Australia joins world network to promote sustainable buildings

Australia’s green building council will join a network of national green building councils to promote sustainable construction practices.

The World Green Building Council (WordGBC) combines national green building councils in 74 countries. Its initiative, Advancing Net Zero, aims to see all new buildings and major renovations become ‘net zero’ by 2030.

A zero-energy building is powered entirely by the renewable energy it produces, meaning the building has zero net energy consumption.

“Our built environment presents some of the cheapest and fastest opportunities to reduce our emissions – and we can do this with proven and readily-available technologies,” said the Green Building Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.

“Our participation in the Advancing Net Zero project reinforces Australia’s international sustainability leadership, and strengthens international collaboration as we work towards a zero carbon future worldwide.”

The initiative will see green building councils in countries with high growth trajectories for construction launch ‘net zero’ building certification and training programs. WorldGBC’s aims to see 3000,000 professionals trained on net zero building by 2030.

Earlier this month, the Green Building Council of Australia’s chair Tanya Cox was appointed to the board of the World Green Building Council, following the Government’s election announcement of a Sustainable Cities Investment Fund, to deliver energy efficiency and smart technology in cities.

Australia and New Zealand perform strongly against other regions when it comes to sustainable properties. GRESB, a global real estate sustainability benchmark, awarded Australia/NSW a score of 69 in 2015, significantly higher than the average of 56.

“Our participation in the Advancing Net Zero project reinforces Australia’s international sustainability leadership, and strengthens international collaboration as we work towards a zero carbon future worldwide,” Ms Madew said.

In its commitment to net zero building, the GBCA joins green building councils from Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Netherlands, South Africa and Sweden.

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