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GBCA MOVES TO AUSTRALIA'S FIRST LARGE SCALE CARBON-NEUTRAL COMMUNITY PRECINCT, INTERNATIONAL TOWERS AT BARANGAROO
 

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) will soon have a new home, the International Towers at Barangaroo. We’re pleased to let you know that later this year, we’ll be joining a growing innovation community being established within Tower Two and Tower Three International Towers.
 
GBCA CEO Romilly Madew said alongside the tower’s Green Star rating, the GBCA selected International Towers at Barangaroo because of its commitment to creating an environment which promotes high performance innovation and can support the organisation’s growth into the next decade.  The GBCA’s move comes after exploring tenancy options with its members.
 
“There is an exciting new business ecology being cultivated within International Towers and we are thrilled to participate in this as a foundation tenant.  We look forward to moving into a business community anchored on diversity, high performance, wellbeing and innovation – characteristics that we believe are pillars of a sustainable future,” Ms Madew said.
 
Tower Two and Tower Three International Towers is taking a curated approach to tenancy, selecting diverse organisations with a commitment to innovation, sustainability, collaboration and community. International Towers General Manager, Tony Byrne, said the GBCA relationship is a purposeful alliance.
 
“The GBCA is passionately committed to positive impact and progressive thinking and we are excited about what it can contribute to our growing community of innovation-focused tenants,” said Mr Byrne. “There is mounting evidence that high performance cultures are also very human cultures which incorporate a powerful sense of community.  Within Tower Two and Tower Three International Towers we are designing uniquely flexible, open floor plans, workspaces and shared spaces that encourage collaboration both within and across organisations,” he said.
 
Joining the GBCA, within its tenancy, will be the Shopping Centre Council of Australia (SCCA) - the national industry and advocacy group for Australia’s major shopping centre owners, managers and developers. 
 
For more information on our new home visit: www.internationaltowers.com/

 

 

THE FUTURE OF COMPOSITES IN CONSTRUCTION WAS THE BIGGEST NORTH AMERICAN EVENT DEDICATED TO COMPOSITES IN CONSTRUCTION, JEC GROUP WILL RETURN TO CHICAGO

The Future of Composites in Construction, June 2018 - Chicago, IL, USA
JEC Group newest event dedicated to one of the biggest end-using industry for Composites closed its doors last June on very positive feedbacks. Indeed, the co-located event with Techtextil North America, attracted 3,096 visitors from around the world and 550 attendees to the Symposium.
JEC Group winning strategy towards Composites End-Users

The event was entirely dedicated to the current and future developments of Composites Materials in Building & Construction, showcasing Innovations that have been changing the way end-users, such as architects or designers, construct buildings and infrastructures. “We are very happy that our end-users' approach to the industry elicits positive feedbacks. For this particular event we managed to attract architects and designers who could learn and experience how composite materials could change their way of working tomorrow, offering them endless possibilities. We will continue to target the Users of Composites in our next events.” Comments Ms. Frédérique MUTEL, JEC Group President and CEO.

“Indeed, JEC Group will return to Chicago to focus on the Transportation Industry with The Future of Composites in Transportation in June 2018 and we have already planned to stay in Chicago in June 2019 for another Future of Composites in Construction”, adds Nicolas BAUDRY, North America Events Director for JEC Group.
 

Attendee Statements

“The trade show was well run and seemed to be thoughtfully planned, with time for exhibits, demonstrations, presentations and meetings. The trade show itself was very successful for our company. We interacted and networked with many different customers and potential customers, resulting in an encouraging number of leads and connections. For this being the first trade show of its kind, JEC Construction went very smoothly, and even exceeded expectations in many ways.

