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Sustainability in the built environment

Green design and construction goes global

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) have launched two resources to promote Australia’s green building capabilities overseas.

One, the Australian Green Building Industry Overview, is designed to provide offshore firms with a snapshot of Australia’s world leadership position in green building.

“Australia has a well-established and growing green building market, with more than 12 million square metres of Green Star-certified or registered building spac,” said Robin Mellon, GBCA’s executive director for Advocacy and International.

“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.”

The second resource, the Australian Green Building Showcase, is a directory of innovative Australian firms that are already working in international markets and actively seeking new opportunities.

Australian talent with a hand in green projects worldwide include the Kann Finch Group contributing design to the Masdar project in the United Arab Emirates, PTW Architects, which is most famous for the Watercube National Swimming Centre for the Beijing Olympics, China, and Lend Lease’s Singaporean development, 313@somerset, which has achieved the highest sustainability recognition in Singapore: a Platinum Green Mark rating.

“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,” said Mellon.

The resources have been released to coincide with World Green Building Week, 19-23 September 2011. See Austrade > Green Building to download the free publications.

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