Flick the Switch! Join us on the most important journey of discovery yet

Our latest event and ebook started with the notion that we need to understand how to create a net zero future and all-electric buildings and cities.

It was time to Flick the Switch!

What we wanted to understand exactly what governments around the country were up to in terms of reaching their Net Zero targets. What policies have been legislated? Which ones relate to property?

But then we got speaking to GPT and Mirvac and Frasers Property among a host of consultants, designers and advisers.

All-electric buildings are the way to get to Net Zero, they told us. And no, these are not something in the distant future. This is goal for right now.

Growing numbers of people in the industry it seems, are busy putting in place strategies and plans to do what… Ummm some people only talk of.

This is not to say they’ve got all the way, but several are further along the road than we thought.

GPT, for instance, has transformed some major buildings to all-electric net zero. Mirvac is well past investigation and into the doing. The question is how? And what?

And who knew that Frasers Property was working on 3500 apartments that will be all-electric?

We thought those kinds of transformations were still a twinkle in someone’s eye.

So, old buildings, new buildings. Offices and residential. What’s next?

There is so much to learn but what’s incredible is that these people will be at our event – as panellists and audience members – and they’ll be keen to share what they know. As much as they want to hear what everyone else is up to.

Creating possibly one of the most exciting voyages of discovery yet.

And all of it will end up in an ebook that as anyone who knows The Fifth Estate will tell you, will be high-quality work of the first order.

How can any of us afford not to be there?

  • 5 August, e-conference symposium
  • 10am for 11am till 3pm
  • Doors closing whatever time people stop chatting over the highly interactive format where you can chat with people at your table, drop in to visit another table, and go and check out the sponsor’s lounge.

Come along and be part of what we are sure will be the most important event and ebook resource for the industry we have ever embarked on.

Thanks so much for support from  the Department of Industry Science, Energy and Resources 

Lead sponsor AECOM

Supporting sponsors AG Coombs and Mirvac

Support your industry’s innovation and be at the front of the ship.

Check out the full program and speakers

Speakers and moderators

  • Keynote speaker: Stephen Bygrave, Director Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Mitra Anderson-Oliver, Head of Urban Design & Strategy, Impact Investment Group
  • Kelly Davies, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • Professor Alistair Sproul, UNSW Energy
  • Carlos Flores, Director, NABERS
  • Steve Ford, Head of Sustainability and Energy, GPT
  • Heidi Lee, Chief Operating Officer, Beyond Zero Emissions
  • Rory Martin, Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property
  • David Palin, Sustainability Manager, Mirvac
  • Clare Parry, director, Grun Consulting
  • Bruce Precious, Six Capitals
  • Craig Roussac, Chief Executive Officer, Buildings Alive
  • Martijn Wilder AM, Founding Partner, Pollination
  • Siân Willmott Principal Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability Team Lead, Victoria – AECOM

More to come…

Program

10.00am-11.00am

Set up and Networking – check out our e-conference platform and see for yourself it’s probably better than face to face!

11:00am-12.00pm

Session 1: Government Levers and Private Action

What are our governments saying and doing to achieve Net Zero?

Who’s leading the charge among the states and territories and matching words with actions? How does this fit the global agenda?

Drivers – What are the drivers we urgently need to stimulate science, innovation and investment to help our governments get there?

What are investors particularly looking for and what needs to change to enable them to reap the opportunities?

How will all of this intersect with our cities of the future and how the connect with each other? Do we still need a very fast train if no one can travel – in a time of Covid? What happens to the regions? And will business and investment follow staff to the regional cities and towns if the small trend turns to a flood?

How can our cities reshape themselves with greener spaces and better quality of life? Perhaps around more village style precincts.

Panellists

  • (Keynote speaker) Stephen Bygrave, Director Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, who will discuss NSW’s net zero programs that impact the built environment
  • Martijn Wilder AM, Founding Partner, Pollination
  • Mitra Anderson-Oliver, Head of Urban Design & Strategy, Impact Investment Group
  • Urban planner TBC

Moderator

Heidi Lee | Beyond Zero Emissions

12:00pm-1.00pm

Session 2: On the nuts and bolts of achieving net zero, all electric buildings and cities

A hypothetical Precinct – let’s make it Net Zero and All Electric

Let’s co-create a prototype mixed use precinct as we go and learn: with residential, offices, retail and some older buildings to bring up to scratch. What will the buildings look like and what will be the distribution of uses? What will the building fabric be like and feel like? What will the energy systems be and how will they work? Can hydrogren replace gas and if not why not?

In this session, we’ll meet the trailblazers that have overcome the barriers to run big, complex buildings off 100 per cent electricity, teamed this with renewables, and offset any leftover emissions. By the way, what do we think of offsetting?

What’s so hard about retrofitting existing buildings? Or getting rid of gas? Start with commercial buildings old and new

Panellists

  • Steve Ford, Head of Sustainability and Energy, GPT
  • David Palin, Sustainability Manager, Mirvac
  • Professor Alistair Sproul, UNSW Energy
  • More to come – Heating and cooling, ESD and materials experts

Moderators

  • Bruce Precious | Six Capitals
  • Tina Perinotto | The Fifth Estate

1:00pm-1:30pm

Session 3: Lunchtime discussion

What have you already learned from our hypothetical in the past two sessions?

Table competition – make your table a team and win best idea for inclusion in our all-electric net zero precinct.

1:30pm-2:00pm

Session 4: Focus on residential – Making homes net zero – same, same but different

Panellists

  • Clare Parry, director, Grun Consulting
  • Rory Martin, Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property
  • More to come

Moderators

  • Bruce Precious | Six Capitals
  • Tina Perinotto | The Fifth Estate

Are apartments almost impossible to make net zero? What is so hard and how can we remove the barriers and reap the opportunities? Is Passive House the best design system for residential and other buildings in the pursuit of net zero? What’s the cost and downside? What other methods achieve similar results? Would decent building quality achieve so much better results? Is certification all that important? Are the ratings systems keeping pace? Do BASIX and NatHERS need updating to better align with our goals?

2:00pm -2:50pm

Session 5: Tenants and occupants – the people, processes and systems that make net zero, all electric buildings possible

Where do the tenants and occupants fit in to make the building and precinct hum with a net zero outcome? What are the environmental, social and financial drivers at work and how do these drivers integrate with technology and its ability to deliver “what people want and what makes them happy”?

Panellists

  • Craig Roussac, Chief Executive Officer, Buildings Alive
  • Carlos Flores, Director, NABERS
  • Kelly Davies, partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia
  • More to come – expert on how Integrated systems can help deliver people what they want

Moderators

  • Poppy Johnston | The Fifth Estate

Guest TBA

2:50pm -3:00pm

Concluding remarks

  • Networking via the platform will remain open until 4 pm

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QandAs are key to our events

Audiences are encouraged to send in questions when they register, or work up new ones on the day. Our panellists are experts in their field and keen to take up the challenges. 

Great networking

  •  fabulous virtual café style “seating” for six people per table. (Chat with your fellow attendees in breaks, jump into a free chair to say hello to guests at other tables!)

Who should attend

Architect, designers, material suppliers, environmental assessors, consultant and other professionals working on the net zero economy.

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