AIRAH to host the Sydney Mid-Tier Forum

Leveraging off the successful Melbourne Forum series, the Sydney Forum is the latest addition to AIRAH’s 2017 events schedule. It will focus on the uptake of sustainability initiatives in mid-tier buildings in New South Wales. 

Curated in collaboration with the City of Sydney, the Energy Efficiency Council, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures, NABERS, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, the Sydney Forum will take place at the Aerial UTS Function Centre on Tuesday, June 13.

“An enormous amount of progress has been made in recent years in optimising the premium component of the built environment,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “We’re now at a stage where most owners of premium and A-grade buildings understand the importance of energy efficiency, resilience and sustainability. 

“Unfortunately, the mid-tier has been left lagging behind. The average NABERS Energy rating in this sector is just 2.4 stars, while many don’t have a rating at all.

“The rationale behind the Sydney Forum is to increase the relationship between all stakeholders in the mid-tier supply chain. All parties need to collaborate and work towards common objectives to achieve energy-efficient buildings. Facility managers need to know their building and occupants, and the contractors must fully understand their systems.”

According to a report prepared by the GBCA for the federal government in 2015, about 80,000 buildings in Australia classify as “the mid-tier”. These buildings are estimated to represent as much as 84 per cent of the 64 million square metres of commercial office space in Australia.

Recognising the need to address the barriers to mid-tier energy efficiency, AIRAH manager – government and external relations, Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, says the Sydney Forum will provide the ideal springboard for improvement. 

“Energy performance and sustainability are generally low-priority concerns for mid-tier building owners,” says Wilkinson. “Unfortunately, energy-efficiency outcomes have not been pushed strongly enough to impact the mid-tier. However, the launch of AIRAH’s Sydney Forum series will work to lay out a pathway to sustainability in this space, not just in Sydney, but throughout New South Wales.”   

Confirmed speakers for the June Sydney Forum are Dr Paul Bannister, F.AIRAH, from Energy Action; Anthony De Francesco from Real Investment Analytics (RIA); Shauna Coffey from the Energy Efficiency Council; and Rachael Scott from Eureka Real Assets.  

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