GBCA Green Building Voice
Jan 2011 issue

GBCA courses

Green Star Foundation Course
10 March, Sydney
17 March, Canberra
30 March, Newcastle

Green Star Project
Certification Workshop
28 March, Sydney

Green Star Office Interiors
6 April, Sydney

Multi Unit Residential Online Course
Anytime, anywhere

Master Classes and Site Tours at Green Cities 2011

GBCA events

Green Cities 2011

1 Bligh St



Industry events

Riding the Carbon Wave Seminar, Melbourne, 17 Feb

Ecobuild, London, 1-3 Mar

Green Building Solutions Conference and Exhibition, Doha, Qatar, 2-4 Mar

Energy Efficiency for Commercial Buildings and Facilities, Melbourne & Sydney,
17 - 22 Mar

BEMP coming to SA 5 April 2011

Sponsorship opportunities

Event Sponsorship
Green Building Council Summit

Green Star Tool Sponsorship
Green Star - Performance

Corporate partner


New members

Flinders University
Pavan Consultants
Wingecarribee Shire Council
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
R&D Air supply
Department of Health and Human Services
Code Green Consulting
NS Projects
Prime Constructions (Qld)
Frontline Demolitions NSW
Soho Projects
Paint Professionals
CISCO Systems Australia
Smartcool Systems Australia
EnvironArc Design

Last chance for the Member Survey - entries close 31January 2011

Recently certified Green Star projects

5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1, Parkville Neuroscience Facility, VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1, Surface Design Consulting Fitout, NSW
4 Star Green Star - Office Design v3, Department of Sustainability & Environment New Office & Depot Heywood, NSW
4 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2, HQo - NIB Health Funds Head Office, NSW
4 Star Green Star - Education Design v1, Bellbird Park P-7 Primary School, QLD
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1, East Coomera P-7 Primary School, QLD
4 Star Green Star - Education Design v1, Collingwood Park P-7 Primary School, QLD

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by Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA

  Flooding QLD



The devastating floods in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia over the last few weeks are a stark reminder of Mother Nature's ruthless streak.

Natural disasters such as the Queensland floods provide an eye-opening insight into how building infrastructure in vulnerable areas can be built - and rebuilt - both sustainably and resiliently with climate adaptation in mind. More.


Last chance for Green Cities

Latest Green Cities News

The countdown to Green Cities has begun, with just five weeks left to secure your place at the most important sustainability event of the year.

  • Latest keynote confirmed

    Esther M. Sternberg M.D. is the author of the acclaimed book HealingSpaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being. In her keynote presentation, Monday 28 February 2011, she will explore the impact of the environment on our immune system, senses and emotions.

  • Get involved in interactive fishbowl sessions

    Liveability - what does it really mean?
    Residential - the green house effect
    Existing Buildings - upgrade, retune, retrofit
    Visionary leadership & governance

  • Master Classes and Site Tours


Continuing Professional Development Policy released
You’ll find details in the new CPD Policy of the changes we have made that we are confident will address most of the issues raised.

Moving forward with Green Star – Performance
Learn how you can get involved in Green Star – Performance, GBCA’s new project that will address the operational performance of existing buildings.

Take the FREE Green Star Refresher course online
Stay up to date on Green Star with our new online Refresher course, free for those enrolled in GBCA’s CPD program.

GBCA employees dig deep for Queensland
$800 was raised at last week’s employee barbecue and raffle in Sydney.

Provide your feedback

GBCA Advocacy - Tax Breaks for Green Buildings consultation paper

On 20 January 2011 the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency released a consultation paper on the ‘Tax Breaks for Green Buildings’ program. The Tax Breaks program is part of the Government’s strategy to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial buildings. More.

GBCA Case Study - Melbourne Convention Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), home of next month’s Green Cities conference, became the first convention centre in the world to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating in 2008.  This rating, combined with the MCEC’s excellent design features, have helped position Melbourne in the international market and secure the city’s reputation as a true global player within the international events arena. More.

Industry and International News

Greening industrial facilities

Stockland wins national award for office energy efficiency

Building Simulation 2011 Conference - call for abstracts

Master of Science at the National University of Singapore

The Fifth Estate - Section J of the Building Code – fašade glazing is the biggest challenge

International Case Study - The 100K House by Postgreen, Philadelphia, USA

100K House
The 100K House was the LEED for Homes Project of the Year in 2010.  The goal was to build a LEED home for less than US$100 per square foot in hard construction costs (labour and materials). Wherever possible the team tried to reduce the complexity and level of finishes until they had a clean, modern, simple home. More.

Member of the month - City of Perth

Perth Logo
The City of Perth has been a member of the Green Building Council of Australia since 2006.  Since joining, the City has released its strategic vision for the capital city through to 2029, which seeks to create a high quality urban environment and an organisation that is proactive in preparing for the impacts of climate change.

This approach is reflected in the Urban Design Framework adopted by the City in 2010, which includes a range of sustainability objectives, principles and targets and a particular focus on transit oriented development.

Demonstrating leadership the City is currently developing a 48-unit affordable rental housing demonstration project, which is registered for Green Star certification.  When complete, the housing will be rented out at below-market rents to low-and moderate-income workers who work within the City of Perth.

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