CIBSE Australia and New Zealand 30th Anniversary


30 years and counting! Take a look back at CIBSE ANZ's accomplishments and achievements from the past 30 years.



‘Thank you to all our loyal volunteers, members

and supporters.

Today, the Chartered Institution of Building Services

Engineers (CIBSE) Australia and New Zealand Region

(ANZ) is a well-established organisation, with a brand

that is widely recognised for technical knowledge,

quality and innovation, a highly skilled and committed

team of volunteers and most importantly an

extensive network of members.

This year, we celebrate the significant milestone of

30 years being established in the Australia and New

Zealand Region. 30 years is a long time, over the

years we have had many triumphs and challenges.

The achievements of CIBSE ANZ are of course a

sum of many contributions from loyal volunteers,

members and supporters.

This publication looks back over the years to recognise

those key characters, events and contributions that

have led us to where we stand today.

I would like to personally thank all the contributors

for capturing our history, including the strengths

and resiliencies of the CIBSE volunteer network at

the local Chapters who make the CIBSE ANZ Region


As CIBSE President, I am very grateful for the

platform established over the past 30 years and

privileged to lead our strong team, not only here

within the CIBSE ANZ region, but globally into the

next 30 years and beyond. I am personally thankful

to join you in celebrating this important milestone by

attending the 30th Anniversary Cocktail Function in


Please enjoy discovering our journey, exploring the

past, the present and future years to come.’

Peter Wong - CEng FCIBSE

CIBSE President





CIBSE is the professional body that exists to support

the science, art and practice of building services

engineering, by providing our members and the public

with first class information and education services

and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides

our work.

CIBSE Australia & New Zealand






Imagine yourself in the most fabulous building

in the world.

Now take away the lighting, heating and ventilation,

the lifts and escalators, acoustics, plumbing, power

supply and energy management systems, the

security and safety systems – and you are left with a

cold, dark, uninhabitable shell.

Everything relating to a building that makes it safe

and comfortable to be in, together with the building’s

environmental performance, are at the heart of what

building services professionals and CIBSE are about.



Buildings are directly and indirectly responsible for

a significant amount of damaging carbon emissions,

and innovative services design can bring dramatic

improvements in energy efficiency.

CIBSE provides first-class information and education

services to support professionals and promote good


Through its Royal Charter, received in 1976, it is the

standard setter and authority on building services


CIBSE publishes guidance and codes that are

internationally recognised as authoritative, and sets

the criteria for best practice in the profession.

The institution accredits courses of study in further

and higher education by approving work-based training

programmes and providing routes to full professional

registration, including Chartered Engineer, Incorporated

Engineer and Engineering Technician.

CIBSE also speaks for the profession and is consulted

by government on matters relating to construction,

engineering and sustainability. It is represented

on major bodies and organisations which govern

construction and engineering occupations in the UK,

Europe and worldwide.


CIBSE members, who currently number more than 20,000,

belong to a global network of professional support and

expertise. They receive the monthly CIBSE Journal and

regular email newsletters, to keep them abreast of the

latest developments and new opportunities.

A full programme of meetings and events each year

offers hundreds of opportunities for members to meet

and learn from colleagues and experts, to explore

new ideas and take part in continuing professional

development (CPD).

Student and Graduate members can also benefit from

bursaries to help pay tuition fees and provide advice

which is tailored to their specific needs, aimed at

obtaining professional registered status in the shortest

possible time.

For further details of membership:


The Chartered Institution of Building Services

Engineers (CIBSE) has its origins in the final years of

the Victorian Era when technical solutions to building

comfort were emerging.

The Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers

was founded in 1897 and the Illuminating Engineering

Society was founded 1909.

By Royal Charter, these two institutions were

amalgamated in 1976, forming the Chartered

Institution of Building Services. The word ‘Engineers’

was added in 1985.

By 1987 there were nearly 200 CIBSE members

working in Australia.

The desire to create an Australian CIBSE Region was

borne out of the belief that the institution’s Charter

would be better fulfilled in the region if Australia held

a seat on the CIBSE Regional Liaison Committee (RLC).

It was viewed as important for both recognition within

the building industry in Australia and New Zealand,

and for the professional standing of this branch of



Image supplied by A.G. Coombs

The regions inaugural committee was formed in June,

1987 in Sydney. At this meeting, John Tyerman was

elected chair and a number of goals were developed

for taking the CIBSE Australian Region forward.

State Chapters were created: Victoria; New South

Wales and ACT; Queensland; South Australia and NT;

and Western Australia.

A newsletter was initiated to keep members abreast

of CIBSE news, technical meetings and information.

One of the main goals of the original committee

(and those that followed) was to provide an active

programme of technical meetings and seminars

within the chapters, while encouraging a climate of

networking among members.

Pre-Inauguration Committee Meeting Sydney June 9, 1987

Back Row, L-R: Grahame Gibbs (NSW), Derek Freeman (VIC), Roger Turvey (NSW), David

Bell (SA), Kieran Campbell (WA) and Nicholas Flint (VIC).

Front Row, L-R: Philip Leach (NSW) Hon. Secretary, John Tyerman (SA) Chair, Deryck

Thornley UK Vice-President, Neil Lobley (VIC) Vice-Chair and Paul Mascall (NSW) Treasurer.

Region Vice-Chair Neil Lobley and UK Vice-President Deryck Thornley

Image supplied by A.G. Coombs


1988 - 2000’s


CIBSE Inaugural Conference in Surfers Paradise, July 1988

In July, 1988, CIBSE Australia held its inaugural

conference in Surfers Paradise.

Despite potential geographic hurdles as a fledgling

organisation, the response was overwhelming for the

CIBSE committee and the conference’s success set

the tone for the future.

Building on the initial success experienced in

Surfers Paradise, the second CIBSE Australia

conference ‘Building for the 21st Century’ was held

in Sydney during November 1991. Attracting some

230 delegates from 9 countries, it reinforced the

important role CIBSE played, facilitating constructive

progress within the industry. In a region covering

substantial land and sea area, the CIBSE committee

recognised the importance of being an active

participant in many industry events, and creating

strong communication with its members.

1991 also saw the fulfillment of a long term goal

that the original committee had stated in 1987 - the

recognition of CIBSE Chartered Engineer (CEng)

qualification for membership of Engineers Australia

(IEAust) Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

New Zealand was inaugurated as the sixth chapter in

February 1992. Subsequently, chapters were formed

in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

A successful agreement with IEAust was reached

in the mid 1990s, to provide ‘mutual recognition for

members of both institutions residing or practising

building services in Australia’.








Soft Landings is a concept that is changing the way we think about design and delivery of

Adapt or DIE!

sustainable buildings. It provides a way to radically improve sustainability and overall building

performance. If you have any interest in delivering better buildings, then you will not want to miss

this incredible opportunity to hear from two of the world's leading experts.

CIBSE believes this is such an important issue that we have organised these half day workshops

in each of our key chapters throughout Australia and New Zealand.



“As an industry, we have often seemed incapable of

learning about the performance of our own creations, with Soft Landings is embedded in the entire procurement

Over 95% of buildings are not green, deliver the inevitable result that buildings regularly fail to meet their process from initial scope to well beyond project

owners’ operational expectations or, worse, are demolished completion. Soft Landings helps to minimise the chances of

a suboptimal workplace environment and less than a generation after their completion. For those unsatisfactory performance, addresses and even

outside the industry the idea of continual improvement – pre-empts problems during the early occupation phase and

could be considerably more productive. ploughing back the lessons from one completed project to ensures that lessons from closer interaction with occupiers

the next – must be obvious but, with few exceptions, this is are learnt and shared.

