8th Local Government and Public Sector Building Maintenance and Facility Management Conference
 
Our 2018 Speakers and Topics include:
Wendy Hird - 1
Sustainability Manager
South Western Sydney Local Health District
REPLACING TEN R22 CHILLERS WITH NEW EFFICIENT, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CHILLERS AT THREE HOSPITALS

Ventilation and cooling systems are some of the major pieces of equipment in hospitals. They are fundamental to healthy patients and infection control.

In 2017 South Western Sydney Local Health District replaced ten aging R22 filled chillers, cooling towers and peripheral devices through Asset Replacement and Renewal Program (ARRP) funding of $6.3 million at Camden, Bankstown and Liverpool Hospitals.



However they took the step to bypass the more common Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerant gas and jump straight to the new ozone layer and greenhouse gas friendly Hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) gas. More environmentally and carbon friendly, this also allows these chillers to bypass the impact of the HFC phase down starting in 2018.

Wendy Hird will discuss why this project was done, HCFC phase down in  the final phase, HFC phase down commencement and how  this has impacted their  development program going forward.
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BIOGRAPHY 

Wendy is a Mechanical Engineer (B.E Mech), and also is a Lead Auditor in Environmental Management Systems with a CERT IV TAE and Cert IV in Carbon Management. Wendy became passionate about environmental education while working on major water efficiency and recycling projects as a mechanical engineer at BlueScope Steel. At Sydney Water she initiated environmental education programs in hotels and clubs and then she started teaching at TAFE and working as an environmental manager across multiple campuses. At her new role at SWSLHD she is on steep learning curve getting a handle on medical acronyms and practices
 
Wendy Hird - 2
Sustainability Manager
South Western Sydney Local Health District
SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM TO REDUCE INSURANCE COSTS BY 50% AND INCREASE EFFICIENCY IN 700 VEHICLE HOSPITAL FLEET 

South Western Sydney Local Health District has an extensive fleet to handle community nurse and other fleet needs (not including ambulance).

The South Western Sydney Local Health District has undertaken a systemic management program to improve fleet management and efficiency. In the last five years SWSLHD has reduced from 800 vehicles to 700 and has increased the number of lighter and greener vehicles in the fleet in compliance with NSW Government Resource Efficiency Policy. As such the  SWSLHD has reduced premiums by over 50% or $500,000.

The SWSLHD has also introduced a Driver Education program which has reduced the claims cost by 50%. As a result of his work Steve Tran was awarded the GIO Innovation and Leadership in Fleet Management Award for 2017. 

Wendy will discuss this program, including how technology is used to manage the fleet and his future fleet plans.

BIOGRAPHY

Wendy is a Mechanical Engineer (B.E Mech), and also is a Lead Auditor in Environmental Management Systems with a CERT IV TAE and Cert IV in Carbon Management.

Wendy became passionate about environmental education while working on major water efficiency and recycling projects as a mechanical engineer at BlueScope Steel. At Sydney Water she initiated environmental education programs in hotels and clubs and then she started teaching at TAFE and working as an environmental manager across multiple campuses. At her new role at SWSLHD  she is on steep learning curve getting a handle on medical acronyms and practices
 
Warren Thornton
Coordinator Civic Facilities
City of Melville, Western Australia
PROVIDING THE SERVICE – MORE OR LESS

Local Governments in Australia have grown from the Roads, Rates and Rubbish expectations of the 50s & 60s to the provision of well over 200 services in many councils in a relatively short period.

Today the demand on resources continues to challenge the focus of Elected Members, Executive Management and associated stakeholders, to ensure the value of the ratepayer investment is a fair and balanced share. As primarily an internal provider at the City of Melville our small team delivers core services that are required to ensure the facilities maintain service flexibility from back of house support.

The shared stewardship of the facilities is a privilege and providing our “guests” (residents, staff & visitors) with the appropriate standard of service for connected assets and amenities goes a long way to ensure service areas are able to deliver customer expectations.



In this presentation I am proud to share with you a showcase of the various roles that a small team delivers for the ever changing requirements of our stakeholders.

BIOGRAPHY

Warren Thornton is a Kempsey born lad and served in the Australian Defence Force (Navy) for 21.5 years in hospitality and training. During the variety of postings to defence establishments and ships the provision of hospitality services and minor facility management have kept the learning and experience circle spinning. He has served the City of Melville for the past 24 years in the roles of hospitality and facility support.
 
Tharmalingam Nambiran
Senior Manager, Facilities Management and Assets and Infrastructure
Sydney Olympic Park Authority
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK LOOKING FORWARD TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WITH SMART CITY LIGHTING

Sydney Olympic Park is known for hosting the best ever Olympics in 2000 Sydney. In the year 2000, it was ahead of its time by having connected lighting using a wired interface to change the lighting levels as required for the safety of the visitors to the site.

Now some 17 years later, and as Sydney Olympic Park is growing and developing, the need for an updated smart lighting system, as well as increased lighting levels, with greater efficiencies had the Sydney Olympic Park Authoity (SOPA) upgrade to a wireless solution.

Of the 3000 streetlights that Sydney Olympic Park controls, 144 were replaced with Philips LED Street Luminaires with wireless CityTouch Connector Nodes. This installation has already met some of the objectives leading towards their 2030 vision:

  • Connectivity of remote locations
  • Improved safety for the public
  • Increased energy savings
  • Ability to easily change event-based lighting

The trial, in which a combination of 144 inefficient street lights were replaced with energy saving LED luminaires, provided an immediate impact to the understanding of the assets to the Assets Managers.

