9-11 May 2023
ICC Sydney

Smart Buildings Theatre

Join industry experts for three days of insightful education as they discuss topics on creating smarter, more efficient buildings that will meet the challenges facing the changing FM landscape.

10 - 12 May 2022
Smart Buildings Theatre
10AM - 5PM
Free

Hosted by TFX’s Thought Leadership Partner, Facilities Management Association (FMA) and sponsored by Rapid Test, be part of a smarter, more connected community with the free-to-attend, Smart Buildings Theatre. Join industry experts for three days of insightful education as they discuss topics on creating smarter, more efficient buildings that will meet the challenges facing the changing FM landscape.

“As Australia’s peak industry body for facility management, the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA) looks forward to presenting critical information to the FM industry. Our talented line-up of expert speakers will explore a range of insightful and engaging topics through presentations and panel discussions, across three days, from the Smart Buildings Theatre.”

Nicholas Burt, CEO FMA, Thought Leadership Partner

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Key topic areas that will be discussed

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Working with Government


Government is one of the largest owners and users of facilities. In Australia public sector engagement with the facilities management industry is extensive.

Government facilities can be complex and unique in nature which means they often require more tailored solutions – security in Centrelink offices, climate control in archives buildings for example.

Responsibility in public facilities is key to ensuring the health safety and well being of all facility users. This provides an opportunity for the industry to respond to the needs of the government.

3 levels of government have different types of facilities – local (libraries/pools), state (courts/transport infrastructure), Commonwealth (defence installations, offices)

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Developing Value from FM


Learn about the future of asset maintenance and how to choose the right technology to move towards a condition-based model increase profitability, improve service quality and increased compliance. Discover the importance of mobilisation in FM contracting and why when it comes to FM transitions building strong project management and trust early on is key to success. Unlock the value of adopting AS/ISO 41001 to unlock opportunities and implement them across your FM platform.

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Improving Outcomes through Sustainability


These sessions will outline how net zero emissions targets impact the property sector and demonstrate practical approaches for developing and implementing net zero plans for the built environment. Attendees will learn about how technology is driving sustainable practices and providing ways to improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase productivity.

The role of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the ISO 41000 Facilities Management standards will also be explored and how these impact the future for FM sustainable systems
and reporting.

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Ensuring high quality indoor environment


Learn how to make existing buildings fit for a net zero future with an indoor environment ‘health check’. Find out how to ensure buildings achieve optimal performance and what
preventative steps FMs can take to grow the value of asset portfolios. Discover the six attributes that will have the greatest impact on your hybrid workplace and what solutions you
need in place to ensure alignment between the workplace, business, teams and individuals to achieve success.

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Delivering Facility Compliance


Develop a better understanding of DDA and what important aspects must be considered when designing the built environment to ensure it is not only compliant but is also friendly and easy to use. Learn how to take the right approach to compliance to tackle gaps or enhance existing frameworks. Get tips on how to track changes to the law and standards and find out how AI technology can be used to track compliance. Hear real case studies from the FM industry to learn practical risk management strategies and non-negotiables when considering work health and safety.

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Across councils building asset portfolio it has been identified that over a third of the buildings are non compliant with gaps in occupancy and completion certification. These non compliances pose a risk to user, the community and council. Council has been working through a detailed action plan to undertake a thorough audit to establish the current state, inspections, directions, corrective and remediation plans. As a result of historically poor organisational knowledge of the requirements under the Building Act, Council is now faced with increased costs to undertake the necessary corrective action over the next 4-5 years.

After attending this seminar attendees will have:
1. an increased awareness of the risks that their organisation may face if they are non compliant
2. an understanding of the need/requirement to ensure internal building compliance measures and process are well understood both internally and externally and reviewed periodically


Customers are looking to reduce costs, improve tenant satisfaction surveys and have more control of their asset management than ever before. The problem is what technology to deploy and how to deploy it to get the best bang for your dollar. How do you meet this challenge? This presentation will demonstrate what technology is being used out in the field to move towards condition-based maintenance, and how it can lead to increased revenue, improved service quality and enhanced compliance. Specifically, we will explore a real world example of how Polyteck embraced the future of asset maintenance by moving to a condition-based maintenance model.


The presentation will draw on case studies to demonstrate practical approaches to developing net zero plans in the built environment. With the recently completed COP26 summit in Glasgow cementing national commitments and the private sector widely adopting net zero by 2030 business wide targets this is rapidly translating into an urgent need for portfolio wide and property specific net zero plans and actions.

The presentation will cover:
- What does net zero mean and how does the property sector fit in.
- Overview of the process of becoming net zero
- Establishing and understanding benchmarks
- Policy settings and management buy-in
- Setting emissions boundaries, baseline year and reporting periods.
- Data and information collection
- Carbon accounting calculations and certification standards
- Net Zero Strategy, the next steps, a priority based approach
 Avoid  Reduce  Re source  Offset
- Example case studies


Aerosol transmission is now accepted as an important SARS-CoV-2 infection mechanism, and it is recognised that HVAC systems can play a role in helping to manage the risk of virus transmission.


Whilst for many years premises undertaking a full refurbishment or change of use have been required to meet Disability and Discrimination standards, the question still arises as to the adequacy of these minimum design rules. Diversity and Inclusion has gained in prominence over recent years. Applying a wider scope and usability lens to the standards leads to some interesting insights. Using a recent project as a practical example, Paul Sor of the Australian Red Cross Society, and Angelo Sansano who worked as a client-side representative on the new State office in Adelaide for Red Cross examine the practical side of DDA compliance and usability. Even designing beyond the DDA requirements does not necessarily make for a DDA friendly or diverse and inclusive space. This paper explores simple changes and tips to really make your space friendly and usable for all to use. A tips sheet is included in the presentation.