With sustainability comes complexity. This rarely done by an industry too obsessed by capital cost.

Soft Landings can be used for new construction,

Shortcomings are not only irritating and coheir own right,

refurbishment and alteration. It is designed to smooth the

requires more flexible and creative solutionsbut also undermine attempts to achieve high levels of

transition into use and to address problems that post


occupancy evaluations show to be widespread.

to create an intelligent building.

Rab Bennetts, Bennetts Associates, June 2009

Soft Landings starts by raising awareness of performance

BUT WE’RE WAKING UP in use in the early stages of briefing and feasibility, helps to

set realistic targets and assigns responsibilities. It then

There is a growing realisation that sustainability, energy

efficiency and the overall performance of new and existing

VIP KEYNOTE SPEAKER buildings need to improve radically. Clients, governments THE NEXT BIG THING?

WORKSHOP SERIES and society are looking to the construction industry to meet Soft Landings provides a unified vehicle for engaging with

increasingly challenging targets by creating robust outcomes throughout the process of briefing, design and

sustainable investments that satisfy occupiers and tread delivery. It dovetails with energy performance certification,

building logbooks, green leases and corporate social

lightly on the environment.

Challenges & Opportunities


for the Built EnvironmentWITH SOFT LANDINGS Soft Landings can run alongside any procurement process.

Soft Landings is the tool that will ensure both clients and It costs very little, well within the margin of competitive bids.

occupiers get the best out of their new or altered buildings.

Green Intelligent Buildings It is designed to reduce tensions and frustrations that so

Most of all, Soft Landings creates virtuous circles for all, and

offers the best hope for truly integrated, robust and

often occur during initial occupancy. At its core is a greater

From Promise to Reality

sustainable design.

involvement of designers and constructors with building

users and operators before, during and after handover of It provides the best opportunity for producing low-carbon

building work, with an emphasis on improving operational buildings that meet their design target.

Creating the Productive readiness and performance in use.


Schedule of Workshops Dates & Locations



Monday 1st November

Friday 12th November



Wednesday 3rd November

Monday 15th November



Friday 5th November

Wednesday 17th November



Monday 8th November

Tuesday 23rd November


Wednesday 10th November


Collaboration between CIBSE and Engineers Australia

resulted in the formation of the Society of Building

Services Engineering (SBSE) in 1996. This alliance

also led to the first of many jointly organised events

including ‘The Big Picture’ Regional Conference

and Exhibition in 1996, and literally hundreds of

subsequent technical sessions in WA, SA Victoria,

NSW and Queensland. CIBSE and Engineers Australia

remain kindred organisations, with an alliance

captured in a formal Mutual Recognition agreement.

This was ratified by the Engineers Australia Board of

Management, February 1997.

A similar agreement was signed in 2000 with The

Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

(IPENZ) to provide ‘mutual recognition for members

of both institutions residing or practising building

services in New Zealand’.

In 1998, CIBSE ANZ joined forces with major

industry associations AIRAH; AMCA; AREMA; ARWA

& RACCA to form the CIBSE ANZ Air Conditioning,

Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS)

Exhibition. It is Australia’s only international trade

exhibition for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning

and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and building services

industry. As a member of ARBS, CIBSE is represented

on the board of directors that meets regularly to plan

and oversee the development and success of the

exhibition to benefit and support the industry.

CIBSE ANZ has participated in successful ARBS

exhibitions, held every two years, alternating venues

between Melbourne and Sydney. In 2018, the ARBS

Exhibition will return to Sydney to celebrate its 20th

anniversary with an expected participation of over

350 exhibitors and more than 10,000 visitors. ARBS

Exhibition will continue to provide an industry wide

business networking and knowledge platform for

all HVAC&R and building services professionals and

trades well into the future.


2012 & 2015


Building excellence does not stop when a building is

handed over. Unless properly addressed, operational

issues will degrade the building and its services.

Indeed, in a very short space of time the design intent

can be lost. This often manifests itself in higher

energy usage, a failure to maintain critical conditions,

and less satisfied occupants.

Experience suggests that the ‘handover stage’ is

where many of the long term operational problems

become embedded. CIBSE ANZ are championing

a new approach to help prevent the design intent

from becoming lost, and this new approach can best

be described as providing the building owners and

occupants with a ‘soft landing’.

In the UK where the concept originated, it is

recognised that Soft Landings can play an important

role in helping the building services live up to

expectations. To deliver a Soft Landing, specialist

input is needed at an early stage of the design

process to assist the project team in making sure

that the all-important operations and maintenance

documentation is in place, that commissioning data

is up to date, that maintenance procedures are in

place, that energy targets have been established, and

that the designers are satisfied that their intent is

properly documented.

During handover, the team (designers and operations

specialists) assist the facilities managers to familiarise

themselves with the new building services.

In practice, Soft Landings extends the duties of the

team before handover, in the weeks immediately

after handover, for the first year of occupation, and

for the second and third years of occupation.

In 2012 and again in 2015, CIBSE ANZ brought Rod

Bunn from the Building Services Research and

Information Association, (BSRIA) out to our region to

provide training in the art of delivering Soft Landings.

He also assisted CIBSE with the development of

the ANZ Region Soft Landings Framework, which

describes in detail the procedures that should be

embedded to deliver better buildings.

The Soft Landings procedures are designed to

augment standard professional scopes of service, not

to replace them. They can be tailored to run alongside

most industry standard procurement routes. Major

revisions to industry standard documentation are

therefore not necessary.

Soft Landings is now a recognised ‘innovation’ Credit

in the Green Building Council Green Star scheme,

and is enjoying increasing favour amongst building

professionals. The ANZ Region Framework has been

referenced by a significant number of professionals

and is available as a ‘free’ download courtesy of a

grant made available by ARBS.

For more information click here

The main additions to normal scopes of

service occur during five main stages:

1. Inception and briefing to clarify the duties

of members of the client, design and

building teams during critical stages,

involve building users and operators, and

help set and manage expectations for

performance in use.

2. Design development and review (including

specification and construction). This

proceeds much as usual, but with greater

attention to the procedures established

in the briefing stage, reviewing the likely

performance against the expectations

of users and building operators, and

achieving specific outcomes.

3. Pre-handover with greater involvement

of designers, builders, operators and

commissioning and controls specialists,

in order to strengthen the operational

readiness of the building.

4. Initial aftercare during the users’ settlingin

period, with a resident representative or

team on site to help pass on knowledge,

respond to queries, and react to problems.

5. Extended aftercare and post occupancy

evaluation (POE) in years 1 to 3 after

handover, with periodic monitoring and

review of building performance.


Image supplied by A.G. Coombs



On Friday 8th June, 2012, CIBSE ANZ

Celebrated the 25th Anniversary.

To commemorate 25 years, over 150 guests

attended the anniversary dinner at the Park

Royal Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

CIBSE ANZ Chair (1995-1998) Steve Gilchrist



CIBSE’s influence worldwide was top of the agenda for Peter Kinsella,

who in 2014, became the first international president of the institution

since its inception 117 years ago.

CIBSE’s first international President, Peter Kinsella

CEng FCIBSE, called on members to make the most

of global opportunities by tailoring their expertise to

the requirements of local regions.

In his inaugural address, at the Royal Society in

London, Kinsella said he wanted to develop CIBSE’s

influence worldwide, adding that to achieve greater

relevance and recognition overseas, CIBSE and its

many regions had to address the subjects that are of

interest to regional members.

Also high on Kinsella’s list of objectives in

his Presidential year was the promotion of

comprehensive feedback loops in the design and

operation of buildings, and more benchmarking of

energy use.


