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GRA 2014 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

University of Technology Sydney; Building B Level 3 Room 29; Quay Street, Ultimo 10:30am - 12:00pm, 08 November 2014

INSTRUCTIONS FOR JOINING THE AGM (IN PERSON OR BY SKYPE)

(a) The Annual General Meeting of Green Roofs Australasia Ltd shall be held at the University of Technology Sydney; Building B Level 3 Room 29; Quay Street, Ultimo.

Cyber stream conferencing will be available through internet technology subject to members providing their intention to join using internet 7 days prior to the AGM date, 10:30 - 12:00pm on Saturday, 08 November 2014. Internet conferencing will be subject to connection provided by the University of Technology Sydney.

AGM Location: Refer UTS Map.

A floor plan for your reference is attached. The first map is the whole of level 3 of the Haymarket building with the AGM room highlighted in yellow, the stairs in orange and the lifts in green, the second is a close up of block B with the same highlighted colours.

A landmark for the Building is the Clock Tower at the corner of Ultimo Rd & Quay Street, Ultimo. Entry to Building B is approx. 20 meters down from the corner.

The best way to get to the room is to walk into Haymarket through the Block B entrance and as you, first walk in on your left is a lift, take the lift up to level 3 and the AGM room is just around to the left.

SKYPE group sign in will be from 'matt.dillon55' @ 10:30AM (Sydney Time)

This address will need to be added to your Contacts List and you will need to be online at

10.20am on the 8th November. Wait to be rung for your connection to become active. Do not ring first as you will need to be invited to join.

Please ensure that you have the latest 'free' download software for SKYPE.

If you intend joining the AGM by SKYPE then you will need to provide your Skype address to info@graus.com.au

This should be sent by Tuesday 2nd November 2014.

(b) The business of the Annual General Meeting shall include the presentation of the 2013-14 financial statements of account and the report of the Directors of the transactions of the past year, the election of Directors members and such other business as is placed on the agenda by the Directors.

Find all the GRA Information including Nomination and Proxy forms here.

Warm Regards,
Matthew Dillon
GRA President

Notice of AGM2014

Dear GRA Members,

We are inviting you to join us at our 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Date:  November 08 @ 10:30 - 12:00
The AGM will be held in Sydney and will be available to all members via Skype.
Call for Candidates to the Board of Directors is still open.
The AGM Agenda, Candidate and Proxy Forms may be downloaded from the GRA website - About Us.

Now you are re charged from the Congress. Please support us with your feedback on moving forward into 2015. Join us at AGM.

For further information please contact: info@graus.com.au

Warm regards,
Matthew Dillon, GRA President

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN / ANDREASENS GREEN

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Notice of AGM2014

Dear GRA Members,

We are inviting you to join us at our 2014 Annual General Meeting.

Date:  November 08 @ 10:30 - 12:00
The AGM will be held in Sydney and will be available to all members via Skype.
Call for Candidates to the Board of Directors is still open.
The AGM Agenda, Candidate and Proxy Forms may be downloaded from the GRA website - About Us.

Now you are re charged from the Congress. Please support us with your feedback on moving forward into 2015. Join us at AGM.

For further information please contact: info@graus.com.au

Warm regards,
Matthew Dillon, GRA President

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

Fytogreen-logo

GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

 ILD-logo GWC-logo

SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN / ANDREASENS GREEN

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Green Roofs Australasia AGM

Date:  November 08 @ 10:30 - 12:00
The AGM will be held in Sydney and available to members via Skype.
Call for Candidates to the Board of Directors is now open.
The AGM Agenda, Candidate and Proxy Forms may be downloaded from the GRA website (About Us)

Green Roofs Australasia Board Meeting (Directors only)

07 October @ 17:00 – 18:30
Australian Technology Park Room 5A/ 2 Locomotive Street Everleigh, Sydney

Green Roofs Australasia Members Forum 07 October @ 18:30 – 19:00 
Australian Technology Park Room 5A/ 2 Locomotive Street Everleigh, Sydney
Current members are welcome to join the GRA Board in an open forum to discuss the future agenda as we enter 2015. The forum will be minuted and items raised may be included on the AGM agenda for further discussion.