SOPA has reduced its energy consumption by 52%, and by using scheduled dimming they are able to achieve up to 70% total energy savings. For example by adding a dimming schedule to the Archery Carpark, SOPA has been able to achieve an additional 32% saving in energy and carbon emissions. Similarly, by switching the lights off at the Blaxland Carpark once the gates were closed they were able to save an additional 50% energy, totalling 440kWh per month in energy savings.

With this presentation the Nambi will discuss what was learnt and achieved with respect to:

  • Greater Visibility  
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Improved Lighting and Safety
  • Operational Efficiency
BIOGRAPHY

Tharmalingam Nambiran (Nambi)is a qualified Professional Engineer with Bachelors degree from overseas in 1985 and Master of Engineering Science degree from University of New South Wales in 1992. I have over 30 years of experience in management of wide range of building and infrastructure assets such as road, utilities (water, sewerage, storm water & power), buildings and buildings services such as electrical, mechanical, fire, hydraulics, vertical transportation etc. in Local Government in Queensland and New South Wales, Sydney Airport (which was Federal Government owned and privatised) and now in State Government. Through my experience I have developed expertise and excellence in the field of asset strategy/management including risk and sustainability, maintenance strategy/management, outsourcing strategy/contract models, procurement management, contract negotiation/governance, capital works program development/delivery, stakeholder management, financial management, human resources management etc.
 
Sherif Awadalla
Executive Manager, Property Services
City of Sydney
NEW PROPERTY AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR THE CITY OF SYDNEY

The City of Sydney has recently implemented a new facilities management model and contract.

Twelve months on from his presentation last year at this event, Sherif will share his new Property and Facility Management Model that ensures the City of Sydney is closer to its asset base and performance, encompasses a fully integrated approach with the latest technology to drive transparency and accountability for value creation.

BIOGRAPHY

Sherif has worked within the property industry as both service provider and client for two decades. Anchored in the Facility Management and Utility portfolios, with a background in Mechanical Engineering, he is experienced in large commercial roles delivering leadership and long term transformational benefits to medium and large organizations with global portfolios.
 
Ron Caruana
Waterproofing Advisor
Danrae Waterproofing
WATERPROOFING OF BUILDINGS - COMMON FAILURES AND SOLUTIONS

Waterproofing is one of the key components of a building and is often the most neglected item in building maintenance, if maintained at all. Protecting an asset from weather and potential water leaks is one of the most important aspects of a building. Often asset and facilities managers take a reactive approach to roof and leak maintenance which can make subsequent repairs a very costly exercise.

This presentation will explain the importance of waterproofing, and then discuss common types of failures and their causes, types of waterproofing, key aspects to look out for and what assistance can be undertaken in maintaining areas that may require continual maintenance.

BIOGRAPHY

Ron Caruana has been involved in commercial building for over 40 years and initially started out as an electrician. Ron then obtained his builders licence to further his knowledge in the building industry and that is when he decided to start a family business in Danrae Waterproofing a which has been involved in commercial and residential buildings for over 20 years. Ron has now managed many large projects including IKEA Tempe roof installation of 29,000m2, The Museum of Contemporary Arts and The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. Ron is proud of his achievements and wants to continually resolve waterproofing issues for builders, strata managers, government entities, facility and building managers.
 
Robert Quinn - 1
Sustainability Consultant and Managing Director
ecoData
IIoT APPLICATION TO COUNCIL POOLS AND COOLING TOWERS FOR WORKPLACE HEALTH SAFETY RISK MITIAGTION & IMPROVED OPERATIONS

Municipal pools and cooling towers are complex ecosystems involving multiple electrical, mechanical and chemical inputs and outputs. They both generate a significant amount of data; however, the control systems, meters and sensors generally operate independently. They are data silos even though many are interdependent such that their performance would be improved if the right hand knew what the left was doing. Furthermore, Council has neither timely nor remote access to important data and information about their status. This is less than ideal given the significant risks they can present to users, and in the case of cooling towers, even passers-by. In addition, both are subject to quite stringent and increasingly onerous Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation which Councils are responsible for checking and enforcing.

The collection, integration, aggregation and analysis of this otherwise disparate data allows more effective control, cost reductions, improved health and safety compliance and superior reporting with less effort. Benchmarking of otherwise inaccessible KPIs and timely alarms also allow performance to be improved. Robert will share his experience and lessons learnt in the application of the new IIoT technologies to two high risk areas for which Councils are responsible for ensuring compliance – public pools and cooling towers.

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the emerging Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio protocols offer new opportunities for cost effectively and automatically capturing data and getting it into a common database via the Internet. Pools and cooling towers can become part of the Smart Cities data networks. Once their data is in the cloud it can then be integrated and analysed to look for trends, abnormalities and relationships as well as calculated KPIs and benchmark these against targets and industry best practice. Such benchmarking and reporting have long proven to be key to both achieving improvements and maintaining the savings. Also, having access to more data and in next to real time allows new risk mitigation measures that better help protect customers, staff, contractors and the general public from severe illness or even death.

BIOGRAPHY

Robert is a services engineer and project manager with 40 years experience in the electrical supply and the built environment business sectors. He has been an advocate of energy efficiency since the 1970s oil crisis. For the last 20 years he has provided sustainability advice and information services to OEH, Defence, NSW Corrective Services, CSIRO, Toyota, Coca Cola, Sydney Water, numerous Councils and many others.
 
