2017 Local Government & Public Sector Building Maintenance & Facility Management Conference
 
2017 Speakers and Topics include:
 
Sherif Awadalla
Executive Manager, Property Services
City of Sydney
DEVELOPING NEW PROPERTY AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR THE CITY OF SYDNEY (Presentation One)  
The tools required to drive transparency and accountability for value creation.


Starting the contract journey in the right collaborative context - delivering true partnership.

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
 
Bret Butler
Infrastructure Projects Manager
Emerald Tourist Railway Board (Puffing Billy Railway)
BUILDING THE FUTURE OF A HERITAGE RAILWAY

In 2016, faced with unprecedented double-digit growth, the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, owner and operator of the 117 year old iconic Puffing Billy Railway, commissioned a ten year Master Plan. This Plan detailed a required investment of over $70m in buildings, infrastructure, locos and rolling stock in order to meet future demand.  

A key challenge? Maintain a faithful heritage railway experience, satisfy the amenity and service expectations of the modern day domestic and international tourist, and comply with current regulatory, statutory and guideline requirements.

This presentation provides an insight into the complexities of creating infrastructure facilities that find the optimal balance between function, form, compliance and yet, stay true to brand.  

BIOGRAPHY

Bret Butler’s career spans 40 years of management and operations experience across both private and government sectors in strategic and industrial assets, property valuation and advisory, facilities maintenance and management, regulatory compliance and capital projects.
 
Joseph Cheung
Senior Manager-Building Performance
John Konstantakopoulos
Managing Director
Efficiency Matrix 
BUILDING AIR TIGHTNESS TO IMPROVE OCCUPANT COMFORT AND REDUCE ENERGY COSTS
  • How does air tightness effect our commercial 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
BIOGRAPHIES 

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.  

John has done more large-building infiltration tests in Australia than anyone in the country. His relationship with builders over the years has earned him repeat business from multiple large construction companies. Specialising in consulting in air quality, utilizing energy efficiency with building air tightness, insulation consistency and effective controlled ventilation for commercial, industrial and residential buildings. He is passionate about Air Tightness in buildings.
 
Jonathon Dalton - 1
Director
Viridis
ARE YOU REMOTELY SAFE? AN INTRODUCTION TO THE POTENTIAL OF REMOTE MONITORING 

Historically, significant decisions have been made on limited information.  This has been necessary, as the time and cost to obtain the information has been excessive. However, this is no longer the case for many situations, yet old practices persist.

Viridis has spent considerable time identifying obsolete practices that are still in use, even though they potentially threaten a person's safety or lead to unnecessary expenditure.  Joseph has been trialling the use of low-cost high-accuracy wi-fi sensors that allow him to gain a significant amount of reliable information upon which he correctly diagnose problems, make recommendations for improvements, raise alarms to dangerous situations and avoid unnecessary expenditure.

Joseph will share his experiences using these sensors in childcare centres, schools, catering, and residential buildings, across a buildings life – including construction, operation and even disaster recovery.  He will share some of his experiences using sensors to do things like:

  • Continually monitor conditions in childcare and commercial fridges, raising alarms when unsatisfactory conditions occur, and provide tamper-proof historical data that enables performance to be reviewed.
  • Evaluate if classrooms are maintaining conditions (air quality and temperature) that do not impede a child ability to learn
  • Raise alarms when conditions favourable to mould growth reoccur in rooms that have historically had problems with mould
  • Identify when a disaster affected property is sufficiently dry for reconstruction to begin
  • Assess the impact on thermal comfort doing things like solar panels, heat reflective paint and higher performance roofing material achieves
BIOGRAPHY

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.

 
Jonathon Dalton -2
Director
Viridis
AM I MORE VALUABLE THAN A BANANA? INDOOR ENVIRONMENT QUALITY OF OCCUPIED SPACES 

There is an increasing awareness of the impacts poor indoor environment quality can have. These vary from increased health problems for individuals, reduced productivity to a business, and lost opportunities to society. Whilst Australian and International Standards identify minimum thresholds for a number of important parameters, but even when these Standards are being achieved, problems still occur.

