Issue 37, 2 November 2012

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RiskEnews - 2 November 2012, Issue No.37



Profitable Sustainability Conference

Indoor Environment Quality & Environmental Upgrade Agreements 

CETEC highly recommends this joint conference, bought to you by The Australian Property Institute and Property Funds Association.  This year's Profitable Sustainability Conference has the theme of Indoor Environment Quality and will include a review of the new Environmental Upgrade Agreement implementation and an assessment of the impact of Carbon Pricing.

To be held on Tuesday 13 November at the Tattersalls Club in Sydney.  For more details

Batesford Community Hub: A Case Study of a Healthy, Green, and Affordable Community Building

Located in the heart of City of Monash, Batesford Community Hub explodes the myth that the construction of healthy and green community buildings cost more.

Jack Noonan, Consultant at CETEC recently presented at the 5th International Urban Design Conference and the Government Sustainability Conference, alongside Charles Nilsen, Manager of Urban Design and Architecture at the City of Monash.

Charles spoke about the ESD elements of the building and the energy and water savings. Jack spoke in depth about the specific focus on indoor environment quality, and why it is so important to buildings such as this, and what building elements contributed to the Batesford Community Hub having high indoor environment quality. Both conferences were well attended and the case study generated widespread interest.

Both Jack and Charles will be presenting the case study at the upcoming Thriving Neighbourhoods conference on November 12th in Melbourne. 

Exterior image of Bateford HubInterior shot Batesford Community Hub

ISIS and CETEC collaborative team nominated for 2012 Livable Buildings Awards

The 2012 Livable Buildings Awards were recently held by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of Berkeley, California in the USA. Due to the outstanding scores awarded by the ISIS Canberra project during the pre and post occupancy IEQ assessment of their Canberra refurbishment, the ISIS and CETEC collaborative team was nominated for the award of Most Livable Building.  

Whilst not the overall winner, ISIS Canberra should be extremely proud of being a finalist; the first time that a building outside of North America has had the honour of being a finalist (5 years and approximately 600 assessed buildings). CETEC are proud to have been associated with this project and look forward to future projects with ISIS which deliver high performing indoor environments.

The winner of this year’s award was Clif Bar and Headquarters in Emeryville, California. More information about the winning project can be seen here.

Pre-loved Buildings 2012 - Melbourne 19/20 November

Andrew Bellamy and Dr Vyt Garnys of CETEC will be presenting at AIRAH's Pre-loved Buildings 2012 later this month on the topic Energy and IEQ: Cost Benefits Arising From Office Buildings Sustainability Upgrades.  The team at CETEC recommends this conference. 

The Paint That Would Not Dry 

We recently received some very positive feedback from legal firm Cornwall Stodart regarding the expert witness testimony given by Dr Vyt Garnys of CETEC in a recently determined legal case.  To see this feedback.

M5 Tunnel Update

CETEC conducted air quality testing in the M5 east tunnel in Sydney in August and this was reported on 27th August on Seven news in Sydney.  We welcome the new warning signs installed at the tunnel entrance, air monitoring results to now become publicly available and the new penalty system introduced for smoky trucks. These are some positive initiatives from State government, but there is still more to do to ensure commuters are not exposed to elevated levels of exhaust toxins.

Learn more about the testing and the resulting response from the NSW government arising from the media coverage.






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