27 June 2012, Canberra.

BEMP Rebecca Huntley, social researcher and emerging star after her appearance in a recent ABC Q&A program will be keynote speaker at BEMP, the Building Environment Meets Parliament.

This year’s forum should be particularly fascinating, if not fiery, given the backdown by Canberra on its promised tax breaks for green buildings. There will be eagle eyes pinned on the Feds’ intentions for the rest of the built environment – urban planning and cities in particular  – especially given it has been so open and friendly on all these issues, after years of disinterest.

Speakers: Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport; Michael Argyrou, Unitised Building; John Bilmon, PTW Architects; Catherine Caruana-McManus, IBM; Matthew Crozier, Bang The Table; Mark Curzon, Architectus; Mark Dreyfus, parliamentary secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (among other roles); Dr Mark Elliott, Collabforge; Ben Guy, Urban Circus; Ben Hewett, SA Government Architect; Greg Hunt, shadow minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage; Kirsty Kelly, Planning Institute of Australia; Brendan Lyon, Infrastructure Partnerships Australia; Megan Motto, Consult Australia; David Parken, Australian Institute of Architects; The Hon Mike Rann, Former South Australian Premier; Peter Verwer, Property Council of Australia; Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group; Michael Zorbas, Stockland. Details

BEMP 2012

25 June and 27 June 2012 – Parramatta and Sydney.

Free seminars on retrofits for green buildings. Green Capital will hold two free seminars on the value of upgrading older buildings and how to take advantage of innovative funding products such as environmental upgrade agreements, based on the year long study   Lessons and Tools from Existing Office Building Leaders Project , funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.

Speakers: EcoStrategies managing director Roger Walker, AHA Engineering and Steensen Varming director Steve Hennessy and University of Sydney Warren Centre chief operating officer Alex McKenna. Details or Phone  (02) 9211 0255

5 July 2012 – Sydney, Cundall offices, 48 Alfred Street, Milsons Point, 8.30 am.

Free Green Star pocket guide presentation. Cundall will offer a second free event to share 50 years of “collective Green Star experience” to help people learn to use the recently released Green Star Pocket Guide, after the first event sold out. The free guide is a collaborative tool for the industry to share and learn from the company’s experiences with Green Star. See our note on the pocket guide in our previous article Details: j.bradley@cundall.com.au

5 July 2012, Sydney.

Groundbreaker. This new collective is looking for hackers, educators, activists, dopamine traffickers, homeless feeders and entrepreneurs to participate in a 60 minute forum to generate a “Wish for The Future”

The session uses alternative methods to harness collective “imaginence” and build a platform for micro agents to solve big social problems together. It’s tied to a global project to inspire collaborative storytelling across all demographics and create positive visions of the future.

Absurdity and creative mayhem welcome.


8–12 July 2012 – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Healthy Buildings Conference,  Organised by the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. Details

19-20 July – Sydney Hilton Hotel

Consult Australia’s annual symposium this year will focus on business issues, “more so than the historical technical focus” with a program designed to appeal to consultants operating in the built and natural environment. The theme is “Ahead of the Game” with feature speakers to include PTW Architects’ managing director, John Bilmon, Westfield project design director Glen Pidgeon, John Wardle Architects associate Paul Holden and fashion designer Alex Perry. Details

19-20 July 2012 – Sydney, Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Total Facilities Live exhibition, for professionals responsible for the management, maintenance, refurbishment or operations of commercial, institutional or industrial facilities. Free passes available Details

24-26 July 2012 – Adelaide

ENVIRO 2012 is the 7th event in a series that is Australia’s largest meeting of business and the environment. Every two years, industry, government and the environmental service sectors gather to shape policy and progress on sustainable enterprise.  Details

26 July, 2012 – Sydney Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Clean Energy Week conference. New frontiers of renewable energy will be the topic of discussion for the part of the  conference.  Speakers include Siemens Australia Energy Sector vice president David Pryke, Federal Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism Environment Branch general manager Bruce Wilson, CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship director Alex Wonhas, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics, Modelling and Policy Integration program leader Arif Syed. Details

30 and 31 August 2012 – Melbourne

International Responsible Investment Conference. “E+S+G Welcome to the Real World”. Details

17-19 September 2012 – Sydney

EcoGen 2012: Connecting the clean energy industry. The program will feature international keynote speakers, industry leader panel sessions, streamed case-study and workshop sessions, as well as an extensive exhibition of clean energy products and technologies. Call for papers is now open. You are invited to submit a presentation abstract for the EcoGen 2012 Conference Program.  Details

18 and 19 September 2012 – Melbourne

Government Sustainability Conference, two days full of practical and leading knowledge; two speaking/workshop streams each day. Call for speakers: To propose a presentation for this conference, please email a 300-word summary of the presentation to conference director, Ben Hutchison. Details

10-12 October 2012 – Karlsruhe, Germany

Education for Sustainability, a three-day International Greening Education event 2012, which will bring together academia, policy makers, representatives of government and international development agencies, school administrators and teachers, sustainable development practitioners, environmental management professionals and other stakeholders from around the world.  Details

22-25 October 2012 – Singapore

Singapore’s International Energy Week (SIEW). Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted renewable energy company, and Reed Exhibitions have announced plans to hold the Asia Future Energy Forum & Exhibition (AFEF), as part of the annual Singapore’s International Energy Week, organised by the Energy Market Authority of Singapore. Details

30 October-2 November – Brisbane

National housing conference, by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works will hold its national housing conference at the Brisbane exhibition centre.Details

7-9 November, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Carbon Expo 2012. For the first time this year will be combined with the Australia-New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference. Details

12 – 14 November 2012 – Perth

Australian Resources Conference and Trade Show (ARC), a joint initiative of ASX and the Financial Review with the assistance of the Western Australian Government and Commonwealth Department of Resources and Energy, will amalgamate all facets of the resources sector in one event to provide a comprehensive overview of the Australian resources sector to both domestic and international delegates. Details

PHOTOS – Events and happenings

Photos: WSP Lincolne Scott’s  100 years bash around the country Details.

Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Tie Gala Dinner. Photos here

See photos from the Venice Biennale NOW and WHEN exhibition from the Australian Institute of Architects.