And yet, compared to humans, banana’s and other fruit are treated like royalty. To both improve the quality of the produce, and extend its storage life, temperature, humidity and air-quality is carefully monitored and controlled, in ways that humans can only dream of being looked after. Jonathan will share some of the strategies and techniques used to look after Banana’s and other fruit during storage, and identifies lesson’s we could learn from the food production and storage industry that would benefit our occupied spaces.

Jonathan will share some of the strategies and techniques used to look after Banana’s and other fruit during storage, and identifies lesson’s we could learn from the food production and storage industry that would benefit our occupied spaces.

BIOGRAPHY  

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.
 
Helen Davidson
Building Co-Ordinator
AlburyCity
PUBLIC TOILETS DON’T HAVE TO BE SQUARE 
  • Thinking outside the square when designing public toilets 
  • Good Design - The importance of the site and surrounds 
  • Key design elements and considerations when designing public amenities 
  • Challenges when designing something that has not been built before 
  • Case Study - Albury Botanic Children’s Garden Castle Public Toilet 
  • Other examples – Albury Botanic Garden’s main toilets (Heritage Design). Albury Monument (Art Deco Design)

BIOGRAPHY 

Helen currently works at AlburyCity within the Engineering Department Co-ordinating the management and maintenance of a 205 million dollar building portfolio. Helen started at AlburyCity council in 1997 working for about 8 years as an Architectural Designer before entering into her current role. Prior employment was with a domestic building company as a designer/estimator and she had her own domestic design business. Helen has a Associate Dip of Applied Science (Architectural Design) and Diploma in Front-line Management.
 
Paul Davies
Senior Sustainability Manager
Northwest Rapid Transit
SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAINS ARE FUNDAMENTAL TO NEW INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS 

Sustainable supply chains are one of the final frontiers for many corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations. Having expended thinking, time and resources on tidying up in-house practices in relation to responsible and accountable performance, the supply chain “skeleton in the closet” is one that for many organisations is often a door too confronting to open (or at least open too wide). But that doesn’t mean that companies can simply close that door and hope for the best. Many iconic companies that have publicly professed to be leading practitioners of responsible behaviour have been nailed to the wall over complacency or naiveté around what is happening in their supply chains. 

There are some fundamental questions that organisations need to be asking of themselves so the efforts they make to address risk and encourage sustainable practices within their supply chain are well focused and meaningful. 

Sydney Metro Northwest is a new breed of infrastructure projects where sustainability is core deliverable. Infrastructure tenders are being evaluated more and more on non-financial criteria such as sustainability. Our suppliers and subcontractors are expected to both disclose and upgrade their sustainability credentials to win contracts. 

This will not be unique in the years ahead! This talk will look at what organisations and their suppliers need to be thinking about to ensure sustainability is a shared responsibility and a fundamental outcome.

BIOGRAPHY 

Sydney Metro North West is Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project and a priority project for the NSW Government. Paul leads the sustainability team at NRT to help deliver all sustainability-related aspects of the Sydney Metro North West project. Paul is an ISCA Accredited Sustainability Professional and a Lead Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner, and is looking to ensure the project delivers on over 500 sustainability requirements during design, construction and operation.
 
Adrian Evans
Associate Director - Operations & Services
Swinburne University
A HYBRID APPROACH TO MANAGING FACILITIES IN A DYNAMIC MULTI SECTOR EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

In 2006, Swinburne University began the process of restructuring several areas including the Facilities and Services Department. Several options were considered including a fully outsourced model however, significant research and workflow analysis demonstrated that this was not the way forward in the dynamic environment that is Swinburne University.

Keeping ahead of the “game” and being ever prepared to adopt and adapt facilities, processes and procedures to support the university is critical in delivering successful outcomes to students and staff.

The Hybrid model retains in-house intelligence and ownership as well as the reliability and flexibility of external contractors.

Keeping pace with the increasing demands of regulatory compliance, space management/utilisation, new building technology, scheduled and ad-hoc maintenance is challenging. Swinburne has embraced a range of technological systems and adaptations that enable the university to optimise their effectiveness. Rather than trying to “fit” into an “off the shelf” products,Swinburne has preferred to partner with vendors to create enhancements to their products.

Adrian will take delegates on a journey looking at the restructure process, the development and implementation of a “hybrid” service delivery model and insights into the systems currently used.

