17 September 2013 — Sustainable development leaders from around the world are coming together to celebrate World Green Building Week.
The annual event showcases the role sustainable buildings play in creating greener and more profitable, productive, healthy and empowered communities.
There are myriad events for the public and industry members around Australia to mark the week.
Start with a self-guided sustainable walking tour of Green Star-rated buildings being held in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Walk the city while learning how green buildings are contributing to the sustainability of the inner-city community and leading by example in the design and construction of the built environment.
On Wednesday 18 September, Green Building Council chief executive officers Romilly Madew (Australia), Jane Henley (WorldGBC) and Brian Wilkinson (South Africa) will answer questions in real time on Twitter. Join the conversation at 3.30pm AEST using the hashtag #WGBW2013chat
On Friday, visit One One One Eagle Street in Brisbane, as the project team presents an in-depth case study of sustainability. They will talk about the building’s environmentally sustainable design features and offer an update on the progress of the building’s 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v2 submission. Bookings needed.
For those in the building industry, there are plenty more events to keep them occupied.
- There are tours of the material recovery facility at 50 Clune Street, Bayswater every day until 20 September from 10am-10.45am, with additional tours available on request. The new-state-of-the art facility processes construction and demolition waste in Perth diverting 80–90 per cent of waste from landfill. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0458 458 770.
- ACORPP will showcase practical examples of how a small to medium business can achieve a sustainable outcome for their workplace through office fitout. Karla Fox-Reynolds, an ESD consultant for Cundall has provided practical advice to ACORPP and will talk about sustainability within workplace design and construction at Level 2B 338 Barker Road, Subiaco WA on Thursday, 19 September from 4pm.
- Australand is engaging employees and celebrating World Green Building Week with a creative Interactive Art Wall competition. Artworks will create awareness and inspire greener buildings; better places; sustainable living; healthier people – inspiring us to make a difference to the environment. Australand Rhodes head officer, Level 3, Buildng C, 1 Homebush Bay Drive from 3.30pm-5pm on Friday 20 September.
- Cundall is bringing a single event to celebrate World Green Building Week from 16 offices in 10 countries with a debate on the local drivers for sustainability in the next two decades, which contribute to a global perspective from key stakeholders in the construction industry. Titled Sustainable Building 2020 – Capturing the Global Perspective, it’s being held at Cundall’s Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide from 5pm-6.30pm on Tuesday, 17 September. Detailss: https://www.cundall.com/News/WGBW-Sustainable-Buildings-2020.aspx
- NDY are hosting an “Open Mic Night” to share views on “Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People” at Level 1, 60 Miller Street North Sydney on Thursday 19 September from 5.30pm. Bookings: April Cook at email@example.com or (02) 9928 6818.
- As the building industry enters another era of change, with a view towards “zero carbon” buildings, which buildings are leading the race towards this goal? Alex Bruce, director of eTool, and Oliver Grimaldi, senior ESD consultant at Cundall, will present the case for the residential sector and the commercial sector respectively. The Carbon Reduction Race debate will be held at Level 1, 40-44 Pier Street, Perth on Wednesday, September 18 from 5.30-7.30pm. Booking: www.wgbwcarbonreductionrace.eventbrite.com.au/
- A Green Building Speed Dating Breakfast will be held at Level 1, 40-44 Pier Street, Perth on Thursday, September 19 from 7.30-9am. Bookings: www.wgbwspeeddatingbreakfast.eventbrite.com.au/
- The latest in Green Star — Interiors and how to maximise credits will be the subject of a breakfast talk at Interface, 101 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills on Wednesday, 25 September from 7.30am-8.30am. The presentation features Libby Staggs from Sustainable Business Matters, Karen Garrett from Designeco and Jorge Chapa from the Green Building Council of Australia. Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org