DELEGATE PROGRAM - Australian Building Codes Board

DELEGATE PROGRAM - Australian Building Codes Board



This year’s biennial conference is set to deliver a comprehensive program of

presentations and workshops themed around the most topical industry issues

that we all face in today’s built environment.

Day One: Operating with Codes and Standards

Day Two: Access for All

Day Three: Buildings – the Environmental Balance

Throughout the three days of the Conference, delegates will have the

opportunity to hear presentations from acclaimed national and international

speakers and actively participate through a series of hands-on workshops

covering each of the days themes.


Conference Welcome 1

Keynote and International Speakers 2

Conference Program 4

Social Functions 8

Accompanying Persons 9

General Information 10

Sponsors 13

Conference Welcome

Welcome to the Building Australia’s Future Conference for 2011.

This year’s biennial conference will again set a new benchmark in delivering a

world class event. The Conference themes will address today’s most prevalent

issues and what they mean for you and for our industry. During the three days,

delegates will have the opportunity to hear presentations on sustainable design,

building access, climate change impacts with both national and international

perspectives. These are just a sample of highly topical issues brought to you by

a selection of international and national leaders in their fields.

As a delegate you will also gain significant benefit from the seminars and

workshops that have been designed to have you engage with some of the most

influential industry and academic professionals available. The workshops provide

a great environment to maximise your involvement

through informative discussions and interactive activities.

The social program acknowledges the opportunities

offered by the location and presents delegates with a

relaxed environment in which to network and unwind

after the stimulating Conference sessions. With an

extensive range of activities planned… the social events

are not to be missed!

Once again, we extend a warm welcome to all delegates

and accompanying persons and thank you once more

for your continued support. We hope your stay is

informative, productive and enjoyable.

Your Conference Organisers


Key Note & International Speakers

Michael Mobbs

Michael Mobbs specialises in the design, construction and

project management of sustainable food, water, energy and

recycled water projects for the residential and commercial

markets of Australia. Michael is the author of Sustainable

House, published in 2009. The book gives the facts about a

house near the centre of Sydney which is disconnected from

mains water and sewer and describes:

• How four people may live in a modern house for less than $300 a year for

energy and water;

• What’s happened after 1.5 million litres of sewage has gone into the garden?

• How have the solar panels lasted after 14 years?

• What’s worked and what hasn’t?

• How has the house saved over $30,000 in water and energy bills?

Graeme Innes

Graeme Innes has been Australia’s Disability Discrimination

Commissioner since December 2005. During that time he

has also served as Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner

for three and a half years, and as Race Discrimination

Commissioner for two years. In these roles he has contributed

to initiatives aimed to reduce discrimination in many areas of

the law.

Ong See Ho

Mr Ong See Ho is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Building

Control) at the Building and Construction Authority, Singapore.

He is also the Commissioner of Building Control, a post he

held since 2006. In this capacity, his key role is to ensure

that building works in Singapore comply with the Building

Control Act and Regulations, which is part of the Authority’s

mission to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable, and friendly

built environment. Mr Ong is also a Board Member of the

Professional Engineers Board (PEB) and the Board of Architects.


Dr Nikolaj Tolstoy

Dr Tolstoy has Masters of Science in Civil Engineering and

completed his Doctorate of Philosophy on the Condition

of Buildings - Investigation methodology and applications.

He has worked in fire research and design, building energy

conservation and the condition of buildings for several key

Swedish research institutes over a number of years. Since

2005 he has been with the Swedish National Board of

Housing, Building and Planning as the Head of the Building

and Management Unit and is the current Development Leader in the same

organisation. Dr Tolstoy is here representing Sweden on the Inter-Jurisdictional

Regulatory Collaboration Committee, a key international collaborative body

who's focus is the sharing of information relating to the built regulatory


José Antonio Tenorio Ríos

Snr Ríos is a highly qualified and experienced engineer

who has worked with the Eduardo Torroja Institute for

Construction Sciences of the Spanish National Research

Council since 1999. He has been their Technical Building

Code Coordinator since 2001 and is the current Head of the

Quality in Construction Unit. He is also the President of the

Spanish Standardisation Sub-committee CTC-198 of the

Spanish Association for Standardisation and Certification, he

represents Spain on the Inter-jurisdictional Regulatory Collaboration Committee

and he also participates in several high profile international working groups

focusing on Performance Based building regulatory systems.