BIOGRAPHY

Adrian’s experience spans more than 4 decades. Beginning as an apprentice in the building industry at the age of 15, then teaching building studies in the 80’s. Adrian returned to university completing degrees education and special education. Adrian is currently the Associate Director of Operations and Services at Swinburne University.
 
Amir Girgis - 1
Associate - Sustainability Manager
Northrop Consulting Engineers
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE FOR BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

It is still common that the financial and resources efficiency aspect of sustainability is overlooked.  From ease of implementation, to a lack of understanding of the financial logistics, sustainability is can still be a missed opportunity in public buildings.

In this presentation, we will focus on assessing the triple bottom line from a whole of life perspective, as well as demonstrating a few financial models for managing the ongoing operational expenditure.

BIOGRAPHY

Amir is a Sustainability Consultant with over thirteen 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.
 
Amir Girgis - 2
Associate - Sustainability Manager
Northrop Consulting Engineers
THE SELF ASSESSED GREEN STAR BUILDING SYNDROME

Hospitals, council buildings, community housing providers and owner occupiers may have a tendency to opt for self-assessed Green Star over obtaining a certified rating.

Working with all of these types of clients, this presentation will provide insight into the reasons project teams opt out of certified ratings; be it cost, flexibility or confidence in the credentials of a building, and how these self-assessors could be tempted back into the Green Star fold to deliver real benefits

BIOGRAPHY

Amir is a Sustainability Consultant with over thirteen 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.
 
Tim Hoban
Net Zero Initiative - Program Design Coordinator
Monash University
MONASH UNIVERSITY'S NET ZERO INITIATIVE - LEADING THE WAY TO 100% RENEWABLE POWER


By the year 2030 all of the energy used on Monash University's Australian campuses will be clean and renewable. The university is investing $135 million to completely eliminate its dependence on fossil fuels and achieve its aim of Net Zero campuses.

This presentation will discuss the implementation plan for this initiative. This includes: 
  • Campus electrification through the replacement of gas fired heating
  • Use of Passive House Building Standard design methodology for new buildings and redevelopments
  • Installation of onsite renewables and a battery storage microgrid to manage variability of electrical demand and supply 
  • Procurement of offsite renewable energy to meet remaining energy requirements.
BIOGRAPHY

Tim Hoban is the Program Design Coordinator for Monash University’s Net Zero Initiative. Completing his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering, Tim’s thesis consisted of developing a strategy to transition Universities towards a 100% renewable energy supply. He is now working with Monash University’s Building and Property Division, to help implement their plan to transition to renewable power. Tim's experience lies in energy efficiency projects and ESD strategies for building services design. He is now focused on innovative technologies and solutions to manage energy demands.


 
Megan Houghton
Executive General Manager Energy Solutions
ERM Power
IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY -THE BEENLEIGH STATE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE 

Smart, tailored energy management programs can make a significant difference to your bottom line and help you take control of spiralling energy prices driven by the wholesale market. 

This presentation will discuss how energy management programs underpinned by personalised data analytics can reduce consumption, cost and emissions, using a case study from a Queensland school that achieved nearly 30% savings off their electricity bill through a combination of proven energy efficiency technologies and behavioural change. The presentation will outline how an integrated approach can drive efficiencies. 

Learn how your organisation could use energy management solutions to add value, gain competitive advantage and improve your sustainability profile. 

BIOGRAPHY 

Ms Houghton, a former Telstra Queensland Business Woman of the Year joined ERM Power in October 2016 from her role as Director-General for the Queensland Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. 

Megan is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in consulting, energy and water utilities. She has previously held senior executive positions in strategy and finance with Energex, United Energy and Pricewaterhouse Coopers. She was also the CEO of CitySmart, Brisbane City Council’s sustainability agency, for six years.
 
Lasath Lecamwasam CPEng
Director
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

The presentation will include recent experience with indoor swimming pool projects for the Junee Shire CouncilBega Valley Shire Council and the Australian Institute of Sports Aquatic Centre in Canberra.

Correct environmental control in an indoor swimming pool is essential for compliance with the Building Code of Australia, occupant safety and comfort. Also important is the protection of the building fabric and - energy efficiency! Expenditure on energy is a major cost for most facilities and Councils are trying hard to reduce costs whilst maintaining acceptable internal conditions. In many facilities, these issues are not given due consideration during design, installation and operation. Inevitably, some results can be ugly and expensive. 

