Ken Maher

Ken Maher will take over from Tom Roper as president of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council from February 3.

Mr Maher has extensive experience in built environment sustainability as a fellow at HASSELL, professor with UNSW Built Environment, board member of the CRC for Low Carbon Living, life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and chair of the City of Sydney’s design advisory panel.

“I’m delighted and honoured to accept the presidency of ASBEC, which is unique as the peak collaborative forum for organisations that champion sustainable, productive and resilient buildings, communities and cities,” Professor Maher said.

“ASBEC’s current focus is on informing the future of cities and regions through understanding the role of resilience, developing a sustainable built environment framework, informing sustainable housing and infrastructure, as well as ensuring appropriate skills development – all crucial to a sustainable built environment for the future at a time when climate change is clearly having an increasing impact.”

“I look forward to working with the leaders in the built environment sector to deliver policy, research, dialogue and actions to improve the value of the places we inhabit.”

Professor Maher acknowledged the contribution of outgoing president Tom Roper, and announced that Mr Roper would be a life fellow.

“Tom has overseen the operational revitalisation of ASBEC and many of the organisation’s most significant and influential initiatives including the Second Plank Report, the Built Environment Climate Change Adaptation Framework and an Industry Roadmap for Net Zero Emission Homes.

“In recognition of his time, wisdom and phenomenal dedication to the progress of a sustainable built environment, I am delighted to announce ASBEC’s council has voted to make Mr Roper a life fellow of the organisation.”

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