WHATS NEW

Green Roofs Australasia, GRA, have launched a NEW WEBSITE.
http://www.greenroofsaustralasia.com.au

A change at the helm invariably brings a change of direction and GRA's new president, Matt Dillon, is committed to maintaining the status  and the responsibility that comes with being the peak body in Australasia. To acheive this, the new GRA directive is for greater interaction amongst all sectors within the Design and Construct Industry with new affiliations to other associations and our Asian neighbours. The first half of 2012 has been a busy period, negotiating financial support to host the World Green Infrastructure Congress in 2014, starting preparations for the Melbourne National Conference on Nov 29 and building a new website. The goal of the new website is to provide a one stop connection to the global green roof community. Our hope is that we can create a portal for this niche community to become involved in our news feed, social media networks, project uploads, business directory and blogs. GRA wants to hear what our members have to say, are thinking, discovering, creating .... through an interaction on the website and at our conferences.

The NEW GRA website has incorporated a:-

  • new Business Directory - to promote your services, trades, professions
  • new Project Upload function - to promote  your projects
  • new Blog function - to share your news
  • Newsletter - to share our industry news
  • Image Gallery - to build a comprehensive data base
  • online payment for conferences & membership - to provide cheaper fees 
  • new Library Resource Centre - to educate
  • new responsive styling for use on any screen & a new logo
  • new Social Network presence - to stay connected

NEW FEE structure for GRA annual membership is:-
G.S.T. NOT INCLUDED.

  • $30 for full time students.
  • $50 for individuals.
  • $70 for sole traders.
  • $200 for companies <10 staff
  • $400 for companies  10-20 staff
  • $800 for NGO's (Universities, Institutions, Corporations, Local Councils)
  • $1500 for Capital City Councils, State Governments

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RECENT PROJECTS

Goulburn Street Car Park, Sydney. A new trial project by CoS will deetermine the most suitable green wall system for a new restoration project which will transform the city 'eyesore' into green.

INDUSTRY NEWS

The GRA GREENING CITIES NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Melbourne 2012.

The 2012 'Greening Cities' Conference is supported by the City of Melbourne and the University of Melbourne and will present leading international & national speakers on recent innovative projects, latest research data and insightful design & specification information.

Keynote Speakers:

  • LAWRENCE REED, USA.
  • ED SNODGRASS, USA.
  • JOHN. S. LOOMIS, USA
  • PROF JEREMY LUNDHOLM, CANADA.

THE KEYNOTES WILL BE JOINED BY LEADING AUSTRALASIAN PROFESSIONALS including:-

  • MARK PAUL, The Greenwall Company, NSW
  • WARWICK SAVAAS, Aspect Studios, VICTORIA
  • GRAEME HOPKINS, Fifth Creek,  S.A.
  • ROBYN SIMCOCK, Researcher, NEW ZEALAND

The conference will also include a free Trade Exhition of the latest technology, Social Events, a Green Sites Tour of the CBD and a Reseach Seminar at the new Green Infrastructure Adaption Centre, UoM.

ALL INFORMATION & REGISTRATION BOOKINGS ARE ACCESSIBLE AT THE OFFICIAL CONFERENCE WEBSITE :-
www.greenroofconferences.com

MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON REGISTRATION PRICES.

 

CITY OF SYDNEY GREEN ROOF & WALL STRATEGY released.

This report outlines a strategy to determine the benefits green roofs and walls offer the City of Sydney.  In particular, it proposes a number of research projects to detail these benefits and to inform the development of the City of Sydney’s Green Roofs and Walls Policy. 

The Green Roofs and Walls Strategy outlines the steps needed to follow a similar policy development process to the one taken by the City of Toronto. The knowledge obtained through this process will inform the strategic direction of the intended Green Roofs and Walls Policy. Positive environmental outcomes for the City of Sydney are very much influenced by local factors, such as climate, extent and the mix of urban form in the built environment, as well as the presence of natural features, such as waterways and urban flora and fauna.

The communal outcomes are influenced by the feasibility of gaining access to the rooftops and suitability of green walls to the different building types in the City. The dollar value of return from environmental benefits is influenced by the cost savings possible from the provision of stormwater infrastructure and energy efficiency services. Other economic activities through local business on a green roof and in vicinity of green walls are influenced by a legislative framework to promote such uses. 

Green roofs and walls in Sydney have the potential to provide a number of sustainability benefits and make a positive contribution to Federal and State initiatives and our own Sustainable Sydney 2030 targets and objectives.

This strategy includes:

  • a Green Roofs and Walls Perception Study to determine drivers promoting green roofs and walls;
  • a Green Roofs and Walls Opportunity Analysis to identify potential locations and create opportunities to promote the installation of green roofs and walls;
  • a Green Roofs and Walls Cost Benefit Study to model the costs, benefits and risks associated with scenarios for the locations identified above and make available the knowledge needed to inform a Green Roofs and Walls Policy; and
  • a  Green Roofs and Walls Policy Implementation Plan, which will set out a
  • framework for developing a Green Roofs and Walls Policy. Furthermore, it provides input into the possible expansion of the established policy position.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct 22 - 26 World Green Infrastructure Congress, Hangzhou China

Nov 29 - Dec 01 GRA National Green Roof Conference, MELBOURNE

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