22-23 Apr 2020
MELBOURNE CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE

Speaker Series

Arguably offering the best value in the industry, the free-to-attend Speaker Series presents tried and tested strategies from expert panellists that elevate our environments and ultimately our facilities potential. Our 2019 sessions were across two dedicated seminar theatres, and offered over 15 hours of unrivalled learning uncover how being smarter about the built environment will change tomorrow's FM challenges. Stayed tuned for this year's session highlights!

Wednesday 20 March 2019

Business Solutions Stage

As buildings become more complex and ‘smart’, their constituent componentry is becoming equally more sophisticated and varied. Inevitably, these elements and the way they are installed and interface with other elements, increase the range of legislation and Standards that the overall building needs to comply with. This session explores how the facilities manager can mitigate against building constructors and operators continuing to expose their users by cutting corners, the role of the legislators and their representatives in this respect and whether Australian and International Standards are the solution.


Power outages predominantly arise from failures in external supply networks and can have a significant impact on the operation of the business that the building supports. This is particularly relevant to critical businesses such as healthcare, airports and data centres. This session explores the physical measures and management processes that such high risk facilities and iconic venues implement to mitigate their business risk and how these are relevant to all types of buildings.


This session will present an update on the progress of this important international standard, followed by a discussion around its current status, views on its uptake and feedback from the industry on its applications.


Maximising recyclable waste and minimising landfill has become a standard strategy for creating a more environmentally sustainable method of dealing with waste. But with recent questions about where recyclable waste really ends up, this session explores whether this is still an acceptable strategy. It will explore how much influence FM can have in minimising recyclable waste by adopting alternative strategies including supply chain selection.


This panel will discuss current market trends in the commercial cleaning industry as well as how to leverage new technology to provide innovative and sustainable cleaning solutions.


ERM Power Smart Buildings Theatre

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Of all our global finite resources, water has not had the same prominent exposure as others, mainly in the energy sector. However, water is a resource that can be scarce or abundant depending on seasonal, geographical and climatic variables. Irrespective, it is essential that water is effectively managed to achieve effective sustainable and economic outcomes. This session explores the role of smart technologies in managing the efficiency of water consumption across building and supply infrastructures and how FM can have a positive impact in this area.


The on-going introduction of smart technologies into buildings is establishing a valuable source of data that can provide comprehensive insights into building and business performance and inform more productive facilities related decision making. However, integrating the many disparate systems that support smart buildings is absolutely key to creating an intelligent infrastructure that is capable of maximising the many benefits of this valuable data and improving infrastructure performance. To achieve these benefits, fully integrating systems within and between buildings is an essential objective for smart buildings. This session explores the role of the systems integrator, how it aligns with the FM function and how its value can be maximised.


We spend a third of our lives at work, and the design of work and the workplace has a significant influence on our performance and well-being. As the landscape of work continues to change rapidly, and organisations compete to attract and retain top talent workspace design has never been more topical. In fact, up to 50% of employees say they cannot focus effectively at work, with the design of the workplace influencing productivity by 20%.

Workplace expert, Libby Sander will look at leading edge practices, with insights and practical examples from the newest workplaces of Google, Twitter, Boston Consulting Groups in New York as well as discussion of trends in smart devices in the workplace, the impact of AI and data monitoring on the workplace, the impact of design in changing patterns of work and the effects of contingent work in the sharing economy and more.


Improving human health and well-being in buildings and communities involves focusing on many dimensions of the interaction between people and place. With a focus on examples of ‘hard’, such as end of trip facilities and ‘soft’, such as the variation in multi-generational needs, dimensions, this session will explore practical ways in which you can introduce improvements to your workplace.


Thursday 21 March 2019

Business Solutions Stage

The mix of generational diversity, gender diversity and cultural diversity in the workplace has become a significant challenge for business managers across every sector of commerce and there is every indication that is likely to become more complex. Along with every other profession, this is having a significant impact on the Facilities Management industry in Australia. This session explores how the profession can manage such a range of diversity issues and, in particular, how it can become more attractive as a profession of choice for upcoming generations.


