The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is a national, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia.
GBCA is focused on large developments including commercial offices, education facilities, healthcare facilities and retail centres. It has developed a series of voluntary ‘Green Star’ rating tools that evaluate the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities.
The Green Star system awards points across a range of credit areas to rank the building or development for design and construction to achieve environmental sustainability. There are 3 levels of Green Star rating available:
- 4 Star - Best Practice
- 5 Star - Australian Excellence
- 6 Star - World Leader.
Credit points available for Green Star that apply to waste and recycling cover:
- Recycling of construction and demolition waste from the building
- Design of the storage for waste to encourage good recycling practices
- Use of recycled materials.
Construction and demolition recycling
GBCA recently sought public submissions on a discussion paper regarding the robust and credible reporting of the recycling of construction and demolition waste. The paper highlights perceived shortcomings in the calculation of relevant credits and reporting mechanisms. The comments period closed on 31 January but the document can be accessed here.
More information about GBCA and Green Star can be obtained from their website.
The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) is Australia’s peak representative body for all segments of the urban development industry.