This presentation will cover Lasath’s experience with swimming pools with regards to compliance with the Building Code, Australian Standards, options for improving energy efficiency, good design practice, avoiding pitfalls and measures for cost effective and practical remediation when things get ugly.

BIOGRAPHY 

Lasath is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 30 years’ experience with Building Services Design in England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia. Lasath commenced his career in engineering, working for a company in England designing and manufacturing heat pump-based environmental control and heat recovery systems for indoor swimming pools. Two of Lasath’s recent projects have won national award for energy efficiency- the 2012 AIRAH Award for the Sustainable HVAC Retrofit Project- presented by the NSW NABERS Team and the 2014 National Trust Award for an Outstanding Project for the Heating Systems Upgrade at the Museum of Australian Democracy at the Old Parliament House. Lasath was the Lead Author for the Guide to Best Practice Maintenance and Operation of HVAC Systems for Energy Efficiency. .

Amnon Holland
Senior Building Services Engineer 
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

This presentation will include some of the technologies available to diagnose issues and optimise performance, including:
  • Smart BMS strategies, 
  • Heat exchange and heat recovery.
  • Variable speed control of fans and pumps.
  •  Automatic re-set of pool hall temperature and humidity 
BIOGRAPHY

Amnon has a Bachelor degree in renewable energy engineering from UNSW. Amnon is a senior engineer with ESBS, and has developed a very good knowledge of mechanical services design and troubleshooting skills which includes commissioning and retro-commissioning of BMS to optimise performance of mechanical systems in buildings.
  
Yao Xiong Loo
Graduate Building Services Engineer 
Engineered Solutions for Building Sustainability

This presentation will feature remote monitoring and diagnostics using data from BMS, utility interval data and Microsoft Excel, and will discuss some before and after results at swimming pools.

BIOGRAPHY

Loo graduated from the Australian National University and is working in ESBS as a graduate building services engineer. Loo has worked on projects covering energy audits, building services design and optimisation of building services. Loo’s skills include building modelling, simulations, and optimisation of performance of building services.
 
Dr Andreas Luzzi
CEO
Laros Technologies

As any swimming pool facility manager knows, operating an indoor swimming pool is tough. Like all building managers, they need to balance the operating costs (like energy and maintenance), with achieving occupant expectations for comfort.  

But normal problems faced by facility managers are compounded in swimming pool enclosures, because occupant comfort parameters are tighter than other buildings, and even small changes to the air temperature or air movement affect the evaporation rate, and this in turn affects the amount of chemicals used to treat the water. But this is really only the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is ensuring the building façade achieves the lifespan that the accountants demand, whilst simultaneously staying within the allocated maintenance budget. 

The glazing, and other parts of the façade of a swimming pool enclosure are often coated in condensation, because moisture in the air condenses on the cool surfaces. And, because of the chemicals used to treat the water, this condensation often has elevated levels of chlorine – and this rapidly increases the rate of corrosion, increasing the amount of maintenance required and reduces the life expectancy of the façade. 

But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Laros Technologies have been involved in a number of swimming pool enclosures and have developed a system that they support with a 20 year guarantee. Laros will share their experience from the Frankston Aquatic Centre, and provide some suggestions for others to consider in the development and operation of other centres. 

BIOGRAPHIES

Dr Andreas Luzzi can look back to some 30 years of first-hand experience with low-energy buildings and renewable energy technologies. Andreas has held positions as industrial engineer, applied research scientist, consultant, full university professor, and managing director in Europe, the USA and Australia. But of most relevance to this presentation on swimming pool enclosures, Andreas has been a Regional Director of the Swiss Certification Body for Low-E Buildings (Minergie – ‘Passivhaus’ Buildings). 

The steep learning curve on Building Physics Andreas went through in this role was primarily focused on assessing products to determine if they would support the delivery of ultra-low energy and high comfort buildings. But, Andreas has utilised this knowledge of building physics and common failure points in equipment to help resolve other problems in buildings – such as condensation and corrosion in swimming pool enclosures. After his return to Australia in some 8 years ago, Andreas co-established LAROS Technologies, making high performance building façade components available in Australia. He has successfully seen these products used in a wide range of projects, from individual homes, commercial offices and indoor swimming pool enclosures.
 
