4 February 2010 – Daniel Labbad, Lend Lease chief executive officer, Europe, has been nominated to the chair of the UK Green Building Council, capping a week of major wins on the international stage for Australia’s sustainable property industry.
Yesterday TFE announced Maria Atkinson, global head of sustainability for Lend Lease, had been elected to the board of the world’s biggest green building organisation, the US Green Building Council, as an international representative.
At the same time Ché Wall, managing director of WSP Lincolne Scott, has been appointed chair of the joint project of the World Green Building Council and the Sustainable Building Alliance to develop Common Carbon Metrics for the building sector.
And only the week before GPT won world’s most sustainable property company, followed closely by Stockland in third place, with Commonwealth Property Office Fund in fifth place, CFS Retail seventh and Valad 13th.
Mr Labbad, who has also served on the board of the Green Building Council of Australia, was appointed to his current role at Lend Lease in February 2009. He first joined Lend Lease in 1997 as a site engineer based in Sydney, Australia and in 1999 became project director for the $500 million upgrade of Sydney International Airport for the Sydney Olympics.
He later took the reins as inaugural chief executive of, a community development organisation, The Hornery Institute, building the business to a team of 20 people with projects around Australia.
In 2005 Mr Labbad returned to Lend Lease and implemented a Sustainability Transformation
Plan for the Lend Lease group; initiating the sustainability measurement criteria and global reporting
requirements which resulted in the production of Lend Lease’s inaugural sustainability report in 2005.
He held the role of chief operating officer of Lend Lease Retail & Communities, UK, prior to his current appointment.
Ms Atkinson and Mr Wall together developed the Efficient Building Scheme – a cap and trade scheme for non-residential buildings that they claimed would halve emissions in Australian cities by 2020, while driving economic growth.
In 2002 Ms Atkinson and Mr Wall co-founded the Green Building Council of Australia and retired from the GBC board in 2009.