean – Director of Advocacy, Helen Bell – Director of Research and Robert Milagre – Director of Green Star Development and Operations.  Learn more about the GBCA team.

Game changing credits released – find out what’s new 
The Green Star — Design & As Built draft credits have been released. Take a look at what’s been revised and which credits are brand new. Have your say.

Elevating Green Star – Design & As Built
There are some big changes planned for the Green Star — Design & As Built rating tool and now is the time to have your say.
Comment on the scoping paper.

Time to integrate Life Cycle Assessment
Two LCA draft credits are now available for use by Green Star project teams as Innovation Challenges. Find out more.

Register now for upcoming Webinars - discover the new Design & As Built

Investing in the third space
Investing in smart, sustainable buildings is a no-brainer, but less obvious is investment in the ‘third space,’ the place in between office and home. WSP’s Richard Palmer discusses the value of green and connected public places. Read on.

Case Studies

Sir Samuel Griffith Centre

The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre is Australia’s first off-grid teaching and research facility powered by solar and hydrogen technology. Find out more.

Beijing Building Park Centre

ANZ Tenancy, Ocean Financial Centre

Spanning nine floors the ANZ fitout in the Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore has achieved a Green Mark Gold Plus rating.  Find out more.

Get Wyndham Moving

Wyndham City Council has taken a unique approach to improve road and transport planning for communities in outer growth areas and it all started with a race. Find out more.

Hayley is the Membership Coordinator at the GBCA and she’s here to help. If you would like to know more about membership benefits, how to renew or becoming a GBCA member contact Hayley today.

Green Building Day

GBCA Courses

Green Star — Performance Foundation Course
Thu 12 June, Sydney  

Green Star — Design & As Built Foundation Course
Thu 5 June, Adelaide
Wed 25 June, Sydney

Green Star - Communities Foundation Course
Wed 4 June, Perth
Tue 17 June, Brisbane
Tue 24 June, Melbourne

Green Star Certification Workshop
Thu 22 May, Perth
Tue 3 June, Sydney


GBCA Events

Green Building Day - Sydney

Tue 27 May, Sydney

Green Building Day - Melbourne

Fri 30 May, Melbourne

Leading Green Women
Wed 28 May, Melbourne
Tue 17 June, Sydney
Tue 24 June, Perth

Retail Revolution
Tues 17 June, Melbourne  

Site Tour: Lyell McEwin Hospital
Wed 11 June, Adelaide  



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Kate Levy
Head of Marketing Services

Australia Award for Urban Design - entries close 28 May

Community Energy Congress - 16 & 17 June, Canberra

BEMP 2014: Productivity by Design - 15 July

Apply for a Go Greener Grant 
Do you know a school that could benefit from a $1,000 grant to implement a Go Greener initiative for students?
Applications are now open.

Are you in The Business of Sustainability? 
Launched by Consult Australia The Business of Sustainability website is designed to guide professional services of all sizes and disciplines towards a more sustainable business. Take a look.

There’s someone we’d like
you to meet
Ray is the first-ever talking, solar-powered light sculpture and he’ll be hanging about outside the MCA as part of Sydney’s VIVID festival.
Find out more.

Flash, share and save 
Australia’s first ever ‘Flash Share’ will be launched on 1 June with the goal of sharing 5000 household items in a single week.
Find out more.



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