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few years, we see real opportunities for sustainable design,
products and services across the Australian economy.
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Global collaboration
Beyond Australia’s borders, the GBCA believes we have
a collective responsibility to work together to achieve
SUST
change around the globe. We are currently collaborating
with the World Green Building Council to forge stronger
links within the Asia-Pacific and promote the benefits
of green building practices in the region. Our new Asia-
Pacific Committee has been established to develop
a program of education, product, technology and
corporate opportunities with interested Asian companies
– many of whom are in India – to provide new markets
both in Asia and Australia.
The Asia-Pacific Committee will also focus on
relationship building and mutual understanding with
our Indian counterparts. We have already exchanged
missions and information with India, and are working
together to undertake demonstration projects, to
offer training and staff exchanges and to support the
development of regulatory frameworks.
Future challenge and creating jobs
In Australia, we’ve recognised that our next challenge is
to retrofit the nation’s 21 million square metres of existing
office stock, as 81 per cent is more than 10 years of
age. A 10-year retrofit program would reduce Australia’s
greenhouse gas emissions by 1.4 million tonnes a year
– the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars off the road.
Greening our existing office buildings will provide more
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value than the immediate impact on the environment. We
will create jobs growth without needing to create additional
At the leading edge of Australia’s green building
office stock – future proofing our existing buildings,
movement are developments such as The Gauge in
ensuring they perform closer to new standards and
Melbourne.
The Gauge recently became the first building in
addressing the growing tenant demand for green buildings.
Australia to receive a 6 Star Green Star – Office As
Australia is proudly leading the region in green
Built v2 certified rating, and is now the yardstick building, and we will continue to work closely with our
for the Australian property industry to measure its
partners in the Asia-Pacific region to share green ideas,
environmental sustainability in new commercial
developments.
technologies and techniques – and work together to
Sustainability initiatives at The Gauge include
develop a globally sustainable property industry.
a black water treatment plant which recycles 92
per cent of water each year, as well as a gas fired
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co-generation system which provides base building
electricity and uses waste heat for pre-heating
domestic hot water and air supply in winter months.
the building sector, which
At The Gauge, a carbon dioxide monitoring
system and ‘single pass’ air conditioning provide consumes as much as 40 per
100 per cent fresh air supply to all occupants, while
glare control, optimisation of artificial lighting levels
cent of the world’s energy, 12 per
and individual task lighting controlled by workers
cent of its water and contributes
are reducing headaches and fatigue.
In Australia, properties such as The Gauge
40 per cent of the waste sent to
are demonstrating that the highest level of
environmental performance – coupled with an
landfill, is a major part of this
emphasis on occupant health and comfort – can
become the ‘norm’.
global problem.
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