Robert Quinn - 2
Sustainability Consultant and Managing Director
ecoData
IIOT AND SMART CITIES INDUSTRY UPDATE – INSIGHTS AND APPLICATIONS FOR COUNCILS

The presentation will explain recent developments and the state of play in the new and fast developing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This will be done in the context of hands on experience in testing new hardware and, both building and interfacing with Low Power Wide Area radio networks whose protocols are revolutionising the M2M/Telemetry industry.

Applications and possible future directions plus the opportunities for Councils will be discussed. For the first time it is feasible to access data from many new sources (eg sewer manhole cover positions, soil moisture in playing fields, occupancy of a car space, location of an asset, level in a waste bin) in next to real time which has the potential to greatly improve many areas of Councils’ operations plus levels of customer service. However, new resources are needed, both to support the technology and manage and process the resulting ‘big data’ to get meaningful and actionable information – there is lots of chaff amongst the wheat!

Robert will also share his expertise in this field, gained both in Australia and internationally, through research, local trials of hardware and software, attendance at conferences plus meetings with manufacturers, system developers and network providers both locally and in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The presentation will also draw upon his recent and current wok with several councils. One such project is the roll out a LoRaWAN network as part of Gold Coast Council’s Smart Cities program. This radio network is well advanced and will cover their whole area by the end of 2018. Pilot projects started even before the network is complete. These include street parking and waste services management and smart street light control. Another major application will be smart metering of over 175,000 water meters. Robert assisted with a successful Stage 1 pilot proof of concept involving the deployment of data logging nodes on existing meters on commercial meters in Surfers Paradise. A further 500 will be deployed shortly followed by another 5,000 if the current performance levels can be maintained.

Robert is also helping other Councils such as Ballina, Lismore and Tamworth with their IIoT and Smart Cities planning and capacity building. There is growing interest in the application of the new LPWAN to smart water metering. The low cost, long range and 10-15 service life of the hardware, plus access to open radio protocols have broken these historical barriers. The fact that such networks cover large areas (better than 3G or 4G) and are very scalable is a bonus allowing other applications to share the same network. This includes not just using the meter data to generate water bills but to gain better insights into network operations, water quality, pressures and even design as well as reducing non-revenue water use.

BIOGRAPHY

Robert is a services engineer and project manager with 40 years experience in the electrical supply and the built environment business sectors. He has been an advocate of energy efficiency since the 1970s oil crisis. For the last 20 years he has provided sustainability advice and information services to OEH, Defence, NSW Corrective Services, CSIRO, Toyota, Coca Cola, Sydney Water, numerous Councils and many others.
 
Michael Benson
Manager - Strategic Asset Management Planning and Reporting
Monash University
KEEPING THE PLAN ALIVE - TOOLS TO SUSTAIN ASSET MANAGEMENT PLANS IN A UNIVERSITY CONTEXT 

Michael Benson, Manager - Strategic Asset Management Planning and Reporting, Monash University The development of a strategic asset management plan can be a resource intensive undertaking, and the plan itself may suffer the fate of becoming just another document on the executive bookshelf. Its currency diminishes quickly, and the plan loses its ability to effectively guide and inform asset management.

In this presentation we will look at some tools that Monash University have developed to keep their asset management plan alive and responsive to change. 

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Benson is the Manager of Strategic Asset Management Planning and Reporting at Monash University. Michael has qualifications in urban planning and HVAC engineering, and has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and property management industry, with the last 13 years dedicated to Asset Management at Monash University.
 
Meg Taylor
Managing Director
Taylored Thinking / Touched by Olivia Foundation
PROVIDING INCLUSIVE PLAYSPACES

Through play, we learn how to be part of society. Play is a fundamental part of childhood, and according to the United Nations it is a child’s right to enjoy play and leisure.

Touched by Olivia has created a unique model based on partnership by bringing together communities, government and corporate Australia to deliver special places that change the way our society plays. Livvi’s Place inclusive playgrounds. Through extensive research, advocacy and guidelines based on universal design principles,  Touched by Olivia assists communities to create special places that encourage and invite social inclusion through play.



Many playspaces in Australia do not meet the needs of their community. Physical disabilities, coupled with childhood disorders, and the ever- changing demographic of stay at home carers, means that every detail needs to be considered for a space to be truly inclusive. It’s not about installing a liberty swing and a few ramps up to a slippery slide. It means designing and creating custom made, accessible and intergenerational play equipment and amenities, incorporating accessible pathways, passive areas, sensory and tactile play and artworks, graduated challenges, points of recognition and visual cues, fencing, accessible parking and bus drop off zones.

A Livvi’s Place provides a unique environment for children of all ages and all abilities to play side by side. Extensive research and community consultation have gone into the development of these Playspaces to make them truly world class facilities. In 2012, Touched by Olivia joined with leading academics, practitioners, not for profit and NGO’s and developed a best practice guideline to assist decision makers, advocates and designers looking to create an inclusive playspace.






The 6 principles of inclusive play are:
1. Everyone can play
2. Access to nature
3. Total experience
4. A connection to community
5. Play independence
6. Friendship

In this presentation Bec Ho will detail the key aspects of Inclusive Playspaces, discuss playspaces that have been built and will also discuss how your community and organisation can build, design and operate your own Livvis Place.