Kinsella’s view, as expressed to the Journal, was that

a huge amount of CIBSE technical guidance is already

relevant wherever you may be in the world, however

with some tweaking, it would be even more suitable

for overseas markets. ‘The wider relevance of our

knowledge can be a major catalyst in the growth

of CIBSE internationally,’ he emphasised, adding:

‘As authorities around the world, particularly the

developing nations, look for appropriate guidance for

reference, the more relevant the CIBSE guidance is to

their requirements, the more often it will be adopted,

and the more international members will join.’

Kinsella, who is an Associate at Lehr Consultants

International (Australia), said that the CIBSE family

would be enriched with a wider and more diverse

range of people from around the world. ‘We also need

to continue our support of the younger engineers

as they develop into the next generation of CIBSE


In this year as President, he stressed the importance

of closing the feedback loop by engaging with Facility

Managers (FMs) and occupants.

‘Facilities Managers have a huge impact on the

efficiency and effectiveness of a buildings services

and their effect on the internal environment, and they

possess a wealth of information from all types of

buildings and services,’ he said.

‘This information needs to be captured and turned

into knowledge, which can then be shared far more

widely to drive improved building performance.’ A

closer interest needs to be taken in the way buildings

perform over their whole life, added Kinsella,

reiterating that the operational requirements of a

building need to be addressed at the design stage.

‘There is a continuing need to nurture the design

intent. There are so many steps along the way that

create the potential for items to slip through the

cracks, and for part of the original design to be diluted.’

He said a lack of integration between all stages of

building design and operation opens the door to

elements being value- engineered out of designs,

and replaced with cheaper and less sustainable


The uptake of PPPs or PFIs in Australia, which have

typical operational commitments of 25 to 35 years,

has led to a more integrated approach to building

design with a much greater involvement by the

FM team. He said: ‘In the past, responsibilities for

construction – and then the ongoing operation and

maintenance of the building – were divorced from

each other.’

‘The financial incentive had been to deliver a project

as cheaply as possible that would last as long as the

defects liability period. It didn’t concentrate on how

that building was going to function for the rest of its

life.’ But if contracts are written correctly, the focus

will change solely from the upfront initial costs to


those associated with operation, maintenance and

performance over a 25-year period. He added that

soft landings, which encourage extended contact

between designers, clients and operators, address

some of the whole-life issues in building design.

Kinsella further highlighted that a large proportion of

the buildings that will be here in 40 years time have

already been built, so we need to upgrade those that

are performing poorly, not wait until they are knocked


‘Industry relies on engineers to provide a true and

fair view of all aspects of engineering. It is therefore

critical that we deliver the promised benefits of low

energy measures, incorporated into both existing and

new buildings,’ he said.

‘If for some reason this doesn’t happen, we must find

out why not, and then share the lessons learnt to

improve our collective knowledge base. We have an

obligation to ensure continual improvement and to

minimise repetition of the same mistakes.’

Kinsella said an improvement in building

performance requires a mix of mandatory and

voluntary measures to motivate both tenants and

landlords. He has experience of two building rating

schemes in Australia – the Green Building Council

Green Star Scheme and National Australian Built

Environment Rating System (NABERS).

The voluntary Green Star scheme, used mainly as an

office design rating tool, looks holistically at how a

building impacts the environment, in the way it’s both

constructed and used.

NABERS, which assesses the carbon emissions

of existing stock, allows buildings to benchmark

performance against similar properties. It became

a mandatory requirement in 2012 for all office

buildings above 2,000m2 that are sold or leased.

‘Information on how a building is performing gives an

idea of where to make improvements,’ added Kinsella.

Voluntary measures have worked well in Australia,

resulting in a rise in performance of many new and

existing buildings.

It is essential, however, that the mandatory

requirements that exist in building codes and

standards are periodically reviewed, and are

clear and enforceable. ‘There needs to be careful

consideration on how this compliance is going to

be monitored as self assessments stand the risk of

weakening these levels.’

‘In the pursuit of greater levels of energy efficiency

we must never lose sight of the main purpose

of building services – to provide a healthy and

productive environment,’ he concluded.

Kindly reproduced, courtesy of the CIBSE Journal,

first published - May, 2014.


1961 Born, Stoke-on-Trent

1979-1983 Attended South Bank Polytechnic

1983 Joined CIBSE as a student member

1983-1995 Joined family contracting business

J. Kinsella & Co.

1995 Emigrated to Melbourne, Australia

1995-1997 Worked for A.G. Coombs

1997-2013 Worked for AE Smith

2002-2008 CIBSE VIC Chapter Chair

2008-2013 CIBSE ANZ Regional Chair

2009 CIBSE Board Member

2010-2013 CIBSE Vice-President

2013 Joined Lehr Consultants as Associate

2013-2014 CIBSE President Elect

2014-2015 CIBSE President

2015-2016 Immediate Past President

2016-Present CIBSE VIC Chapter Chair





The successful CIBSE ANZ metering seminar series,

in March 2017 has highlighted a big problem in the

commercial property sector – which if not addressed

soon, will significantly impact our international

standing, and could see some company Directors in

breach of their fiduciary obligations.

Over four separate conferences in both Australia

and New Zealand, a range of prominent industry

professionals demonstrated areas where opportunities

to better manage building efficiency were being missed.

From building owners to industry bodies, including the

Green Building Council and NABERS, the message was

the same – we all need to get far better at managing

energy efficiency, which requires the right tools.

Metering is an essential component of any building

and currently the industry is simply not achieving this.


In Perth and Melbourne Chris Nunn of AMP (a

sustainability expert and ex-lawyer) also highlighted

how company Directors might find themselves on the

wrong side of corporate law.

In Sydney, Bruce Precious, Sustainability Manager

from GTP Group, highlighted that building owners

who don’t adopt voluntary metering tools and

demonstrate buildings that perform at the very least

are alienating a new breed of savvy investor looking

for sustainability benchmarks. ‘Investors want to

know how a property group manages energy,’ Bruce

explained, giving insight into an important driver for

GTP Groups aggressive energy reduction strategy.

A message also echoed by the expert panel was

that ‘metering alone does not save energy, it creates

information that then requires action’ according to

CIBSE Technical Director, Hywel Davies. Hywel further

expressed ‘the need for clients to take ownership of

data and specifications.’

Incorrect metering installation, another industry

wide issue, raised by Paul Dearlove, IBMS Technical

Director, as evidenced in a recent survey by IBMS of

370 buildings which found 97% to have inaccurate

metering installed.

Help is on its way with the new CIBSE TM39 – Building

Energy Metering, which focusses on the measurement

of the consumption of water, energy and heat in

non-domestic buildings. ‘It’s about transparency

and making energy efficiency actionable’, Hywel

emphasised. In Sydney, Caoimhin Arden, Director

of projects and advisory services at Energy Action

echoed this sentiment when addressing why metering

is so important ‘It gives visibility to the things you don’t

control, or the things you have lost control of’. TM39

will also provide guidance on how to collect the data to

demonstrate whether actual measured performance

is in line with the design intent. The information from

building energy sub metering also helps to close the

feedback loop between actual measured performance

and design aspirations.

TM39 will be released after incorporating upgrades

resulting from discussions during the ANZ 2017

Seminar Series and will be available freely for CIBSE

members to download from the CIBSE Knowledge

Portal. The speaker presentations are available to

view on the CIBSE ANZ website.

A selection of key memorabilia capturing the last 30

years is available on our website



Drawings were manual and the pen used was a ‘Graphos’

nib style – later pens became the ‘Rapidograph’ (different

“Companies had their favourite choice for either).

