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Energy & Water Consumption Displays (and other good things) in a Melbourne Apartment Building

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 22nd, 2012

4 September , 2012
9:30 amto12:30 pm

As the first Green Star Multi-Unit Residential certified project in Victoria, Convesso’s 4 Star Green Star rating represents ‘best practice’ in sustainable construction, with green features including:

  • In-home energy and water consumption displays that give occupants access to real time or historic usage data;
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances;
  • Water efficient fixtures and fittings;
  • High performance glaze;
  • Superior acoustic treatment; and
  • Ample natural light.

Join a GBCA (Green Building Council Australia) tour for to see these ESD features and more in action prior to full occupation of the development.

Date: Tuesday 4 September 2012

  • Tour 1: 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Tour 2: 10.30 – 1.30am
  • Tour 3: 11.30 – 12.30pm

Location: 1 Waterside Place VICTORIA HARBOUR VIC 3000
Tickets: Member Individual $55
Non-Member Individual $95

>>Book a place on the tour

Repowering Port Augusta: BZE Discussion Group

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on May 30th, 2012

4 June , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Energy is the master resource which drives our civilisation and underpins the operation of the buildings we live and work in. But how well do we really understand energy?   Richard Keech will explore some of the threshold technical issues and concepts of energy, particularly as they apply to buildings. Join us for this technical introduction to BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia (ZCA) 2020 Buildings Plan which will be released later this year.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 4 June 2012

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Some areas explored are:

  • the distinction between heat and temperature
  • star rating systems
  • measuring the benefits of insulation and double glazing
  • the basics of AC power
  • measuring the contribution of solar PV
  • latent heat and the physics of heat pumps

Richard Keech has a Masters Degree in Engineering (Electronics/Digital), and a Masters Degree in Environment (Energy Efficiency).  He has contributed to the BZE ZCA 2020 Stationary Energy Plan and the up-coming BZE Buildings Plan.

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners, for joining us in bringing you this event.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Further reading:

Build Green Expo

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 19th, 2011

18 August , 2011 10:00 amto21 August , 2011 6:00 pm

Sustainable Design Scorecard v7

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on February 11th, 2009

Established in 1999, and focusing on the planning approvals process, the Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) is intended to assess and quantify the environmental performance of non-residential developments throughout Victoria. Sustainable Design Scorecard v6 represents a new milestone for this valuable resource with a new, cleaner look and higher required scores, albeit with a greater number of options to achieve the target in each Environmental Category.

As part of the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) programme the Scorecard is complemented by its online sister tool, STEPS ( that assesses the environmental performance of residential developments. The Scorecard and STEPS have been developed by the Cities of Port Phillip and Moreland to enable designers and Council officers to assess all building types with the view of reducing their environmental impacts. These easy to use self-assessment tools are free and available for anyone anywhere to use.

This version of the Scorecard supersedes all previous electronic and paper-based variations, and while individual organisations can set their own thresholds, it is recommended that no older versions be accepted beyond April 2009.

For more information please contact your Council, the City of Port Phillip, or visit

Sustainable Design Scorecard v6 Sustainable Design Scorecard v7



Living Your Architecture – the greening of your dream home

Posted in Events by Ferne Edwards on November 18th, 2008

What: 1 day introductory workshop
When: 10.30am – 5.30pm, Sunday November 30th
Where: Cnr. Herbert and Blessington Streets, St Kilda Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: $90* Couples $160* – *$10 Early Bird discount if booked before November 15th


Booking/further details
Web: Phone: 03 9005 5833 eMail: livingarchitecture

World Sustainable Building Conference 08 Wrap Up

Posted in Events by Devin Maeztri on October 14th, 2008

This abstract was recently listed on Green Building Council Australia‘s newsletter. To see the original document visit Green Building Voice.

World Sustainable Building Conference 08 Wrap Up
Green Building Voice
Volume 57 October 2008

“The SB08 conference included a strong mix of innovation, lessons learned and looking to the future. Many speakers were advanced along the green building pathway”
Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the Green Building Council has provided a wrap-up of SB08 as the international conference was a huge success.

To read the full document visit Green Building Council Australia Media Centre.