We are excited that JEC Group is now promoting industry-specific events in the US and if this event is any indicator, future events will be a great success”. Ron BLACKBURN, Marketing Coordinator - Magnum Venus Products

“As the first event of its kind in North America the conference exceeded our expectation by the quality of the symposium as well as the level of interest and interactions its generated. This was a very good first step toward the ultimate goal of democratizing composite materials in the construction industry”. Dr. Mohamed BOUGUETTAYA, Strategic Marketing - BASF


“JEC Group is on the right track with these more focused events. The target audience was in attendance so the quality of contacts was very good. The show was a success for Chomarat as we met important new contacts in the construction segment. The symposium sessions were rich with new technologies as well as proven products”. John LEATHAM, Director Sales and Marketing - Chomarat North America

About JEC Group

With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC Group is the largest composite organization in the world. It represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global and local networking and information services. For the past 20 years, JEC has achieved continuous growth and acquired an international reputation. It has opened offices in North America and Asia. The Company is entirely owned by the non-profit Center for the Promotion of Composites. JEC Group’s policy is to systematically invest its profits in the creation of new services to benefit the industry. After successfully winning over the composites industry, JEC Group is now enlarging its scope to the next segment of the value chain, i.e. manufacturers and end-users.


Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC's experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications - including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC Composites Magazine - the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – the world’s largest composites show, five times bigger than any other composites exhibition - JEC Asia in South Korea and JEC Americas in Chicago; the Web Hub www.jeccomposites.com; the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Seoul and Chicago and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China). The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide, generating 79 billion EUR worth of business in 2016.

For further details, please contact: www.jeccomposites.com

 


 

NEW FACE IN AUSTRALIA WITH A TASTE FOR BIG-DATA, QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY

Last month saw John Brells take the helm of the Driver Group operations across the Asia Pacific region.

Based in Perth Australia, John is a highly regarded delay and disruption expert with an impressive CV and an eye on the future.  John shared his thoughts whilst talking about the biggest challenge facing the construction dispute industry over the next decade:

“From my perspective, I think it is staying on the cutting edge of technology in all aspects.  We are now working in a world of “big data” and shorter delivery periods.  In order to maintain quality deliverables for our clients, we need to do it better, faster and more cost efficiently.”

John joins Driver Group from Turner and Townsend, where he led the contract services team in the delivery of commercial, contractual, and expert witness advisory services.  His move to Driver was influenced by various elements including the calibre of the Asia Pacific team, many of whom he worked with previously, and the ethos and operational approach of the management team.  John added:

“Driver and Diales have a strong reputation as a premier expert witness service provider.  The management approach and vision for the future is refreshing and it sits well with my own viewpoint and approaches of always adding value and delivering solutions for clients.”

He continues:

“The people at Driver are world class and I’m enjoying getting involved in the business, renewing old relationships and discovering the new treasures that the Asia Pacific team yields.”

Further details of John’s expert witness credentials can be found at www.diales.com/experts/john-brells/

 

John Brells

 


ARCHITECTS AND BUILDING DESIGNERS VIE FOR MEDIUM DENSITY DESIGN PRIZE

Australia’s top architects and building designers are being encouraged to enter a national competition to design medium density housing such as terraces that could help pave the way for Sydney’s future housing.

NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet said the national Missing Middle Design Competition, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects, will inform the draft Medium Density Design Guide that is currently on public exhibition and will make it easier to build low-rise, medium density homes across NSW.

“This competition is an opportunity to see the draft policy in action, test it and get feedback. We are incredibly excited to see the sector’s contribution and to learn from them to develop this very important policy,” Mr Poulet said.

“It’s an initiative to demonstrate design-led planning with a view to improving the draft Medium Density Design Guide and draft Medium Density Housing Code, and in turn the housing liveability outcomes for the people of NSW.

“The draft policies will encourage more and better designed terraces, townhouses and dual occupancies in response to demand for this versatile housing type.”

The Missing Middle Design Competition is a collaboration by the NSW Government Architect and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. It will engage the built environment industry, including architects, building designers and students, in showing that low-rise medium density homes can be done well through a fast track pathway.

Mr Poulet outlined the importance of industry and community in shaping the cities they live in and how design competitions can assist engagement.