Drawing notes were hand written using pen and ink. After

a while the nib became worn to the writing approach/style

“that you adopted.

Image supplied by A.G. Coombs


I had the first car phone in the office that took half a day

to install and was like a brick fixed to the side of the dash

console – used as a ‘mobile’ in the car; but not transferable “as a mobile externally.

forget the Gestener for copying – often large ink blobs

“through the ‘sandwiched’ paper. This was hand operated.

Good times and great memories

David Robinson - South Australia Chair 2014-17



Ian Small, CIBSE ANZ Chair (2014-17) reminisces

his journey with the ANZ Region, which began

approximately 20 years ago over a few red wines with

John Tyerman (the first of many!). John was one of the

founding fathers of the Region, Ian had known John

from his early days in Australia with Frigrite Mechanical

Services, now FMS Commercial Pty Ltd. John convinced

Ian to renew his membership, which had relinquished

after migrating in 1974, due to there being no CIBSE

presence during this time.

Ian subsequently joined the CIBSE South Australia

(SA) Chapter committee, circa 1990-91. He then

progressed to SA Chapter Chair role a few years later.

It was in this capacity where Ian was exposed to the

regional committee, and he met many of the founding

members, including Grahame Gibb, Phil Leach, Neil

Lobley, Nicholas Flint and John Redding. The region

had previously organised two very successful national

conferences in 1988 and 1991. The majority of the

quarterly regional committee meetings where in the

Qantas club in Sydney or Melbourne or Haden’s offices

in Melbourne.

Ian recalls, ‘Building Services Engineering was very

different back then, with the use of drawing boards,

tee squares, slide rules, log tables and Texas scientific

calculators. There were tracers and typists who were

often the only women in the office and were much sought

after by young engineers to assist on projects’.

Nearly all the engineers he worked with had beards and

architects wore bow ties and black turtle neck sweaters.

When Roger Turvey stepped down, following his

successful period as Regional Treasurer, Ian volunteered,

after some persuasion and a few glasses of red wine, to

take on that important role as Treasurer. Ian successfully

volunteered in this position for approximately 15 years,

where he stood down and handed the keys to Mathew

Klintfält, to further progress on his CIBSE journey

becoming Chair of the Region in 2014.

Since his involvement circa, 1990-91, Ian has witnessed

first-hand the ANZ region membership grow to over

700, the CIBSE ANZ profile and presence is continuing to

increase through the drive and enthusiasm of the Chapter

committee, hundreds of great technical sessions, high

profile regional seminar series – including international

speakers, CIBSE ANZ involvement in ARBS Exhibitions,

plus commitment to excellence via CIBSE involvement

through ANZ Standard Committees.



CIBSE ANZ Region is now part of the expanding

overseas CIBSE Network with Regions established

around the world. CIBSE have recognised the potential

for expansion around the globe with about 30% of

members now residing outside the UK.

CIBSE ANZ has once again organised a very successful

seminar series this year on ‘Smart Metering’, with

sessions held in Perth, Melbourne, Auckland and Sydney,

with a record number of delegates in attendance.

The ANZ committee has been instrumental in the

establishment of the ANZ Advisory Panel, consisting of

experienced professionals related to Building Services

to advise on the development of CIBSE ANZ from an

external perspective. In addition, the establishment and

development of the Young Engineers Network (YEN)

including the newly launched Student and Young Engineers

Awards recognising key achievers in the industry.

Ian was delighted with the opportunity to present the

2020 ANZ Regional Strategic Plan to CIBSE, Balham in

October 2016, after much hard work by our Advisory

Panel and Regional Committee. The vision was very well

received and is currently being actively initiated.


Within the 2020 strategic plan, major key Performance

Indicators (KPI’s) have been set for the next few years to

establish CIBSE as the Professional Association for all

Building Services Engineers. In particular to encourage

equality for women in the industry, plus for the younger

engineers of the future to select Building Services as

their chosen discipline. In addition, another key area

being focussed upon is to encourage major Building

Services Consultancies to increase CIBSE Membership

and utilise the multitude of resources available through

the Knowledge Portal.

The ANZ Regional committee is continually progressing

and great to see a young, dynamic team promoting

CIBSE in ANZ. Chapter Committees within the region

continue to plan and implement both technical and

social events to all CIBSE members encouraging

networking opportunities within the industry.

The regional committee and advisory panel are

especially excited, regarding the recent appointment of

Sharon Pestonji, ANZ Business Development Manager in

March, 2017 and wish her all the best in this challenging

and ground breaking position. The 2020 vision is taking

shape and the beginning of a transformation of CIBSE

ANZ moving from a volunteer run institution to a

professional Global Engineering Organisation.

The committee look forward to promoting and offering

many top class training courses and seminars in the

Region. With ARBS celebrating their 20th Anniversary

at the exhibition in Sydney, 2018, CIBSE ANZ will once

again collaborate to assist in raising the profile of

building services engineering and the institution for

years to come.

As Ian steps down as Regional Chair at the Annual

General Meeting (AGM) in May 2017 of the 30th

Anniversary, he is pleased to do so with the region in a

very sound position. The committee has elected Paul

Angus to the position as ANZ Chair and looking forward to

further team collaboration across the region, with some

very exciting years ahead through the 2020 vision.

On behalf of the regional committee, Ian would personally

like to thank all the chapter committee volunteers, past,

present and future, whose passion, enthusiasm and

commitment makes the organisation such as success.


1949 Born, Leicester, England

1966 Technical Apprenticeship, Mellor Bromley AC

1970-1972 Attended Leicester Polytechnic

1972-1974 Attended Southbank Polytechnic

1974 Emigrated to Australia

1974-1980 Frigrite, Contracts Manager

1980-1982 Environ, Project Engineer

1982-1986 Lincolne Scott Australia, Design Engineer

1986-1991 Carrington Air Conditioning, General Manager

1991-1994 Ramsay Air Conditioning Contracts Manager

1994-2015 General Manager and Managing Director

National Air Group

2003-2014 CIBSE SA Chair

2005-2014 CIBSE ANZ Honorary Treasurer

2009 Awarded CIBSE Bronze Medal

2014-2017 CIBSE ANZ Chair

The next section of this 30th Anniversary publication

focusses on innovative buildings and developments,

with an emphasis on buildings services within the

ANZ region.





A Melbourne landmark in its own right, One

Nicholson set the precedent for the late 1950’s race

to shape the city’s skyline. Reaching new heights

in innovation, the building’s International Style

architecture and sophisticated glass curtain wall are

representative of distinguished mid-20th century

modernity. Once commanding the title of Australia’s

tallest building, One Nicholson continues to shape

and enhance Melbourne’s skyline.

The well renowned architectural firm Bates Smart,

embraced international style architecture with the

innovative glass curtain wall, drawing inspiration

from New York’s Lever House and United Nations


A timeless masterpiece, One Nicholson has since

been re-energised with a refreshed neutral palette

and eclectic interior styling, capturing the glamour of

the late 1950s.

One Nicholson was awarded the Australian Institute

of Architects enduring architecture prize and is a

national heritage listed building.

The interior aesthetic completed by wood, glass, steel

and concrete are the key to One Nicholson’s unique

appeal. The collective strengths of Scandinavian

wood, glass, steel and concrete combine to establish

a rare authenticity. This raw honesty, often concealed

in comparable structures, truly sets this building

apart. These design assets, coupled with finishes

in the style of 1950s elegance and floor-to-ceiling

windows, creates ambient light-filled spaces.

An elevated position in the north eastern corner

of the CBD offers sweeping panoramic views

showcasing all of Melbourne’s icons.