BIOGRAPHY

Megan has been consulting on, and creating strategies for a more inclusive society for longer than she cares to remember. She is an inclusion specialist who is as comfortable playing barefoot in the park as she is in the boardroom. Her specialisation is in the social and emotional impact of good design. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at University of Technology, Sydney.

 
Matthew Martin
Senior Associate
The Energy Project
A GUIDE FOR ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL LED LIGHTING PROJECTS

If LED is the lighting energy efficiency panacea, why are so many failing?   Do you know what to ask when the LED salesperson comes knocking?

LED lighting has been promoted as the energy efficiency solution to all problems, but unfortunately some people are finding the products or outcomes do not live up to the advertised claims. How will they impact your building and how do you tell the difference? This presentation will look at key parameters that impact on LED quality and life expectancy and then provide guidance on how you can achieve a successful LED lighting project.

In this presentation Matthew will review some actual samples and real life case studies that demonstrate the difference selecting the right product makes.

He will discuss dimming and the impact that has on LED and ask is "ipart" approval any assurance?

The presentation will then provide guidance on what to discuss with suppliers and also what to ask for in your Request for Tender/Quotation or Project Specification.

BIOGRAPHY

Matthew is a lighting specialist and has extensive experience in retrofitting existing buildings for better lighting quality, energy efficiency and reduced maintenance. Matthew loves to develop solutions for problematic buildings and fix several issues with the one solution. Matthew has 15 years direct energy efficiency experience, resulting in a high level exposure to broader systems and a specially honed eye for lighting opportunities. Matthew previously worked as a lighting and energy consultant with Sustainable Focus for 6 years and worked on many projects around Adelaide, including Hospitals, Universities and local government facilities. Prior to this Matthew worked for 8 years with Efficient Energy Systems (part of Clipsal Schneider) and delivered many various small - large scale energy efficiency upgrades across the country and carried out a 300 site national energy efficiency rollout. Matthew is a licensed electrical mechanic, holds a Graduate Diploma in Design Science (Illumination Design) from the University of Sydney and is a Member if the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand (IES), is an active participant & has been a CSC rep in the local SA chapter of the IES
 
Martin Leitch
Workplace Management Consultant
FM Scope
UNPACKING ISO 41000 FACILITY MANAGEMENT - MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

This presentation will deliver an overview of the current constituent Standards of the ISO 41000 suite, with a particular focus on ISO 41001:2018, Facility management - Management systems - Requirements with guidance for use. Published in April this year, this Standard is being promoted by many as a potential facilities management industry game changer. In view of this, the presentation will explore how and why the Standard is likely to impact on the industry, with particular regard to the public sector.

Each of the seven key elements of the Standard will be Introduced to provide delegates with an insight into the question about certification, consider some of the pros and cons, and give guidance on how to progress towards preparing for certification. Although certification is not likely to be available until the first half of 2019, it is not too early for organisations to start taking the steps necessary to comply with the Standard.

BIOGRAPHY

Martin Leitch is a prominent Workplace Management professional with in excess of 30 years experience in delivering a wide range of consultancy and education services. He is Principal Consultant with strategic workplace consultancy, FM Scope. Key areas of expertise fall into: FM strategy development and monitoring, Safety and emergency management  and Facilities management training
 
Mark Gerdovic
Project Director
Ventia
DELIVERING THE NEW MODEL FOR THE CITY OF SYDNEY

The City of Sydney has recently implemented a new facilities management model and contract.

The New Model requires an improved delivery approach. Mark will discuss learnings around mobilisation of people, vendors, new technology, systems integration ( configure vs customise) and establishing data ownership and integrity. All required to achieve a partnership that is equal and fully informed through total transparency.

BIOGRAPHY

Mark has worked in the Facility Management sector for over 30 years and has direct experience on the client, agent and service provider side working across several industry sectors including Government, Commercial, Retail ,Industrial, Health, Private Public Partnerships and Resources. Mark background initially as an electrician and then mechanical engineer followed by a masters in facility management see him well placed to deliver services under a new model for the City of Sydney.
 
Lasath Lecamwasam CPEng
Director
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability
RESILIENT DESIGN AND OPERATION OF BUILDINGS AND BUILDING SERVICES


Climate change impacts such as extreme weather occurrences, natural disasters, acts of vandalism or terrorist acts add to increasing safety obligations and financial penalties associated with loss of functionality of facilities. These are important factors that building owners, facility managers and maintenance staff must consider. Resilience of building services, if designed during the early stages of a project rather than as an after-thought, can be very cost effective. In existing buildings, it is important to identify potential risks and to consider measures to mitigate.

Engineers have the necessary technical knowledge to apply low cost and pragmatic measures that would greatly enhance resilience. However, there are many barriers that prevent these measures from being considered. These include a lack of awareness by building owners and end users of the potential consequences of systems failure. This situation is likely to change with an increase in awareness that ignoring Resilience will be costly.

Lasath’s presentation will examine resilience factors as they relate to design and operation of business critical applications. He will draw on his extensive experience with design and maintenance management across mechanical, electrical and hydraulics services in a range of sectors and facility types including defence, archives, museums, health care, and power stations.


BIOGRAPHY 

Lasath is the founder and a director of Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability (ESBS Pty Ltd). He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 32 years experience working in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering. Lasath has a keen interest in promoting best practice engineering design to building services. He is the current president of the Canberra AIRAH chapter and has authored and provided input to several publications including AIRAH design aids. Lasath is a member of the AIRAH Resilience special technical group and has given presentations on this topic at ARBS 18 and the AIRAH Resilience Forum. .
 