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NEWS FLASH : COMPLIMENTARY CONGRESS PASSES

As a special gift we'll GIVE 20 Members Complementary Congress Pass to attend the World Congress next week in Sydney.
Be Fast! Be First! Email Angelique Monroe on info@graus.com.au NOW for your chance to join us!!!

STARTS IN 5 DAYS!         WE ARE READY!        ARE YOU?         WWW.WGIC2014.ORG

Here is an idea on what the WGIC2014 is all about!

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DATES: World Green Infrastructure Congress 2014 (WGIC2014)  

Venue: Australian Technology Park, Everleigh, Sydney.  

Sydney Green Sites Tour 08:30 - 04:30pm 08 October
Buses leaving the Venue @ 08:30 for a visit to major green case study projects with lunch provided and finishing at One Central Park @ 04:30pm.

Opening Ceremony:  Wednesday 08 October @ Venue 06:00 -09:00pm

Introduction
Welcome to Country Ceremony
Official opening by Senator Scott Ludlum
Presentation of International Green Infrastructure Award
Presentation of the International Green Ambassador Award

Live Entertainment, Catering & Drinks

Congress Plenary:  09 - 10 October
International & National speakers
Exhibition
Catering provided

Closing Ceremony 10 October
05:30 - 07:00 pm Venue
Catering & Drinks

Training Workshops 11 October 
Venue: UTS Broadway Sydney

1. 201 Green Roof Design & Installation
Full Day with Jeffrey Bruce, Landscape Architect, USA
LEED accredited course
2. 101 Green Roof Design & Installation
Half Day course with Raphael Garcia, USA & Robert Griffith, AUS
3. Policy Strategy Workshop
Half Day with Steven Peck, Canada

and it's about this .....THINK SUSTAINABLE!  THINK GREEN!

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THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN / ANDREASENS GREEN

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Dear GRA Members and Colleagues,

GRA is hosting the WORLD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE CONGRESS (WGIC2014) in Sydney this October.

This has been a massive effort to organise so now we need your support by joining us on the Registration list.

The Speakers are World Leaders / The Training Workshops are a Once Only Offer for AUS.

The MEMBER OFFER is COST PRICE for Registration. That's $280,00 Full Rego!!!

The GRA Board works pro bono as advocates to promote green roofs and living walls in Australasia and our Industry is presently expanding rapidly. This Congress is our chance to celebrate the progress so let's do it together. Register and join us.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and many other associations have encouraged their members to attend the WGIC2014. They have responded.

I am now asking the same from GRA Members.

We are giving all our GRA members the opportunity to attend this Congress at cost price. Most of you have been staunch members since 2007 and we acknowledge your loyalty by passing on this membership benefit.

The Registration Fees / The Training Workshops / The Green Site Tour / The Social Events - GRA Members receive everything at Cost Price.

REGISTER NOW!

The Speaker Selection is World Class with global leaders in their field travelling to Sydney from abroad and inter-state. This will be our best event ever and we want you there to share it.
Patrick Blanc - Paris, speaking on 'One Central Park' in Sydney; Manfred Koehler - FLL, Germany; Dorthe Romo - Scandanavia; Michael Teh - largest green walls in Singapore ; Raphael Garcia - San Francisco who project managed the Academy of Sciences & Transbay Transit Hub and Sacha Coles, Lance Jeffery, Warwick Savvas, Graeme Hopkins, Mark Paul and others from Australasia and abroad.

Case Study Projects covered will be Barangaroo Headland, One Central Park, Victorian Desalination Plant, Major Singapore Projects and many from Europe, USA, Sth America and Asia.

New Research from Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.

The Workshop Training is LEED accredited from the USA and the benchmark for Green Roof Professionals. This is being presented by Jeffrey Bruce a world renown landscape architect who has worked on the biggest projects in North America such as Millennium Park in Chicago. The course was developed for the Green Roof Industry by 'Green Roofs for Healthy Cities' in 2006 and has evolved into the Industry standard for Professional Training.
This has never been offered outside the USA - until now at the WGIC2014 in Sydney.

The website has all the information on the Congress so check it out  www.wgic2014.org

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All GRA Members will get a 50% Discount for the WGIC2014, just follow the link to:

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REGISTER NOW and PLAN to BE THERE

Warm Regards,
Matthew Dillon
GRA President

WGIC2014 WORKSHOP 1:
GREEN ROOF INFRASTRUCTURE: DESIGN AND INSTALLATION:
Saturday, 09:00 - 16:00, 11 October

This USA LEED Accredited Training Course has never been available outside the USA … until now. This is a one off opportunity to receive Professional Development from USA Landscape Architect Jeffery Bruce who is a world leader in this discipline.

