Sydney follows Melbourne’s lead and gets green upgrade loans

Sydney follows Melbourne’s lead and gets green upgrade loans

Sydney office landlords will be encouraged to undertake more environmentally friendly office refits under a new “green loans” program.

The program is a joint initiative between the City of Sydney and independent government-backed consultants Low Carbon Australia Ltd (LCAL).

The ‘Environmental Upgrade Loan Scheme’ was actually first developed by City of Melbourne in September 2010 and now has live projects under-way.

Inaugural Green Build Asia 2012 – Kuala Lumpur

Inaugural Green Build Asia 2012

On February 14 2012 Geoff Gourley attended the Inaugural Green Build Asia conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of his 2012 Malaysian eco educational tour.

Held in conjunction with International Construction Week at KLCC, opposite the famous Petronas Towers, Green Build Asia was one of South East Asia’s largest green building conferences; well attend by more than 10,000 various corporations, governments and individuals from across the Asia pacific region it was the place to catch up on green building, innovation, new products and services.

Opened by YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, a focus of this year’s event was on technology, systems, materials and suppliers and strongly featured low carbon cities and sustainable and green buildings, with over 250 exhibitors covering more than 6,000sqm.

I was lucky enough to spend some time chatting to a representative from Malaysia Ministry of Works (JKR) and Ahmad Zaki Resources, one of KL’s largest builders, who are currently undertaking the KKR2 tower, targeting a LEED Platinum environmental rating, KKR2 (RM309 Million) will house Malaysia Ministry of Works and be one of Malaysia’s greenest buildings setting an exmplar for other future buildings.

KKR2 is strategically located along Jalan Sultan Salahuddin, KL and is a 37-storey office tower standing 210mt tall and is the first phase of a complex development.

I was also privileged to see the building site up close; construction is approximately 90% complete and well on target for its scheduled May 2012 completion date.

The remainder of the conference presented a large exhibition of various green building products and suppliers, renewable energy, water and waste solutions and a number of guest speakers presented their views on the sector.

Putrajaya – a Low Carbon Green City was a unique initiative of the Malaysian government and had a huge stand, complete with extensive models, toward the front of the main conference hall.

All in all it was a good opportunity to see what another country, less developed in green building, was undertaking and it was very encouraging to hear about a number of carbon neutral residential and commercial developments are in planning and a couple actually under construction.

For further information see links below and for images see flickr link on home page.

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Geoff will be undertaking a 10 day Green building and Eco Educational trip to Malaysia in mid February 2012.

The start of the trip includes  touring the latest green buildings of Kuala Lumpur including attendance at Green Build Asia 2012

Green Build Asia 2012

Asia’s No.1 Event on Sustainable Building, Design & Construction

The world of sustainable building, design and construction will converge in Kuala Lumpur for Green Build Asia 2012 Exhibition & Conference. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The event is expected to be attended by over 10,000 delegates and trade buyers from across the region to get updated on the latest in property, building design, materials, construction equipment and interiors. Hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia, the event is Asia’s No.1 Business-to-Business Event devoted to Green Building.

Days 3-10 will be spent visiting the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Gayana Eco resort and the UNESCO listed Kinabalu Park.

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

The Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang-utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

The Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orang-utan up close in their natural habitat.

A boardwalk leads to a viewing area and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.

While orang-utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.

Gayana Eco resort

Gayana Eco Resort rests serenely at the edges of a lush jungle forest on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo. 52 over water, tropical villas are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below while capturing the enduring vistas of Mt. Kinabalu on the distant horizon.

At its heart, the resort is about protecting and re-generating our precious Marine Ecology, and the only such property to feature its own, on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre passionately propagating endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs; where guests actively participate in restoring vibrant life back to once damaged ocean floors.

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park was gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000 for its outstanding biological attributes.

Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species.

The Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occur in Sabah.

Out of the 29 bird species that are endemic to Borneo, at least 17 are confined to the mountains, notably Mount Kinabalu. These include subspecies of the Red breasted Tree-partridge, Crimson-headed Wood-partridge and Mountain Blackbird.

Such diversity is truly the makings of a naturalists’ paradise!

ISIS goes global in search of sustainable innovation and Geoff Gourley has been invited.

UK Tour and attendance at Eco Build – London

In line with the strategic goals of becoming a sustainability leader in the property sector, ISIS are travelling to the UK in search of innovation best practises. The trip, is scheduled for the end of this month.

Geoff Gourley will be attending the Ecobuild conference and will have access to leaders in sustainability and innovation; the key learning’s from the event will then be incorporated into the business upon return to help differentiate ISIS from their competitors in the property market.