“Open design competitions such as the Missing Middle Design Competition are a great way to encourage the innovation and creative intelligence of our design sector, especially smaller, younger and emerging firms who do the majority of our smaller scale, residential design work. It is also a great way for the community to be involved in creating their own built environment,” Mr Poulet said.

“Knowledge gained from assessment of the competition proposals will inform the final Guide, leading to better design outcomes for medium density homes and securing a productive and liveable future for NSW through high quality design.”

The competition has three entry categories corresponding to three medium density housing types – dual occupancy (two dwellings on one lot), multi-dwelling housing (terraces), and manor houses (two-storey buildings comprising 3-4 dwellings).

Entries will be assessed by an expert jury led by Mr Poulet that comprises a mix of architects, building designers and planners to offer a balanced and fair appraisal of the quality of the entries.

Mr Poulet will be joined by National Architecture Robin Boyd Award winner Rachel Neeson, Partners Hill Principle Architect Timothy Hill, Local Government NSW Senior Planning Officer Jennifer Dennis and Independent Building Designer Les Dickson.

Three winners, one per category, will win $10,000 each and four runners up will be awarded $5,000 each.

Competition entries will close on 16 December. The entries will be judged in January and the winning designs and runners-up will be declared in February 2017.

To view all the competition details please visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/missingmiddlecompetition

 

Department of Planning and Environment media contact: (02) 9274 6128

 

 

ARCHITECTS AND BUILDING DESIGNERS VIE FOR MEDIUM DENSITY DESIGN PRIZE

Australia’s top architects and building designers are being encouraged to enter a national competition to design medium density housing such as terraces that could help pave the way for Sydney’s future housing.

NSW Government Architect Peter Poulet said the national Missing Middle Design Competition, endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects, will inform the draft Medium Density Design Guide that is currently on public exhibition and will make it easier to build low-rise, medium density homes across NSW.

“This competition is an opportunity to see the draft policy in action, test it and get feedback. We are incredibly excited to see the sector’s contribution and to learn from them to develop this very important policy,” Mr Poulet said.

“It’s an initiative to demonstrate design-led planning with a view to improving the draft Medium Density Design Guide and draft Medium Density Housing Code, and in turn the housing liveability outcomes for the people of NSW.

“The draft policies will encourage more and better designed terraces, townhouses and dual occupancies in response to demand for this versatile housing type.”

The Missing Middle Design Competition is a collaboration by the NSW Government Architect and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. It will engage the built environment industry, including architects, building designers and students, in showing that low-rise medium density homes can be done well through a fast track pathway.

Mr Poulet outlined the importance of industry and community in shaping the cities they live in and how design competitions can assist engagement.

“Open design competitions such as the Missing Middle Design Competition are a great way to encourage the innovation and creative intelligence of our design sector, especially smaller, younger and emerging firms who do the majority of our smaller scale, residential design work. It is also a great way for the community to be involved in creating their own built environment,” Mr Poulet said.

“Knowledge gained from assessment of the competition proposals will inform the final Guide, leading to better design outcomes for medium density homes and securing a productive and liveable future for NSW through high quality design.”

The competition has three entry categories corresponding to three medium density housing types – dual occupancy (two dwellings on one lot), multi-dwelling housing (terraces), and manor houses (two-storey buildings comprising 3-4 dwellings).

Entries will be assessed by an expert jury led by Mr Poulet that comprises a mix of architects, building designers and planners to offer a balanced and fair appraisal of the quality of the entries.

Mr Poulet will be joined by National Architecture Robin Boyd Award winner Rachel Neeson, Partners Hill Principle Architect Timothy Hill, Local Government NSW Senior Planning Offier Jennifer Dennis and Independent Building Designer Les Dickson.

Three winners, one per category, will win $10,000 each and four runners up will be awarded $5,000 each.

Competition entries will close on 16 December. The entries will be judged in January and the winning designs and runners-up will be declared in February 2017.

To view all the competition details please visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/missingmiddlecompetition

 


 

Department of Planning and Environment media contact: (02) 9274 6128

 

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