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Day 1 | Tuesday 07 Sep 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEST

Day 2 | Tuesday 14 Sep 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Day 3 | Tuesday 21 Sep 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Day 4 | Tuesday 28 Sep 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEST
Day 5 | Tuesday 05 Oct 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm AEDT

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Keynote Speakers

Seminar speakers in alphabetical order:


A/Prof Christhina Candido
Director SHE Lab at The University of Melbourne

Christhina Candido directs the SHE (Sustainable and Healthy Environments) Lab. Chris is an architect with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and in Environmental Science from Macquarie University (Australia). She is passionate about the design, experience and performance of spaces. Chris is a member of the IWBI Research Advisory group and WELL Faculty.

Presenting: From Nice-to-Have to Must-Have: Lessons from Productive and Healthy Workplaces 


Taryn Cornell
Senior Manager - Green Star Strategy and Development at Green Building Council of Australia

Prior to joining the GBCA, Taryn worked for over a decade in interior and architectural design specialising in high-end hospitality and residential work, with many years’ on-site project experience. She has a passion for outcomes that engage community and promote societal betterment, and is currently leading the development Future Focus, the next generation of Green Star rating tools.

Presenting: GBCA Guidance for the Electrification of Buildings


Prof Tony Day, BEng, PhD, CEng, FCIBSE, FEI
Energy Research Consultant

Tony is currently an independent consultant specialising in low carbon solutions in the built environment. He established the MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at London South Bank University, and was instrumental in setting up the Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB). He is a Fellow of both CIBSE and the Energy Institute, and the immediate past chair of the CIBSE HVAC Systems Special Interest Group. He currently chairs the CIBSE working group on Electrical Engineering for Net Zero Buildings.

Presenting: Practical Challenges of Electrification

Mat Lensen BEng (Hons) CPEng CMEngNZ
Associate – Mechanical Engineer at Beca

Mat joined Beca after graduating from University of Canterbury in 2012. Over his time at Beca he has predominantly worked in the healthcare market. He has assisted in the mechanical design and led the Beca team through the construction of the CDHBs new Acute Services Building - Waipapa. He was the lead for the mechanical and medical gases conceptual design for the Waipapa Tower 3 containing two pandemic floors and lead for the conceptual investigation and design of mechanical and medical gas services for the COVID-19 resilience works at CDHB. He is currently leading mechanical and medical gas design elements for Inpatient Building at the New Dunedin Hospital containing several pandemic areas.

Co-Presenting: Planning for future pandemics – Christchurch Hospital case study

Jack Noonan
Vice President of the International WELL Building Institute

At the IWIB, Jack leads the technical support, market development and operations across Australia, New Zealand, and, most recently, South East Asia. His areas of expertise include air and water quality, healthy buildings, sustainability rating tools, science commercialisation, and climate policy. He is a WELL Accredited  Professional and a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality. He is passionate about environmental justice and equity, as well as the health and education of communities.

Presenting: The Trends Reshaping the Healthy Buildings Movement

Sharanjit Paddam
Actuary - Climate and ESG risk at Finity Consulting

Sharanjit is an actuary with over 26 years’ experience and specialises in non-financial risk management and strategy, including climate risk, risk culture and strategic, environmental and social risks. He is a leading adviser to insurers, banks, investors and government on climate risk management, strategy and reporting.

Presenting: Insurance and Liability Risks of Climate Change (Title tbc)

Jeff Robinson
Principal and Sustainability Consultant at Aurecon

Jeff has an industry wide reputation as a passionate advocate for the design of Net Zero Carbon all electric, sustainable and healthy buildings which meet the Passive House Standard. Jeff is an experienced Green Star Accredited Professional, LEED AP, and Infrastructure Sustainability Professional a member of the WELL Building Faculty and a Climate Reality Leader. He is a member of the Property Council’s  Victorian Sustainable Development Committee and is a sustainability specialist on the Victorian Design Review Panel.

 Designing for our Future – Achieving Net-Zero Carbon, All Electric Buildings Using Passive House Certification



Dr Stephanie Taylor, MD, M Arch, FRSPH(UK), CABE, ASHRAE D.L.
Infection Control Consultant at Harvard Medical School

Dr Taylor is an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.  Her lifelong commitment includes focusing on improving the healthcare of the built environment to help patients heal quickly and save hospitals valuable dollars. Dr. Taylor is a graduate of Harvard Medical School (MD), and Norwich University (Masters Architecture), as well as Infection Control certification.

Presenting: Buildings are our Best Medicine


Richard Walsh BEng (Hons), MCIBSE, CEng
Technical Director, Building Services at Beca   

Richard joined Beca in 2006 from the UK and has worked on a wide variety of projects in Tauranga, Auckland, Christchurch and Hamilton in that time. Richards experience in the UK ranged from large institutional university facilities, to industrial food production and healthcare projects.  Richard has been involved with numerous tertiary educational and healthcare projects jobs whilst at Beca, and was the Building Services Lead on CDHBs new Acute Services Building – Waipapa and is the Beca Project Director on the Waipapa Tower 3 project.

Co-Presenting: Planning for future pandemics – Christchurch Hospital case study

Simon Witts
Principal Engineer at LCI Consultants

With over 34 years’ international experience in Health Building Design, Simon has co-authored and edited the Victorian Engineering Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities, released in June 2020 by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA). He is experienced in building CFD, air movement analysis and of late aerosol movement in buildings.

Presenting: Understanding the Importance of Aerosol Movement for Buildings


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