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ANZ Seminars 2016

Seminar August 2016 – Keeping up with the NABERS

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Energy efficiency has a profound effect on the operational costs and valuation of commercial buildings, so much so that no one in the Building Services arena can ignore its importance. To some extent NABERS has played a critical role, and with changes to Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) legislation coming into effect soon, a marketable NABERS rating will be even more important.

The CIBSE NSW August Seminar, discussed the upcoming changes to the NABERS Energy rules, their impacts on building ratings and how best to advise clients around accommodating these changes.  Dr Paul Bannister discussed these changes and the reasoning behind them, he also discussed the changes to AS/NZS 3598 and the move to an alternate way of auditing a building’s performance. He then went on to discuss how NABERS is viewed overseas. 

Dr Bannister was joined by Ian Van Eerden, CIBSE YEN Chair and Senior Sustainability Engineer at Northrop, who discussed how the UK is adapting their buildings to incorporate performance benchmarking around the NABERS program and the value placed on this to close the “performance gap” between modelling and performance. 

The technical session provided a detailed overview of the changes to the NABERS rules and AS/NZS 3598 and discussed how Australia’s building industry compares favourably to the UK’s, despite less onerous energy efficiency requirements within our building codes. 

The seminar was held at the Northrop Consulting Engineers office on level 11, 345 George Street.  Our sincere thanks to Northrop for their kind support. 

Seminar July 2016 – Staying Alive – Legionella Risk Management

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With the recent Legionella outbreaks in Sydney centred around the operation of cooling towers, this seminar was a timely reminder to evaluate your approach to Legionella Water Quality Risk Management Plans and how it affects your duty of care, as a designer, Facilities management and stakeholder of existing and future developments.

This CIBSE NSW July Seminar, featuring industry leaders in legionella risk management, focussed upon the key aspects of a healthy working environment, as they relate to the design and specification of domestic hot and cold systems, as well as heating and cooling water services, which are perhaps some of the most important aspects of building design to provide a change for the better.

Dave Dickson discussed the fundamentals of legionella within plumbing systems highlighting how the design of fluid networks impacts the health and wellbeing of the building occupants, as well as their productivity.  There is also a growing body of evidence, which supports investment in user-centred design, operation, maintenance and testing to improve internal environments.

A joint interactive presentation from Maryn Wanigaratne & George Argyropoulos, from Knight Frank focussed upon commissioning and maintenance regimes involved with managing their national office portfolio.

This lead onto a practitioner's viewpoint about the recent Sydney clusters and how they worked with Councils and NSW Health.  David Nabarro, from Integra Water provided an insight into what is involved in servicing the majority of the cooling towers in the Sydney CBD, as well as how Integra Water took on a proactive involvement with both Local Council and NSW Health throughout the recent Legionella clusters in Sydney.

The final presentation of the evening from Tony Burns, NSW Health Department provided an insight into how his team provides advice to the Chief Health Officer / Ministry of Health on Microbial Control matters following the recent outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease in Sydney and NSW. 

This technical session was very well received with over 60 delegates in attendance and highlighted the importance of how Legionnaires disease is preventable – and that we all have a role to play. Don't let ignorance be an excuse.
The well attended seminar was held at the ARUP Engineers office on level 10, 201 Kent Street.  Our sincere thanks to ARUP for their continued support with CIBSE ANZ, as well as Kemper for kindly sponsoring the evening.

Seminar June 2016 - Sirius, 23 FurzerStreet 6 Star NABERS

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This year in London, an Australian building took out the coveted CIBSE Facilities Management Team Award. The award recognises the achievements of a facilities management team in delivering outstanding building performance, and when you look at the credentials, the winner should be no surprise. Sirius at 23 Furzer Street in the Australian Capital Territory has become the first major property in Australia to achieve a 6 Star NABERS Energy rating without the use of Green Power.
“A 6.0 Star NABERS rating is classified as ‘market leading’, and Mirvac’s ability to realise this achievement for a major office building demonstrates their leadership in sustainability. Mirvac’s achievement has raised the bar for the property industry, and is an inspiration for the retrofit movement to continue in Australia, ensuring Australia retains its place as global market leaders in sustainability.”
Tom Grosskopf, Director of the Metropolitan Branch, Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW State Government
This is an outstanding achievement for the Building Services Profession and the Australian property industry and results from the integrated efforts of Mirvac’s Facility and Property Management teams, the property owner and the tenant (the Australian Commonwealth Government Department of Health and Ageing). Given that 6 Stars NABERS Energy is a 50% improvement over 5 Stars, how did they do it?
On the 7th June David Palin, Sustainability Manager at Mirvac shared the experiences and lessons learnt in delivering this remarkable building performance. From the design initiatives through to the many operational techniques, David demonstrated the passion needed to deliver better buildings.
David travelled to London to collect the award, and took the time to review building performance issues from a European perspective. He complimented his presentation with some observations made whilst reviewing some exciting developments in both the UK and Singapore.
David was joined by a surprise guest speaker - Nathan Rosaguti. Nathan is heavily involved in Mirvac’s new ‘Living Lab’, being established at their flagship 200 George St offices. He gave a spirited presentation on a range of planned testing initiatives – a bonus for the attendees, and another reason why so many attend these technical sessions.
David has agreed to share his presentation – please follow this link. Nathans presentation was top secret – so if you missed the event……..
The technical session was held at the new WT Partnership offices on Level 26, 45 Clarence St. Our many thanks to WT for providing such a wonderful venue.