Surrounded by unique culinary destinations for both

replenishing work breaks and impressive business

meetings, One Nicholson is within proximity to an

abundance of places to indulge in a Melbourne dining


A sheltered escape from the hustle and bustle is

provided by the building’s private garden, designed

by renowned landscape architect John Stevens,

and complemented by a striking feature fountain

by sculptor Gerald Lewers. Occupants are spoilt for

choice with nearby Parliament, Carlton and

Fitzroy Gardens.

Modern end-of-trip facilities including bicycle

amenities and One Nicholson’s iconic internal

stairwell promote an active lifestyle for businesses

and their teams.


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National Library of Australia

© Charterhall - May 2017



PCA A-Grade offices


Glass curtain walls with uninterrupted views


Light-filled, spacious open plan offices with

flexible floor plates


Natural light and generous open workspaces


Internal staircase (ground to level 18) in additional

to 8 lifts providing access from ground, and 1st to

18th floors


End of trip facilities


Direct access to public transport hubs


Community garden


Overlooks Parliament Gardens and the Parliament

of Victoria building


Proximity to Carlton and Fitzroy Gardens


One Nicholson’s workplace atmosphere is characterised

by its natural light and generous open spaces,

designed to inspire and encourage collaboration. The

relaxed ambiance embraces a contemporary colour

palette with polished concrete floors, and furnishings

styled with reimagined 1950s charm.

The building possesses the following impressive

sustainability credentials:


4 Star NABERS Energy Rating


3 Star NABERS Water Rating


Recycling resources



In 2009, the building underwent a PowerPax

adiabatic chiller system upgrade along with

significant airside re-configuration to allow for

pre-cooling of outside air


Replacement programme of all perimeter

induction units from three-way to two-way

valves to optimise chilled water pump speeds


Building tuning programme underway with

AG Coombs since 2011 has contributed to the

current 4 star NABERS Energy rating


Lift hardware upgrade including replacement

of drives, machines and controls. Interestingly,

there was no brief to convert to destination

control due to the existing lift capacity. Interiors

have been designed to reflect and modernise

the original Bates Smart design (Project

scheduled for completion in 2018).




It was the Sydney Opera House that brought Steensen Varming to Australia and the company has been involved in

its systems design and maintenance since. The original air conditioning solution best illustrates the commitment

to aesthetic integrity, developed with Danish architect JØrn Utzon and later Hall, Todd and Littlemore. By utilising

Sydney Harbour’s plentiful water to provide cool air, Steensen Varming enabled the iconic silhouette to remain

unit-free - a groundbreaking initiative on a world scale and the largest system of its kind.

The reversible heat pump supplies air to 120 fans distributed at 270m³/s through 35km of ducts to 3000 outlets.


Heat pump schematic

Sea water

heat exchanger

Sea water out

Image: Isaac Leung

© Steensen Varming, May 2017

Sea water in



Heating and cooling in winter

Sea water

heat exchanger



Sea water


Chilled water pump

Artificially loading branch

Condenser /

heating pump



Heats in


Air handling unit

Cools in

winter &


Cooling in summer

Sea water

heat exchanger

Sea water


At the time that the Sydney Opera House was built,

cooling towers were normally used to produce

heat rejection for air conditioning. A hot, high

pressure gas starts the refrigerant cycle, passing

into a condenser where it is cooled to become a

high pressure liquid. The liquid passes through the

system where the pressure is reduced, allowing the

liquid to evaporate. The evaporation process absorbs

heat from the water surrounding the evaporator thus

producing chilled water. It is this chilled water that is

used to air condition buildings. Water is used to cool

the refrigerant gas within the condenser, and the

heat energy that the water gains in this process is

usually wasted by passing it into the outside air.

In contrast, the Opera House uses sea water to cool

the condenser instead of air. Drawn through a filter,

a pump and pipes installed along a series of service

corridors and into large heat exchangers, the sea

water cools the condenser water used to cool the

high pressure gas refrigerant which is converted

into high pressure liquid refrigerant. The sea water

which passes through the condenser becomes

warmer and is discharged back into the seas.

However, when the Opera House needs hot water

or heating during the winter months, the condenser

water is pumped to the hot water system or air

conditioning plant instead, making use of this energy

that is often wasted.












At 328m above street level, the Sky Tower in

Auckland is the tallest structure in the Southern

Hemisphere. A national icon, it provides a unique

visual experience for around a million visitors every

year to look out over the Auckland metropolitan area

and the surrounding seas and islands.

The tower, with four public levels that incorporate

telecommunications facilities, restaurants and

viewing levels, is served by three public lifts

and a goods/VIP swing lift, and topped by a

telecommunications spire.

Beca was the project engineering consultant,

responsible for all engineering disciplines and design

management, and provided key project management

staff for the development.

The complexity of the tower – the first of its kind

in New Zealand – presented numerous technical

challenges and Beca was able to provide innovative,

cost-effective design and management solutions that

accommodated these challenges.

Safety aspects received particular attention.

Structurally, the Sky Tower incorporates some

1,100 tonnes of high strength reinforcing steel and

6,700m3 of concrete. The tower is able to withstand

wind speeds in excess of 200km/hr and remain

essentially undamaged in the event of a 1-in-800 year

earthquake. Fire design fell over and above the scope

of local and international codes, and incorporated

fire ratings, combustibility limits, smoke control, stair

pressurisation, lift shaft venting, independent fire

lifts, dual electrical supplies and high-flow sprinkler


The project was completed on budget and six months

ahead of schedule.


‘ IPENZ, Building and Construction Excellence

Award, 1999

‘ ACENZ Gold Award of Excellence, 1998

‘ The Institution of Structural Engineers (UK),

Special Award, 1998

‘ The New Zealand Concrete Society,

Pre-stressed Concrete Award for Excellence, 1997


© Beca - May 2017


© Mirvac - May 2017



Mirvac has the unique distinction of being the first

organisation ever to attain an Australian six star

NABERS energy base build rating without the use

of Green Power. The rating was achieved for a large

Grade A office building called the Sirius Building in

Canberra, Australia, which Mirvac owns and operates.

The 46,147m2 building opened in 2010 and, over

the first four full years of operation, achieved

a consistent year-on-year reduction in gas and

electricity use of more than 20%. This level of

performance improvement requires outstanding

focus and complete commitment. The facilities

management (FM) team have not only maintained the

six star rating over three rating years, but have also

further improved the performance over that time.

The 2016 CIBSE Judging panel were particularly

impressed with the range of FM measures taken to

maintain consistently high levels of performance.

While the NABERS energy rating focusses on energy,

achieving a high star rating also requires a great

deal of effort to provide an effective and comfortable

overall working environment for the building


To reduce electricity consumption, Mirvac has

invested in the latest technology including LED lights

with integrated microwave occupancy sensors and a

chiller plant optimisation system to enhance chilled

water plant performance. An 80KW solar photovoltaic

array has also been installed.

These modifications are expected to reduce the

property’s greenhouse emissions by 100 tonnes

a year and achieve a simple payback period of six

years with current electricity prices, while also

providing a buffer against future energy price

hikes. Operationally, several initiatives have been

implemented to assist the FM team to monitor

building performance actively. These include daily

building usage profiles emailed to the FM team, and

night audits undertaken to minimise out-of-hours

energy consumption and to identify new initiatives.

This approach has pinpointed scheduling

inefficiencies, helped optimise sensor lighting periods

and highlighted opportunities for lighting upgrades.

Energy consumption has been cut by a remarkable

32% from the first full year of operation in FY2011

to FY2014. This equates to an enormous $107,844

per year saving in energy costs using current energy

pricing and a potential capital value uplift of $1.467

million if the full impact of energy cost savings and

outgoings reduction is realised in the property valuation

(using the capital rate of 7.35% from June 2014).

