17 October 2012 – Profitable Sustainability – Indoor Environment Quality and Environmental Upgrade Agreements, a joint conference from The Australian Property Institute and Property Funds Association, will be held on 13 November at the Tattersalls Club, Sydney from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This year’s conference theme is Indoor Environment Quality and will include review of the new Environmental Upgrade Agreement implementation and an assessment of the impact of Carbon Pricing. The first session is “Indoor Environment Quality” with keynote speaker John Goins, from the Centre for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Session 2 covers environmental upgrade agreements and current legislation impacting the property industry presented by Swaab Lawyers partner Mary Digiglio. Ms Digiglio is a Law Society accredited specialist in property law with over 12 years’ experience practising the law and seven years’ experience working in the Sydney real estate industry.

Parramatta City Council’s Environment Upgrade Agreement coordinator Matthew Fisher will also present a practical session on EUAs. Mr Fisher has spent the past 10 years working in sustainability and energy efficiency policy including a role as accreditation manager for seven years at the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors.

Session 3 will be a valuer panel with panellists Joel Quintal, director of Sustainability, Australia with Jones Lang LaSalle, Mark Willers, associate director at LandMark White and Associate Professor John MacFarlane from the University of Western Sydney.

Session 4 will cover case studies of the quantifiable benefits of “sustainable” buildings. Speakers include Brian Churchill, Property Portfolio manager with the Local Government Superannuation Scheme and Craig Heitmann from Sydney Water.

The final session is a panel discussion on the carbon tax impact on IEQs and EUAs. Panel moderator is Siobhan Toohill, principal with Pure and Applied with panellists Lauren Haas, Australasia Sustainability manager with Brookfield Multiplex Australasia and Claire Orton, head of Sustainability with Charter Hall.

The Fifth Estate is the media partner for the event.

Details and registrations at: www.nsw.api.org.au