Industry rating tools update

In this session we will hear an update from the leading industry rating tool organisations which will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on the future direction of each tool.

Speakers and panelists
Davina Rooney, Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH, National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
Jack Noonan, The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Chaired by

Jeff Robinson, Affil.AIRAH

Chaired by

Jeff Robinson, Affil.AIRAH


About Robinson

Robinson is a Technical Director and Sustainability Consultant working in Aurecon’s Melbourne office. He has worked as a consulting engineer for more than 33 years in London, Ireland, and Melbourne. He has been involved in the design of a wide variety of leading-edge sustainable buildings and communities in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Middle East, Europe and America, and is a passionate advocate for great architecture, urban design, and the design of sustainable and healthy buildings. 

An experienced Green Star Accredited Professional, LEED AP, infrastructure sustainability professional, Robinson is also a member of the WELL Faculty. He is the Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Sustainable Development Committee; a Technical Specialist on the Office of the Victorian Government’s Design Review Panel; a Member of the South Australian Design Review panel; a Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria; and he has recently trained as a Climate Reality Leader. 


Davina Rooney

Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)

About Rooney

Rooney has led the Green Building Council of Australia since June 2019.  

She is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience in environmental projects, not-for-profit boards and overseas community development work. Rooney’s career highlights range from spending eight months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school that won multiple international awards, to a decade at Stockland, a global leader in sustainability, which gave her an understanding of how the GBCA’s global leadership translates into real-world outcomes. Stockland was recognised in 2016 and 2018 by simultaneously holding the Dow Jones Sustainability Index Global Property leader and GRESB Global leader (Retail/Office), and was also recognised on the CDP Leaders A-list.

Rooney has won industry awards including NAWIC NSW Sustainability 2016, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award, and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award. 


Carlos Flores, M.AIRAH

National Australian Built Environment Rating System

About Flores
Flores is the Director of the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS), responsible for all aspects of its delivery nationally. NABERS is one of the largest and most successful government sustainability initiatives in Australia, and has been key in helping the Australian commercial property sector lead the world in reducing energy and emissions in the past decade. Flores is a mechanical engineer by trade, an AIRAH member and former AIRAH Future Leader Award winner, and a regular speaker at conferences in Australia and overseas. 


Jack Noonan

International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

About Noonan

Noonan is the Vice President, Asia Pacific, for the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). Based in Melbourne, his role involves leading the technical support, market development and operations across Australia, New Zealand, and, most recently, South East Asia. 

Prior to his time at IWBI, Noonan was the Manager of Climate Change Programs at Sustainability Victoria, a government agency, where he developed and led the TAKE2 Climate Change Program and informed state climate policy. This followed six years working at a building science consultancy, where he held a number of leadership roles including the National Relationship and Marketing Manager, State Manager and Senior Consultant. During this time, Noonan worked closely with organisations such as NABERS, GBCA, WGBC, FMA, AIRAH, and local and state governments on healthy building design and practices, with a focus on indoor environments.

Noonan holds bachelor’s degrees in science and psychology, both from Monash University, as well as a master’s degree in business focused on the commercialisation of science and emerging technology. In 2009, he was a winner of the National Australia Bank Science in Business award. 

His areas of expertise include air and water quality,  healthy buildings, sustainability rating tools, science commercialisation, and climate policy. He is a WELL Accredited Professional and a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality. He is passionate about environmental justice and equity, as well as the health and education of communities. He also serves on the board of a local community organisation focused on adult education and social inclusion.