Kieran McMillan
A/Executive General Manager, Community Cricket,
Cricket Australia
Brett Wood
National Infrastructure Manager,
Cricket Australia

DEVELOPING COMMUNITY CRICKET – THE FOUNDATION OF OUR SPORT


This presentation will focus on Cricket Australia’s new strategic priorities to support Community Cricket.

Over 1.5 million Australians participated in cricket in 2017-18. Female participation has been rising with over 460,000 females now playing cricket. There are challenges in the provision of suitable facilities, including change rooms.

Cricket Australia is committed to working in partnership with clubs, associations and all levels of government to ensure that facilities are developed with the participant in mind, as well as being welcoming to the wider community.

Facilities that provide quality experiences for players, spectators, volunteers and officials are vital to ensuring that participation in cricket continues to grow across Australia. Cricket grounds, practice facilities, local pavilions and indoor cricket venues provide the environment for communities to come together and future cricket stars to develop their skills.

Resources such as the Community Cricket Facility Guidelines provide a platform for the discussion of facility development and maintenance. Cricket Australia will continue to develop resources that assist club officials, facility managers and councils to develop facilities that foster the growth of Australia’s favourite sport.

The speakers will discuss Australian Cricket’s $35 million investment in areas such as facilities to grow the sport at the community level. This presentation will focus on Cricket Australia’s new strategic imperatives to support Community Cricket.



BIOGRAPHIES

Kieran McMillan is a Kiwi that has infiltrated the ranks of Australia’s favourite sport, joining Cricket Australia in 2017. He has a law degree but saw the light early to work in sport for the past 13 years, including in NZ Cricket and the International Cricket Council. Kieran is passionate about the role sport plays in connecting communities and has the privilege of working to make a difference in that space every day.

Brett Wood has worked in cricket at both a national and state level. As the National Infrastructure Manager at Cricket Australia, he has established cricket’s first national infrastructure team in which he has overseen an audit of cricket’s facilities at 5,500 sites around the country. He has also led the development of playing and training infrastructure projects servicing all levels of the game.
 
Joseph Cheung
Senior Manager-Building Performance
Efficiency Matrix
GETTING BUILDINGS AIR TIGHT

Problems Caused by air Infiltration/exfiltration can include:
  • Higher energy use 
  • Poor control of HVAC
  • Discomfort Building durability/longevity 
  • Poorer smoke/fire containment 
  • Premature failure of HVAC equipment 
  • Stair well pressurization failure 
In this presentation Joseph will detail:
  • How does air tightness effect our commercial  and public sector buildings? 
  • What are the benefits of getting it right, in a retrofit and new building scenario.
  • How can building air tightness be improved in existing buildings 
  • Riser/Duct air tightness 
  • Building Envelope air tightness
  • Practical advice on what can be done

BIOGRAPHY

Joseph has a vast amount of experience in air tightness testing, and sealing of ducted systems for complying to Australian Standards. He has been trained as a Greenstar Accredited Professional and NatHERS Assessor. He is a passionate sustainability consultant with over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. He has a sound track record in energy efficient building projects with expertise in advanced building performance modelling. He provides practical sustainable design advice reinforced by extensive experience in field measurement and post occupancy evaluation. He is a seasoned public speaker in local and international conferences with established connections with researchers and academics with the latest information on innovative systems and solutions. 
 
Jonathan Dalton - 1
Managing Director
Viridis
Co-presenters: Phil Johnson, Sustainability Leader and Jovana Klikovac, Sustainability Architect, Viridis

WHEN THE STARS ARE NOT ENOUGH - USING THE "SIX CAPITALS" IN HOW WE MANAGE AND VALUE OUR BUILDINGS

When designing, constructing and operating buildings, its all very easy to get wrapped up in chasing Stars - NABERS, Green Star etc. With tools like WELL and Fitwel making an appearance, and with organisations implementing a variety of environmental reporting initiatives, like the GRI, GRESB, their performance can be compared. But where is all this really heading? What should designers, builders and managers of property be considering in preparation for the future? And, how does this play out from a Financial Perspective?

It is well recognised that stripping 'sustainability' back to the fundamentals, there is a core shared across many of the rating tools and reporting initiatives, that can be largely encompassed in the UN's 17 Sustainability Development Goals. Drawing on alternate perspectives, like the 'Six Capitals' concept, Jovana, Phil and Jon have developed an 11-step blueprint that property-related organisations can use to identify the key risks and opportunities facing their properties, and implement measures to prepare for a prosperous, sustainable future - regardless of the tool or initiative that becomes popular.

The "Six Capitals" identified by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) are: financial capital, manufactured capital, intellectual capital, human capital, social and relationship capital, and natural capital. Together they represent stores of value that are the basis of an organization’s value creation.

In this presentation the speaker will explore the "Six Capitals" and how they can be used by Facility and Property Managers to assess and guide all phases of a building's life cycle.

BIOGRAPHIES

Jonathan Dalton has been delivering Sustainable Buildings for nearly 20 years – including achieving the first Green Star rated building in Australia at 8 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra. His sustainability expertise has been recognised by the administrators of various building/construction related sustainability tools, and he is an Auditor and Trainer for Green Star (since 2005), NABERS (2008), CBD (2012) and Infrastructure Sustainability (2012). Jonathan is particularly passionate about Indoor Environment Quality, and the impact it has on occupants. Jonathan is frustrated by a common perception that improving Indoor Environment Quality is at the cost of energy consumption – because in his experience, poor IEQ can actually indicate energy-saving opportunities. But what Jonathan enjoys the most, is making buildings work properly. In particular, identifying the band-aid fixes that may keep a building ticking, but prevent it from realising its full potential.

