Home building industry urged to adopt green certification system

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is calling on the volume home building industry to adopt the Green Star Homes Standard certification system now, ahead of a planned consumer release in 2022. “The Green Star Homes Standard is a game-changer that will bring more liveable, marketable, climate-positive new homes within reach of everyday Australians,” […]


Exposing hidden emissions in embodied carbon

A new report warns that embodied carbon could become a primary source of built environment emissions unless Australia acts now. Embodied Carbon & Embodied Energy in Australia’s Buildings was developed by the GBCA and thinkstep-anz with support from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. It says that without action, embodied carbon […]


Lendlease office assets achieve carbon-neutral status

One of Australia’s largest group of office assets, Lendlease Funds Management’s Australian office portfolio, has been certified carbon neutral. The carbon-neutral status applies to more than $11.1 billion in office assets and 566,000m2 of floor space managed by Lendlease across three of its flagship office funds. The carbon-neutral goal has been achieved five years ahead […]


Australian property leading the way for sustainability

Australian property companies have recorded a continuous 10-year run at the top of the global GRESB real estate assessment ranking. The ranking assesses and benchmarks the environmental, social and governance (ESG) and other related performance of real assets, providing standardised and validated data to the capital markets. Participation in the 2020 assessment grew by 22 […]


States leading the way to a sustainable future

Industry groups have applauded the Victorian and NSW governments’ significant investments in harnessing the power of energy efficiency and social housing to create jobs and drive the economic recovery from COVID-19. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Property Council of Australia, and, as a […]


Davina Rooney joins IWBI Governance Council

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney, and Senior Director of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) at S&P Dow Jones Indices, Mona Naqvi, to the IWBI Governance Council. The Governance Council helps uphold the integrity of IWBI’s certification frameworks and accelerates the broader movement […]


South Australia aims high for energy efficiency

Industry groups have applauded the South Australian government announcement that it will invest $60 million to improve the energy efficiency of government buildings. According to Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining, the commitment is the largest per capita stimulus investment of any Australian government in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. […]

Events and conferences

Round table for Australia’s top ratings systems

Australia’s top ratings tools organisations will come together for a panel discussion at AIRAH’s Outlook 2020 Conference on November 10. The panel will feature Davina Rooney, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH, Director of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), and Jack Noonan, Vice President, Asia Pacific […]