Donald Macdonald
Director
Macdonald Lucas

FACILITY MANAGEMENT - RAISING THE BAR III -  From Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact in FM

This research identifies the key issues facing the FM industry and puts ways forward for how FM can build recognition at executive level, among other business leaders, and with related infrastructure groups.

Key challenges & actions identified include:

  • The need to move beyond a cost-centre mentality and build recognition for the value and ROI that excellent, well-supported FM can bring.
  • The need to take on the strategic challenge of championing workplace effectiveness, workforce productivity and well-being.
  • The need to recruit new talent to replace an ageing workforce.
  • The need to recognise the need for relationship management skills in addition to those of operational service delivery.
  • The need to adopt and apply new technologies to enhance the management of facilities and to create new kinds of workplaces.

In scrutinising the complicated label of "facility management" and how its perceived focus on the built environment detracts from its strategic impact on both workforce and workplace, 'Raising the Bar: from Operational Excellence to Strategic Impact in FM' makes a dynamic case for the profession to broaden its remit, upgrade its status and play a significant role in contributing to organisational effectiveness and business success.

BIOGRAPHY

Donald established Macdonald Lucas in 2017 with his business partner Brendan Lucas. With a vision to help clients drive down the cost and improve the quality of non-core business. Through robust researched based support.

Donald has consulted to public sector clients in two continents over almost thirty years in areas that include best practice asset management and facilities management. More recently on how best practice initiatives implemented elsewhere might be applied in Australia.

Donald is well placed therefore to consider the findings and recommendations of the RICS/ IFMA research paper Raising the Bar and advising on how they can be implemented by clients in Australia that are keen to drive process improvements in FM, positively impacting core business as a consequence. Shifting from management of a commoditised service to achieving effective influence at the strategic level of organisations.

 
Rachel Ollivier - 1
Group Manager, Property, Environment and Sustainability
Glen Eira City Council
INTEGRATING NEW TECHNOLOGY INTO OLD BUILDINGS – THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES 

Users are demanding new technology (such as modern AV) in old buildings AND there are great opportunities for better, more sustainable and lower cost building maintenance thanks to new technology.

Emerging technologies are creating opportunities to solve some of the long standing challenges for building managers: For example, the Internet of Things is creating opportunities for wireless and remote control of old buildings – opportunities that would have previously only been possible with wired in BMS systems in new builds. 

There are opportunities for better efficiency, lower monitoring and maintenance costs and simply better service provision. 

This presentation looks at some of the main opportunities and challenges and how to start to tackle them.
  
BIOGRAPHY

Rachel is Group Manager, Property, Environment and Sustainability at Glen Eira City Council, which means she gets to explore how sustainability and emerging technologies can be integrated into city infrastructure, buildings and waste management systems. Succeeding at this requires teams to continually learn, innovate and lead change. Rachel brings experience leading rapid growth in the private and community sectors and qualifications in science, finance and communications.
 
Rachel Ollivier - 2
Group Manager, Property, Environment and Sustainability
Glen Eira City Council

Ten years ago, the iPhone had just been born and it has dramatically changed both how we work and improved service provision for the better.

In the next ten years, equally dramatic shifts in how we work are possible thanks to emerging technologies such as driverless vehicles, augmented reality, renewable energy and battery storage, and wireless building control amongst other things. The next ten years are also critical for shifting our built environment and energy use to a sustainable footing.

What do we do now in our workplaces given what might be here in the near future? And what does it mean for us as individual professionals in this sector?

BIOGRAPHY

Rachel is Group Manager, Property, Environment and Sustainability at Glen Eira City Council, which means she gets to explore how sustainability and emerging technologies can be integrated into city infrastructure, buildings and waste management systems. Succeeding at this requires teams to continually learn, innovate and lead change. Rachel brings experience leading rapid growth in the private and community sectors and qualifications in science, finance and communications.
 
Sharon Pollard
General Manager Operations
Fed Square
A JOURNEY TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY – REACHING CARBON NEUTRALITY

Fed Square Pty Ltd became carbon neutral in early 2015. This national award winning program was a major milestone in what has been to date, a 9 year journey. Over that time Fed Square has reduced water usage per visitor by 47% and we have reduced electricity consumption by 4.1 million kilowatts (that is enough to power 11,700 refrigerators for a year!). We have also saved 104 million litres of water – that’s approximately 42 Olympic swimming pools of water.