Phil Johnson's career and experience spans 35 years in executive health management and leadership with 25 years as CEO or GM. Phil has been consulting since 1988 and has held numerous national specialist positions in government, tertiary education, secure supply chain (government), not-for-profits and commercials (including two multi-nationals). This includes primary care, aged care, mental health, e-health and related technologically complex environments. Phil became a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2003, has been involved in numerous start-ups and has held numerous (non-executive and executive) positions on Boards.


Jovana Klikovac is an experienced Architect, GreenStar AP (D&AB, Performance, Communities), WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, with strong background in ESD, and hands-on experience in Green building protocols. She has helped a number of projects oversees achieve their Sustainability and Energy Efficiency goals across Commercial, Industrial, Residential and Public sectors, including a range of Health care facilities. She is strongly passionate about environmentally favourable built environment that supports and promotes occupant health and well-being. Jovana holds Masters degree in Architecture and Specialist degree in Energy Efficiency and Green Building.
 
Jonathan Dalton - 2
Managing Director
Viridis
Co-presenter: Bryan Jepsen, Investigations Manager, Viridis

MONITORING THE INVISIBLE - HYGIENE,  AIR QUALITY, WATER DAMAGE AND MOULD 

Occupants are becoming increasingly aware how homes, workplaces and play-spaces affect their health and well-being. Modern technology has witnessed the rise of uber informed, highly researched tenants, home buyers and employees; ushering a generation well versed in their legislative rights and the moral and legal responsibilities of those on whom they rely.

Building owners and facility managers’ shoulder hefty obligations to ensure their premises are maintained to a safe and healthy standard. No more can we assume an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach as, for example, many potential building concerns can’t be seen with the naked eye. And of course, once visual signs are evident, a once-small problem has become significant issue.

Mould arising from water-damage or problems associated with poorly maintained HVAC systems poses a significant threat to the built environment and notably to human health. This trending topic was most recently aired in the ground-breaking public Parliamentary Inquiry into Biotoxin-related Illness in Australia. To manage this significant risk, it is crucial to implement preventative measures now to ensure buildings are suitable and favourable for occupation.

Additionally, new and existing buildings are encouraged to pursue environmental/sustainability ratings to further demonstrate that their duty-of-care obligations have been met. Ratings such as, NABERS Indoor Environment Quality, Green Star Performance, WELL and Fitwel are recognised by the industry and insurance firms are now reflecting on the idea that healthier buildings are safer buildings. Some insurance providers generously offer premium reductions in return for monitoring undertaken and/or ratings achieved.

Beyond ratings, several strategies can also be implemented to provide proof of intention for healthier buildings.

In this presentation the speakers will summarise these maintenance strategies, provide health-related building concern guidelines and explain how information collected during routine investigations is used to improve building performance and reduce costs.

BIOGRAPHIES

Jonathan Dalton has been delivering Sustainable Buildings for nearly 20 years – including achieving the first Green Star rated building in Australia at 8 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra. His sustainability expertise has been recognised by the administrators of various building/construction related sustainability tools, and he is an Auditor and Trainer for Green Star (since 2005), NABERS (2008), CBD (2012) and Infrastructure Sustainability (2012). Jonathan is particularly passionate about Indoor Environment Quality, and the impact it has on occupants. Jonathan is frustrated by a common perception that improving Indoor Environment Quality is at the cost of energy consumption – because in his experience, poor IEQ can actually indicate energy-saving opportunities. But what Jonathan enjoys the most, is making buildings work properly. In particular, identifying the band-aid fixes that may keep a building ticking, but prevent it from realising its full potential.

Bryan Jepsen has over 10 years’ experience in the built environment. Bryan’s multi-disciplinary background includes Plumbing, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) commissioning and hygiene, controlled environments, Water Damaged Buildings, Air, water and further Indoor Environmental Quality factors. Bryan serves on the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Australian chapter’s technical working group reviewing and discussing industry standards, guidelines and influencing trends. Recently, he has provided training resources to the Australasian Society of Building Biologists (ASBB) to assist in continuing professional development programs.

 
Henk Smith
Technical Director
Living Turf
TURF MANAGEMENT - INCREASING THE PLAYABILITY OF SPORTS GROUNDS

This presentation share experience and knowledge of extending usage hours on turf playing surfaces through scientific and practical turf management.



BIOGRAPHY

Henk is highly competent, qualified scientist with over 15 years’ international corporate business experience with Syngenta. He has a wealth of experience in plant protection and practical solutions in turf, with previous roles in research, technical consulting and team leadership. Henk has gained high recognition in the industry for his in-depth understanding of plant protection in Australia over the past 12 years.
 
Craig Cinquegrana
Manager City Projects and Infrastructure Improvement
City of Greater Dandenong
CROSS MUNICIPAL COLLABORATIVE PROCUREMENT FOR FACILITIES MAINTENANCE AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES (CARDINIA, GREATER DANDENONG AND YARRA RANGES MUNICIPALITIES) 

The objectives of this collaboration were to identify cross organisational efficiencies between interested council’s within the Victorian Outer South Eastern metropolitan region, to understand the potential to partner in a collaborative procurement process, to seek organisational consistencies in the way members deliver services and to identify the potential for entering into joint procurement arrangements to gain greater interest from the market. The purpose of joint procurement was to use increased volumes to achieve more competitive value for money outcomes in the face of increasingly constrained financial environment.