Workshop 1 Presenter: Jeffery Bruce, Landscape Architect, USA

Jeffrey Bruce is a landscape architect who is at the forefront of green infrastructure development in the USA with global acclaim for his skill-set on large scale Capital City projects such as ‘Millenium Park’ in Chicago collaborating with Frank Gehry and Kathryn Gustafson.

Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, is Owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) a national landscape architectural firm. Founded in 1986, JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation’s leading Architectural and Landscape Architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles including engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, performance sports turf, and irrigation engineering.

Mr. Bruce’s accomplishments, commitment and vision are well documented. He has received over 60 separate design and leadership awards. Award winning projects by Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, have been published 85 times.

WGIC2014 Full Congress Registration $280.00

Register & Receive 50% Discount on Training Workshops !

Workshop 1: GREEN ROOF INFRASTRUCTURE: DESIGN AND INSTALLATION $199.00

Course Manuals will be provided at registration and a Certificate will be issued upon completion for CPD point accreditation.

GREEN ROOFS AUSTRALASIA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

TIME / DATE:  17:00  TUESDAY  7TH OCTOBER

VENUE:   BOARD ROOM  AUSTRARALIAN TECHNOLOGY PARK, REDFERN, SYDNEY.

GRA BOARD MEETING 17:00 - 18:30
AGM ALL MEMBERS WELCOME: 18:30 - 19:30
Please join us at the Congress and the AGM to have your say about how GRA and to hear about future plans for 2015. We need your involvement and participation.

19:30 - 21:00 Join us for Dinner after the AGM.
The AGM Agenda will follow and be posted on the GRA website as a PDF.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

INTRODUCTION

2014 is gearing up as another expansive year for GRW growth in Australasia. Our efforts are still focused on dissemination, promotion and advocacy but we require your support to bang the drum louder. The website is constantly expanding with new projects, research data and opportunities to promote your projects and have your say about how we can do better. Get involved and let us know what you are doing and what you are discovering as we push for urban green infrastructure.

The perfect opportunity for our community to join together will be at the

This Congress is being hosted by GRA in collaboration with the World Green Infrastructure Network organisation and has been heavily advertised globally. Our Congress website is about ready to launch so we will be sending you the links or keep in touch via the GRA website. It is great to keep in touch about Industry developments online but we all need to connect, be inspired and extend our networks by attending events like this World Congress in Sydney. We will provide great speakers, training workshops, catering, tours and social occasions at the Congress so help spread the word and do join us.

SAVE THIS DATE: 07 - 10 OCTOBER, 2014 WGIC SYDNEY

Warm regards,
Matthew Dillon, GRA President.

 

INDUSTRY UPDATE

Growing Green: Victorian Projects

The crème of the crop in Victoria green roofs, green walls, green facades…
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Victorian Desalination Plant

The Victorian Desalination Project (VDP) has been established for two years now. Erik van Zuilekom from Fytogreen reports on wind...

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One Central Park

One Central Park is an architectural collaboration between Ateliers Jean Nouvel and PTW Architects located in Sydney…

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Kangan Institute Green Roof

The Kangan Institute Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is located in the Batman Hill Precinct of Melbourne’s Docklands.

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AILA NSW Workshop

On the 4th April AILA held a seminar attended by 150 professionals to hear presentations on the design and implementation of…

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Growing Green Guide

A guide to green roofs. walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria, Australia

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EVENTS

April 2014

  • April 1: AIPH International Green City Conference, London, UK
  • April 2-4: DesignBUILD 2014, Melbourne, Australia
  • April 5-6: Hidden - A Festival of Outdoor Design, Sydney, Australia
  • April 8-9: Water & Environment 2014, CIWEM's Annual Conference, London, UK

May 2014

  • May 12-14: Roof & Façade & Waterproofing Exhibition China 2014, Guangzhou, China
  • May 14: Civenex 2014, Sydney, Australia
  • May 16-18: ROOF INDIA 2014, Chennai, India

June 2014

  • June 2: Irrigation Australian Conference and Exhibition, Gold Coast , Australia

 

RECENT NEWS

Six-point sustainability plan for Australia’s cities

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202020 Vision Green projects

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Sydney shortlisted for outstanding design

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Forest Lodge Eco House Opening

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New green icon for Taiwan

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The Goods Line

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RESEARCH UPDATE

NZ Research / Guidelines - Living Roof Review and Design Recommendations for Stormwater Management (September 2013) Technical Report 2013/045 Auckland Council.
Download full document.

