Greening our cities one building at a time
by Romilly Madew, CEO Green Building Council of Australia
Of Australia’s 21 million square metres of existing office stock, 81 per cent is more than ten years old. That’s a huge opportunity for green retrofits. In Melbourne, two thirds of the city’s commercial buildings are receiving a sustainability overhaul, with the ‘1200 Buildings’ program aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than 380,000 tonnes a year. Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said it would bring a ‘green gold rush’ by generating around $1.3 billion in economic activity.
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Local Government Task Group established
The GBCA has established a new task group to encourage local councils to accelerate the green building agenda.
GBCA release new Green Star 'Steel' credit
A new Green Star 'Steel' credit, which aims to encourage environmentally responsible production, design and fabrication methods that result in efficient use of steel, has been introduced into all Green Star rating tools.
GBCA's CPD program - registrations now open
In response to your requests, the GBCA's Continuing Professional Development program is now open to take registrations (the program commences from 1 July 2010).
New credit encourages best practice PVC production
A new Green Star 'PVC' credit has been introduced into all Green Star rating tools, following an extensive 18-month review. The new credit will encourage the development and use of best practice PVC material in Australia.
New Chairman for New Zealand Green Building Council
Dean Riddell has been appointed chairman of the New Zealand Green Building Council. Mr Riddell, the previous vice chairman, replaces Rob Lang who has stepped down from his leadership of AMP NZ Office Trust (ANZO), and with it, his chairmanship of the NZGBC.
Cairns is catching on to Green Star
Cairns' building industry is overcoming the challenges of the tropics to deliver sustainable buildings. Cairns is gaining recognition for its sustainable designs, with two buildings achieving Green Star ratings and a further two buildings seeking Green Star certification.
GBCA case study
When the Queensland Government's Accommodation Office (AO) recognised the need for a Government Joint Contact Centre (JCC) in 2006, they embarked upon a project to demonstrate to government agencies and industry that projects can achieve the highest ESD outcomes at a commercial cost. Design decisions were made for their 'green' benefits, payback periods and quality.
The result is a building that has achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 rating representing 'world leading' green building design. At the time of certification (25 September 2009), JCC achieved the highest number of points (92/100) to date for any Office Design v2 project in Australia. At the time of publishing this case study, this achievement had not been surpassed.
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Postponed ETS - complementary measures are now critical
The GBCA has expressed its disappointment at the Australian Government's decision to postpone its ETS until at least 2013.
Building energy efficiency disclosure
The GBCA supports the introduction of the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill.
Prime Minister establishes Task Group on Energy Efficiency
This Government has made one of its key environmental announcements this week, that the introduction of the CPRS legislation would be delayed until 2013. What does it mean for the GBCA? We supported the CPRS, but argued that it should be seen as just one measure for tackling climate change; complementary measures to tackle emissions from the building sector were needed, given the building sector accounts for some 23 per cent of Australia’s emissions.
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The Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards
and we congratulate our winning members
Barangaroo sends open letter to residents and businesses
and will hold community forums
Anita Mitchell appointed sustainability manager for Barangaroo, reported in The Fifth Estate
Co-gen in Queensland: green tick from gas supplier a
sign for precincts
Panel discussion on green buildings held at Green Cities 2010
New GECA fact sheets now available
Sean Treweek appointed President of AIRAH
WorldGBC Chair wins Leadership in Sustainability Award
Journal of Sustainable Real Estate call for papers - deadline 15 May
A New Foundation for Energy and the Environment -
International project highlight
Officially the first Green Star SA rated office building in South Africa, Phase II of Nedbank’s Head Office will provide new accommodation for 3,000 employees. The development will include retail spaces on the ground floor, presenting an active edge to the public realm, and seven levels of office space above. Three basements are provided for car parking and below basement three, further excavations make space for the black water treatment plant and storage of rainwater and treated black water. Construction began in April 2008 and will soon reach practical completion; the project was certified as a Four Star Green Star SA project in October 2009.
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Member of the month
Wattyl Pty Ltd
Wattyl prides itself on producing technologically advanced, market leading products to suit Australian and New Zealand conditions. In 2004, after years of research, Wattyl pioneered the development of an ultra premium, maximum performance low VOC paint and colour system under the i.d brand. With less than 1 gram per litre of VOCs, this paint heralded a new environmental focus for Wattyl. Since then a range of Ecotint has been launched to ensure that every colour tinted into Wattyl Interior Design i.d remains at below 1 gram per litre of VOCs. Ecotint finally offers a complete colour and tinting system that has low environmental impact without compromising on colour availability.
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