Conference Program


Operating with Codes and Standards

Monday Morning, 19 September

Codes and Standards form part of our everyday life and their influence on the

built environment is a fine example. Today’s plenary will focus on how and why

codes, standards, and even advisory guidelines are developed to meet society

needs in addressing emerging, urgent and sometimes controversial issues.

How do you determine a suitable level of protection from fire? How effective are

earthquake codes? How do you know what’s good, what’s better, what’s best?

How can ‘national’ codes and standards improve your life? Plenty of questions!

Come along and find some answers!

Access for All

Tuesday Morning, 20 September

2011 heralded a huge milestone for the ABCB and the Australian Human

Rights Commission, the culmination of many years hard work and extensive

consultation and collaboration - the release of the Disability (Access to premises

- Buildings) Standards. Today we explore some of the

implications, some of the benefits, some of the solutions

and some of what may have been missed. You’ll have the

opportunity to consider ‘what is’ an inclusive society and

learn how you can contribute, and benefit from one. A

must for all practitioners!

Buildings – the Environmental Balance

Wednesday Morning, 21 September

The ABCB allocates much of its time and resources

to striking a balance when responding to the needs

of society and direction from Governments. This is of

particular importance when considering the impact of

buildings on our environment. Today we bring together a

collage of impact, consequence and solution, all linked

to our need to live as one with our environment. Hear the

plans for the future, discover the latest on environmental

impacts on buildings, learn the simplicities of compliance

and explore the world that is energy efficiency. It’s easy

being green!



Operating with Codes and Standards

Monday Afternoon, 19 September

If you use the BCA to design buildings or assess buildings for compliance, and

have NEVER had a problem interpreting or understanding the code, perhaps

this workshop is NOT for you. On the

other hand, if your BCA interpretations

sometimes differ from your colleagues,

or there are some BCA provisions you

do not comprehend, this workshop

IS definitely for you! The workshop

will uncover a number of challenging

case studies and seek your views as

practitioners. Will there be consistency

and agreement? Come along and find

out if you dare!

Access for All

Tuesday Afternoon, 20


Do you want to experience how design

and construction features can affect

the accessibility of buildings, and learn

more about how to interpret and apply

the recent changes to BCA provisions for access for people with a disability?

If the answer is yes, you shouldn’t miss this workshop that complements and

builds on the hugely popular 2010 national awareness seminars on the Disability

(Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards (the Premises Standards).

Buildings – the Environmental Balance

Wednesday Afternoon, 21 September

Would you like a better understanding of the BCA’s energy efficiency provisions?

Do you need tips and tools to assist in applying these provisions? If the answer

is yes to either question, then don’t miss the energy workshop. It will be an

interactive and hands-on session which will increase your knowledge and

understanding of the energy efficiency provisions making them easier to apply

to proposed building designs. The workshops will be presented by experts in

the energy field and will encompass both residential and commercial buildings.



Registration: from 7:30am

Registration: from 7:45am



Operating with Codes and Standards

Access for All

Chairperson: Peter Gow, Executive Director, Building

Chairperson: Barry Neilsen, Dire

Commission WA

Consulting Engineers

08:20 Introduction/Housekeeping 08:20 Session Opening

08:30 Official Opening – ABCB Chairman 08:30 Graeme Innes – Disability Di

Keynote presentation

Putting out the welcome mat in ou

Where to from here in access deve

08:40 Ong See Ho – Singapore Building & Construction Authority 09:00 Dr Nikolaj Tolstoy – Swedish

Keynote presentation

Building & Planning

Transforming the Singapore building and construction industry – Accessibility and usability in Swed

The regulatory lever

09:25 David Waldren – Grocon Group

09:25 Michael Simpson – Vision Au

Overcoming the trials of multistorey developments

Still negotiating the maze

09:50 John Gardiner – NZ Department of Building and Housing

Product assurance framework

09:50 Amelia Starr – National Disab

Universal Housing – Preparing for t

10:45 Prof Adrian Page – Think Brick

Looking for a true measure of the dynamic thermal response of

walls and buildings

11:05 Prof Ian Thomas – Victoria University

Smoke Alarms in Dwellings – Improved occupant safety with timely

activation and effective notification

10:15 – 10:45

10:45 Eric Martin – Eric Martin & A

Access to heritage buildings

11:10 Allan Harriman – Australian I

The Access To Premises Standard

11:30 John Clampett – John Clampett Consulting

Codes of Practice – Industry working collaboratively to develop

non-regulatory solutions

11:55 David Henderson – Cyclone Testing Station

Wind loads and the performance of buildings in wind storms

Operating with Codes and Standards Workshops

Operating with Codes and Standards Workshops

11:35 Dr Max Murray – Access De

Access consultants – Their role an

12:00 Fred Reynolds – Standards A

Challenges and opportunities rega

built environment

12:20 – 13

Access for Al

3:00 – 3:30 A

Access for Al



PLEASE NOTE: This conference program is subject to change at any time.