While the headline figures are impressive, it hasn’t always been a smooth road we travelled. As one of the first organisations to sign up to the Efficient Government Buildings program we trialled a number of emerging technologies, some of which haven’t stood the test of time. This session focuses on providing practical insight into the challenges of leading a major public precinct to carbon neutrality. We will discuss what worked and what didn’t, what we have learnt along the way and equally important, how we are continuing to minimise our impact on the environment. 

You will hear about (amongst other things):
  • Water catchment and its use in a public space. 
  • The advantages of monitoring your water usage in real time. 
  • The importance of tuning your HVAC system. 
  • Introducing a cogeneration system to the site. 
  • Our bio-gas journey. 
  • Sustainability partnerships. 

BIOGRAPHY

Sharon Pollard is currently the General Manager Operations at Fed Square. She has accrued over a decade of extensive senior management experience in Operations and Facilities Management globally. With a broad range of “hands-on” experience, underpinned by qualifications in Work Health and Safety and Project Management, Sharon has a passion for Environmental sustainability and OH&S and Emergency preparedness. As an active advocate for the Facilities Management industry Sharon chairs the Facility Management Association's Victorian Committee.
 
Robert Quinn - 1
Sustainability Consultant & Managing Director
ecoData
THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET of THINGS (IIoT) - INSIGHTS AND APPLICATIONS FOR COUNCILS  (Presentation One)

The presentation will explain just what the new and fast developing IIoT is all about, likely future directions and the opportunities it presents for Councils and other organisations in reducing costs while improving operations and customer services.

These insights are based on almost 2 years of 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. 

Learnings will be presented from a study for the Tamworth Regional Council into the IIoT options for their future water meter AMI roll outs and other areas of Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) plus Smart Cities applications.

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 & Managing Director
ecoData
IIoT AND DATA INTEGRATION FOR POOLS - IMPROVING OPERATIONS AND COMPLIANCE WHILE REDUCING COSTS  (Presentation Two)

Municipal pools, especially indoor types, are complex ecosystems involving multiple electrical, mechanical and chemical variables plus both inputs and outputs. A significant amount of data is generated. However, the management and control systems generally operate as independent silos even though they are mostly interdependent; they do not share their data. The integration, aggregation and analysis of this data allows more effective control, cost reductions, improved health and safety compliance from advanced reporting, benchmarking of otherwise inaccessible KPIs and timely alarms. 

IIoT offers new opportunities for the more cost effective capture and integration of data (both existing and new pools) and its analysis for real time reporting to any smart phone, tablet or PC. This presentation will give valuable insights into the technology, solutions and benefits, both at the facility level and as part of Smart Cities initiatives. 

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.
 
Rogier Roelvink
Associate Director, Australia
Turner & Townsend Thinc
STRATEGIC ASSET MANAGEMENT & FACILITY MANAGEMENT TO BENEFIT YOUR PORTFOLIO

The Australian FM industry is worth $32.157 billion – 2.6% of GDP, globally FM is estimated at $1.02 Trillion. It is time for us to get serious and introduce some real strategic thinking in what we do. With the introduction of the FM ISO (forthcoming) and ISO 55001 (Asset Management) a strategic approach to asset and facilities management can be your framework to justify expenditure and activities.

A strategic framework that brings activities and expenditure in to a risk context key that stakeholders will understand. Strategic management can also be the methodology to help you better justify expenditure and activities.

The built environment is what enables us to live, explore, discover, learn and evolve. Building Maintenance and FM is instrumental in maintaining and operating the built environment. Obligated to do so efficiently and effectively to establish and maintain a sustainable legacy for future generations.

Learning objectives:
  1. What a strategic approach is and what it entails 
  2. Why risk management is a framework understood by key stakeholders 
  3. How a strategic approach provides a justification for expenditure

Learn how a strategic approach to building maintenance and facilities management allows you to align activities within a risk profile understood by key stakeholders.

BIOGRAPHY

Rogier has 16 years international experience in Facilities Management. Rogier is passionate about the strategic application of FM. He has a wealth of experience in providing advice, conducting service reviews and authoring numerous service specifications. He also has experience of integration, audit, specification and procurement of facilities services.
 