Whilst the concept of collaborative procurement is not new, especially in the area of bulk purchase of goods, this project took on the challenge of jointly contracting a complex service which by its nature involves the day to day interaction with many varied stakeholders.  This is a high risk from a customer service perspective.

The tender process was considered a great success because of clear financial savings with excellent social procurement and environmental outcomes.  These outcomes were achieved in the face of significant hurdles including the need to align participating council’s existing contracts, a tight legislatively constrained time frame, varying services and delivery methods across the councils and no clear mechanism of how such collaboration would work.

Key findings for how to undertake a successful collaborative contract were as follows.

  • Choose a scale of collaboration that is practical, manageable and reflects an enthusiastic commitment by all parties
  • Ensure a mix of disciplines so that all decisions can be made on the spot rather than rely on referrals and unnecessary follow up meetings
  • Work on the group member relationships early valuing a shared purpose, willingness to compromise, sense of humour and commitment to attend regular meetings
  • Set a timeline and stick to it bringing in extra resources as necessary
  • Regularly check back with senior management and Council through up to date progress reports
  • Put equal weight on the other municipality’s interests as for your own.
BIOGRAPHY 

Craig is the Manager City Projects and Asset Improvement at the City of Greater Dandenong and as well as delivering the City’s capital program also manages the building maintenance function. In a career spanning over 30 years he has spent that last 15 in the building projects space always with a keen eye on how the completed projects would be maintained. He comes to the role with a Degree in Civil Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy and Management. Previous publication of his work has been in the fields of road safety and motor vehicles. He has awards in engineering achievement (National Local Government Engineering Medal) and military service (Australian Defence Medal).
 
Bridget Gardner - 2
Director
Fresh Green Clean
KEEP IT CLEAN – TO PREVENT WORKPLACE ABSENTEEISM

In 2017, workplace absenteeism cost the Australian economy an estimated $33 billion, with the flu responsible for an estimated $90.4 million of that.

Unfortunately, while the sealed buildings of the modern workplace may be energy efficient, they can also create unhealthy indoor environments and become germ incubators in winter. The common cold and flu viruses can survive up to 24 hours on a surface, while some gastro viruses can live for weeks and even months. Therefore, along with hand-hygiene practices, keeping frequently-touched surfaces hygienically clean is essential for preventing the spread of disease around the office.

Bridget Gardner will explore how to ensure cleaning services deliver better air quality and surface hygiene for healthy workplaces, and assist in reducing days lost to absenteeism.

BIOGRAPHY

As Director of Fresh Green Clean, Bridget Gardner has been training and consulting to public sector organisations, commercial cleaning companies and facilities managers, Australia-wide since 2008. Now considered a leading expert in best practice cleaning, Bridget has worked tirelessly to raise the standard and accountability of the cleaning industry. Bridget is the technical expert in cleaning to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and was a Director of the former Construction and Property Sector Industry Skills Council (CPSISC). She is a regular contributor to Inclean magazine and is an experienced and dynamic presenter.
 
Bridget Gardner - 1
Director
Fresh Green Clean
CLEANING ACTIVITY LEVELS - A RADICAL NEW MODEL FOR PROCURING VALUE FROM CLEANING SERVICES

With the issue of insufficient hours for cleaning Victorian schools in the media, it’s time to re-visit the way cleaning performance standards and productivity rates are being set. The Cleaning Activity Levels (CAL) model makes specifying, pricing and measuring cleaning services, more transparent, flexible and accurate.

It is applicable to all private and public sector organisations, including healthcare, NFP's, local government and schools.


This radical new model is based on three principles:
1. A surface cannot be accurately defined or measured as ‘partially clean’.
2. The cleaning outcome is determined by the cleaning process.
3. Cleaning standards should be defined by how cleanliness is to be measured.

This presentation will demonstrate how you could use this simple model to:
• Schedule cleaning more efficiently
• Accurately cost labour requirements
• Simplify the way cleaning duties are communicated
• Provide an objective auditing framework

BIOGRAPHY

As Director of Fresh Green Clean, Bridget Gardner has been training and consulting to public sector organisations, commercial cleaning companies and facilities managers, Australia-wide since 2008. Now considered a leading expert in best practice cleaning, Bridget has worked tirelessly to raise the standard and accountability of the cleaning industry. Bridget is the technical expert in cleaning to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and was a Director of the former Construction and Property Sector Industry Skills Council (CPSISC). She is a regular contributor to Inclean magazine and is an experienced and dynamic presenter.
 
Ashak Nathwani AM
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Asset & Facilities Management, Mechanical Services & Building Services, School of Architecture, Design & Planning
The University of Sydney
HVAC SPECIAL SESSION - BALANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND INDOOR THERMAL COMFORT

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is playing a pivotal role in the built environment. where humans now spend a vast amount of time in these artificial conditions. These systems are more prevalent in all types of applications and in many cases even necessary taking into account the climate change ramifications.

