5 September 2011 – The Green Building Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects have agreed to cross-accredit courses in the sustainability field.

The organisations today announced they had signed a memorandum of understanding in a move designed to boost the level of sustainability in the built environment.

AIA chief executive officer David Parken said the agreement would streamline the continuing professional development process for architects.

“It recognises the commitment that our members have made to continually advance their green skills,” Mr Parken said.

GBCA, chief executive Romilly Madew said the agreement signalled the direction of the industry.

“Green skills are no longer seen as an ‘add on’ but an integral requirement for people working in the built environment,” Ms Madew said.

“Green jobs are the jobs of the future. Sustainability skills should be embedded in all jobs in all sectors of Australia’s economy, but particularly in the property and construction industry, which has an unrivalled opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and water use, while supporting the growth of new, low-carbon industries.”