Skip to content

Wednesday 9 September 2020
11 am - 5 pm AEST

CIBSE is currently upgrading its IT systems to improve core customer functions and increase efficiency and effectiveness. This will mean some website services will be offline until Monday 25 July. Help


In the future net-zero carbon buildings will be driven not only by social responsibility but by policy and changing codes and standards. Now is the time to take action. 

This online programme brings experts from both sides of the Tasman to share exemplar case studies of regenerative and net-zero buildings and practices.

It will also tackle future policy changes in Australia and New Zealand that building owners, managers and services engineers need to understand to minimise risks to assets, both existing and new.


This event will answer your questions about net-zero carbon building design and the future of buildings:

   How are policy and legislation changing and how does it apply to buildings and their design requirements?

   What does the future of refrigerants look like under the Kigali Amendment and Paris Agreement?

   What is the impact of corporate responsibility as a driver of legislative change and climate change?

   Building resilience - What does this mean and what do we need to know?

    Financial implications - insurance and investors and what does this mean for building designers?     

   The likely future focus of codes. Primary and extended targets for services engineers.

    What is the practice of regenerative design and how is it being applied to the built environment?

    Case studies of net-zero being achieved. How the systems were designed to achieve this in new and existing buildings with net-zero water / energy / carbon. 

  What lessons can we learn from overseas examples?


Download the programme


Tuesday 8 September 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM AEST 

Building within Planetary Boundaries

Human activity is pushing the environment beyond planetary boundaries. To date, most sustainability efforts have focused on reducing impacts, rather than quantifying how far we need to shift to operate within the planet’s limits. Planetary Accounting is a new approach that allows global problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss to be broken down into manageable chunks. Dr Kate Meyer, Business Director of Sustainability at Beca and Founding Director of the Planetary Accounting Network will introduce Planetary Accounting – and show how it can be used to drive decisions in the design and use of our built environment.

Speaker: Dr Kate Meyer
Founding Director of the Planetary Accounting Network

Young Engineers Award Winning Video Submissions  

Winners of the 2020 Awards - Student of the Year, Graduate of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year will be revealed and their winning video submissions will be shared responding to the question:
What changes need to occur in planning the built environment today to help achieve a desirable, high-performing, sustainable built environment one decade on?


Wednesday 9 September 2020, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM AEST 

10:30 AM AEST
Virtual lounge and networking rooms open

11:00 AM AEST 
CIBSE Chair Address

Speaker: Mark Crawford


11:05 AM AEST 

Powhiri - Maori Welcome 

Speaker: Were Maiava,
Pou Ārahi Māori, Link Alliance City Rail Link

Acknowledgement of Country

The importance of Indigenous culture and what can be learnt  

Speaker: Michael Hromek
Technical Executive – Indigenous (Architecture), Design and Knowledge, WSP


11:20 AM AEST 
What is the role of the engineer in bringing about a thriving future?

What are the changes happening in the industry and how do they apply to our work in the built environment? We sit at a pivotal point in history, for us as a species, and our relationship to ecosystems upon which we depend. This is humanity’s moment to reclaim and honour our responsibility as stewards of the places where we live. This talk will elaborate on the gap between where we are and where we could be, and point to the unique contribution we as professionals in the built environment are called to make towards a successful transition to that outcome.

Speaker: Mary Casey
Director of Social Infrastructure at HKA


11:50 AM AEST 
CIBSE YEN Young Engineers Perspective
What changes need to occur in planning the built environment today to help achieve a desirable, high-performing, sustainable built environment one decade on? A short presentation from a 2020 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards Finalists. 

Speaker: Carolina Mayol Cotapos
(Former) Electrical Engineer at Aurecon


12:00 PM AEST 

Legislation and Policy Panel: Legislating for Energy Efficiency in Australia and New Zealand - Compare and Contrast 
Both Australia and New Zealand are in the process of working to improve the energy performance of their built environment as a key initiative in reducing each nation’s carbon emissions whilst improving the resilience of their citizens to the impacts of climate change.

In this session speakers will talk about the different approaches being taken in Australia and New Zealand and their hopes for the future.

Speaker: Francesca Muskovic
National Policy Manager - Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs at Property Council of Australia

Speaker: Andrew Eagles
CEO of New Zealand Green Building Council

1:00 PM AEST 
Lunch Break

  • Grab a bite and join one of our social tables
  • Visit our event partners on their sign posted tables to learn how they can help you achieve your net-zero goals.
  • Chat with morning speakers

1:30 PM ASET
 Industry Interview
Speaker: Tom Stephenson, Stiebel Eltron

1:40 PM AEST 
HVAC Refrigerants - Precipice of Change

Legislation has already passed and the phase-out of refrigerants has begun. A phase-down of refrigerants is planned over the next 15 years, but how will these changes impact the construction and buildings industry?

