Green Building Day 2013, which will take place in Sydney and Melbourne at the end of July, will explore the trends, the predictions and the latest market insights and industry opportunities within the green building industry in Australia.

Following the huge success of Green Star Day 2012, some of the highlights included in this year’s program will include the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) research into the impact of Green Star over the past 10 years, representatives from some of Australia’s most successful green building project teams taking questions on their sustainable developments, and key industry speakers addressing future market trends and opportunities.

Green Building Day 2013 will be held in Sydney on Wednesday, July 24 and in Melbourne on Tuesday, July 30. The schedule will include Bruce Precious of the GPT Property Group’s presentation on the six megatrends likely to affect the sector over the next 20 years, and a detailed study of the evolving economies of Asia and Pacific cities.

A panel discussion will examine future trends, shocks and scenarios outlined by Precious, as well as the panel’s insights on what they might mean for sustainable property developers.

Furthermore, the real impact of the first ever quantitative research on the Green Star ratings system. At the end of 2012, the GBCA commissioned a study to discover what effect Green Star ratings have had over the past decade.

Green Star Operations executive director Orjan Lundberg will discuss how the environmental savings from Green Star certified buildings equates to taking thousands of cars off the roads, saving millions of litres of drinking water and keeping thousands of truckloads of waste of landfill.

The next phase of the GBCA’s research, which will delve into further environmental positives and the financial value of Green Star certification, will also be explained.

Green Building Day

Ben Peacock of Republic of Everyone, a firm specialized in sustainability communications, will demonstrate how to turn the numbers obtained through the research into a useful marketing strategy to get new projects and clients across the Green Star line.

GBCA executive director of technical development Jorge Chapa, and GBCA manager of Green Star development Robert Milagre will present an update on the most recent Green Star initiatives, including the Green Star-Interiors pilot process and the release of Green Star Public Building v1. They will also share the new program of works for Green Star over the coming year, featuring online rating tools and streamlined certifications.

GBCA chief operating officer Robin Mellon will look at the top 10 government financial and non-financial incentives that promote sustainable planning and explore how developers can utilize these incentives to benefit their business.

A heritage case study will prove that sustainable retrofits and green improvements to heritage buildings can be challenging, but as Legion House at 161 Castlereagh Street shows, they should not be considered a barrier to innovation. An interactive case study of the Legion House will show how heritage, technology and sustainability have combined to deliver a ‘World Leadership’ Green Star office and will challenge the Australian perception that on site renewable energy equates to photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.

A panel of experts made up of contributors to international best practice projects will examine how Australia’s design and construction industry can continue to excel in the growing global market for better buildings, and Mellon will conduct an open forum to debate and exchange ideas and knowledge on green building.