Sujeeva Setunge
Deputy Dean Research and Innovation School of Engineering
RMIT Melbourne
INTELLIGENT ASSET MANAGEMENT OF BUILDINGS

Buildings are complex assets which require a well-planned management strategy for optimised management. The process requires consideration of reliable inspections, data driven predictive models, integration with digital technologies and optimised maintenance and capital works. Another aspect to be considered is the energy efficiency, level of service and risk management for optimised investment decision making.

The paper presents a new generation asset management system which incorporates automated data collection and user empowered inspections to improve accuracy of inspections of facilities. Up to 700 probabilistic life cycle models for components of buildings enable predicting the future degradation leading to intelligent and informed decisions. Scenario analysis allows the user to generate budget scenarios which can consider the available budget and the associated physical condition of the facility/building. Energy retrofitting module covers the optimised retrofitting strategy to minimise energy use. Finally combining the dynamic risk of components with physical condition assists in prioritising of investment.

The software system is cloud hosted and is deployed via a sophisticated platform. The full system functionality is demonstrated with an example from a current client with three different scenarios adopted for management of the facilities. Integrating a business intelligent tool, the user is given the capability of generating customised reports to align with their reporting requirements.

BIOGRAPHY

Sujeeva Setunge is a professor in Civil Engineering at RMIT University and is currently leading the research portfolio of seven Engineering disciplines. She has extensive experience in delivering tools for sustainable management of infrastructure assets including, buildings, bridges, storm water pipes and seaports. She also leads a large project on vulnerability modelling of road structures under natural hazards. Her work is currently implemented by a number of organisations including local councils and road authorities. She is a fellow of Engineers Australia and a chartered professional Engineer.
 
Janet Sparrow
Unit Head - Business Recycling Unit
NSW Environment Protection Authority
THE BENEFITS OF BETTER WASTE MANAGEMENT FOR FACILITY MANAGERS

The NSW EPA Bin Trim program is helping thousands of businesses across NSW to improve their triple bottom lines by providing free help to reduce waste and 50:50 investment on recycling equipment. Commercial buildings and facilities are key recipients of the support the Bin Trim program provides, helping them to create best management waste practices. Outcomes include financial and environmental benefits such as reducing waste costs, increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill.

The following are outstanding examples of better waste management in facilities:

1/ Warrigal Care in NSW has undertaken a full review of their waste management and recycling needs through the NSW EPA Bin Trim program. Funding of $2,765.76 has enabled them to install additional recycling bins in 9 facilities, thereby increasing their recycling rate by 16%. Additionally, they have negotiated a new waste contract which includes new paper and cardboard collection services. During 2016, they saved around $4,494 in waste costs in their residential care facilities.

2/ Waste experts conducted Bin Trim visual waste assessments for 6 of the main facilities of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The outcomes from these assessments have provided a baseline for setting targets to increase recycling and improving waste management across all sites. The key findings are:
  • The six offices are generating an estimated 65 tonnes of waste each year, of which 71% is currently being recycled
  • The 3 main types of waste are office paper, paper towels, and food waste
    The report identified ways to further reduce the amount of waste generated by the 6 sites by 26%, which will increase recycling/resource recovery to 95%
3/ The Harbourside Shopping Centre in Sydney is managed by Mirvac. Waste glass in the loading dock resulted in limited space for recycling, and the centre was unable to recycle materials such as commingled containers and plastics. Funding of $41,850 allowed the facility manager to purchase 6# glass crushers which have reduced the volume of glass by 60%, thus creating enough space to introduce six 660L commingled recycling skip bins and a commingled recycling service. The new bins will service all the tenants at Harbourside and it is estimated that an additional 82.62t/y of aluminium and 37.79t/y of rigid plastic will be recycled, thereby reducing the Centres waste costs by at least $1600 p.a. 

BIOGRAPHY

Janet has over ten years of experience in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of environmental education and waste management programs within NSW State and Local Government, at a university, and in a non-government organisation. As the current NSW Chair of the Waste Management Association of Australia’s Waste Educators Working Group, I am also active in providing leadership in best practice waste education advice and support, and raising the profile of education within the sector.
 
