GBCA’s Tony Arnel wins major award
The Green Building Council of Australia’s chair, Tony Arnel, received the inaugural Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Leadership in Sustainability Award last night.
Arnel received the award in recognition of his dedication to improving the sustainability of Australia’s built environment.
This new, national AIA Award recognises an individual’s outstanding work achieved through their architecture, effective advocacy, education and community engagement.
Arnel is one of the GBCA’s founding directors. He is also chair of the World Green Building Council, based in Toronto.
According to chief executive of the GBCA, Romilly Madew, Arnel has been instrumental in driving the green building agenda both domestically and internationally.
He is also the Victorian building and plumbing commissioner and has led national regulatory reform for energy-efficient housing with the introduction of the 5 Star energy rating for homes in Victoria in 2002. He was instrumental in leading the policy reform that resulted in the inclusion of sustainability principles
into the National Building Code for the first time.