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Topics Webinar | Shaping Sustainable Futures: Integrating Innovation and Sustainability in Building Design and Retrofitting

Part of the Topics Webinar series
15 May 2024, 13:00 (AEST)

Building Optimisation, Sustainable Infrastructure, Adaptive Reuse, Environmental Experience Design, Retrofitting, Bushfire Resilience, Building Component Reuse, Sustainable Science, Civil Engineering Structures
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Welcome from the Chairs

Topic 1: Building Tomorrow: Innovations in Sustainable Infrastructure and Design

Join our comprehensive webinar exploring cutting-edge advancements in sustainable infrastructure and design practices. Our expert panel will delve into various topics, including the Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR) Toolkit, the distinctive properties of glass in construction, optimising sustainability through science and architecture in Australia, next-generation design principles for durable and resilient civil engineering structures (SduMuRS), and promoting sustainability in infrastructure development through foreign investment in developing countries.

Through insightful presentations and discussions, you will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, technologies, and strategies shaping the future of sustainable infrastructure globally. Whether you are an architect, engineer, urban planner, policymaker, or sustainability enthusiast, this webinar offers a unique opportunity to explore innovative approaches towards building a greener, more resilient future for generations to come.

Topic 2: Advancing Sustainable Building Retrofitting: Design to Circular Economy

Join us for an enlightening webinar where we explore cutting-edge strategies and research aimed at enhancing sustainability in building retrofitting projects. Our expert speakers will delve into various aspects of sustainable retrofitting, from the ZEMCH Environmental Experience Design approach to addressing bushfire resilience through retrofitting. Learn how Open BIM-based Circular Economy principles are being leveraged to promote building component reuse and discover the benefits of radiant conditioning retrofitting for both commercial and residential buildings. Through insightful presentations and discussions, this webinar aims to showcase innovative solutions that not only improve building performance but also contribute to environmental conservation and resilience in the face of challenges such as climate change and natural disasters. Whether you're a professional in the construction industry or a sustainability enthusiast, this webinar offers valuable insights into the future of sustainable building retrofitting.

Date: 15 May 2024

Time: 01:00 pm AEST | 11:00 am CST Asia

Webinar ID: 810 1798 2081

Webinar Secretariat: journal.webinar@mdpi.com

Event Chairs

Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), University of South Australia, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Dr Mehdi Amirkhani, an Online Lecturer at UniSA, boasts extensive expertise in environmental technology, specialising in lighting, energy estimation, thermal comfort, and acoustics. His teaching portfolio includes computational simulation programs and strategies for integrating environmental technologies into sustainable design and building retrofitting, prioritising occupants' health and well-being. Actively researching building environmental technologies and sustainable design, Mehdi's groundbreaking PhD thesis revolutionised office lighting design, optimising visual comfort and energy efficiency. As a Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) Accredited Assessor, he draws from over twelve years of architectural experience in Australia and abroad. Mehdi serves as an Editor, Reviewer, Co-director of ZEMCH Network, full member of SIRM-UniSA, Associate Fellow of UK Higher Education Academy, and Founder-Director of Abian Design Studio.

School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Dr. Igor Martek earned his PhD from the University of Melbourne. His thesis was on the strategies used by internationalizing construction firms in expanding to overseas markets. He also has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of NSW, and an MA in International Relations from the Australian National University, Canberra. His first degree is a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Igor has worked extensively in industry evaluating, generating, managing, and turning around large capital projects in various locations around the world. He has worked in Europe, including Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, Korea, and Singapore. Igor is currently an academic at Deakin University, Australia. He has published over 170 papers and four books.

Topic 1 Speakers

The Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR) Toolkit, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Professor Sara Wilkinson, Australia’s inaugural female Professor of Property and a chartered building surveyor, pioneers transdisciplinary research intersecting sustainability, urban development, and climate resilience. With an emphasis on green cities, her work anticipates climate challenges, leveraging new technologies for sustainable building solutions. Collaborating across academia and industry, she spearheads projects in building adaptation, sustainability, and green infrastructure, funded by prestigious entities like ARC and City councils. Notably, her innovative ventures include virtual reality for green infrastructure valuation and prototype wall bots for high-rise green wall maintenance. Sara's prolific career spans over 30 years, yielding significant scholarly contributions, leadership roles, and impactful publications. She directs ZEMCH Australia, leading in carbon-conscious housing, and holds key positions in professional and academic bodies, driving advancements in property education and sustainability standards.

