26 September 2011 – The Green Building Council of Australia and Austrade have launched a resource to promote green building capabilities.

The resource, which includes a green building capability directory and marketing documents, has been released to coincide with World Green Building Week.

GBCA’s executive director, advocacy and international, Robin Mellon said Australia has world-leading experience, systems, products and technologies as well as some of the world’s greenest buildings and communities.

“Australia has a well-established and growing green building market, with more than 12 million square metres of Green star-certified or registered building space.

“Australian companies are well placed to develop green projects globally, and the GBCA and Austrade are working together to ensure our industry maximises international opportunities,” Mr Mellon said. .

Some of the Australian companies delivering green projects globally include the Kann Finch Group, which provided green design solutions to the Masdar project in the United Arab Emirates.

PTW architects designed the Watercube National Swimming Centre for the Beijing Olympics which featured a number of green design aspects, while Lend Lease’s AUD$1billion 313@somerset development on Orchard Road in Singapore has achieved the highest sustainability recognition in Singapore with a Platinum Green Mark rating, Mr Mellon said.

“The GBCA will be working closely with Austrade to identify opportunities to ensure Australia’s green building industry capitalises on opportunities in the new green economy,” he said.