GBCA Green Building Voice
Sep 2010 issue

GBCA courses

foundation course

Green Star Foundation Course
14 October, Sydney
16 November, Canberra

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
10 November, Sydney

Green Star Office Interiors
17 November, Sydney

GV2010 June Masterclass Conference
19 October, Sydney

Project Management

Lifecycle Assessment

Renewable Energy and Technology


Green Star for Architects and Clients

Zero Emissions Buildings

Navigating the Green Regulatory and Policy Maze

Master Class GS Communities

Contracting for Green Outcomes

Marketing your Green Star project


GBCA events

Green Cities

InterfaceFLOR SiteTour
19 October

Industry events

Green Building Congress India
6-9 Oct

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

Building Sustainability Stockholm, 19-20 Oct

Melbourne Place Making Series
27-29 Oct

2010 CIBSE Soft Landings Seminar 1-23 Nov

future proofing

city and urban

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

Queensland Heritage Council and Sustainability Forum
18 Nov

Sustainable Heritage Seminar, Brisbane, 18 Nov

Corporate partner


New members

APA Group
Central West Group Apprentices
Charles Darwin University
Create LED Lighting
Drew Dickson Architects
Epm Projects
Field Constructions
Mainway Project Management
MC2 Energy Consultants
Metro Tiles Corporate Office
Popov Bass Architects
Resbuild Australia
Thiess Services

Recently certified Green Star projects

6 Star Green Star-Office Design-Darling Walk, NSW

5 Star Green Star-Office As Built-Coronation Drive Office Park Building 4, QLD

5 Star Green Star-Office As Built-Wesley House, QLD

5 Star Green Star-Office As Built-AXA Centre @ 750 Collins Street, VIC


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World Green Building Week wrap up

by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

Green Tie Gala Dinner Photo Album

Last week, the world's green building industry came together to highlight the important role that buildings play in mitigating climate change while addressing local priorities; such as affordable housing, job growth and disaster recovery.

In Australia, we held a Green Tie Gala Dinner during which the Chairman of the World GBCA and GBCA, Tony Arnel, launched a new report, Tackling Global Climate Change - Meeting Local Priorities. More



GBCA news

New WorldGBC report
A new WorldGBC report highlights how green buildings can meet local needs worldwide while tackling climate change.

New green advocate joins GBCA
The GBCA has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) Director of Sustainability Darren Bilsborough to its Board of Directors.

Technical Assurance Committee to meet 7 December 2010
The GBCA’s Technical Assurance Committee (TAC) considers and responds to stakeholder concerns regarding the development or operation of the Green Star rating system.  The next meeting of the TAC will be held on Tuesday 7 December.  We welcome submissions to the TAC, which close on Friday 22 October. 

Important GBCA membership announcement:
Membership will be suspended on the 30 September 2010 for organisations that have not yet renewed their annual 2010-11 membership.

Please feel free to contact Louise Wilkinson on: 02 8239 6207

Media kit

Green Star Communities

GS Communities Supporter

Sustainability firm brings global reach to GS Communities
Aurecon is the first consultant to sponsor the Green Star Communities tool currently being developed by the GBCA.

Planners support Green Star Communities
The GBCA and Planning Institute of Australia have agreed to work together on the development of the Green Star Communities tool.

'Green Star Communities' receives state government support
The proposed Green Star - Communities rating tool is set to become a voluntary national standard.

GBCA advocacy

There's both national and international 'news from the front line' in this edition of The Advocate. Firstly, we welcome back the Gillard Government and, after a tense few weeks of speculation, vote-counting, and deliberations all round, 'moving forward' championed over 'standing up'; we look forward to working with the new and returning ministers. The GBCA will be pushing ahead with our 'green building priorities', as voiced during the run-up to the Federal Election, with the focus on:

  • Government leadership and incentives
  • Education and healthcare facilities
  • The existing building challenge
  • The conversation around sustainable communitie
  • Embedding green skills in industry training

Read about what this means for GBCA and green building.

GBCA welcomes new Australian Government
The GBCA looks forward to working with the Gillard Government to drive the shift to sustainability.

New!  Free access to Green Guide to Government
GBCA member organisations now receive free access to our GreenGuide to Government website.  This website provides all the information you need on federal, state and local government support for green building initiatives. Subscribe online now.

GBCA case study - Lot 12 TradeCoast Central

Lot 12

Lot 12 TradeCoast Central became the first Green Star Industrial facility in Australia when it achieved a 4 Star Green Star - Industrial PILOT rating in April 2010.

The TradeCoast Central Industrial Precinct is on the former Brisbane Airport site adjacent to the Gateway Arterial Motorway in the suburb of Eagle Farm. It is a fully master planned industrial community with special emphasis on sustainable development.

"From the outset the TradeCoast Central estate has had a strong environmental focus. The early development of our Precinct ESD Code has enabled us to implement and improve on the original sustainable initiates in every new building," says TradeCoast Central's Project Director, Cassie Eivers. More

Industry news

National Framework for Sustainable Government Office Buildings released

Green Buildings Alive! launches during World Green Building Week

Job vacancy for UNEP: Sustainable Building Policies in Developing Countries

New PB-CUSP research shows active-travel cities could save millions in infrastructure costs

National Business Group calls for action on climate change

CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook Release

Break Out – Break Fast Winner of the Umow Lai "engineering sustainable environments" Competition

Jason Sienkiewicz: Winner of WSP Lincolne Scott World Green Building Week Competition

Building and sustainability consultant John Goddard reveals some secrets to make a building more attractive to tenants by using Green Star - Office Interiors

International case study - VLA stores, Surrey

case study

This month's case study is a two-storey industrial facility near Weybridge in the UK, rated 'Excellent' under BREEAM.
The building has been designed for compact and economical space use and circulation flow in a minimum rectangular envelope. The Stores Building was commissioned by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), as part of a wider redevelopment, and incorporates a bio-fuel boiler, four 6kW vertical axis wind turbines and 'sun pipes' supplementing passive infrared controlled lighting to internal areas. More

Member of the month


Cbus Property, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cbus, the national construction industry superannuation fund, has been a GBCA member since 2007. Their success is driven by the belief that sustainable business practices will give rise to better investments and better returns.

Cbus is a significant investor in the property industry throughout Australia with major investments and developments in the commercial, residential, industrial and retail sectors.

Where appropriate, new Cbus Property Investments will be subject to stringent environmental criteria and will strive to achieve a minimum 5 Star Design and 'As-Built' rating under the Green Star system.

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