GBCA Green Building Voice
Jun 2010 issue

GBCA courses

NEW! Green Star Foundation Course
6 July, Melbourne
28 July, Melbourne

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
21 October, Melbourne

Green Star Office Interiors Workshop
19 October, Melbourne


GBCA events

Master Class Conference
28 October, Melbourne

GV2010 June Masterclass Conference


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Certifications Technical Coordinator

Green Star Category Manager

Course Delivery Coordinator

Executive Assistant


Industry events

Healthy Cities Conference 2010, Brisbane 12-13 July

Design Capital: Built Program 2010, Melbourne 19-20 July

WorldGBC 2010 Congress in Singapore 13-16 Sept

China Australia Green Building and Eco-City Forum, Guangzhou, 15-18 Sept

Leading change, living for one planet, Canberra 27 Sept

Green Star Communities

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Learn how you can be involved in Green Star Communities



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New members

Australian Synchrotron
Brisbane Catholic Education
BurnsBridge Sweett
demos property service
Department of Justice Victoria
Dial A Dump Industries
HydroHeat Supplies
Marshall Day Acoustics
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust
Pittwater Council
Polyflor Australia
Reliable Controls Corp
SCI Projects
SEDAC Energy Management
Surface Design Consulting
The Riverview Group
Wesfarmers Limited

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Breaking through the urban density barriers

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA
GV2010 June BEMP Roms Picture
Our cities are in transition. The frameworks of the past are no longer working and we are facing a future of environmental destruction, climate change, pollution, traffic gridlock, declining health, rising obesity and worsening standards of living. That’s the picture painted at the recent Built Environment Meets Parliament Summit (BEMP) in Canberra. KPMG’s Spotlight on Australian Cities report, released in conjunction with BEMP clearly pointed to federal and state planning systems that cannot cope.  If that’s the case, how will they function with a population of 35 million?  Read more.

GBCA news

Seeking feedback on two revised Green Star credits
The GBCA is committed to continuous improvement of the Green Star environmental rating tools, and we are seeking your feedback on two revised credits: EMI-5 - 'Stormwater' and TRA-4 - 'Commuting Mass Transport'.

AFRDI now a recognised product certification scheme
The Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute Limited (AFRDI) has been recognised under the GBCA's Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes.

New report ranks Australia's cities
Property industry leaders have released a new report on the performance of Australia's capital cities and urged governments to make cities a nation-building priority.

CSR's new HQ achieves Green Star rating in first round
When leading Australian manufacturer of building products and energy efficient materials, CSR, moved into its new Green Star premises in January 2010, the company was able to provide a 'bricks and mortar' demonstration of its commitment to sustainability.


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GBCA case study

GV2010 June NT case study
The Power and Water Corporation was awarded the Northern Territory's first Green Star certification in 2009, setting a new benchmark for sustainable tropical design. Awarded a 4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 rating for its Ben Hammond Complex in Darwin, the project highlights the savings advantage brought by intelligent green design. Read the full case study.

GBCA advocacy

Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Bill 2010
Building owners and lessors will be required to disclose an up-to-date Building Energy Efficiency Certificate when they sell, lease or sub-lease office space of more than 2,000 square metres.

Australia moves to clean energy future
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Senator Penny Wong, has welcomed the passage of the enhanced Renewable Energy Target and Building Energy Efficiency legislation through Parliament.

Government supports sustainable buildings
After a slow start, all levels of government around Australia have taken up the green building agenda, a new study by the GBCA has found. The GBCA's 2010 update to the Green Guide to Government Policy has found that all levels of government now have programs and policies to support sustainable building.



Industry news


Baulderstone cements position as sustainable building leader
Westfield achieves 6 Star Green Star Design rating
Bond University scoops up another award
Workplace6 wins PCA award for sustainability
Green Building Award 2010 - call for nominations
Darwin tops sustainable cities index


Hong Kong Green Building Award 2010: open for nominations
U.S. Conference of Mayors embrace a green building policy

A day in the life of

Bernadette Wilson, Green Star Site Coordinator, Westfield
Westfield's project is reshaping the heart of Sydney's central business district, and will integrate Westfield Centrepoint and the Centrepoint Convention Centre, Imperial Arcade and Skygarden, provide a new office tower at 85 Castlereagh Street and an extensively modified and refurbished office tower at 100 Market Street. With such a challenging project on her hands, Bernadette's role requires daily flexibility. "In this role you need to be 'all things to all people'," she says.
Read the full interview.

Member of the month

GV2010 June Member of teh Month Ceasarstone CaesarStone manufactures high-quality, quartz surface slabs for a variety of uses and applications, such as bathroom vanities, flooring, quartz countertops, splashbacks for kitchens and more.

A quartz surface pioneer and global leader, CaesarStone creates surface slabs that are easy to transport, fabricate, install and maintain. CaesarStone are committed to maintaining up-to-date environmental data and allocate generous resources to environmental protection activities around the globe. CaesarStone have been a GBCA member since early 2009.

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