Interaction and insights – Day 2 at Total Facilities
In a blink of an eye Total Facilities has closed its doors on another year. Let’s look back at the final day on the show floor, which included an insightful breakfast hosted by CoreNet Global and more engaging content from our speaker sessions.
Breakfast and Real Estate
Last week we saw Total Facilities 2019 take over the ICC Darling Harbour in Sydney, which ran from the 20-21st March. After an action-packed opening, Day 2 started early with the CoreNet Global Australia Chapter State of the Nation Breakfast.
This was an invite-only forum where REA Group’s Nerida Conisbee discussed how the Corporate Real Estate is handling new challenges within the industry. The breakfast was a success, with a full theatre of attendees given the opportunity to network amongst their peers and ask questions to our guest speaker,
“Development is moving away from retail into industrial. Also seeing the decline in retail investment from 21% to only 6% shows that online spending is becoming prevalent…We are seeing an increase on the effect of technology on the industry and diversification in investments in different sectors.” – CoreNet Global Australia Chapter.
An interactive showfloor
At 10am our doors opened, and despite the morning rain in Sydney, the attendees were pouring through the doors. Walking around the exhibits, there was no shortage of interaction and demonstrations. With the chance to try out Makita’s latest vacuums, watch Easi Recycling’s demonstration of their innovative waste management solution, and have a game of ping pong at the Smart Commercial Solar stand.
Exhibitors were happy to see visitors who were genuinely interested in the products and services they brought to the show floor, making the event a worthy investment of their time.
“This was my third event of the past few years and many of the contacts I have made over these years have been extremely fruitful…I can think of many other (Total Facilities) contacts who have been great partners for me over the past few years and I see this as a worthy investment for our business.” Rhys Birks – Shine-On
Wellness and sustainability wins
Our free education program continued throughout the day, with more sessions discussing the needs surrounding workplace wellness. The session on ‘Biophilia – a natural approach to building design’ was particularly popular, the panel discussed how incorporating natural materials into our built environments can have a positive impact on our health. Panellist Claire Bowles from i2C Architects commented:
“Biophilic Design could be the connective language that brings our fragmented sector together to take action…We need to address the ecological literacy in our communities, especially in design”
This also links to sustainability which was another hot topic for speakers during the day. Prof. Tony Arnel lead a panel discussion on ‘What does net zero carbon really mean?’,
“At its most ambitious…a net zero building encompasses embodied carbon or energy – that is the emissions involved in sourcing, manufacturing and transporting all the materials to construct the building in the first.” – Prof. Tony Arnel – Deakin University
Our last speaker session for this year from Scott Moorhouse (Danfoss Turbocor) and Kane Ravenscroft (Optimal Group) explored ‘How to efficiently produce and reduce the cost of energy’ a session that largely explored green sustainability, and systems that provide zero carbon solutions using waste.
New directions at Total Facilities
Concurrent to our sustainable focused sessions, this year saw an influx in exhibitors driving the need for sustainable workplaces. Highlights included Closed Loop, who had recycling points around the show floor for visitors to deposit their coffee cups. And GECA who brought their Materials in Mind pod onsite for visitors to discover their GECA certified building materials and furniture.
Total Facilities has come to an end for 2019, and this year we had another year of exciting new products and services showcased to the facilities industry. The speaker sessions provided a valuable and relevant education program for visitors, including insights into topics such as workplace wellness and design which was new territory for the show, but proved a success to the audience.
Take a look at highlights from the show on our 2019 gallery here.
We hope to see you all again next year when Total Facilities returns to Melbourne, 22-23 April 2020! To stay up to date with Total Facilities news, subscribe for updates here.