HVAC is also a major contributor to the generation of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Reduction of the carbon footprint, as measured by GHG emissions, has thus become the primary focus for all involved in the operations of buildings. To achieve high performing buildings and competitive energy ratings, design and operational strategies are often pushing the comfort parameters into ranges previously not ventured into. This indeed is the feedback, both anecdotally as well as through various surveys including Post Occupancy Evaluations. It is no surprise that addressing occupant complaints, related to air conditioning and thermal discomfort, rank high in every Facility Manager’s daily activity. The Facility Manager is often torn between satisfying the objectives of the Building Owner (reducing carbon footprint) versus meeting the requirements of the  occupants (maintaining indoor thermal comfort).

This presentation addresses how to achieve a balance between adoption of energy efficiency measures and maintenance of required  Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ).

The presentation will be  made in three parts with a Q&A after each part:

Part 1:- Outlining of the various HVAC systems and associated energy efficiencies
Q & A.

Part 2: secondly thermal comfort and what part clothing plays and lastly
Q & A.

Part 3: Balancing thermal comfort versus energy efficiency.  
Q & A.

BIOGRAPHY

Ashak is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Asset Management, Building Services, Mechanical Services and Facilities Management at the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the University in 2011, Ashak was in the Property Industry for 39 years of which he was with Norman Disney & Young (NDY) for 33 years - where he was a Director for 16 years. He designed and project managed HVAC systems for several iconic buildings as well as for the unique Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) Laboratory at the University and has contributed to establishment and launch of a new Degree – Masters of Architectural Science - High Performance Buildings. Ashak is also a Director of ARBS Foundation and an OFM PCA committee member Ashak was awarded Member of Order of Australia (AM) for his services to the Ismaili Community, Sustainable Design at Tertiary Level and Engineering as per Queen’s Honour List in 2017.
 
Annie Sim
Senior Sustainable Consultant
Northrop Consulting Engineers
INTEGRATED DESIGN APPROACH FOR LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY AND MAINTAINABILITY

Following the rising awareness of climate change, sustainability in design has been the top priority within the built environment industry. With smart application riding on the wave, maintainability remains critical for operators and facilities managers.

The presentation will cover how we can close the performance gap, not just in building operational efficiency but through to building maintainability, operability and user’s expectations. 

Through the use of examples both domestic and international, Annie will discuss the favourable and at times unfavourable outcomes of our current design processes, how these can be addressed through the use of an integrated design approach in the early design stage and how a sustainability framework can help to reduce the risk in maintainability for future development.

BIOGRAPHY

Annie has over 10 years of experience in the Sustainability consulting field both in the public and private sector, most recently in Singapore. Throughout her career, she has worked with multi-disciplinary consultants, researchers, academic professional, building owners, stakeholders, operators and facilities managers in achieving sustainability goals. Her experience includes creating a sustainability roadmap to reach greater sustainability outcome, utilizing quantitative validation through performance simulation for design optimization, carrying out collaborative feasibility studies through integrated design process and providing professional advice to building owners and stakeholders in attaining industry green rating award.
 
Amir Girgis
Principal - Sustainability Manager
Northrop Consulting Engineers
WELLNESS: THE NEW GOLD RUSH

Buildings; a place we work, play, live and sleep in. With more than 80% of our time spent indoors, it is not a mystery that we want those places to be of a certain standard, to enable us to be the best versions of ourselves. When we think building sustainability, we often talk about resources efficiency to improve the bottom line.

This presentation will highlight why we need shift our focus to people, and not the building itself, and the notable financial incentives associated with this approach.

BIOGRAPHY

Amir is a Sustainability Consultant with over fourteen years’ experience. He leads Northrop’s Sustainability division, which specifically focuses on developing sustainability solutions that maximise return on investment and achieves sustainability targets throughout the life of the building. He has a broad range of engineering and sustainability experience in design, construction and operation of buildings. His experience includes documentation of sustainable services in a large variety of projects, and extensive knowledge of the Building Code, and a range of sustainability rating tools.
 
Allan Ramsay
Export Manager
CSR Edmonds
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY CASE STUDY - THE POTENTIAL TO REPLACE AIR CONDITIONING LOAD BY USE OF NIGHT COOLING SYSTEMS

Australia faces challenging targets under the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions yet little focus has been given to one of the major causes of the growth in electricity demand in recent years – the rapid uptake of air conditioning in homes and commercial buildings. With appropriate building design and an energy efficient means of introducing night air – a process called ‘Night Cooling’ or ‘Night Purge’ can reduce daytime temperatures by up to 4 – 5C.

‘Night Cooling’ has been a practice successfully used throughout the Middle East from as early as the 1600. Portuguese forts along the Omani coastline were designed to capture night sea breezes and store the lower temperatures in the thermal mass of the buildings.

This concept has been used to replace large air conditioning loads in new University buildings at Washington State University, Seattle with LEED Gold accreditation confirmed.

This presentation will:
 - Examine the elements that enabled successful implementation of Night Cooling at Washington University
 - Discuss the recent research performed by the CSIRO on this topic
 - Outline the scope of potential applications for Local Government and the Public Sector in Australia.

Vertical vane hybrid 900mm used on School of Bio Molecular Engineering, Washington State University

BIOGRAPHY

Allan Ramsay has worked in the ventilation industry since 1994 and was Managing Director of Edmonds Products, a private Australian company, until its sale to CSR in 2005 when he became its General Manager. Allan took the role of Export Manager of Edmonds in 2013. Allan is now regularly called upon to help with ventilation project design in the Middle East, USA and France. Allan holds a Bachelor’s degree (Hons 1) from UNSW with University Medal and a Masters Degree from City University, UK.