Over the remaining 10 years of the lease, the energy

efficiency work should represent a saving of $1.078

million before factoring in any forecast energy cost


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first published - May, 2014.




Christchurch International Airport’s new terminal

features a water source heat pump system with

a payback period of only two years. Andy Pearson

looks at an innovative system that triumphed in

the International Project of the Year category at the

CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015.

The new three-storey terminal at New Zealand’s

Christchurch International Airport was the first

major infrastructure project to be completed on the

South Island after the devastating earthquakes of

2010 and 2011.

It is fitting, then, that the 30,000m² building relies

on artesian water, abstracted from beneath the

Earth’s surface, to provide an innovative, energyefficient,

cost-effective and environmentally benign

heating and cooling solution. The artesian system

was designed by Beca – one of Asia Pacific’s leading

professional consultancies. Since the completion and

opening of the NZ$237m (£121m) terminal in 2013, it

has dramatically reduced the operational costs of the

building and its dependency on fossil fuels.

The system’s success is not confined to the airport;

artesian arrangements for sustainable heating

and cooling are under design or in construction at

a number of other developments in the city. This

potential legacy was recognised by the judges of

the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015, who

gave top honours to the scheme in the International

Project category. They described the artesian

solution as: ‘An innovative application, with very good

collaboration and strong ongoing involvement, and

lots of potential for wider involvement.’

Work started on the scheme in 2005 to design a new

terminal – incorporating an integrated domestic

and international check-in – to sit on the site of

the original 1960s domestic terminal. It was to be

constructed in phases as the original terminal was

progressively demolished, to make sure the airport

could continue to operate.

As a consequence of this phased construction, the

services had to be designed to ensure the new

terminal’s plantrooms and services were up and

running before the existing ones were dismantled

and were expandable as subsequent stages came

online. ‘The first stage of the new construction had to

contain the central plant to enable the new terminal

to operate as a stand-alone building,’ explains Justin

Hill, Beca’s technical director, building services.

The elegance of the system is that it uses standard

equipment – including three chillers – which

have been configured to enable them to provide

simultaneous heating and cooling, with the ability to

recover and redistribute energy around the building.

The system comprises two principal circuits:

a closed-loop secondary system and an open

artesian water circuit. In the open circuit, artesian

water is abstracted from five wells, which draw

water from a major aquifer flowing 35m beneath

the terminal. There is provision to add a sixth

well, should the capacity of the system need to be

increased in the future.

Abstracted artesian water passes through any one

– or all three – of the heat exchangers before being

discharged back into the ground via a 5m-deep soak

pit beneath the car park. No water is consumed by

the system; the only effect is that the temperature of

the returned water will vary from 7-20°C, depending

on the plant’s mode of operation. With the closedloop

system, water circulates through the secondary

side of the heat exchangers, the air handling unit

heating and cooling coils and, if required, the chillers

when they operate as water-to water heat pumps.

When cooling loads are low, water from the aquifer

can meet the terminal’s cooling requirements. This

avoids the need for any mechanical refrigeration.

Areas requiring year-round cooling have coils sized

to enable them to use artesian temperature cooling

year-round, to minimise the use of the chillers.

With higher cooling loads, the artesian water is used

as part of a mechanical refrigeration system, with the

chillers working as geothermal heat pumps, thereby

enabling the system to provide heating and cooling

simultaneously and in any proportion from every chiller.


© Beca - May 2017

In this mode, rather than rejecting the heat energy

generated as a by-product of providing cooling, the

chiller’s condenser water is used as a heat source

for the terminal’s heating circuit and vice-versa.

This enables the system to simultaneously generate

heating and cooling. When heat or coolth is not

needed by the terminal it is rejected to the artesian

water via the plate heat exchangers. Hill notes, ‘To

my knowledge there are no artesian-based systems

elsewhere of this size and nature, configured to

provide simultaneous heating, cooling and artesian

temperature cooling with the ability to recover and

redistribute energy around the building.

Comprehensive engineering analysis resulted in

the central plant having four modes of operation:

artesian cooling; mechanical cooling; heating; and

simultaneous heating and cooling.

Water temperatures in heating mode were analysed

to optimise the flow and return temperatures.

Operational efficiencies and capital cost – along

with reliability and plant longevity – were all

considered at various LTHW temperatures.

Although the chillers are more than capable

of supplying sufficient heat for the building,

heat is recovered from two 1MW electrical

generators, when they operate, and is added to

the LTHW system. The heating and chilled water

systems have been designed with floating water

temperature set-points to maximise efficiencies of

the central plant, with the flow temperatures being

determined by the heating and cooling requirements

of the building.

Beca spent a long time developing and bench-testing a

robust control strategy for the system. ‘We did not set

out to provide the optimum and most efficient control

strategy, but rather one that was reasonably efficient,

and – most importantly – stable and robust, and

capable of handling all possible scenarios,’ says Hill.

‘Using this as a base, the control strategy can be

optimised and the system efficiency improved, based

on actual building performance and usage.’

As part of a soft landings approach (apt for an airport)

over the year following completion, through fine tuning

Beca reduced the total energy consumption of the new

and existing international buildings from 27.97kWh/

(m²·month) to 27.01kWh/(m²·month), which equates to

an annual figure of 324kWh/m².

Upon completion, Beca undertook a study of the

performance of the central plant system which

showed an overall coefficient of performance (CoP)

of 6.7 for the central chiller system, excluding

pumping energy. This corresponds to CO2 emissions

of 5.9kgCO2/m², based on the New Zealand Green

Building Council Green Star calculator. The study

showed that, with some modifications to the chiller

control strategy, annual central plant energy could

be reduced by 100MWh – approximately 10% of

the chiller input power – which would increase the

overall central chiller system CoP to 7.5.

The cost of the artesian based system over and

above a conventional boiler, chiller, cooling tower

system was approximately NZ$750,000 (£400,000).

Based on in-use data collected, payback on the

solution is approximately two years.

The final word on the scheme should be left to Mike

Parker, the terminal’s facilities manager: ‘We are

ecstatic with the artesian heating and cooling system.

During the many rounds of value management, the

system came under heavy scrutiny and pressure

to be dropped for a more conventional and cheaper

solution. Thankfully, Beca and Christchurch Airport

were well aligned and retained the system, which is

performing better than we could have hoped.’

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first published - May, 2015.



2015 CIBSE Building Performance Awards -

International Project of the Year


2014 IPENZ NZ Engineering Excellence Awards -

Building and Construction category winner


2014 ACENZ INNOVATE NZ Awards - Gold Award

of Excellence




Fifty Martin Place is a historic building in the heart

of Sydney’s financial district. Constructed between

1925 and 1928 – for what was then the Government

Savings Bank of New South Wales – it is a rare

Australian example of the American-influenced,

inter-war Beaux Arts style.

Macquarie Group, Australia’s only global investment

bank, acquired the building in 2012 to create its new

corporate headquarters. This was a radical step

in the Australian property market where, typically,

commercial property is owned and managed by real

estate investment trusts. The fact that Macquarie was

to be an owner-occupier opened up opportunities

both to refurbish an important heritage building,

and to create a world-class workspace, specifically

designed to meet the bank’s corporate objectives

of enhanced performance through connectivity,

collaboration and sustainability.

Consequently, Fifty Martin Place has become the

largest historic refurbishment in Australia to be

awarded a Six Star Green Star rating – representing

‘world leadership’ – by the Green Building Council of


The design strategy involved the creation of a glass,

domed roof – to house client facilities and meeting

rooms – and an enlarged, open-edged atrium. The

atrium is the centrepiece of the project, enhancing

daylight penetration through the core of the building,

while accommodating open stairs that provide

connectivity between office floors.

