The Tropical Green Building Network

The Tropical Green Building Network (TBGN) develops and supports leadership in sustainable tropical building design, planning, construction, products and allied services.

We encourage collaboration between individuals and organisations in the industry and identify and action projects that will have a measurable impact on the uptake of sustainable building practices.

We engage with the broader community on practical issues.

To achieve this, builders, construction service professionals, building material manufacturers, retailers, government representatives, industry and community associations and other interested stakeholders are invited to work together.

The Network is voluntary and directed by a Steering Committee made up of industry leaders, government and education providers. It meets quarterly during the year to assess projects and establish strategy and direction.

The Network regularly operates events throughout the year for the public and industry and supports events and activites delivered by our businesses, organisations, government, schools, TAFE and the Universities.

The TGBN has been operating since 2009 and over this period has delivered and supported over 80 events and activites. We also regularly provide feedback on building and planning codes and other regulation relating to sustinable building in the tropics.

The TGBN is powered by and members advertise their businesses on If you would like to become a member of the network, please email or register here.

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An example of details and past events found on the TGBN Forum include:

Atherton, Sustainable Building in the Tropics
More information: TGBN Forum
Held: 30th October 2013 from 5.30 to 7.30 pm Where: Atherton, Hallorans Hill Observation Building, Centenary Drive, Atherton FREE event with refreshments and snacks. A networking and presentation afternoon. 3 presentations: NQ builds a clean green future for the world (Emma Thirkell, Thirkell Consulting Engineers & Nth Qld best tropical green buildings studied and shared (Belinda Allwood, People Oriented Designs) Residential Building for the ecological age: materials case study (Sophie Barrett, Green at Heart) And a mini trade show of products and services. Sponsored by the Tablelands Regional Council, Solarworks and For more information phone Emma Thirkell on 40531274

Speed Date Sustainable Architects, Designers and Builders.
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The event was a huge fun and very productive.

Film footage of Sustainable Tropical Design Presentation now available online.
For those who missed it, film footage of the June TGBN presentation What is sustainable building design for the tropics? Available online at

Reinventing Progress: Sustainability Leadership for a New Era
To find filmed video footage, links and to download more information visit the TGBN Forum.

TGBN presentation: Affordable Sustainable Homes presentation:
To find links and to download more information visit the TGBN Forum.

TGBN presentation: Renovating your home sustainably: Local Experts Offer Free Advice on energy & water efficiency:
The event was filmed and can be seen on the TGBN Forum.

Presentation by Nigel Crumpton, Waste Strategy/Business Coordinator, Cairns Regional Council to the TGBN Theme: Construction and demolition waste and current waste management practices. Presentation on TGBN Forum library.

Presentation of 'The least house necessary' by Shaneen Fantin, People Oriented Design
Exploring examples of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditional architecture from tropical regions of northern Australia (from Darwin to Cairns). Presentation on TGBN Forum library.

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Emma Thirkell | Facilitator | Tropical Green Building Network
Ph : +61 7 40531274
P.O. Box 952 Edge Hill, Cairns QLD 4870