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Talking Buildings Podcasts

CIBSE ANZ has launched a new platform to discuss and tackle thought provoking matters relating to the built environment.  “Talking Buildings” is a new podcast, taking the region in a brand new direction, but most importantly a new and improved method of communication direct to you, wherever you are in the region.

Each month, tune in to hear us engaging with key industry guests to discuss various initiatives.  All our guests are passionately working to affect change, including making a positive impact on the environment and the people working within our industry.

We’ll be speaking to a range of guests, on a wide variety of topical subjects to bring direct to you  the latest facts and opinions on Building Codes, standards, certification, ethics, STEM programmes, energy and sustainable rating systems and much, much more.

Podcast Series

Tune in to Talking Buildings

Turning the Tables - Journalist in the hot seat
Release date: 30 September 2018

The tables are turned in our latest podcast, where the journalist is well and truly in the hot seat and she is on fire!
Our special guest is the Founder, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Fifth Estate, yes, you guessed it, we’re joined by Tina Perinotto who continues to play a precious role in finding, interrogating and disseminating information about the built and living environment.
Tune in to hear more from Tina, as she shares some insights into investigative journalism, her views on ethics in the workplace and also what Tina considers to be the top three issues you will be covering in the next 12 months.

Talking Buildings meets Talking Cities
Release date: 30 August 2018

What makes a city a great place to live? How do we manage the pressures of rapid growth? James Rosenwax, the host of Talking Cities podcast and AECOM's newly appointed Buildings and Places lead, shares his tales behind the microphone, his views on what makes a good thought leader and his most recent work on the publication 'Making Sydney Brilliant, A Manifesto for Sydney at 8 Million People'



Doing Good for our Planet with Kate Harris, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) CEO
Release date: 23 May 2018

There is much discussion on green buildings and the impact of construction and operation on the envirnoment but what about the social impacts of the production processes of the final products and services we consume? Can there be a rating a simple rating system that can evaluate the complexities of both enviromental and social impact? Enter the GECA eco label. Kate is responsible for driving the strategy for the built environment and big business at GECA.

In this session Kate shares some of the intriguing initiatives GECA is working on, for example their work with United Nations to scale up the benefits of a wholistic impact assessment label globally. Listen in to hear about other initiatives effecting government policy and reducing negative impact on people and the planet.

Engineering Career Success with Steve Slater, Senior Recruitment Consultant - Building Services at Constructive Recruitment
Release date: 16 April 2018

Job loss or change of job ranks highly on the top 20 life-stressors list. To help alleviate some of our anxiety, Steve talks to us about what employers are thinking,  how an engineer can stay competitive and offers some tips and hints for compiling a CV and interviewing for an engineering role.

Unlocking future potential with Candice Lim CSIRO Project Officer for STEM Professionals is Schools and Desilee Tait, Teacher at Loreto Kirribilli
Release date: 13 March 2018

In this session we get down to grass roots, with an initiative that focusses on children and teenagers - the engineers of the future.

Find out more about the different opportunities to get involved and how you can partner with teachers at schools to provide some real time knowledge and experience to implement in the classroom.

Making a difference - the need for change with Brett Fairweather, Mechanical Engineering Consultant - It's Engineered
Release date: 13 February 2018

A strong advocate for making standards more accessible to the industry, Brett opens the conversation, asking 'Is there is a better way?' We also take a behind the scenes look at the processes involved in developing standards, before looking at gaps in industry training and knowledge plus how best to fill them. 

With a background in building services design, facilitating training and six years of experience in developing standards with Standards Australia, Brett is well placed to address the questions fired his way in this podcast.

Save energy, save assets of the future with Steve Hennessy, Director at AHA Engineering Services/ National Manager of Sustainability, WT Consulting
Release date: 16 January 2018

Given the reality of climate change, there has never been a more critical time for building owners and managers to implement realistic and achievable sustainability strategies. Steve devotes his time to team leadership with a particular focus on energy and life cycle optimisation.

In this session, we benefit from Steve’s experience in the design, commissioning, operation, auditing and management of buildings and building engineering services. Tune in for insights from his extensive work with the development of the international NABERS initiative.


Engineering Excellence with Angus McFarlane, Structural Engineering Leader at Laing O'Rourke
Release date: 19 December 2017

With vast experience working on innovative global building construction projects in the Middle East, Europe and Korea, our guest Angus McFarlane now heads up the Engineering Excellence Group at Laing O'Rourke, responsible for devising engineering strategies that effect positive change in engineering methods.

With his sound knowledge and experience on the subject, Angus discusses Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) – a principal way to deliver innovation. Learn all about this process, the pros, cons and the impact it is having on sustainability, health and safety.  You will also hear tales from Angus's personal experiences in construction on some international and iconic building projects.


Ethics - Doing the right thing with Alan Obrart, Director of Obrart & Co - Consulting Engineer - Building Services
Release date: 14 November 2017

Heavily involved with various professional associations, institutes and industry bodies and having been an office bearer for Engineers Australia, President of AIRAH, a building services consultant and lecturer in building services at Sydney University, Alan has witnessed and presented on a fair share of ethically challenging scenarios.

To what extent are Engineers, and those holding 'professional' membership, held accountable? And what options are available to you when you find yourself faced with a client pushing for a finding you don't agree with or an employer who accepts a project where the outcomes conflict with your moral compass? This chat discusses many such situations a professional might find him or herself in at various stages over a career and realistic ways to respond to those situations.

Tomorrow's world with Frankie Muskovic, Property Council of Australia
Release date: 17 October 2017

Join us in our first ever broadcast, where we chat with Frankie Muskovic, Policy Manager - Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at the Property Council of Australia.  Frankie is a fantastic ambassador within the industry, who is extremely passionate about her work, supporting younger engineers and is working closely with the Australian Building Codes Board to develop Section J of the National Construction Code.