Wednesday 11 May 2022

According to the International Energy Agency, buildings account for 55% of global energy demand. A smart building environment saves energy, lowers CO2 footprints, and contributes to sustainability goals. In today’s environment, an efficiently managed building is not enough. It must also be intelligently networked to provide real time information to multiple stakeholders who need to take swift decisions to ensure the security, safety and comfort of its occupants as well as protect the longevity of its assets.
Smarter buildings use a standardized building automation system and data analytics across all building functions like lighting control, HVAC, blinds, energy efficiency, renewable energy, visualization and presence detection, combining core building systems with the electrical and mechanical infrastructure to provide meaningful data to ensure sustainability targets are met. Whatever the building, the smart building concept provides a future-proof solution that delivers results. The smart building provides a building block for the smart cities of the future.


When it comes to FM transitions, putting in the hard yards to build strong project management and trust early on is the key to success.
For service delivery companies in any sector, signing a contract is only half the battle. In facilities management, when a project is commissioned, the battle has hardly started. The reality is that most facilities management projects, or transitions as they're often termed, are highly complex.

Using local and international examples, this presentation covers why strong project management and strong project leadership must be established from the start of a job, and how both interpersonal relationships and project management building blocks can be put in place early to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.


The ISO 41000 Facility Management (FM) standards, with 51 countries participating, contributes directly to the future of the FM profession and its value proposition. These FM standards, with five published plus seven under development in 2022, provide a common language and framework for FM worldwide to support the consistent delivery of services, enhanced performance and the managing of risks.

The United Nations 2030 Agenda has at its heart the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries, developed and developing, in a global partnership to meet the challenge.
The development of ISO/TR 41019 ‘The role of FM in sustainability and resilience’ (working title) will be a technical report demonstrating the alignment of FM standards with the SDGs for improved effectiveness, efficiency and wellbeing of organisations and individuals. Australia has taken the lead on the delivery of this defining project for Sustainable FM.


As we shift to a net zero building environment, no building can be left behind. That means existing buildings are likely to benefit from the equivalent of a fitness program to help them achieve optimum performance. And just as a personal training program starts by getting a health check to establish the state of our cardiovascular fitness, weight, strength, flexibility and endurance, so too a building should get the equivalent of a health check. Preventative medicine is part and parcel of everyone's lives, which makes sense, because as the saying goes, one's health is the greatest wealth. But have we considered applying this thinking to the buildings we own or occupy, or an asset portfolio we aim to grow the value of? As we enter the climate-changed future, with heightened awareness of the relationship between public wellbeing and the quality of buildings, taking the pulse of building is vital.


Have you ever felt like the regulatory compliance requirements for Facilities Managers in Australia is like a maze, or is simply overwhelming? Not sure where to start with a new building or one you have inherited? Avoiding compliance requirements is not an option because you will put your building users and occupants at risk. Also, the financial penalties for failing to meet compliance requirements in the event of a breach or incident can be eye watering! Leading on from the 2021 Ideaction conference panel on this subject, this presentation aims to provide the audience with a digestible approach towards compliance, so they can start to tackle gaps in compliance or look to enhance their frameworks. Also, hear about how AI emerging technologies shall help in monitoring and assuring the compliance of your managed assets and facilities.


Thursday 12 May 2022

AS/ISO 41001 may appear on the surface to be a bland topic, however it is in fact a rich tapestry that empowers the professional FMer to stand out from the crowd. The secret is how to mine the value, realise the potential, unlock the opportunities and then implement across your FM management platform. More importantly it becomes your FM organisation's roadmap for success.

Attendees will be given a clear implementation road map for self certification of AS/ISO 41001 enabling the realisation of the benefits of adoption, evidence required to demonstrate success as well as understanding how a professional FMer may participate in developing standards in Australia and internationally.


Building management and maintenance has historically been a slow mover to adopt new technologies. The last five years have brought the industry an array of new tech and innovative solutions to help meet environmental commitments. Many companies are signing up, running pilot projects and deploying the latest and greatest on offer, but is that the best way to use your resources? This discussion is aimed at helping industry professionals understand how their problems might be different to their neighbour, how to identify their own pain points and futureproof investments made to sustainably become more sustainable.


Hybrid working and its impact on physical workplaces can be a complex notion to grapple with. But as organisations pursue models that give their employees the flexibility to work from anywhere, some of the complexities around the places we work and how we work from them are unravelling.

Through implementing workplace programs within global, regional and national organisations—including financial institutions and investment banks, tech giants, professional services corporations, life sciences firms and legal partnerships—we have been able to identify the six attributes that wield the greatest influence over successful hybrid workplaces.

Each of these attributes will have their own consequences for a successful hybrid workplace. The risk of overlooking any of them is incongruence between your workplace, business, teams, and the needs of individuals when alignment between all of them is critical to success.


The presentation will Consider FM Regulation and compliance from the context of Work Health and Safety.

Key focuses of the presentation will be:

*Legislative risk allocation - including workplace manslaughter laws;
*Contractual risk allocation;
*Practical considerations & Case law for FMs, asset owners and contractors.

The presentation will draw on actual examples arising from the FM industry to provide practical risk management strategies and identify non negotiables when considering safety in the context of facilities management.


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