Associates at Overbury have presented us with an exciting opportunity to go through their ‘Perfect Delivery’ model and give us a progress update on their ‘Client Experience’ initiative.

Geoff will be able to share what ISIS learns from implementing a new ‘Client Experience’ approach.

Geoff was selected by Group Executives Michael Barnes – CEO, Michael Seay – COO and Gary Anderson – Group Executive – Sales and Marketing. Geoff will be sharing his experiences upon return.

Geoff Gourley selected to the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Committee

Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Committee

Having completed a two year tenure on the Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions Committee Geoff has been selected to the PCA Sustainable Development Committee due to his extensive experience in property sector, passion for sustainability and knowledge of ‘greening’ the built environment.

This is a great opportunity for ISIS to build on their reputation as an industry and sustainability leader through Geoff’s involvement, which is in line with ISIS goal to improve financial performance through sustainable growth.

Read the article about the New Victorian Sustainable Development Committee.

Exciting new position with ISIS

Dear professional colleagues and friends,

I would like to inform you I have accepted the position of ‘Commercial Manager’ with ISIS Group – Victoria commencing on Tuesday 6 April 2010.

The last 2 years spent working with Hansen Yuncken in the capacity of Contracts Manager and Business Development Design Manager has been both challenging and rewarding.

I had the opportunity to work on some significant bids, tenders and projects and have enjoyed professional relationships with many of you.

This new engagement is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic and growing property services company continuing my 18+ year’s involvement in the built environment, property and green building sectors which I am so passionate about.

I look forward to remaining in touch and am sure we will cross paths at various networking and social events and during professional interactions.

If you would like to contact me regarding construction, refurbishment and fit out matters  please do so in the following ways,

Office: 03 9690 9555
Mobile: 0488 031 896
Post: Level 7, 5 Queens Rd South Melbourne Vic 3205

I am continuing my valuable work in the Not-for-Profit sustainability field through Shape Our Future  you can contact me on 0428 317 387 or I will also continue to be involved with the Property Council Australia Future Directions Committee.

Future Green Leaders Event

Future Green Leaders screening of The Greening of Southie.

Join us for a night at the movies as we showcase the The Greening of Southie

Set on the rugged streets of South Boston The Greening of Southie is the story of the  ups and downs faced by a development team associated with building a LEED certified (the US’s Green Star rating tools) Multi-Unit Residential building.

From the wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, The Macallen Building is something different- a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design.  But building green has its challenges- untested materials, skeptical contractors and concerned citizens.

The Greening of Southie is funny and poignant and is must see for anyone who is or wants to be part of green building.

Watch the trailer here. 


Melbourne Thursday 13 August 2009




$25.00 members,$35.00 non members – Includes movie and drinks

Book now or visit

National Camps Conference 2009

Conference Gala Dinner

Key note Topic- ‘Call to Arms’

Key note Title- Visions of Sustainable Prosperity for Planet Earth

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”       Margaret Mead

For years society has tried to get people in positions of power to care; now we’re going to get people who care into positions of influence. We need strong, venturous leadership, we need people who will lead, develop and influence our communities toward sustainable future prosperity.

Socially, economically, environmentally and culturally we determine what our environment and planet looks like, what the world sees, how we want to live and what future we leave for generation’s to come.

I care about developing future leaders and ensuring a sustainable environment and earth for our youth. It is our youth that are part of a global community and are 100% of our future.

We want future generations to ask ‘How did you find the moral courage to rise to the challenge’ not say ‘What were you thinking, didn’t you care’.

Concurrent workshop session 5

Topic- How to successfully implement a ‘Sustainability Leadership Program and Learning Centre’

Title- Sustainability Leadership – Our Future Demands It.

Sustainability leadership is about creating a collaborative learning environment to motivate, empower and educate the future leaders who, with these new skills and understanding, will lead business and community into a sustainable future.

We need innovative and immediate change in paradigms to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations.  A Camp’s vision, environment, staff and facilities can make this a reality, by developing and delivering sustainability leadership programs across a range of demographics we will ensure our circle of influence is great.

We are aware of the urgent need to address climate change, carbon emissions, water, energy, biodiversity and environmental challenges, through a range of programs it is possible for the camps sector to be leaders in creating a sustainable future and assist with the shaping of our future leaders.

By taking a ‘buildings that teach’ philosophy we are able to connect with people during their time spent at a camp, by engaging and connecting them to the natural environment we can have a lasting impact on their behavior, mind set and long term actions which can lead to more sustainable habits.

