Past Melbourne Forums



Melbourne Forum, May 21, 2018
Positive legacy developments


Bill Reed,
Principal, Regenesis Group

Developing co-evolutionary relationships
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Lucinda Hartley,
co-founder and CEO, CoDesign Studio

Shaping healthy liveable neighbourhoods in an era of loneliness
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David Holmgren,
Holmgren Design

Permaculture in the suburbs
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Dominique Hes,
Director of the Thrive Research Hub at the University of Melbourne - Chair
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Melbourne Forum, November 14, 2017
Vertical Schools


Stephen Turner, Gray Puksand

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Carey Lyon, Lyons Architecture

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Grant Holman, M.AIRAH, Wood & Grieve Engineers 

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Melbourne Forum, August 8, 2017
Thrivability, Regeneration, and the Eden Project


Belina Raffy, Maffick Ltd.

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Dave Harland, Eden Project.

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Dominique Hes, Melbourne University. 

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Forum chair:
Rod Quantock. 



Melbourne Forum, November 24, 2016
Densification and Urban Futures


Leanne Hodyl is the founder and managing director of Hodyl + Co.

Designing Melbourne


Professor Matthaios Santamouris is professor of high-performance architecture at the University of New South Wales. He is also a professor at the University of Athens, in Greece.

Local climate change and urban mitigation techniques to counterbalance it

Andrew Carre is a lecturer in RMIT University’s School of Property, Construction and Project Management. 

Towards better quality indoor and outdoor environments

Forum chair: Priyadarsini Rajagopalan, Director, Sustainable Building Innovation Lab (SBi Lab), School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University. 


Melbourne Forum, July 5, 2016
Efficient buildings



Corine Mulet is a senior project officer in the NABERS team at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

NABERS presentation

Andrea Pape – Andrea is a program advisor at Sustainability Victoria, and is working to improve the energy performance of commercial office buildings. Prior to this, she worked in energy consumer advocacy, and delivered energy efficiency programs to low income households and the community service sector. 

Energy efficient buildings

Glenn Alman is a consulting engineer and principal at Wood & Grieve Engineers. He specialises in both the mechanical and sustainability fields.

The one McNab Avenue journey
Forum chair: Cameron Fitzgerald, general manager customers community and environment, City West Water.


Melbourne Forum, May 4, 2016
The future of the building development industry: from efficiency to contribution



David Waldren is the head of culture and innovation at Grocon. 

In David’s presentation, he outlined some of the things that Grocon and its partners have achieved to date and spoke about the current approaches being taken from both social and environmental perspectives.

Vanessa Campbell is the director of chancellery projects at the University of Melbourne.

Chancellery projects

Paolo Bevilacqua has 15 years’ experience in the property industry and is currently Frasers Property Australia’s General manager, sustainability. 

A different way – Sustainability initiatives
Forum chair: Dominique Hes, M.AIRAH, is Director Thrive research hub at The University of Melbourne.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Shaping Melbourne to 2026

David Mayes is an architect who has 40 years’ experience in urban policy, planning and development.

Future Melbourne 2026: Your city, your vision

Rob McGauran is the founding director of MGS Architects and Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Monash University.

Building a greater City vision for 2026

Forum chair: Phil Wilkinson, F.AIRAH, is AIRAH's executive manager, government relations and technical services.


Thursday, November 12, 2015
Mid-tier buildings

Anthony Wright is manager of the Built Environment and Energy team at Sustainability Victoria.

Energy efficient office buildings

Michele Leembruggen is senior sustainability manager of the 1200 Buildings program at City of Melbourne.

Melbourne Retrofit Survey Series

Matthew Sullivan-Kilgour is CEO at Hux, and Rhys Sullivan is head of product at Hux.

Data and visualisation: Changing the way we understand our buildings

Forum chair: Rob Murray-Leach, executive, policy and advocacy at the Energy Efficiency Council.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Innovation and practicality of living systems in buildings

Thami Croeser is an environmental planner at the City of Melbourne, managing the Greening Laneways program.