The strategy presented Arup, the sustainable design

and building services consultant for the project, with

a number of challenges. The first was to remove

as much plant as possible from the roof to free up

space for client use. Plant that remained at roof level

– including cooling towers, standby generators and

smoke exhaust fans – was carefully integrated into

the new glazed structure, to minimise the intrusion

into the architectural form.

Other plant was sensitively relocated to reduce the

impact on the historic fabric of the building. This

included the conversion of original water tanks into

fan- and boiler plant rooms, and the relocation of

chillers from the roof to the basement. An existing

light well was used as a fresh-air intake, and worked

in tandem with the atrium, which acted as the

exhaust-air path.

The office air conditioning solution uses passive

chilled beams, coupled with fresh air supply

delivered through a 250mm-high raised-access floor.

The combination is Australia’s first example of such

an approach.

While the large open atrium allows daylight to

penetrate deep into the building, it did provide the

engineers with a tough challenge in terms of fire

safety. The Building Code of Australia limits the

number of floors that can be connected via openings

to two above ground, although any number may be

connected via a sealed atrium.

The requirements for a sealed atrium are onerous,

with glazing and wall-wetting systems, smoke

exhaust, emergency power, multiple exit routes for

any balconies, and – importantly – no real connection

to the floors.


© Peter Bennetts

© Arup, May 2017


Section view showing ventilation and fire strategy

High-level exhaust

High-level exhaust

This did not meet Macquarie’s desire for the atrium

to be open and therefore enhance connectivity and

collaboration within the business.

To achieve an open-edged atrium – and provide the

required interconnectivity – a performance-based,

fire-engineering design was developed by Arup’s fire

engineers. In the event of fire, the non-fire floors are

smoke-separated from the atrium by a combination

of drop-down smoke curtains and glazed panels,

required to resolve tricky detailing around large

heritage beams.

The fire floor remains open to the atrium, and large

smoke exhaust fans extract from the top of the

atrium at a rate of 40m3/hr, while make-up air comes

from automation of existing heritage balcony doors

at level two, combined with the general supply air


The new client floors constructed within the

glass-dome roof extension are open to the atrium.

For these floors, exiting through a smoke-proof

construction to fire-escape stairs – off an external

terrace – enables occupants to move to a place of

relative safety before evacuating.

This approach allows for high-occupant numbers to be

accommodated within the client entertaining areas.

Sprinklers are provided throughout the building to

keep fire sizes low. Smoke detection – including

beam detection in the atrium – provides for early

warning, while pressurised escape routes give people

time to evacuate the fire floor and those adjacent to

it, simultaneously. There is staged evacuation for the

remaining floors.

Another significant task was to upgrade the

numerous styles of heritage luminaries on the

original staircases and the halls, some of which were

gas mantle luminaires.

To upgrade the historic fittings, a number of diffuse

LED sources were developed, effectively replicating

the optical distribution of older tungsten lamps, while

increasing the lumen output to meet the egress


50 Martin Place demonstrates how new life can be

breathed into a historic building, to create an exciting

contemporary workplace. The project highlights that

the unique characteristics of such a construction

requires highly bespoke engineering solutions.

The result, however, is a building that is prudent

in the reuse of existing resources, energy efficient

in performance, and – most importantly – meets

the client’s objectives of creating an inspiring and

efficient place to work.


The office lighting layout was developed

to reinforce the structural and ceiling grid

in the original building, and to expose

‘To take such a distinctive property the historic fabric and previously fully hidden behind

modernise its working environment

the ceiling.

in a manner

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sympathetic to its heritage status was a complex

ceiling-mounted daylight sensors that

task. The atrium in particular dim required the adjacent a lighting holistic when sufficient

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appearance of a glowing ribbon rising up

through the generous space.

At high level, the need to mount

luminaires beneath the glazing has been

avoided by the design of self-illuminated

glass bridges. At the base of the atrium, an

indirect mirror system is used to redirect

light to the traders. The luminaires and

mirrors are mounted to the exposed beams

at the perimeter of the void, to provide clear

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first published - November, 2014.

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© AECOM, May 2017



The centrepiece of Perth’s new Cultural Precinct

is a 32-storey, 5-star Green Star awarded Design

and targeted 4.5 star NABERS Energy (Base Build)

office tower. AECOM worked in close collaboration

with developer and construction company Mirvac,

providing a range of multi-discipline building services

for the development and its four-storey annex. The

tower also houses ancillary facilities for the luxury

The Como hotel in the adjacent heritage listed Old

Treasury Building (OTB).

In addition to the challenges of designing mechanical,

electrical, facade, acoustic, fire, hydraulics and

traffic engineering for the high rise building, AECOM

ensured the energy efficiency and sustainability

requirements of the project was paramount in

the design process and included a number of

sustainability initiatives. A significant portion of

energy efficiency can be achieved with façade and

building services optimisation, therefore a detailed

analysis was carried out on the facade which

subsequently resulted in a double gazed façade

system which incorporates vertical shading fins to

maximise views out, whilst minimising direct solar

radiation into the space.

A circa 1,000kW gas powered tri-generation plant

generates electricity for the building. The waste heat

from the process is harnessed to produce hot water and

heating, as well as chilled water through an absorption

chiller. The tri-generation plant services both landlord

and tenant’s services. Amongst other measures is a

grey water recycling plant designed to minimise water

wastage through treatment and re-use on site.

The four-storey annex building accommodates hotel

services, a gym, office & retail space and a swimming

pool, which includes a BMS controlled motorised glazed

façade louvre system providing mixed mode natural /

mechanical ventilation deepening on external conditions.

The project has been successfully completed and hosts

various State Government Departments which occupy

the 30,000 sq m of commercial space it provides.

The project was awarded the Master Builders

Association’s 2016 Bankwest Best Project. It also won

MBA awards for Best State Government Building, Best

Refurbishment or Renovation: Over $10m, Best Historic

Restoration or Renovation and the Jim Saunders

Memorial Judges Innovation Award.

New and old

Reactivated ground plane







In 2015, Laing O’Rourke successfully delivered

a new state-of-the-art, seven-storey clinical

services building as part of the of the $324 million

Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital Expansion.

As Principal Contractor, Laing O’Rourke worked

closely with its delivery partners to optimise

the design to accommodate a Design for

Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) solution

wherever possible.


© Laing O’Rourke, May 2017

Utilising experience from Laing O’Rourke’s

UK building services business Crown House

Technologies, the team redesigned the horizontal and

vertical services distribution and delivered 216 x 5.5

metre horizontal multi-disciplinary services modules,

containing mechanical, hydraulic, fire and electrical

services. Totalling 1.2 kilometres, the modules each

enclosed an average of 10-12 services resulting in

the installation of approximately 12km of pipework,

ductwork and containment in less than a month.




In 2015, the CIBSE ANZ Committee recognised

a need for outside assistance to further develop

CIBSE in the Australian and New Zealand Region,

in particular to reshape the ANZ 2016 Strategic

Plan. After some discussion, it was decided that an

Advisory Panel be established on the grounds that

by bringing in external industry and Institutional

expertise the Region would develop a stronger

commercial and strategic focus.

This is the first time that a CIBSE Region has gone

down this path.

Mathew Klintfält – ANZ Treasurer, provided a

summary of finances and funding; Steve Hennessy

– ANZ Membership Secretary, summarised the

reasons for the formation of the panel and current

membership statistics, and Paul Angus – NSW

Chair and ANZ Honorary Secretary, outlined

a number of key challenges the region were

currently faced with that the Panel needed to be

aware of.

