TGBN News & Events March 2013

News and Events

In this issue:
  • Forward Funding for 2013
  • Townsville Tradeshow
  • Green Building Show
  • Trade opportunities with Asia
  • Awards for Affordable Sustainable Tropical Home
  • Town Planning information easier
  • New Guides & Directories 
  The TGBN is sponsored by                                     

Forward funding for 2013 and beyond.

The TGBN has been actively working on three potential funding opportunities: 
  • Federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency Information Grants jointly with the Tropical North Queensland Institute of Technical and Further Education (TNQT) for a series of workshops supporting professional development, technical building clinics and product to market presentations for green skilling the construction industry. 
  • Cairns Regional Council: Support funding for the Tropical Green Building Network project officer and administration duties.
  • James Cook University: Action for Sustainability Fund. Development of 40 case studies demonstrating sustainable tropical green building expertise in Far North Queensland. This project will also include the work of an Honours student who will build their dissertation around the project, with an objective of charting what constitutes “tropical expertise” in the selection of case studies.

Thank you

Cairns Regional Council

The recently completed Community Sustainability Support Grant paid for our part time project officer. Also thank you CAFNEC for  auspicing the funding for a small fee.
This grant is now finished. 

Building for a Profitable Future Trade Show and Information Session

Tuesday 30th April 2013, The Ballroom, Mercure Townsville, Woolcock Street, Townsville 5pm – 8pm FREE EVENT, ALL WELCOME. 
Townsville Enterprise Limited (TEL) has recently engaged with Ergon Energy to actively promote the development of smarter, more energy efficient residential properties to the building and construction industry. The Building for a Profitable Future Tradeshow and Information Session offers those from the construction industry opportunities to:
  • Discover cutting edge building design ideas and trends.
  • Strengthen your understanding of the energy efficiency star rating system.
  • Recognise new ideas and opportunities for marketing your energy efficient homes.
  • Learn new building techniques - Have you thought about pre-fabrication?
  • Discover the latest energy efficient products and services.
  • Access industry leaders at this great networking opportunity.
Darren Finlay - Managing Director (Finlay Homes). 
Sophie Barrett - Sustainability Consultant (Green at Heart).
Michael Kane - Assistant Director, Environment and Innovation (Economic Development Queensland). will be sponsoring the TGBN tradeshow table. If you can't make the event in person and you have brochures, banners or advertising material that you may like presented please contact Emma Thirkell on ph 40531274. 
RSVP: Wednesday 24 April to Tania Clarke at email/tania)( or 4726 2753 or click here to RSVP online.

Light Home Magazine and the Green Building Show wants "remote wonders":
If you have designed a remote light weight home, show case your work to an international audience by podcasting an interview with Carlos Martinez, the presenter. It is as easy as submitting photos and recording an interview with Carlos over the phone. Please email Carlos at email/carlosm)(

To see the website and media click here: The Light Home

In 2012 some of our Designers and Architects showcased their work in the 'Australian Style' section of the show that is towards the end of each episode  

Episode 6: HP Tree House by Peter Pierce of mmp architects. Watch Here 
Episode 7: Nicole Ewing of Studio Mango Unit project.Watch Here
Episode 8: the Sophie Barrett and the Kenick Constructions Affordable House and Tony Lawson with an award winning home.Watch Here 
Episode 9: Gordon Beath from Edge Architecture with a Redlynch Valley home. Watch Here

Kenick Constructions and the TGBN display house wins HIA Awards.
In case you missed it, Kenick Constructions 22 Kippin Close, Redlynch Valley Estate brought home a mountain of prizes from the recent HIA awards including “Display home to $ 300K”, “Greensmart Energy Efficiency” and “Apprentice of the Year”. They also won the coveted “Display Home of the Year”, across all price ranges, and “Home of the Year”.  The TGBN was the backbone of this project for over 3 years. Well done TGBN and the Kenick Constructions team!!

Presentations to Trade and Investment Queensland Officers for Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macua, Vietnam and India. 
The India delegation also toured William McCormack Place, the refurbished Cairns Convention Centre and the Wharf and International Cruise Terminal buildings. If you would like further information please email Judy Noller at email/Judy.Noller)(

Download presentation by clicking here 
​*The sector is estimated at $170M p.a.
*Export is about 14% with opportunities.
*Business growth at 10% to 15% p.a.
*NQ has almost 900 manufacturing businesses and over 5,200  construction and 2,100 professionals, scientific and technical businesses.
*We are well positioned to service PNG and the Asia/Pacific area.

The Cairns Regional Council has updated their website 'Planning' page. Link Here
The site is much more user-friendly and is written in plain language.  It is located on the tab “Building Planning and Infrastructure” menu. The best features are the resources tab which links to critical websites i.e. current IDAS forms and detailed information guides. The 'Online Mapping' allows a request for contour mapping (it is free at present however, it is planned to introduce a fee depending on the demand of the service). There is also a link to ask for information from the Town Planner. The Council would appreciate any feedback – good and bad.

Contact Trish Read

Advancing Tropical Green Build
Business Directory & Marketing Plan 

Tropical Green Building expertise has been gained by adapting or developing to meet the unique conditions of tropical environments and uses processes which are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout the building's life cycle in the tropics. The tropical green building sector is growing rapidly worldwide due to the scarcity of natural resources, rising costs of fossil fuel energy, rising material costs and climate change. The economic growth forecast for the tropical zone including India and South East Asia will lead to increased demand for innovative, climate resilient, energy efficient tropical green build solutions. Tropical North Queensland is establishing itself as a worldwide hub for tropical green building as one of the world's most developed tropical regions.
Sustainable Tropical Building Design: Guidelines for Commercial Buildings
A new resource developed by Cairns Regional Council is now available and is part of their new Sustainable Building Design framework.  The link also provides the Policy and Checklist that make up the framework. It is also available on Council's website. It offers an overview of sustainable building design in a tropical climate, particularly for commercial buildings.

Retrofitting for Sustainability Guide
Written by Sophie Barrett of Green at Heart and published by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) for the tropical climate of far north Queensland including Cardwell to Cape York and the Tablelands.

The FREE guide has been compiled with the advice and expertise of local designers, builders, installers and suppliers of energy efficient products in our region through the Tropical Green Building Network (TGBN) to provide everyday householders with specific ideas on how to retrofit their homes for sustainability in the tropics.

The Tropical Green Building Network and had an outstanding year 2012. If you would like to read of summary of the work we performed please CLICK HERE    

For more information on tropical green building materials, services and North Queensland businesses visit
Please download our logo's and use them to link to our resources from your websites by clicking here.

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