Success in commercial workplace design is shaped by a multitude of interacting factors including the comfort of the internal environment, the colours and textures of the finishes and the furniture that office workers spend so much time at. As colour trends and furniture design continue to evolve, it can be quite a challenge to ensure that the workplace remains an attractive place to work. This session explores whether workplace design trends respond to business needs or the extent to which they can influence business performance and how facilities managers need to be equipped to deal with these issues.


Incorporating the use of natural materials, natural light, external views, vegetation, biophilic design claims to increase worker fulfilment and motivation. By tapping into everyone’s experiences of the natural world, biophilia not only improve productivity, but also has a positive impact on individuals’’ health, as well the environment. This session will examine the characteristics of biophilic design, explore potential limitations in terms of building size, function and location and discuss implications for facilities managers.


A high performance team is not just about internal relationships, it must also include the external relationships with other stakeholders, including the internal and external customer. At the core of successful teams lies trust, in the absence of which, it is not possible to maximise performance. This discussion will examine the concept of trust, consider the role that trust has to play in building a high performance team and explore practical ways in which poorly performing teams can be turned around.


ERM Power Smart Buildings Theatre

Sponsored by:

With many organisations keen to demonstrate a reduction in their impact on carbon emissions, the target of net zero carbon seems to be adopted as best practice. But what does net zero carbon really mean. At the very least it balances the output of renewable energy with the consumption of energy derived from fossil fuels. However this does not acknowledge the energy embodied required to construct every single building. This discussion will consider the complexities of net zero carbon and how such a target be achieved in practical terms.


At the high end of the property market, the increasing demand for high performance buildings and the rate of technological advances and innovations are contributing to increasing property values. But what is happening at the other end of the spectrum where older and heritage buildings are struggling to benefit from technological improvement due to either physical and/or financial restrictions. This issue is particularly relevant in the public sector where budgetary restrictions leave many buildings to deteriorate with the resulting diminishing property value. This session will explore the tension between the need to maintain property values and the lack of necessary funding.


Emerging technologies enable facility managers to take greater control of their energy management plans, but are too many options making the choice of solutions harder? This session looks at how leveraging data and analytics can help facilities in the built environment reduce consumption, cost and emissions to meet new energy objectives


HVAC energy consumption and emerging EV (electric vehicle) charging present continual challenges to building managers. HVAC accounts for 50% of a building’s energy consumption. EC (Electronically Commutated) fan technology offers energy efficient air movement and uses significantly less energy compared to conventional HVAC fan designs. As EV adoption continues to grow in Australia, addressing this trend to future proof commercial buildings with critical EV charging infrastructure needs serious consideration. This session will explore the different aspects of EC fan technology for HVAC retrofits; how the EV charging load can alter your energy profile and utility costs; as well as highlighting what is involved in calculating the sizing of a commercial Solar and Storage system to mitigate HVAC and EV charging peak loads.


Energy efficiency is an increasingly important contributor to climate change mitigation while at the same time minimises energy consumption. Exploring new technologies which offer low hanging fruit solutions for energy and environmental decision makers are fundamental to control energy security. This session showcases the latest in HVACR technologies in the Centrifugal compressor market and explores how cogeneration / trigeneration systems can be applied to achieve zero carbon emissions using waste.
Improving HVAC performance with centrifugal compressor technology
Scott will explore new HVACR technologies in the Centrifugal compressor market and examines how Oil degradation effects chiller performance and explains the principal benefits behind oil-free, high speed magnetic bearing centrifugal technology for improved HVACR performance.
Scott Moorhouse, Marketing & Sales Director – Danfoss Australia

Closing the loop - Bioenergy in the built environment
Kane identifies opportunities for traditional cogeneration and trigeneration systems to provide zero carbon solutions using waste. Cogen / Trigen systems have been used in the built environment for decades to reduce emissions and meet green targets, but with an increasing focus on a net zero future, what are the options for embedded generation systems to maintain relevance into the coming decades.
Kane Ravenscroft, Sales Director, Optimal Group


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