Greening laneways

Shelley Meagher is CEO at Do it on the roof. 

Managing and maintaining green roofs

Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH, is managing director at Atelier Ten.

UTS Living Algae Building Forum

Forum chair: Dr Dominique Hes, M.AIRAH, is senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. 

Other building integrated living systems

Melbourne Forum, Tuesday May 12, 2015
The water-energy nexus


Dr Steven Kenway is an Australian Research Fellow and research group leader, Water-Energy-Carbon, at the University of Queensland.

Water-energy-carbon links in Melbourne households

Adam Jones is a senior environmental engineer at BMT WBM in Sydney, and specialises in water efficiency analysis. 

Sometimes water savings are energy savings

Jesse Steinfeld is the engineering manager at Buildings Alive and Marc Gillespie is from Novion Property Group.

Active analytics for better building performance


 Melbourne Forum, November 12, 2014

Practice of the future: Where is practice going?

Dr Dominique Hes, M.AIRAH, is senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. 

Pushing the boundaries to positive ecological and social outcomes

Meyer Eidelson is an author, entertainer and social commentator. 

Meyer provided insights into indigenous wisdom, and what we can learn from traditional custodians about creating a sustainable city.

Nick Adams, M.AIRAH, is mechanical services leader at Arup. 

Making innovation happen

Eli Court is project manager at ClimateWorks Australia. 

Sign on the line – Making Environmental Upgrade Finance simple

Melbourne Forum, August 20, 2014


Chris Walker is team leader – sustainability and Michael Li is ESD engineer at AECOM.

Carbon-centred approach to sustainable design

Jade Barnaby is product stewardship advisor at Sustainability Victoria.

Strategic approaches to tricky waste

Frank Perconte is health, safety and environmental (HSE) manager at Burbank. 

Target zero waste home construction

The full white paper from RMIT, and a multimedia presentation of the project are available from the Burbank website.


Melbourne Forum June 18, 2014

Building a healthy urban habitat

  Clare Lombardi is City West Water’s Healthy Urban Habitat project manager.

Growing a greener west – Strategic partnerships for regional change
  Professor Roger Jones is a professional research fellow, and Dr Gayathri Mekala is a research fellow at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University.

Benefits of improving urban green infrastructure in Melbourne's west
  Tashia Dixon is Living Brooklyn project manager at Brimbank City Council.

Living Brooklyn – A path to health and prosperity at Brooklyn Industrial Estate through Integrated Water Management

Melbourne Forum, April 30, 2014

Façades – Innovative technologies and techniques

Jon Morgan is a senior engineer at Arup.

VR/AR for the built environment
Paul Stoller, M.AIRAH, is a director at Atelier Ten.

Performative design: Discovering the SAHMRI facades
Matthew Sullivan is head of research at Moreland Energy Foundation.

The role of BIPV



Biomimicry – November 26

 Dominique Hes
Dr Dominique Hes is a senior lecturer at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and a founding board member of the Australian Living Futures Institute.

 Jane Toner Jane Toner is a biomimicry specialist and senior associate at Sustainable Built Environments.

Biomimicry 3.8
 Tim Angus Tim Angus is architect at his own practice, Tim Angus Architect. 

Towards sustainable architecture
 Matthew Webb Matthew Webb is sustainability consultant at Umow Lai and a PhD student in biomimicry at the University of Melbourne.

Engineering biomimetic strategies for the built environment


Innovative construction techniques - September 17

  Richard Hough is a principal and structural engineer at Arup. 

Innovative construction: Massivholz
  Damien Crough is business development manager at Unitised Building. 

Innovative construction techniques for multi-residential developments

  Andrew Smith is project manager at Lend Lease.

Cross-laminated timber: Forte and Docklands Library and Community Centre

ESD in local government - June 18

Joan Ko is a senior consultant at Arup, working in the sustainability aspects of planning and organisational strategy. 

