Taking the temperature of retrofitting in the public sector


According to a recent report by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the energy consumption of the Federal Government’s office buildings and assets equates to almost 1.8 million tonnes of carbon and 7.8 million gigajoules of energy per year. Improving the energy efficiency of these buildings could not only save thousands of tonnes of carbon, but also save millions in taxpayer dollars every year.

International EPD Programme reaches Australasian shores


The Australia Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) in association with the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) recently announced the launch of the Australasian EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) Programme. The scheme will be officially launched at the ‘Life Cycle Design – A solid foundation for sustainable buildings’ seminar to be held during the DesignBUILD expo in Sydney on Wednesday 29 April.

Brisbane Airport achieves Green Star rating


The Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has been awarded the inaugural 4 Star Green Star – Communities rating for the Brisbane Airport site, comprising 2700 hectares of land which is aimed to house more than 50 commercial office, mixed use, retail and industrial buildings.

GBCA Green Star 2014 roundup


The Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating saw a 43 percent increase in certifications in the last year, with 150 projects during 2014 compared to 105 in 2013. The increase is evident of the property and construction industry’s continuous shift towards sustainability.

Sustainable schools make sense and cents


The classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25 percent. ROBIN MELLON of the GBCA explains why green schools make sense and shares some quick wins any facility could implement.