School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Professor Mark B. Luther, a registered architect in Michigan (USA) and Victoria (Australia) has dedicated the past few decades to researching modular and prefabrication design systems, particularly in building services. His focus spans building performance evaluation, including simulation tools, measurement methods, and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in architecture sciences. Formerly leading the Mobile Architecture & Built Environment Laboratory (MABEL), he assessed over 40 projects across major Australian cities, informing retrofitting strategies for existing building stock. Mark pioneers’ progressive energy auditing methods, integrating sub-metering and simulation for strategic retrofitting approaches. His expertise extends to façade performance evaluation, addressing air leakage and energy transfer, and shaping targeted improvements in building retrofitting methodologies.

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Associate Professor Peter Raisbeck merges over 20 years of architectural practice with academic research, focusing on architectural design and practice. Formerly a director of Raisbeck and Klempfner Pty Ltd, he later pursued an MBA in finance at Melbourne Business School, transitioning to a Senior Research Fellow role in IT management. Subsequently engaged in business development and consulting for internet startups, Peter briefly managed development at CRC for Construction Innovation. His research explores the intersection of global finance, construction management, and architectural practice, emphasizing the interconnectedness of research, theory, and practice for architectural professionals' growth.

UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Associate Professor Thong Pham, an Enterprise Fellow in Structural Engineering at UniSA STEM, excels in pioneering sustainable engineering solutions with a focus on resilience. His research revolves around converting household and industrial waste into hazard-resistant structures. Thong's multifaceted research encompasses materials innovation, prefab construction advancements, and resilient structures against impact and blast loads. Notable achievements include securing substantial research funding, receiving prestigious awards, and global recognition for impactful contributions. He also demonstrates leadership through conference chairing and editorial roles, while actively mentoring and guiding PhD students to success, fostering the next generation of research talent in structural engineering.

College of Architecture and Urban-Rural Planning, Sichuan Agricultural University, China

Introduction
Bio
Dr Weiling Jiang is a dynamic researcher and Lecturer with a comprehensive academic background. She completed her combined master's and doctoral studies in engineering management at Sichuan University in June 2020, following which she delved into joint training in construction management at Deakin University. Dr. Jiang also enriched her academic journey as a visiting student at the National University of Singapore's Department of Construction Management. Her educational voyage began with a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Sichuan University in June 2015. Dr. Jiang's research interests encompass risk management in infrastructure investment and sustainable infrastructure development, with a focus on overseas infrastructure investment risk management, rural infrastructure, and PPP project operation management. Complementing her research endeavours, she actively imparts knowledge in engineering project management and real estate valuation. Dr. Jiang's dedication to advancing both research and education underscores her commitment to shaping the future of infrastructure development.

Topic 2 Speakers

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Dr Masa Noguchi, Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Architecture, specialises in Environmental Experience Design (EXD), employing a mass customisation framework integrating machine learning and value engineering for enhanced energy efficiency, affordability, and occupants' well-being. As the founding coordinator of the ZEMCH Network, he drives global research on zero-energy mass custom homes and plug-in housing systems for future cities. Dr Noguchi's expertise as a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Certified Passive House Designer is augmented by his leadership in sustainable design courses and pioneering research in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable built environments. His contributions, spanning Canada, Scotland, and Brazil, underscore his commitment to advancing EXD methodologies for holistic built environment improvements.

School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Dr Glenn Costin is a Senior Lecturer Building Technology, Theme Leader: Community Resilience and Adaptation, Live+Smart Research Lab, School of Architecture & Built Environment at Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University. Prior to this, Glenn was at Riverina Institute of TAFE for 24 years where he delivered courses of all levels in construction trade, post trade and pre-apprenticeship. Glenn was also heavily involved in World Skills Australia as the Chief Judge and National and regional designer of carpentry for a decade. Glenn is a reliable and capable author. He is well regarded in the education community and has a great working relationship with our team.

UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Dr. Ki Kim, a Senior Lecturer at UniSA STEM, holds esteemed academic and professional qualifications, affirming his expertise in project management and technology. His research contributions are showcased in media outlets such as Build Australia and UniSA Media Releases, highlighting his innovative work in modular building construction and smart city development. Dr. Kim's areas of expertise encompass Digital Twin and Building Information Modelling, International BIM Standards, and Project Planning. He is actively engaged in professional associations demonstrating his commitment to advancing the field of project management and building information modelling.

School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Australia

Introduction
Bio
Mr Hung Q. Do is a PhD candidate at Deakin University. His current working topics include radiant conditioning, thermal comfort, energy-efficient buildings, and construction prefabrication. He has several publications, including journal articles and conference papers regarding the topics. He has two master's degrees. One in construction management at Deakin University and another in sustainable building and environment at Newcastle University (UK). He has more than 3 years of experience working at one of the most famous architecture companies in Vietnam, HTT Architect & Associate, and has taken part in several major projects including housing estates, office buildings, resorts, and hotels.

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Program

Topic 1:

Speaker/Presentation

Time in AEST

Time in CST Asia

Dr Mehdi Amirkhani

Chair Introduction

01:00pm - 10:10pm

11:00am - 11:10am

Prof Sara Wilkinson

The Sustainable Temporary Adaptive Reuse (STAR) Toolkit

01:10pm - 01:25pm

11:10am - 11:25am

Q&A

01:25pm – 01:30pm

11:25am - 11:30am

Prof Mark B. Luther

The distinctive properties of glass

01:30pm – 01:45pm

11:30am - 11:45am

Q&A

01:45pm – 01:50pm

11:45am - 11:50am

Dr. Peter Raisbeck

Optimising the Optimisers: Sustainability Science and Australian Architects

01:50pm – 02:05pm

11:50am - 12:05pm

Q&A

02:05pm – 02:10pm

12:05pm - 12:10pm

Dr. Thong Pham

Next Generation Design of Sustainable, Durable, Multi-hazard Resistant, Resilient, and Smart Civil Engineering Structures – SduMuRS

02:10pm – 02:25pm

12:10pm - 12:25pm

Q&A

02:25pm – 02:30pm

12:25pm - 12:30pm

Dr Weiling Jiang

Promoting the sustainability of infrastructure in developing countries through foreign investment

02:30pm – 02:45pm

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Q&A

02:45pm - 02:50pm

12:45pm - 12:50pm

Dr Mehdi Amirkhani

Closing of Webinar

02:50pm - 02:55pm

12:50pm - 12:55pm

Topic 2:

Speaker/Presentation

Time in AEST

Time in CST Asia

Dr Igor Martek

Chair Introduction

01:00pm - 01:10pm

11:00am - 11:10am

Dr. Masa Noguchi

ZEMCH Environmental Experience Design Research for Sustainability

01:10pm - 01:25pm

11:10am - 11:25am

Q&A

01:25pm – 01:30pm

11:25am - 11:30am

Dr Glenn Costin

Retrofitting for bushfire: of Context and Content

01:30pm – 01:45pm

11:30am - 11:45am

Q&A

01:45pm – 01:50pm

11:45am - 11:50am

Dr Ki Kim

Open BIM-based Circular Economy in Building Component Reuse

01:50pm – 02:05pm

11:50am - 12:05pm

Q&A

02:05pm – 02:10pm

12:05pm - 12:10pm

Mr Hung Quang Do

Radiant conditioning retrofitting for commercial and residential buildings

02:10pm – 02:25pm

12:10pm - 12:25pm

Q&A

02:25pm – 02:30pm

12:25pm - 12:30pm

Dr Igor Martek

Closing of Webinar

02:30pm – 02:35pm

12:30pm - 12:35pm

Relevant Topic

"Sustainability, Challenges and Opportunities to Optimizing Building Performance"

Edited by Igor Martek and Mehdi Amirkhani
Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2024
Manuscript submission deadline: 31 August 2024

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