ctor, Pitt & Sherry

scrimination Commissioner

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National Board of Housing,

ish legislation and in reality

Registration: from 7:45am


Buildings – The Environmental Balance

Chairperson Don Freeman, General Manager of Building Policy

- Department of Planning and Local Government SA

08:20 Session Opening

08:30 Michael Mobbs – Sustainable Projects

Keynote presentation

Rebuilding affordably, quickly and beginning tomorrow

09:00 Prof John McAneney – Risk Frontiers

Climate Change impacts on cyclone activity


ility Services

he future

Morning Tea


09:25 Jose Antonio Tenorio Rios – Instituto de Ciencias de la

Construccion Eduardo Torroja

Energy Efficiency – An international perspective

09:50 Gene McGlynn – Department of Climate Change & Energy


Building a clean energy future

10:45 Dennis D’Arcy – ICANZ

nstitute of Building Surveyors

s – A few practicalities


d credibility


rding technical standards in the

11:05 Tony Tanner – Roofing Tile Association of Australia

Solar absorptance and energy efficiency – What role does solar

absorptance of roof cover play in determining heating and cooling


11:30 Phil Wilkinson – Australian Institute of Refrigeration

Airconditioning & Heating

Advice from a plant lover – Making sure HVAC systems stay green

11:55 Andy Russell – Proctor Group Australia

Pushing the envelope – have we considered condensation?

:30 Lunch

l Workshops

fternoon Tea

l Workshops


Buildings – The Environmental Balance Workshops

Buildings – The Environmental Balance Workshops


Social Functions

Delegates registering for the full Conference are entitled to attend all of the

evening functions as part of their conference package. A limited number of

additional tickets may also be available for day delegates and others who wish to

attend these functions.

Standards Australia

Welcome Reception by the Pool

6:00pm, Sunday 18 September

An excellent opportunity

to welcome delegates

to the Gold Coast.

Delegates can relax

and network during the

Welcome Reception at the

Conference venue, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort

& Spa. Join us on the Sunday evening at 6:00pm by

the pool for some relaxed drinks and nibblies whilst

enjoying the live acoustic sounds by the impressive

two and a half acres of salt water lagoon and

freshwater pools.

Think Brick

Calypso Dinner at the Wharf

5:45pm, Monday 19 September

What better way to spend your evening than a

casual waterfront dining experience by the Wharf

over looking the Gold

Coast Broadwater. Absorb

the cool sounds of calypso and soca combined

with the funky reggae grooves whilst soaking up

the picturesque Broadwater and Marina views with

backdrops from Surfers Paradise to Southport.

Enjoy the Caribbean fare on offer including the

incredible chocolate rum fountain and make sure you

get your photo taken with the Calypso girls or Sam

de Caribbean Man as a momento of the evening.

Delegates will be collected from the Surfers Paradise

Marriott Resort & Spa foyer at 5:45pm and will be

transported back to the resort at the end of the

evening. This is sure to be a night to remember!



Black and White

Gala Dinner



21 September

Dress in your classic

black and whites and get

ready to experience the

classic Hollywood lifestyle, the likes of Bette Davis

or the debonair Humphrey Bogart. Be greeted by

paparazzi, walk the red carpet, sign autographs,

and be the star of the evening.

To conclude the Conference in style, and relax with

your fellow delegates, a formal dinner will be held in

the Grand Ballroom at the Surfers Paradise Marriott

Resort. The evening will commence with pre-dinner

drinks, followed by a superb three course meal and

a star-studded evening packed with entertainment

and the chance to win some great prizes. Past

evenings have been highly entertaining with plenty

of laughs and this year will be no different. The evening will conclude at midnight.

Function attendance

Entry at all social functions will be by presentation of a ticket. Function tickets

will be provided to the delegate upon registration. There may also be a limited

opportunity to purchase tickets at the Information Desk.

Accompanying Persons

Accompanying persons can take advantage of the Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle

who run a transfer service to all the major theme parks including MovieWorld,

Wet-n-Wild Waterpark, SeaWorld, DreamWorld, White Water World and

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Shuttle services depart and return daily from the Marriott Resort and should be

pre-booked 24 hours in advance. Please see the concierge in the foyer of the

resort for bookings and departure times or book online at


General Information

Information Desk

An Information Desk is located on the first floor outside Terrace Room 2,

which can be accessed by the grand staircase or lifts. This is also the point of

registration for all delegates and the Centre can accept phone and facsimile

messages for delegates.