 

RECENT PROJECTS / CASE STUDIES

Te Kaitaka 'The Cloak' at Auckland International Airport
New Zealand 

Natural Habitats ‘Living Lounge’ at the Ellerslie Flower Show
New Zealand

The Block - Sky High in Melbourne, VIC
Australia 

The Hills Clinic in Sydney, NSW
Australia

 

Coffee Coffee Shop in Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

 

For more projects and details, please visit our Project Gallery.

 

PROJECT OF THIS NEWSLETTER ISSUE

Congratulations!!!

Forest Lodge ECO House won four international design awards at the 2013 A’ Design Awards announced in Milan, Italy

Forest Lodge Eco House, Sydney, NSW

The ECO House boosts two Green Roofs and three Green Facades, with solar thermal water heating for residential use and underfloor heating. Green roof planting is predominantly succulents with a pond and beehive. Expected low regime maintenance with no irrigation.

Read more >>

 

THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

DIAMOND SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

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GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

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SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN

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GRA is hosting the 2014 WGIC
for everyone to be involved and to enjoy.
Get on Board NOW!

FOR DETAILS VISIT OUR WEBSITE.


IN THIS ISSUE:

INTRODUCTION

At the 2012 GRA National Conference in Melbourne the City of Melbourne was awarded the 'Green City Award' to acknowledge the consistent advocacy of green roofs and living walls, support for research, community involvement, awareness raising through education and the Canopy Forum and the development of Guidelines and policy reviews. The Burnley Campus at the University of Melbourne received the 'Outstanding Research Award' to acknowledge the Burnley academic staff and students as leaders in green infrastructure research.

GRA has been an active supporter of both the City of Melbourne and Burnley Campus since 2008 through association and holding National Conferences in 2009 and 2012.

GRA congratulates the The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne Team (Cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip, the University of Melbourne) and the Victorian Government on the recent release of a draft Victoria's Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades.

This Guide has been put together by the Melbourne Team, with funds from the Victorian government. The authors have been advised by a range of professionals with experience in the green roof, green wall and facade industry. The Guide is written primarily for professional projects, but will be relevant for the do-it-yourself audience too.
There is no doubt that this Guide will help propel the development of more green roofs, walls and facades in Victoria and set a positive benchmark for other states in Australia and New Zealand.

The final product will be released early in the New Year and will be a free publication that can be downloaded from www.growinggreenguide.org

In the meantime, the Melbourne Team needs everyone to Give Feedback.
They are looking for feedback on the draft Guide from a wide range of people, from those who are professionally involved in the industry, to people simply curious to learn more. We invite all our members to take a look at the document and to fill in the feedback form by November 18th.

Please click on the feedback form even if only to tell them that you like the look of the draft and have no detailed feedback to provide. It helps them to know how many are checking it out.

'CANOPY' Melbourne information session.

An information session on the Guide will be held in Melbourne on November 13th, 6pm - 8pm, as part of Canopy: Melbourne's Green Roof Forum.

RSVP for Canopy here.

GRA has spent 2013 consolidating and restructuring to utilise our available resources as best possible. As a 'Not-for-Profit' it has always been a task to spread our input across both Australia and New Zealand. We contribute many hours however we also need our members to approach us; to send us information & feedback and of course to continue as members.

In 2013, GRA has reduced all membership fees across every category from student to the corporate rate. If your membership has expired, please consider your renewal as 2014 will be a massive year for GRA as we host a World Congress.

Western Australia was to be our focus for the 2013 National Conference; however, Perth & Fremantle were unable to meet the deadline. GRA is presently discussing an involvement with the WA Dept of Planning for the upcoming Pilbara Designscape Symposium. Call for papers will be made in the coming months; please keep informed and visit their link for further information.

