?The SBRC is hosting a very interesting seminar by one of the leading researchers in Australia on ways to improve the sustainability of our existing building stock. Full details are provided below.
Title: City of Melbourne Retrofit 1200 and Other Built Environment Sustainability Highlights
Speaker: Associate Professor Sara Wilkinson Associate Head of School Research & External Engagement. Faculty of Design Architecture and Building. University of Technology Sydney,
Time: 12.30-1.30pm Date: Wednesday 9th September
Location: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus (Building 237), Squires Way, North Wollongong (maphttp://www.innovationcampus.com.au/aboutic/maps/index.html)
Abstract Sara will be speaking about the City of Melbourne's progress with their 1200 Buildings Retrofit Program. This is one of the Australia's most comprehensive and ambitious Built Environment Rejuvenation Programs and would be of great interest to a range of practicing architects, planners, engineers, etc.
She will also touch on the relative merits of Mandatory Approaches or Voluntary Approaches in delivering sustainability outcomes in our commercial buildings (i.e. Building Energy Efficiency Certificates versus Green Star or Green Leases, for example).
Sara will also describe her research work on conversion adaptations and sustainability (e.g. converting offices to residential development) as this will be very relevant to local practitioners.
Biography Sara is a Chartered Building Surveyor, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Australian Property Institute. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in London providing professional Building Surveying services particularly in refurbishment of commercial buildings and social housing. She worked in four universities in the UK and Australia over a 23 year period, is a member of RICS Oceania Sustainability Working Group and NSW committee and has excellent professional networks globally.
Sara's PhD research examined building adaptation, whilst her MPhil explored the conceptual understanding of green buildings. Her MA was in Social Science Research Methods and her BSc is in Building Surveying. She has over 100 publications and books including Sustainable Building Adaptation, Best Value in Construction, A Greener Home and Property Development.
Sara's research focuses on sustainability and adaptation in the built environment, user satisfaction, retrofit of green roofs and conceptual understanding of sustainability. Sara is on the editorial board of five international refereed journals.