by Tina Perinotto

BRIEF – 26 November 2009 – After 134 years The Master Builders Association of Victoria finally has a woman as a board member –  Melanie Fasham, of Fasham Johnson Homes

The MBA Victoria’s annual general meeting today welcomed Ms Fasham. President David Newnham said: “Ms Fasham’s election demonstrates the changing nature of the building industry with the increasing participation of women in building.  Master Builders encourages more women in the industry to become involved in on-site roles and at the management level,” he said.

However, it is not clear if this also signals a new approach on environmental issues. The MBA has been fiercely vocal in opposing new six star energy standards for housing, despite evidence that the building industry quickly absorbed and implemented the five star standard for virtually no extra cost, according to industry figures.

Ms Fasham is the joint-managing director of Fasham Johnson Homes, a leading Victorian residential building company.

“I’m proud to have been elected to the Board of Master Builders and hope my role will encourage further participation of women in the building and construction industry,” said Ms Fasham, a chemical engineer by training.

tperinotto@thefifthestate.com.au