At the culmination of the first meeting, the Panel

agreed to set five key development goals for CIBSE

ANZ (they also identified the need for full time

employees to assist with future growth).

Through subsequent meetings the Panel was

instrumental in developing the CIBSE ANZ Region

2020 Strategic Plan, which now lays the foundation

for sustainable membership growth through

increased education, industry participation and

recognition. The membership of the Panel has also

evolved, consistent with gaining suitable outside

experience and view points.

With the support of CIBSE, the recent engagement

of Sharon Pestonji as the ANZ Region Business

Development Manager sees the new Strategic Plan

being implemented, and whilst it is still early days,

the future looks exciting.

Sharon Pestonji, who has returned to Australia after

12 years in Europe, is charged with shaking up the

membership mix, attracting more students and in

particular more women to the industry.

‘Building services engineering is a great profession,

and with the environmental challenges that society

now faces, I am really excited to be playing a part in

encouraging the next generation to step up,’ she said.

‘I appreciate the scale of the challenge, but thankfully

the CIBSE ANZ Region is made up of a great team

of volunteers who are passionate about delivering

a better future, and their positive attitude is



» Nick Hudson, RICS Business Development Manager

» Phil Cowling, Cromwell Property Group - Head of

Development & Sustainability

» Gemma Collins, National Building Services Manager -

The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd

» Ian Small - CIBSE ANZ Region Chair

» Peter Kinsella - Associate Lehr Consultants

» Paul Angus - Associate Director AECOM







CIBSE ANZ region is committed to continue

developing, maintaining and sharing knowledge

about building engineering to support its members

and to champion building performance. This

commitment is set out in our 2020 vision statement,

soon to be published. CIBSE ANZ will continue to

champion the contribution to building performance

that its members make, promoting their high

standards and professionalism.

The vision also recognises the value of strengthening

partnerships and growing membership in the ANZ

region and its links and business relationships

globally. Building performance continues to be a

priority, with CIBSE ANZ leading the drive to improve

the performance of our built environment through a

whole life-cycle building approach.

CIBSE ANZ looks to support the property and

built environment sectors – and its members – by

developing resources that deliver comfortable,

valuable and sustainable buildings.

Knowledge remains key to the CIBSE

ANZ region work as we continue to

provide best practice guidance to improve

building performance. We will also further

assist in developing our Knowledge

Portal, with new key publications relevant

to the Australian and New Zealand region.

Digital processes will be a key area of

the ANZ CIBSE’s progress , in terms of

looking at how it runs its own operations,

as well as supporting industry – and

member – adoption of digital processes

and technologies.





Young engineers are the future of the building

services industry. We hope that with the support and

experience of the wider CIBSE ANZ membership

we can strengthen and unite the young engineering

community locally, nationally and internationally.

The CIBSE Young Engineers’ Network (YEN) provides

a framework for a range of activities that will inspire

and support young engineers already in the industry,

including encourage interest from others outside the

building services profession.

» Provide a support network for young

engineers within CIBSE YEN

» Promote building services to students and

young engineers out with the industry.

» Provide social networking opportunities

for young engineers

» Provide a platform for knowledge


» Promote sustainability amongst young

engineers and the built environment

» Encourage young engineers to engage

more closely with our professional

institution throughout their careers

» Inspire young engineers - guiding them

towards a long term career in the building

services profession with a pathway to

Chartered Engineer


IN 2017



The Awards celebrate the industry’s best examples of

young engineering talent, as well as inspire, nurture

and empower young students with a career in

building services engineering.

The CIBSE Young Engineer of the Year award

recognises the outstanding achievement of a young

building services engineer/consultant in the early

stages of their career. The award also recognises

those who have the potential to significantly

contribute to the industry in the future.

The CIBSE Student of the Year award recognises

the outstanding achievement of a future young

building services engineer/consultant based on their

innovative response to the provided Competition


The committee felt that to commemorate these

awards and celebrate the achievement of two

advocates of CIBSE that these awards would be

named in their honour to always remember and

never forget Jack Pirie and Mark Griffin.



Jack Pirie – 1939-2014

Jack Pirie had a long and successful career in

the Building Services Industry and was a CIBSE

member for more than fifty years. Jack was very

actively involved with the ANZ Region serving on the

committee for six years and being the Chair from

2001 to 2003.

Even after retirement he was always prepared to

provide assistance and wise counsel when asked to

do so.

Jack had the outstanding qualities of being a

thoughtful, pragmatic and generous person but if

there was only one quality that he could hope to

install in a young engineer, we believe that it would

be the quality of never being too afraid to take a


Jack was extremely passionate about building

services engineering and an inspiration to his many

colleagues and friends, so it is fitting that this award

is named in his honour.



Mark Griffin – 1962-2014

Mark hailed from North London and studied

Building Services Engineering at what was then the

Polytechnic of the South Bank. He worked in the UK,

Sweden and South Africa, but made Sydney, Australia

his home in 1991.

Mark picked up a temporary job with a fledgling

building services consultancy ‘ VOS’ – and he

remained with them for some 18 years, rising

through the ranks to eventually become Director of


In 2009, Mark joined AECOM, as their Building

Services Leader, responsible for managing a highly

skilled multi-discipline team, delivering iconic

projects within Australia.

Mark was passionate about building services

engineering and an inspiration to his many

colleagues and friends, so it is fitting that this award

is named in his honour.





1988 -1990



1992 - 1994



1995 - 1998



2000 - 2000



2003 - 2005



2007 - 2008



2013 - 2014



2017 - Present




1990 -1992



1994 - 1995



1998 - 2000



2000 - 2003



2005 - 2007



2008 - 2013



2014 - 2017



Left to Right: Jack Pirie, Steve Hennessy, David Holmes, Derek Lobley, John Redding, Grahame

Gibbs, Steve Gilchrist, Dan Mackenzie, Peter Kinsella, John Tyerman (25th Anniversary Dinner)




CIBSE ANZ Chair: Ian Small

Honorary Secretary: Paul Angus

Honorary Treasurer: Mathew Klintfält

Membership Secretary: Steve Hennessy

YEN Representative: Ian Van Eerden



Mark Crawford


Stefano Ciciani

New South Wales: Paul Angus


Steven Mairs

South Australia: David Robinson


Peter Kinsella

Western Australia: Peter Whalley


The faces of the ANZ committee have changed over

30 years but the passion driving our committee

members has not. Our committee of volunteers lead

with the same passion to support the science, art and

practice of building services engineering displayed

in the pioneering committee in 1987, and dictated in

the CIBSE Royal Charter set in 1976. Over the years,

committees have worked tirelessly to enrich building

services engineering in Australia and New Zealand,

sharing the latest information and technology by

hosting regular technical meetings and seminars.

CIBSE ANZ has published peer reviewed guidance

that is internationally recognised and sets the bar

higher for building services standards across the

world. Inspired by the love of their craft, the work

of the ANZ committee continues to impact the built

environment of our region, creating a healthier

environment for us all to live and work.


A big thank you to our sponsors and BRMM for

making this publication happen.

Thanks to the CIBSE Journal for allowing

reproduction of articles previously published.

Thank you to AG Coombs for permission to use the

historic photographs.

Thank you to all the members of past, present and

future committees.

This record of CIBSE ANZ’s history would have

not been possible without the dedication and

commitment of CIBSE ANZ Honorary Secretary

(2014-2017), Paul Angus, who gathered memorabilia

from CIBSE’s archives to piece together the

institutions memories that would have otherwise

been lost.

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