In this presentation Peter will be presenting on what refrigerants to consider, and how this influences HVAC designs, construction and services markets. He will be discussing the big issues:

- Is the promise of zero GWP and zero ODP, ‘safe’ refrigerant attainable?
- Is the Emission Trading Scheme a fair and reasonable tool to force refrigerant change?

With brave engineering and careful decision making we can future proof our region, our industries and our buildings to ensure we are leaders not followers in the refrigerant crapshoot that will be the next 10 to15 years and beyond.

Speaker: Peter Hutson
Technical Lead at Black Diamond Technologies  

2:10 PM AEST 
The Future of NABERS Energy Project

The Future of NABERS Energy project is looking at how NABERS will adapt in response to emerging market trends. Evolutions that are being considered include:
A decarbonising grid: The share of renewable energy in the electricity grid has grown significantly since NABERS was launched in 1998. This project will be considering what amendments NABERS should make across all its energy rating tools, over what timeframe, to ensure rating results remain relevant.
Rise of net-zero emission buildingsNet-zero buildings are highly energy efficient and fully powered from renewable energy. NABERS has a critical role to play in transitioning buildings onto a net-zero emissions trajectory. The project is looking at how NABERS can recognise and reward buildings using zero emissions energy sources.
NABERS will be presenting the findings of the project and the changes that will be made to NABERS Energy.

Speaker: Corine Mulet
Technical Projects Manager at the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)


2:40 PM AEST 
The Resilience imperative – dealing with the risk of ‘stranded assets’

Commercial property owners and managers face the challenge of improving energy efficiency and transitioning assets to a low carbon economy whilst also facing significant risks to property, tenants and supply chains from increasing weather extremities as a result of climate change.

With over 80% of Australia’s office stock more than 10 years old and commercial offices having an average age of 27 years, how do we ensure that commercial asserts can remain resilient to future climate shocks as well as meet a pathway to net-zero.

What are the drivers for building owners, why are assets at risk of becoming stranded and what are the financial risks? 

Many of the existing buildings and those that are being constructed today, will be in operation up to and beyond 2050. What is this likely to mean for acquisitions, planned  major refurbishment and new construction now and in the near future,  and what will be the responsibility of engineers, designers and building professionals to address this?

Speaker: Phil Cowling
Chief Sustainability Officer at Cromwell Property Group

3:10 PM AEST 
Networking Break 

  • Join one of our social tables
  • Visit our event partners on their sign posted tables to learn how they can help you achieve your net-zero goals.
  • Chat with morning speakers


3:30 PM AEST 

The Road to Paradise..and Beyond

Trish will give a quick introduction to the Living Building ChallengeTM followed by two case studies of certified Living Building Challenge projects within New Zealand.  From Te Kura Whare, an administrative headquarters and tribal chamber for the Ngai Tūhoe Iwi in Taneatua in the Bay of Plenty, North Island to Camp Glenorchy, an Eco-Resort in the majestic Mt Aspiring National Park in the South Island.   Navigating the journeys and learnings from two Living Building Challenge projects culturally and economically different but with the same large heart.

Speaker: Tricia Love
Director at Tricia Love Consultants


4:00 PM AEST 

Burwood Brickworks – The most sustainable shopping centre in the world

Learn how the centre was designed to work within the Living Building Challenge (LBC) framework, the challenges around how the LBC effects how a shopping centre is typically designed and the benefits of Biophilic design to the health & well-being of the people that work at, visit and use the building.

Speaker: Jason Blake
Senior Project Manager at Frasers Property Australia


4:30 PM AEST 
Delivering Net Zero on the Grid

The demands of our climate transition in line with the Paris Agreement are for the large-scale decarbonisation of our economies by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. This means all buildings must have a pathway to net-zero – tall buildings, short buildings, expensive buildings and cheap ones. Private buildings, public buildings, investment-grade commercial assets and urban sculptures.

While for some buildings, the pathway to net-zero looks like a reduction in reliance on our energy grids – deep energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy, for many the pathway will look more conventional and require ever-closer engagement with our broader energy networks.

This talk explores how electrification of building systems, renewable energy procurement and demand control are essential attributes for all buildings in the transition to Net Zero Energy, and some of the key trends in systems design, building ratings and commercial engagements that will mark this transition.

Speaker: Richard Palmer
Principal at Integral Group

5:00 PM AEST 
Final Remarks

5:05 PM AEST

Register for this event now