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    LEED interest in Australia?

    I am an American certified planner and a LEED accredited professional under the US Green Building Council. In a recent Green Source magazine article, I came across a LEED building in Melbourne and a recent review of the database shows one building registered in Sydney.

    Has LEED taken off in Australia like it has in the US? Is it beneficial in the job market to be a planner that is also a LEED AP? From the GBCA website, it looks like Green Star is the rating system of choice, but I just thought I would check.

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    I have never heard of the LEED concept till I stumbled over it on Cyburbia. It has never been mentioned at University or in research that I have done. I think the equivalent in Australia is the Green star rating system administered by the Green Building Council of Australia Here is the list of rating systems used worldwide.

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    Thanks, Woolley. I was hoping LEED AP would mean something internationally....but from the looks of it, it's a US/Canada thing only.

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    Hi Roaming,

    The equivalent of LEED in NSW is the BASIX assement system. If there is something Oz planning does right its sustainability issues. There is a great new book out by Timothy Beatley (American planning/env professor) comparing the Oz/US sustainability and planning systems. Its called Green Urbanism Down under. Might give you some kind of comparison.

    Unfortunately the market is really slow right now (as everywhere else) and employers are being real choosy and prefer local experience. You can probably land a contract role in environmental planning, just brush up on the Victorian planning legislation as that is key to landing a role. Good luck!

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    That is really freaky, I have that book on my desk 50cm away from me. It is worth the $70 dollar price tag

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    $70!! Yikes! Im gonna let you in on a little secret, Amazon.com. They ship to Oz and depending on the Aussie dollar you will save heaps! They will only ship books and not the other items.

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    Quote Originally posted by expat123 View post
    $70!! Yikes! Im gonna let you in on a little secret, Amazon.com. They ship to Oz and depending on the Aussie dollar you will save heaps! They will only ship books and not the other items.

    Thanks expat, I am well aware of Amazon and Abebooks. I am going to buy my lecture readings before classes start from now on

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    Quote Originally posted by expat123 View post
    Hi Roaming,

    The equivalent of LEED in NSW is the BASIX assement system. If there is something Oz planning does right its sustainability issues. There is a great new book out by Timothy Beatley (American planning/env professor) comparing the Oz/US sustainability and planning systems. Its called Green Urbanism Down under. Might give you some kind of comparison.

    Unfortunately the market is really slow right now (as everywhere else) and employers are being real choosy and prefer local experience. You can probably land a contract role in environmental planning, just brush up on the Victorian planning legislation as that is key to landing a role. Good luck!

    Thanks so much! I will pick up this book immediately!

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    Good to see the first 6 Star Education building at Bond University's School of Sustainable Development. I wish I could learn in that building

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