“Your Building lays the groundwork for sustainability in the building industry,” said Construction Innovation CEO Keith Hampson.
The site – http://www.yourbuilding.org/
– was developed collaboratively by the Australian Greenhouse Office within the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, Construction Innovation
and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), with input from an Industry Taskforce.
It features, in a single location, internet links to thousands of individual sources of information on current sustainability practices, regulation, technological innovations and case studies on sustainable commercial buildings. How-to-guides on developing business cases for green developments and refurbishments also feature on the site.
“Your Building is a terrific resource for the entire industry, whether you are a property owner, developer, tenant, designer or manager,” Dr Hampson said.
“The site will help build the future capacity of the industry to tackle the environmental challenges Australia faces, to ensure we have a pool of talented, forward-thinking young architects, designers and engineers who can take Australia's commercial property industry into the future.”
Dr Tony Stapledon, project leader of Your Building, said the site would help tackle barriers to successful business cases by demonstrating how to lower development and capital costs, reduce liability and risk, increase tenant productivity and give buildings a green premium.
“Creating green buildings which reduce environmental impact can have enormous benefits for the owners, the occupiers, the employees, the business, as well as benefiting the city and the natural environment. Importantly, they do not necessarily cost more than normal buildings,” Dr Stapledon said.
Your Building was launched at Stockland's head office in Sydney on 28 September by James Shelvin, First Assistant Secretary of the Policy Coordination Division, Department of the Environment and Water Resources.
Your Building is sponsored by Architectus, Arup, BlueScope Steel, Boral, Building Commission, Connell Wagner, Fletcher Insulation, Leighton Contractors, Stockland and Szencorp.
Construction Innovation is running a series of industry seminars on Your Building, featuring case studies of sustainable commercial buildings and information on developing a business case and air quality around Australia in October.
The seminars will be followed by a series of training workshops on specific content relevant to commercial sustainable buildings, such as developing the business case, facility management, life cycle costing and valuing a sustainable commercial building. For more details on the workshops, see http://www.yourbuilding.org/