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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 Episodes

Green Is the Colour
Release Date: 18 February 2019

Over the last 20 years sustainability has been a massive driver for developments in building services engineering, in Australia this has been, at least in part, driven by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and their Green Star tools. As we move towards a zero carbon future we will increasingly rely on how to assess building sustainability and how we can support those that will create this change. 

This month Talking Buildings sits down with Romilly Madew of the GBCA to discuss what drives her focus on sustainability, what the future holds as she moves into her new role at Infrastructure Australia and what advice she would give to the next generation of sustainability professionals.

Smart Buildings and Grenfell Tower
Release Date: 11 February 2019

The Grenfell Tower disaster triggered a wide-ranging review of building and fire engineering safety around the world. How could such a devastating blaze happen? Could it happen again and what are the lessons learnt from this disaster?

Join us in conversation with Hywel Davies, Technical Director of CIBSE, who has been closely involved in the industry response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. He is also involved in the government review of building regulations and fire safety. Hywel joined us whilst he was on his whistle stop tour of CIBSE Australia and New Zealand region for the Anatomy of the Smart Building Seminar Series, including pit stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane where he presented on the lessons learnt from Grenfell Tower disaster.


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

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


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