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Green Star Rating – Driver of Australia’s “green” office building market

November 11, 2015 by Sebastian Fastenrath, Marius Reißner

“Green” office buildings are becoming increasingly mainstream in Australia. Daylight usage, natural cross-ventilation, the integration of PV-installations and Co- or Tri-generation systems (energy, cooling, heating), energy modelling systems and water tanks are now frequent features in new office buildings. The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) continues to play an important role in this transition towards a “greener” office building market. The number of Green Star certified buildings is consistently growing, with almost 750 projects to date. The development appears unaffected by the recent global financial crisis and doesn’t show any sign of imminent market saturation.


Sustainability transitions in Brisbane’s building sector

November 11, 2015 by Sebastian Fastenrath

Research activities in Brisbane Region focused on the role of policy actions (local and state government programs and incentives), industry actors (industry bodies and organisations), and innovative projects (Green Square, Common Ground, and the Global Change Institute), in addition to various transition processes and barriers in the office and residential building sector. Initial findings are based on secondary data research (policy documents, data of Green Building Council Australia, and Property Council of Australia) and personal interviews with 28 experts (in April 2014 and June/July 2015). Interviews were conducted with a range of stakeholders in the building context including policy makers, architects, consultants, industry groups, NGOs, and other professional bodies.


GreenRegio Workshop 27.03.2014

November 05, 2015 by Sebastian Fastenrath

On Thursday, 27 March, 2014, the last GreenRegio expert workshop took place in Brisbane. Fifteen experts discussed Brisbane’s green building processes. The discussants represented different views from architectural firms, urban planning, consultancy, policy, construction industry, and research.