GBCA Green Building Voice
Aug 2010 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation Course
13 September, Sydney
16 November, Canberra

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
2 September, Canberra

Green Star Office Interiors
17 November, Sydney

GV2010 June Masterclass Conference
19 October, Sydney

Green Law

Project Management

Lifecycle Assessment

Renewable Energy and Technology

Green Star for Architects and Clients

Marketing your Green Star project


GBCA events

Macquarie Group Site tour
16 September 2010


World Green Building Week

Green Tie Gala Dinner
22 September 2010


Site Tour - 30 The Bond
19 October 2010

30 the Bond

Industry events

Wood Solutions, 7 Sept

Singapore Congress

Parking Day, Sydney, 17 Sept

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

Green Building Council of South Africa, 20-22 Sept

Leading change, living for one planet, Canberra, 27 Sept

Green Building Congress India
6- 9 Oct

Building Sustainability Stockholm, 19-20 Oct

Renewable Energy Korea 2010
Seoul, 13-16 Oct (50% off thebooth fee for GBCA Members)


Achieving the Green Dream Conference, Melb, 16-17 Nov

Sustainable Heritage Seminar, Brisbane, 18 Nov

Corporate partner


New members

Blanford Balancing and Commissioning Pty Ltd
Bureau Veritas HSE Pty Ltd
Decorative Imaging Pty Ltd
Design Workshop Australia
Focus Digital Pty Ltd
Johnson Controls
Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia
SurePoint Australasia Pty Ltd
Switch Automation
The O'Neill Group Pty Ltd
The Shannon Company
TradeCoast Central Pty Ltd
Vento Australasia Pty Ltd
Volt Lane Pty Ltd
Watters Electrical (Aust) P/L
Waverley Council
Webber Architects

Recently certified Green Star projects

5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 - International Microsimulation Centre, ACT

5 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 - Norman Disney & Young, VIC

5 Star Green Star Office As Built v2 - SA Water Corporation (Mt Barker), SA

4 Star Green Star Office Design v3 - 199 Collins Street, TAS

Green Star gains government support

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA


The GBCA is about to begin work on the Green Star - Communities rating tool, which we believe will become a voluntary national standard.

Every state and territory Government Land Organisation in Australia has agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding with the GBCA. More

Follow Romilly Madew on Twitter


GBCA news

LOOP: a proposed Green Star Community

Principal sponsor of the Green Star Communities tool, Rock Development Group, has launched urban renewal project and redevelopment of the Belconnen Markets.

Achieving points with Green Star Materials Calculators
It is a common misunderstanding that only products that are certified by one of the certification standards recognised by the GBCA are awarded points for fitout products in Material Calculators credits.

Don’t lose your GSAP status
86% of our Green Star Accredited Professionals want ongoing professional development. To maintain your status you must register for our CPD program by 30 September.

Property groups looking for political leadership on cities
The Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) alliance has called for a National Urban Strategy to boost economic growth and foster more liveable and environmentally sustainable cities.

Green Star Performance to address existing buildings operations and maintenance
The GBCA is exploring a new approach in addressing existing buildings within its Green Star suite of rating tools.

GBCA supports Australian Carbon Trust
The GBCA welcomes $100 million in funding for the Australian Carbon Trust.

University of Melbourne supports Green Star Communities
The University of Melbourne is the first education institution in Australia to sponsor the Green Star Communities project, with its commitment to support the development of the new rating tool.

Green Building Mission to Canada & US Greenbuild
View a draft itinerary and express your interest in joining GBCA's green building mission to North America.

Register your interest in attending WorldGBC Congress 2010
Let us know if you are planning on attending WorldGBC Congress in Singapore in September so we can connect with you.

Green Lane Diary supports green education
The GBCA is proud to support a program teaching the youth of today about greening their schools. The Green Lane Diary is a free curriculum-linked education program for students aged 10-12 years being championed by Green Cross Australia. 

Thank you for participating
Thank you to all stakeholders who recently provided feedback on the new Transport calculator and Stormwater credits. Feedback is currently being incorporated into the credits. Further news about these credits will be posted on the GBCA website in the coming months.

Thank you to all who have participated in the online survey about Green Star tools.  Over 550 surveys have been completed, with in-depth telephone interviews commencing shortly.  Research analysis and results will be completed later this year.

GV2010 June Evolution

GBCA case study - Twenty 8 Freshwater Place

28 Freshwater

Situated on remediated land, Twenty 8 Freshwater represents a successful turnaround for a site that was previously contaminated and therefore unusable. The development has been carefully designed to achieve an overall impression of a building that is sympathetic to its surrounds, while providing a fresh, contemporary vision. More

Industry news

Green Square North Tower awarded 5 Star NABERS rating

Doltone House Darling Island Wharf wins 'Environmental Sustainability' Australian Business Award

Development of the Year awarded to Investa’s Ark in Urban Taskforce of Australia’s 2010 Excellence Awards

HASSELL wins 13 Australian Institute of Architects awards

The Laminex Group - First LPM plant to achieve FSC Chain of Custody

How passive ventilation can lower green house emissions

Join in the sustainable homes conversation in the new blog, Sustainable Homes Forum

Brisbane City Council  is working on launching a new WaterSmart Strategy later this year

FuturArc Prize has become the best know competition in Southeast Asia seeking ideas on Green building design

Does green pay? The Fifth Estate thinks the better question is, can you afford to be left behind?

International case study

Mundy's Bay

This month’s International Case Study is the LEED Canada-NC Gold Certified Mundy’s Bay Public School, in Ontario, Canada.
This is a 4,800 m2, two-storey brick school serving students from kindergarten to grade 8. In addition to classrooms, library, gymnasium and meeting/staff rooms, the school has extensive open space for sports facilities and play. The Simcoe County District School Board is committed to demonstrating sound environmental principles in its daily activities, decision making, and future planning. The decision to pursue certification under the LEED Canada rating system was one demonstration of these principles. More

Member of the month

Dept Treasury and Finance WA

The Department of Treasury and Finance of Western Australia, a GBCA Member since 2005 and a current sponsor of the Public Buildings PILOT Tool, launched a newly integrated business system responsible for maintenance, management, design and construction of new and existing government buildings. Building Management and Works (BMW) has implemented a Sustainable Non-residential Buildings Policy, which requires all to identify, develop and promote best practice standards for its non-residential buildings. This is to be achieved by specifying appropriate standards, tools and benchmarks to facilitate the design of sustainable buildings. As part of its sustainability commitment, it is now a requirement that every new primary school is to be designed to a 4 Star Green Star standard under the Education tool.


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