These numbers are: 07 5592 9827

The Information Desk can provide advice on registrations, programs, functions,

and all aspects relating to the Conference. For accommodation queries, please

see the friendly Marriott staff at reception in the foyer.

The Information Desk will be open during the following times:

Sunday 14:00-17:00

Monday 7:30-16:30

Tuesday 7:45-16:30

Wednesday 7:45-16:30

Net Kiosk

The Conference will be providing an

Internet Kiosk hosted by Autex for

delegates to access emails and the

internet whilst attending the Conference. Use of these workstations should be

limited to 10 minutes per delegate in peak periods. The Autex Net Kiosk will be

located prominently next to the Information Desk on the first floor.

Relaxation Station

Transformed are hosting a massage

station this year! Drift away to another

place with a 10 minute seated massage.

Providing quick relief for those suffering


stiff necks and

aching backs or just simply to recharge. Professional

and fully qualified therapists are here to help!

All massages are done while clients remain fully clothed.

No oils or lotions are used.

Visit the Transformed Relaxation Station to book in

your massage time, then close your eyes, sit

back and enjoy!





The Building Commission Victoria are

kindly hosting Conference lunches at the Marriott for all Conference delegates.

Lunch, morning and afternoon teas will be served around the trade displays in

the Gallery and Garden Terrace. Sufficient time has been provided for you to

enjoy a networking opportunity and take advantage of the information provided

by the trade displays.


Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa is pleased to offer all delegates a

discounted rate on breakfast in the Lagoon Restaurant of $30.00 per person for

the buffet and $25.00 per person for the continental. To take advantage of this

offer, delegates must display their Conference nametag. The restaurant opens

for breakfast everyday between 7:00am and 10:30am.

Dress Code

The dress requirement for the Calypso Dinner at the Wharf on the Monday

evening is smart casual (flat shoes recommended especially if walking around

the wharf) and the Black & White Gala dinner on Wednesday is formal attire,

however attendees are encouraged to come in black and white attire to

compliment the theme of the evening. Beyond that “Queensland Casual” attire

is recommended for all Conference sessions and the Sunday welcome reception

by the pool.


The Conference venue is a non-smoking establishment and laws prohibit

smoking within 4 meters of an entrance to a resort. However, for accommodation

purposes, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa offers smoking and nonsmoking

rooms. Please specify your preferences when booking accommodation

via the designated weblink or when phoning the Resort.


Mobile phones and personal pagers must be switched off during the Conference

Plenary and Workshop sessions.

Services for people with a disability

Many of the Gold Coast’s public areas, shopping centres, accommodation

venues, attractions and restaurants have services and facilities for people with

a disability. Advanced notice about needs will ensure the best assistance from

Conference organisers.


Lost Property and Insurance

Personal insurance for injury or loss of property or baggage is the responsibility

of each delegate. Please ensure your personal items are clearly labelled.


Interpreting services are the responsibility of each delegate.

Special Requirements

Delegates who have particular dietary or special accommodation requirements

should have this noted on their registration form. To advise or confirm this with

the Conference organises, please see one of our staff at the Information Desk.

Speaker’s Preparation Room

A speaker’s preparation room, where audio visual presentations can be viewed,

is available by contacting the Information Desk.

CPD Points

All delegates should be aware that attendance to each session of the

Conference will be electronically recorded through a new bar-coding process

developed for BAF 2011. The process involves each delegate swiping their

barcode, which will be located on their Conference pass, as they enter the

sessions. It is the responsibility of the delegate to ensure that their barcode has

been swiped at the point of entry. It is essential that delegates arrive on time for

sessions, as late entrants may not be given opportunity to swipe their barcode.

The Conference organisers will then use this electronic database to distribute

attendance certificates. Any delegate, who was not swiped into a session, will

not be issued with an attendance certificate.


Every effort has been made to present, as accurately as possible, all the

information contained in this brochure. The Conference organisers will not be

held responsible for changes in the structure or content of the program, social

program, registration fees, accommodation costs and any general information

published in this brochure. The Conference organisers reserve the right to

change any part of, or the entire program.


Major Sponsors

Building Australia’s Future 2011 would not have been made possible without the

generous support of:

Building Australia’s Future 2011 would also like to thank the following

organisations for their support.


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