The road to achieving our sustainability targets starts in Perth

The Green Building Council’s first Green Building Day event for 2019 took place in Perth on 16 May at Brookfield Place.

Reflecting on the transformation of Perth's landscape and looking to the future of its built environment, the event brought together leading innovators and thinkers to discuss how practitioners can help to tackle some of our biggest challenges and be agents for change.

CEO of Multiplex Australasia and Deputy Chair of the Green Building Council, John Flecker launched the day with a call to action for industry to aim ever higher and further as we deliver improvements in our buildings.

The morning featured Dr Martin Anda, Academic Chair of Environmental Engineering at Murdoch University who set the tone with a keynote address on water, energy and waste opportunities in WA. Afterwards, James Eggleston, Senior Analyst at Power Ledger deep dived into the role of technology in the decarbonisation of our cities, through the power of distributed generation and storage.

Audiences heard about developments in the world of Green Star, from the GBCA’s updated strategy and priorities for the year ahead, to the changes expected of Green Star rating tools through the Future Focus program.

The rest of the day was dedicated to local projects, as presenters and panellist shared their insights on Green Star projects and initiatives around WA. Case studies included Lendlease’s community activation initiatives in Alkimos Beach and Alkimos Vista, the City of Sterling’s 6 star Green Star rated aquatic facility, Scarborough Beach Pool, the Cirque Apartment Projects, and the Golden River Development, as well as JLL’s in house solutions for streamlining Green Star ratings. A robust discussion followed a close look at waste opportunities in WA, with presentations from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Encycle, Optus Stadium and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority on waste management strategies, and a panel discussion on construction and demolition waste.

The day, which began with a breakfast session curated for local government attendees, finished some more general networking. Presentations for sharing are now available.

The GBCA would like to thank all our sponsors for making Green Building Day Perth possible – Lendlease, Alinta Energy Geothermal, CETEC and Ambius. We would also thank Brookfield Multiplex, our venue sponsor for their support.

To review the programs for the forthcoming Green Building Days in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, head here.