30 YEARS AND COUNTING
30 YEARS AND COUNTING
‘Thank you to all our loyal volunteers, members
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
TO A GLOBAL
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
CIBSE Australia & New Zealand
WHO WE ARE
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.
CIBSE IS A PIONEER IN RESPONDING TO THE
THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
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 IS A GLOBAL NETWORK
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
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
For further details of membership: www.cibse.org.au
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
CONFERENCES AND EXHIBITIONS
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’.
CONFERENCES AND COLLABORATION
2008 CIBSE / SBSE
SOFT LANDINGS ?
THE NEXT BIG THING
LEAN AND GREEN?
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.
WE HAVE A PROBLEM WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT
“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
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
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
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
‘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
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.
JOURNEY TO DATE:
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
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 www.cibse.org.au
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
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
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
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.
JOURNEY TO DATE:
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
AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SKYSCRAPER
HISTORY & OVERVIEW
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
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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© 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
End of trip facilities
Direct access to public transport hubs
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
4 Star NABERS Energy Rating
3 Star NABERS Water Rating
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).
COOLING AIR WITH WATER
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 out
Image: Isaac Leung
© Steensen Varming, May 2017
Sea water in
Heating and cooling in winter
Chilled water pump
Artificially loading branch
Air handling unit
Cooling in summer
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.
SKY’S THE LIMIT
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
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
‘ 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
SIRIUS ABOUT ENERGY RATINGS
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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A FLYING START
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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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
THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE
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
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
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
CASE STUDY 50 MARTIN PLACE
Section view showing ventilation and fire strategy
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
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
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
in a manner
The offices and atrium have perimeter,
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
approach from all our disciplines daylight reaches to achieve the work the desks.
desired environment, and close
the effect of
atrium, it was decided not to add any
the project team to deliver further Macquarie’s equipment vision’ to light the void.
Vertical circulation lighting is managed
using integrated balustrade lighting in
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balustrade panels, giving the stair the
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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to protect floors
from smoke in
Smoke curtains on
the fire floor retract
to allow smoke to
be released into the
air from outside
Chilled beam cooling strategy
Passive chilled beams
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within finned, chilled
water pipes. The
While beams cool the down large open atrium allows daylight to
air, creating a cool
deep into the building, it did provide
the engineers with a tough challenge in terms
of fire safety. The Building Code of Australia
the number of floors that can be
internal blind is
connected needed for comfort via openings to two above ground,
and glare control
although any number may be connected via a
Perforated The requirements metal for a sealed atrium
with glazing and wall-wetting
systems, smoke exhaust, emergency power,
effect, but allows
exit routes for any balconies, and –
importantly currents to pass – no real connection to the floors.
Underfloor tempered and dehumidified fresh air
This did not meet Fresh Macquarie’s air is delivered to the desire space via a pressurised for the
floor plenum. This provides minimal background
atrium to be open
and therefore enhance
connectivity and collaboration within the
To achieve an open-edged atrium – and
provide the required interconnectivity – a
performance-based, fire-engineering design
was developed 360° by Arup’s fire engineers.
In the event of fire, the non-fire floors
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CASE STUDY 50 MARTIN PLACE
Integrated service modules
Sections within the ceiling
will house high level
services, such as lighting,
sprinklers, emergency lights
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 40 m 3 /hr,
Internal heat loads
while make-up air comes from automation of
Heat from people
existing heritage balcony doors at equipment level two, and lighting
rises naturally to the ceiling
combined with the general supply where air it is system. cooled down by
the chilled beams
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
This approach allows for high-occupant
numbers to be accommodated within the
client entertaining areas.
Sprinklers are provided throughout
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the building efficiency 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
© 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
© 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
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
THE ADVISORY PANEL CONSISTS OF:
» 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
REACHING FOR THE STARS
CIBSE ANZ: WHAT NEXT?
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
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
WE LAUNCHED THE REGIONAL
YOUNG ENGINEER AWARDS
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 INSPIRING EXCELLENCE AWARD -
YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
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
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 MEMORIAL AWARD –
STUDENT OF THE YEAR
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.
1992 - 1994
1995 - 1998
2000 - 2000
2003 - 2005
2007 - 2008
2013 - 2014
2017 - Present
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)
OFFICERS (TO JUNE 2107)
CIBSE ANZ Chair: Ian Small
Honorary Secretary: Paul Angus
Honorary Treasurer: Mathew Klintfält
Membership Secretary: Steve Hennessy
YEN Representative: Ian Van Eerden
New South Wales: Paul Angus
South Australia: David Robinson
Western Australia: Peter Whalley
GOING THAT EXTRA MILE
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
Thank you to all the members of past, present and
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
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