Impacts of COVID-19 on the built environment

Prof Lidia Morawska, Queensland University of Technology
Bryon Price, F.AIRAH, A.G. Coombs
Brett Fairweather, M.AIRAH, It's Engineered

Chaired by
Nathan Groenhout, F.AIRAH
Global IQ Group

Chaired by
Nathan Groenhout, F.AIRAH
Global IQ Group

About Groenhout

Dr Groenhout is the co-founder of strategy and innovation consulting firm Global IQ Group. He is a mechanical engineer who has been involved in the HVAC&R industry for over 20 years as a mechanical contractor, design engineer, academic and industry consultant. Having spent much of his career involved in research and development, small business and building new ventures, Groenhout has a unique perspective on the entrepreneurial space and the HVAC&R industry.
He has a bachelor’s degree and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, as well as executive education from Harvard Club of Australia, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently completing an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management and Chicago Booth School of Business. Groenhout is also the past national president and a current director of AIRAH.


Prof Lidia Morawska

Queensland University of Technology

About Morawska

Morawska is a professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, and the director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT. ILAQH is a collaborating centre of the World Health Organization on research and training in the field of air quality and health. She is also a co-director of the Australia-China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management. 

Morawska conducts fundamental and applied research in the interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impact on human health and the environment, with a specific focus on the science of airborne particulate matter. A physicist, she received her doctorate at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, for research on radon and its progeny. 

Dr Morawska is an author of more than 800 journal papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers. She has been involved at the executive level with a number of relevant national and international professional bodies, is a member of the Australian Academy of Science, and a recipient of numerous scientific awards.



Bryon Price, F.AIRAH

A.G. Coombs

About Price

Price is a professional engineer with long, notable experience in building services. He is the strategic development director for the A.G. Coombs Group of companies. Additionally, Price is non-executive director of AIRAH; a director of ARBS; co-chair of the International WELL Building Institute Task Force on COVID-19 and other respiratory infections; and chair of the board of the Facility Management Association of Australia as well as chair of their Knowledge and Advocacy Portfolio Groups.


Brett Fairweather, M.AIRAH

It's Engineered

About Fairweather

Fairweather has represented local engineering practices for more than 20 years. He now runs a mechanical services consultancy to support other practitioners throughout the industry. On behalf of AIRAH, Fairweather is regularly involved in delivering training relevant to the maintenance of essential safety measures; design of smoke control and fire dampers; and building ventilation. He is a member of the technical subcommittees for the AS 1668 series of Australian Standards relating to a range of HVAC requirements in buildings. Fairweather also represents AIRAH on the national Building Codes Committee, providing industry support to the Australian Building Codes Board when considering changes proposed to the National Construction Code.


Jonathan Clarke, M.AIRAH


About Clarke

During the past 30 years Clarke has worked with automation, systems integration, energy management and building performance optimisation, taking him on an industry journey from analogue to digital systems. This includes the current trend in data-driven cloud IoT technologies. 

Clarke owned and operated a systems integration company in London for many years. He has also spent 11 years consulting in Australia, working with global clients such as Google. Now he heads up the Dexus smart building technology team to deliver the next generation of cutting-edge digitally enabled buildings.