The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings, communities and cities, with the vision of creating healthy, resilient and positive places for people and the natural environment. Carbon Neutral Adelaide aligns with GBCA’s purpose to lead the sustainable transformation of Australia’s built environment.
Following Australia’s commitments in Paris to reduce emissions to limit global warming to below 2 degrees, GBCA believes there can be no delay to policies and programs that will help deliver that goal. GBCA is proud to be a founding partner of Carbon Neutral Adelaide that highlights the leadership required to assist in reaching this target.
The GBCA launched Green Star in 2003, Australia’s only national, voluntary and holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities. Internationally recognised, Green Star was developed by Australian industry and locally adapted to suit the Australian market. From individual buildings to neighbourhoods, Green Star is transforming the way the built environment is designed, constructed and operated. Compared to minimum industry requirements, Green Star certified buildings produce an average of 62% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, use 66% less electricity and 51% less potable water, and recycle 96% of construction and demolition waste.
The GBCA also recently completed a nation-wide consultation on the discussion paper, ‘A Carbon Positive Roadmap for the Built Environment’. The discussion paper set the scene for a 1.5 degree future and outlined potential priorities and a roadmap for action for the industry, such as defining carbon neutral buildings and precincts. The paper aims to assist the built environment, the property and construction industry as well as government to play their part in achieving Australia’s emission reduction targets and to keep global warming within 2 degrees, with a draft to be released for comment in late 2017.