Giselle Tocher
Principal Officer, Corruption Prevention
NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption
CONTROLLING CORRUPTION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PROVISION OF FACILITY MAINTENANCE SERVICES

The NSW public sector spend on maintaining assets is huge (the NSW Government’s 2016–17 estimate was $4.25 billion; local government’s 2013-14 spend was over $1.2 billion). Increasingly these services are being outsourced by public sector agencies, creating substantial corruption opportunity.

In the last decade the ICAC has found corruption in maintenance contracts in the order of millions of dollars. While well-designed maintenance arrangements characterised by robust budgets and strong internal contract management give transparency to asset service requirements and costs, these features also reduce opportunities for corruption and make it easier to detect such behaviour when it does occur.

In this presentation, Giselle will share insights into the nature of the corruption that has been exposed as well as the diverse range of practices that can minimise corruption and other types of opportunistic behaviour, while also supporting efficient and effective maintenance systems. 

BIOGRAPHY

Ms Tocher has over 10 years’ experience as a corruption prevention manager at the ICAC. While at the ICAC, Ms Tocher has been involved in investigations and corruption prevention projects dealing with procurement, contract management and the payment of invoices. Prior to commencing at the ICAC, Ms Tocher worked in the private sector specialising in R&D tax incentives. Ms Tocher holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
 
Luke Treadwell
Senior Engineer - Buildings, Melbourne
ARUP
ADDRESSING ENERGY & COMFORT IN AGEING LEISURE CENTRES

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre was originally opened in 1977, and the building comprises a mixture of aquatic facilities, fitness halls, gym areas, a crèche and a community health clinic. The local council decided to undertake refurbishment works aimed at modernising the centre and improving the energy efficiency of the building. Arup undertook an energy assessment and modelling of the existing building operation, and identified opportunities for energy reduction and improving thermal comfort. Luke was responsible for the design of the building services works which addressed these issues.

During this talk, Luke will discuss the key strategies for reducing energy consumption and improving thermal comfort in existing aquatic & leisure buildings, and will discuss the performance outcomes that these strategies can achieve. 

BIOGRAPHY

Luke Treadwell is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Arup with 8 years' experience in building services design in Australia and the UK. Luke has a range of experience on local government and leisure centre facility projects, with a particular focus on implementing energy reduction and ESD strategies, and introducing control monitoring systems into existing buildings.
 
Kiam Yoong
Senior Manager Environmental Sustainability
Zoos Victoria
GREEN HOUSE GAS REDUCTION AT ZOOS VICTORIA 

Climate change is threatening the survival of animal species around the world, and sadly, Australia is not immune. Here at Zoos Victoria, we see the impacts of climate change on unique Australians like the Mountain Pygmy-possum, Baw Baw Frogs and alpine skinks. Since 2008, Zoos Victoria has implemented an overarching Environmental Policy and Strategy to manage all environmental impacts associated with operating our zoos.

Using greenhouse gas as a key measure of environmental performance, Zoos Victoria is able to continuously reduce its carbon impacts through projects such as:
  • In-vessel composting of organics waste
  • Solar PV 
  • Equipment efficiency
  • Insulation
  • ESD & Green procurement 

Zoos Victoria is a certified Carbon Neutral organisation under NCOS making this a world’s first for a zoo organisation.

Going forward, we will be looking to continue our resource efficiency programs to further reduce our operational impacts and our emissions. We will also be looking at developing renewable energy options on site and trailing innovative options to provide green power and efficiency savings to our zoos.  

BIOGRAPHY 

Kiam has a BE (Civil) Monash Uni and a ME (Cleaner Production) RMIT Uni’s. His first professional work took him to South East Asia as a Civil Engineer, where he witnessed widespread devastation of the natural environment. He later took on management positions in the manufacturing industry, which highlighted extensive consumption of natural resources. His passion for the environment led him to pursue a Master's degree in Cleaner Production. He then worked as a consultant in Cleaner Production and Environmental Management Systems. In 2005 he joined Sustainability Victoria with the role of assisting Victorian businesses on environmental sustainability. 

In 2008 he joined Zoos Victoria (ZV) as their Senior Manager Environmental Sustainability. His key role involves reducing ZV’s environmental footprint by developing an Environmental Sustainability Strategy and supporting programs such as Carbon Neutrality, Environmental Management System, Resource Efficiency and Green Procurement. In 2013 Kiam was instrumental in getting Carbon Neutral certification for Zoos Victoria; making this a world’s first for a zoo organisation.