In hindsight, GRA has been most effective at supporting other bodies & institutions with the resources to actively promote the expansion of green roofs & walls (GRW) so it is our hope, that the 2014 World Green Infrastructure Congress will bring together Institutions, professionals, trades, community groups and Capital City Councils in the same way that collaborations in Victoria have progressed.

In 2014 GRA needs all the assistance available as we attempt one massive push for the GRW Industry in Australasia. Get in touch if you have suggestions, feedback or, most importantly, if you are keen to lend a hand.

Warm regards
Matthew Dillon (President)


INDUSTRY UPDATE

The Growing Green Guide Team of Melbourne has released the draft of Victoria's Green Guide to Green Roofs, Walls & Facades

Visit link: www.growinggreenguide.org

Give Feedback!Fill in the feedback form by November 18th.

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) - 202020 NGIA Vision

Map, measure, publicise, research and support Australia’s finest green space projects and advocates. Use these to inspire the people who create our cities to create more green spaces. Keep inspiring; keep improving so that we can all enjoy more green spaces in our cities by 2020.

Also from NGIA following the success of last year’s i-Tree Eco Australia workshops, NGIA in collaboration with National Urban Forest Alliance (NUFA) and Arboriculture Australia have organised a second round of one-day i-Tree Eco Australia workshops:

Location

Date

Venue

Cairns

Tuesday 19 November

Cairns Regional Council, Civic Reception Room 119-145 Spence Street, Cairns, QLD

Brisbane

Wednesday 20 November

2013 Redlands Research Station 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland, QLD

Tweed Heads

Thursday 21 November

Kingscliff campus – North Coast TAFE Cudgen Road, Kingscliff, NSW

Sydney

Monday 25 November

Northcote Conference & Function Centre 12 Fennell Street, North Parramatta, NSW

Perth

Tuesday 26 November

Western Australian Ecology Centre, Tamala Room Bold Park, Perry Lakes Drive, Floreat, WA

Adelaide

Thursday 28 November

Campbelltown City Council 172 Montacute Road, Rostrevor, SA

Melbourne

Monday 2 December

University of Melbourne – Burnley Campus, Burnley Hall 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, Vic

Hobart

Tuesday 3 December

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Riverview Room Queens Domain, Hobart, TAS

The workshops are designed to provide participants with an overview of the i-Tree Eco software and its application including i-Tree Canopy. Cost to attend the one day workshop is $44.

If you would like to register please visit their website for online registration www.arboriculture.org.au


EVENTS

November 7-9: GreenUrbanScape Asia Conference, Singapore

 

November 26-27: Ecosystem Services - Green Infrastructure European Conference 2013, London, UK - CANCELLED!

For more information please visit website.

 

November 20-22: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, USA

 

January 28-30 2014: Green Building Expo 2014, Doha, Qatar

 

March 10-13 2014: NGIA National Conference 2014

Blue Sky Thinking Real Green Living is the theme of the conference, which will be hosted in the heart of one of Sydney’s favourite waterfront playgrounds, Darling Harbour.

 

March 18-19 2014: Green Cities 2014, Melbourne, Australia

In 2014, Green Cities returns to Melbourne. Based around the key theme of ‘Beyond the Baseline’, Green Cities 2014 will be the ultimate forum for discussion, demonstration and debate on how to go beyond. Beyond market challenges. Beyond green wash. Beyond boundaries. Join us!

 

April 2014: Pilbara Designscape Symposium, Perth, WA.

Call for Papers will be open soon - keep informed.

 


NEWS LINKS

GRA News

Join INTERNATIONAL delegates to celebrate the fastest expanding industry in Construction and Urban Planning. Experts, Academics, Exhibitors, Professionals, Policy Makers and related fields, which will congregate, share, explain and educate on how Green City Infrastructure such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests and urban regeneration can sustain our environment and our cities with vegetative systems and wise policy.

Visit GRA website for more information.

National News

$2 million Building Innovation Fund to reduce the carbon footprint of existing commercial buildings in South Australia

The fund supported the commercial property sector agreement between the South Australian Government and the Property Council of Australia (South Australian Division) made under South Australia's climate change legislation.

Two streams of funding were offered:

  • A capital works stream offered grants for implementing leading edge approaches in retrofitting commercial buildings.
  • A feasibility and case study stream provided funding toward feasibility and case studies that demonstrated leading edge approaches to retrofitting commercial buildings.

