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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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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The The paper proposes changes to Green Star that would provide credits to projects for:
The paper has identified five principles with which a new approach to biodiversity and ecology would be based:
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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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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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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