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GBCA Upgrades Building Green Star Ratings (Int'l. Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2019-05-01
In the Land Down Under, with more than 2250 projects under its belt the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) reports it is evolving its Green Star rating system and encouraging the built environment to achieve greater energy savings and net-zero carbon emissions.

To that end, GBCA is honing in on carbon emissions to encourage a net-zero carbon future for the built environment, harnessing renewable energy and low-emissions technologies, offset and/or reduce the use of fossil fuels in buildings, and encouraging building developers and owners a to consider a building's total energy and environmental impact. For example, new credits will encourage a holistic approach to address and minimize a building's impact on neighboring buildings. (Source: Green Building Council Australia, InfraStructure, 30 April, 2019) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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GBCA Carbon Positive Building Roadmap Released (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2018-07-03
In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is reporting release of a new Carbon Positive Roadmap discussion paper establishing the steps required for the country's built environment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The roadmap is supported by some of Australia's largest developers and property owners, many of whom are committed to meet net zero emissions.

As part of the roadmap, buildings seeking a Green Star rating will have to meet updated requirements -- with a proposal that new and existing Green Star-rated buildings will have no greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Existing buildings have to meet this target by 2050 or earlier. The Carbon Positive Roadmap outlines high-level outcomes, actions, targets and policy positions and aims to help ensure Australia's competitiveness and attractiveness for investment, while fulfilling international commitments to reducing carbon emissions, including the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Carbon Positive Roadmap can be downloaded HERE. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, July, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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GBCA Adds Biodiversity to Focus (Int'l Report)
Green Building Council of Australia
Date: 2018-05-30
In the Land Down Under, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) wants the building sector to consider biodiversity and ecology the same way it does about climate change and energy. To that end, the council has released Building With Nature, a discussion paper that envisages GREEN STAR projects increasing the amount of green space in cities, improving biodiversity, ensuring connectivity of nature and promoting restoration.

The The paper proposes changes to Green Star that would provide credits to projects for:

  • choosing sites within current urban boundaries or with limited initial ecological value;
  • protecting, enhancing or creating ecological value;
  • providing facilities and programs that encourage people to connect with nature;
  • creating habitats and ecosystem services on-site and across the landscape that increase city resilience;
  • engaging with state and local governments early to promote aligned responses that increase urban biodiversity;
  • using ecological offsets to further promote land or ecosystem restoration. GREEN STAR ratings would continue to be denied to projects that are built on areas for high ecological value or that impact on sites of national significance.

    The paper has identified five principles with which a new approach to biodiversity and ecology would be based:

  • protect ecological value, by encouraging development on land of limited value;
  • minimize ecological impact, by reducing the impact on on-site ecology and biodiversity during and after construction;
  • enhance ecological value and biodiversity, by improving the site as a first priority, and only then should off-site ecology be considered;
  • connect ecological networks, by linking or maintaining connections between native or built landscape corridors;
  • create and manage on-site and off-site natural spaces, by constructing new natural environments within the built environment and encouraging the maintenance of enhancements on-site and off-site.

    The GBCA expects new requirements to be adopted from 2020. (Source: GBCA, Fifth Estate, 29 May, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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  • First Aussie Hospital Scores GBCA 4 Star Efficiency Rating (Int'l)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2018-05-07
    In the Land Down Under, the Royal Adelaide Hospital has become the first large-scale hospital complex in Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star -- Healthcare As Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

    According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), incorporating green design in hospital infrastructure can deliver an 8.5 pct reduction in hospital stays, 15 pct faster recovery rates, a 22 pct reduction in the need for pain medication and an 11 pct reduction in secondary infections. Green Star buildings also deliver significant savings, producing 62 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions and using 66 pct less electricity than average Australian buildings.

    The Royal Adelaide Hospital incorporates abundant natural daylight, 3.8 hectares of landscaped environment with internal themed courtyards, sky gardens across the hospital's nine levels, and a 1.6 hectare green space footprint within the hospital. The facility also incorporates, high efficiency water fittings, a water capture and recycling system, onsite co-generation heating system and other energy conservation and efficiency features.(Source: Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Control News, May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au

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    Aussie Green Star Update Foretells Shift Towards Carbon Zero Buildings (Int'l Report)
    Green Building Council of Australia
    Date: 2017-07-07
    In the Land Down Under, Green Building Council of Australia reports it has updated its Green Star tools to prioritize carbon reduction in a push towards carbon zero commercial buildings.

    There are now minimum GHG requirements, with 5 Star Green Star buildings needing to obtain three Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit points and be 25 pct more efficient than a standard building; and 6 Star Green Star buildings needing a minimum of 6 credits and to be 50 pct more efficient than a standard building. Ninety-five pct of Green Star-rated buildings currently meet the requirements.

    According to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, "significant" increases in minimum energy standards have been made in the 2019 National Construction Code update. Other changes include measures to build industry capacity in air-tightness testing, a new materials pathway to incentivize the use of sustainably sourced structural timber; the Construction Environmental Management credit has been renamed the Responsible Construction Practices credit, and includes a point for project teams that can demonstrate staff support through health and wellbeing programs. Another change includes new innovation challenges on carbon neutrality, which will be rolled out in the coming weeks. (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, TheFifthEstate, 4 July, 2017) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au; Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, www.asbec.asn.au

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