Overview of completed projects such as Installation of living wall, Installation of green roof, Feasibility of living wall with various documents are made available on Government of South Australia website.

The incentives for green roofs and how the disincentives can be surmounted

A review of practical benefits, biodiversity contribution, and overcoming inhibitors in Australian market prepared by Nina James, GRA Executive Board Member.

Read more.

One Central Park (OCP) Broadway, Sydney

The plant growth has been exceptional on OCP however due to human error there has been a setback.

Initially, the plants were pre-grown at Andreasens Green Nursery and successfully transplanted onsite. Growth has been faster than expected however recently 7000 plants died on the OCP project due to water for the irrigation being turned off by construction workers working on other areas of the project.

The vertical garden panels and planter boxes have been planted during the busy construction of the towers, which has many project managers on different sections. The irrigation is controlled by hi-tech computerised system, which had signalled Warning Notices about lack of irrigation during high temperature days. Construction workers had been turning the mains water on and off and when the system alarm bells were ringing for more water, there was no one listening. We hope there will be a full time operator checking for warnings about irrigation and plant health - next time! A costly mistake on a very hectic building site that could have been avoided.

International News

L'Oasis D'Aboukir Green Wall in Paris

On Sept 10, Paris Design Week celebrated the opening of Patrick Blanc's new vertical garden design called L'Oasis D'Aboukir in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

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GreenUrbanScape Asia Conference, Singapore 07 - 09 November 2013

Discover the latest products and solutions from top innovators. Network with like-minded professionals and industry leaders, including academics, government officials, and policy makers. Conduct market research and take advantage of this dynamic platform to grow your business.

GRA is supported by Living Roofs NZ

As an independent organisation, Living Roofs is promoting the uptake of green roofs in New Zealand. Visit their website to find out the latest information, research and case studies of projects in NZ.

Elmich installs the largest green wall in the world at the new ITE Headquarters & College Central in Singapore.

The ITE Headquarters and College Central in Ang Mo Kio, Singapore has been transformed into facades of living green vegetation, which cover the internal and external walls of 9 campus blocks and the rooves of 3 campus blocks.

Read more at OurdoorDesignSource.

PARKROYAL gets the Green Mark of distinction

Singapore Studio WOHA has designed the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel as a striking and sustainable green space, located in the CBD of Singapore.

Spotlight on Research

UC makes breakthrough in green-planted roof research

The University of Canterbury (UC), New Zealand has discovered green-planted roofs do not need to be irrigated in winter or summer to thrive.

More info here.

Green Infrastructure Research Group at the University of Melbourne

The new Green Infrastructure Research Group website is now on!


RECENT PROJECTS

Freehills Offices, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Completed in August 2013

Illura Apartments, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Completed in June 2013

The Bridgepoint, Kingston, ACT, Australia

Completed in July 2012

Mater Hospital Healing Garden, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Completed in February 2010

For more new and exciting projects please visit our Recent Projects website.


BOOK RECOMMENDATION

Jason Pomeroy's 'Skycourts and Skygarden' Book Launch Event

Using graphics and full colour images throughout, Pomeroy explores 40 current and forthcoming skycourt and skygarden projects from around the world.

Read more.

 

Living Architecture: Green Roofs and Walls

Graeme Hopkins & Christine Goodwin

Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings, Living Architecture highlights the most exciting green roof and living wall projects in Australia and New Zealand within an international context.

The book is divided into practical chapters that explore the entire green roof and wall process – from the overall international context to the benefits and drivers of this type of architecture, the design principles behind it and local case studies. It then explores specific planting lists, the challenges of climate change and the role of government in a highly illustrative and experiential way.

Planting the rooftops and walls of urbanized areas brings many benefits to public, private, economic and social sectors, as well as to the local and global environments.

This book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from students and practitioners of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and ecology, through to members of the community interested in how they can more effectively use the rooftops and walls of their homes or workplaces to increase green open space in the urban environment.


THANKING OUR SPONSORS!

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

FYTOGREEN AUSTRALIA

GOLD SPONSORS:

INTERNATIONAL LEAK DETECTORS / THE GREENWALL COMPANY

 

SILVER SPONSORS:

ELMICH AUSTRALIA / SIKA AUSTRALIA / RONSTAN

 

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