Camps can be at the leading edge of innovation in youth leadership, regional and community development, camps have the ability to quickly respond to community and market demands and through partnerships we understand we can cause a greater change to society and the environment.

Ecologically Sustainable Development

Article: Green Building, Leadership & Action

Title: ESD Ecologically Sustainable Development

Date: January 2009

Author: Geoffrey Gourley
Green Star Accredited Professional
Sustainability Leader


It is very encouraging to see the property sector within Australia understanding and addressing the serious climate change crisis; we have begun a paradigm shift in how design, construction and property development in this country is undertaken.

But why is change not happening fast enough? Leadership and greater action is required.

We are living well beyond the capacity of the planets resources, which at some stage, will run out. We have already seen a shift in how we use water, how we value eco system services, we now understand how we impact the environment through construction, development and building operations.

As professionals, our industry is leading from the front; we are incorporating renewable energy solutions in future developments and now have in excess of 76 Green Star certified projects completed.

Head contractors, like ‘Hansen Yuncken’, who have delivered landmark Green Star projects VS1 Adelaide Water, Council House 2, 60L, K2 Housing, Kangan Batman Tafe, are at the cutting edge of sustainable building practices.

There has been an increase in the number of projects undertaken where ‘Green Star Rating’ is to be achieved; indictors show this will continue to be an element toward a paradigm shift in the industry.

We have made a difference, but our reduction in contributing substantial GHG to the atmosphere is not happening fast enough.

The United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics estimates the built environment’s lifespan contribution to global CO2 emission is approximately forty per cent.

In Australia, the Green Building Council’s research indicates that commercial buildings alone contribute 8.8 per cent of national greenhouse gas emissions.

There is huge potential for the building and property sector to play an important role in reducing emissions.

As an intelligent group of companies and individuals we can use the smartest people in the smartest ways, by adopting frontier technologies methods and efficiencies, working towards substantial emission reductions is possible.

We want change; we need to ensure a healthy and sustainable planet is here for future generations by adopting a paradigm shift, and with the right leadership we can do it better.

What is the sustainable pathway for future generations looking like?, as Australia continues to grow we see further development happening around us, simple developments are becoming Ecologically Sustainable Developments, a greater number of residential and commercial projects, in particular offices, are gaining Green Star ratings and the number of Green Star Accredited Professionals continue to become greater with every course delivered by Green Building Council of Australia. These are positive indications.

Our experiences over the last 5-6 years has provided the foundation for a rapid increase in projects aiming for, and achieving 4, 5 & 6 star Green Star ratings, not too mention the increase in ‘green collar’ jobs directly associated with design, consultancy and contracting companies.
Planning guidelines and formation, through community and industry consultation, of visions for future ‘green cities’ is well underway. A number of global sustainability initiatives are starting to be developed and adopted here in Australia.
Central Services Hubs are one element which is being considered as part of future developments; in nominated suburbs like Dandenong in Melbourne’s East and Docklands precinct on the fringe of Melbourne’s CBD, ‘CSH’ are being developed to provide renewable energy options like Tri-Generation combined with black water and grey water treatment plants, these can be connected to all buildings within the development precinct.
The benefits of a more sustainable approach is significant, without doubt, it has to be the approach we take in all future developments. We need to consider and adopt visions and aim to achieve far greater, sustainable outcomes for the property sector and the planet.
By remaining committed to solid ESD principals, through government, industry and private collaboration we will see Australia become the world leader in green building, our attitude and behavior towards development will be one of ecological sustainability, creating eco-cities with strategic views to maximise utilisation of space.

We need more stringent sustainable planning directions that consider and value the land on which we build. Through holistic planning and development of integrated, sustainable towns, cities and urban centre’s we can assist Australia regain its local community identity. From less urban boundary growth, higher levels of mixed use and infill developments, I see inner urban and regional hubs connected in every way.

The health of our society and communities will be improved with the integration of ecologically planned outdoor public space and purposeful general amenity formed as part of master planned developments.

Creating a pathway to a sustainable, zero net emissions Australia can be achieved by building “green” economic vitality in the property sector. Through promoting sustainable developments and continuing to research and adopt innovative design practices, manage our building operations better and by building ‘green’ we will see moves towards a more sustainable Australia.

Strong leadership is needed, collaborative approaches are required, companies within the property industry need to respond better to climate change and respond now. I encourage you to play an active part and get involved through associations, groups and industry bodies. Can we ensure the sustainable future of our industry and the planet, Yes we can.


Geoffrey Gourley
0434 185 933

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