Energy, water and waste efficiency
  David Mayes is manager of strategic planning at the City of Melbourne. 

City of Melbourne's building energy policy
  Nic Drent is a strategic planner at the City of Port Phillip. 

Environmentally efficient design - Local planning policy
   Gavin Ashley is coordinator of sustainable planning at Moreland Energy Foundation and ESD officer at the City of Yarra. 

Sustainable design assessment in the planning process

Sustainable public projects – March 19

Jeff Robinson and Colin Geisler

Melbourne Markets Relocation
David Jarratt

Bioscience Research Centre Project

  Caimin McCabe

New Royal Children’s Hospital
Charuka Samaraweera

“Green” Engineering The National Tennis Centre


One Planet Living – The built environment and beyond – November 14

Pooran Desai

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Living on one planet

Mike Hill

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Housing People Sustainably

Adam Borowski

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The Commons

Chris King

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5x4 Hayes Lane Project


Retrofitting lower-grade buildings for sustainability - June 19

Dave Collins

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Green buildings that work

Greg Anson

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182 Capel Street: A case study in sustainable workplace design

Gary Stickland

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Alto hotel on bourke: A carbon neutral hotel

Russell Evans

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Retrofitting Victoria's B, C & D Grade Buildings


Green Buildings: are they living up to expectations? - March 28

Alan Pears

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Learning from the 60L Green Building: good intentions, tough action and their outcomes

Prof. Andy van den Dobbelsteen

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Building for Future Generations: Here and now, using local strengths

Dr Paul Bannister

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Office Building Retro-Commissioning: Freshwater Place, Melbourne, Australia

Paul Crapper

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Redeveloping Goods Shed North


The power meter and beyond - smarter ways of managing electrical supply - July 12

Judy Anderson

Smart Grid Australia - 
An insight to future infrastructure

Ross Fraser

Demand side response - Energy response and managing peak demand

Solar Energy and Architecture – International Best Practice and the International Energy Agency - September 28

Maria Wall

Swedish development of Energy-efficient buildings - From reduction of energy use to increased use of renewable energy

Olaf Bruun Jørgensen

SubtaskC - Concepts, Case Studies and Guidelines

Combating the heat island effect - June 30

Dr Jason Beringer

Using green infrastructure to mitigate excess urban heat


Dr Andrew Coutts

Management of heat stress in urban environments


Anne Barker 

Greening the West – creating a healthy urban habitat

Funding opportunities for retrofitting buildings - May 4


Scott Bocskay

Sustainable Melbourne Fund – facilitating improved commercial and environmental outcomes in the built environment


Meg McDonald

Low Carbon Australia – financing programs for energy efficiency retrofits


Alan Garcia

Financial opportunities for the building  sector – grants and government incentives

Changing behaviour to improve sustainability - February 23


Alexandra McKenna

Delivering Energy Efficient Buildings - The Low Energy High Rise Project


Kelly Wickham

50 Lonsdale Street Sustainability Victoria
Air Conditioning Set-point Offset Trial

Scott Drake
Behavioural Change: adaptive comfort and sustainable outcomes


Green precincts: The next logical step in sustainable development - September 29

Mark Allan
Towards sustainable urban precincts
Jeff Robinson
Sustainable precincts, sustainable cities: Re-tooling our infrastructure for a sustainable future
Nick Alsop
Sustainability Victoria, Sustainable precinct program

Energy Efficiency Essentials for 2010: BCA Section J & Manadatory Disclosure - March 31

Robert Enker
National Strategy for Energy Efficiency: Buildings are crucial
Michael Shaw 
The key practical compliance issues for Section J
Tom Cantwell
Mandatory disclosure of commercial office building energy efficiency


Carbon reduction in the built environment - October 20

Prem Panickar
Barriers and potential opportunities to distributed generation
Blair Healy
Commercial cogeneration
Dr Mirek Piechowski
GeoExchange renewable energy infrastructure


Presentations from previous Melbourne Forum seminars