• 19-28 October 2021
  • Online

The next frontier for commercial buildings

DATE

Wednesday 20 October 2021

TIME

10:00am – 11:30am

DURATION

1 hour and 30 minutes

SESSION OUTLINE

Australia’s office buildings lead the world on energy performance; the challenge of the 2020s is to extend those benefits to all commercial buildings, optimise energy management for renewable energy system, and chart a course to full decarbonisation.

In this session we’ll explore how National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy rating is evolving, the opportunity for load shaping and demand response in commercial buildings, and the least cost pathway for eliminating operational emissions and meeting the sector’s ambitious net zero goals.

Chair: Luke Menzel, CEO, Energy Efficiency Council

  • Dale O’Toole, National Manager, Building Performance, GPT Group
  • Monique Alfris, Head of Operations and Standards, NABERS
  • Philip Harrington, Principal, SPR

SPEAKERS

CHAIR

Luke Menzel

CEO, Energy Efficiency Council

Luke Menzel is CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council, Australia's peak body for energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. Luke leads the Council’s work to make sensible, cost effective energy efficiency measures standard practice across the Australian economy.

Luke sits on a number of government and independent advisory committees, and is Vice President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

PANELLISTS

Dale O’Toole

National Manager, Building Performance, GPT Group

Dale works with GPT's operations and development teams across the country to address the inter-related issues of energy & water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, plant integrity and occupant health & well-being across the retail, office and logistics assets. His most recent focus has been supporting GPT’s attainment of carbon neutrality, incorporating key elements of energy efficiency, renewable energy, battery storage, electrification and demand management.  He has a background in property risk and resource management, having worked in multi-disciplinary consulting roles on major commercial, industrial and healthcare sites across Australia.  Dale has a Grad Dip in Corporate Environmental & Sustainability Management and a Grad Dip in Disaster (Risk) Management to supplement his ‘hands-on’ experience.

Monique Alfris

Head of Operations and Standards, NABERS

Monique Alfris is Head of Operations and Standards at NABERS. Monique is tasked with managing the day-to-day work of NABERS, including how the program responds to challenges as diverse as the decarbonisation of the electricity grid and the COVID pandemic.

Monique has worked internationally in sustainability, renewable energy and poverty alleviation for over 15 years. Career highlights include consulting to Green Building Councils in Australia and Africa and founding Pollinate Energy. Pollinate Energy is a social enterprise which has now provided renewable energy to over 600,000 people living in poverty. The organisation has won multiple international awards and was featured on an episode of the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent.

Philip Harrington

Principal, SPR

  • 35 years’ experience in energy/climate policy and commercial roles.
  • Experience in international organisations, federal government, state government, government business enterprise and private sector.
  • Economist, policy analyst, consultant, team leader, organizational developer. 

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