Australia exports its green building skills to ASEAN region
A new report showcasing Australia’s green building expertise aims to capitalise on urbanisation across the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. The report, Australian Green Building: Developing a smart, sustainable ASEAN, was created by the Australian Government and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The report was launched on Monday 19 March 2018, by the Australian Government’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. At the launch, Ciobo said that Australian companies can “help the region’s cities transition to a low-carbon future”.
“Australian companies offer results, ranging from niche products to complete, end-to-end solutions,” Ciobo continued. “They can deliver buildings with lower operating costs, higher values and improved environmental and productivity outcomes.”
The GBCA’s chief executive officer, Romilly Madew, says that Australia has one of the world’s most mature green building markets, with more than 40 million square metres of green building space projects to be Green Star-certified by 2020.
“With the support of our 700-plus member companies, we have spent more than a decade driving sustainability throughout the property and construction supply chain. The results speak for themselves,” Madew says.
“GRESB, the global real estate sustainability benchmark, has ranked Australia’s market first in the world for the last seven years in a row,” Madew adds.
The ASEAN region is already the fifth largest global economy, and is expected to grow by at least 5.4 percent each year for at least the next decade.
“Our visionary companies, skilled industry practitioners and forward-thinking policymakers have transformed our construction supply chain and it’s now time for our industry to export these skills as we work together to deliver zero carbon buildings, communities and cities, and better places for all people in our region,” Madew says.
A PDF file of the report can be viewed here: Australian Green Building.
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