Presenter: Jennifer Snyders

When you imagine bamboo, you probably picture a pole or a tree, or perhaps a Panda. Rethink your world with Bamboo! Jennifer will introduce you to one of the world’s most sustainable and environmentally responsible materials and show you how you can use it to transform interior and exterior spaces.
From the futuristic Bayview House to the contemporary lines of the Pearl House, modern engineering allows bamboo to be used in all manner of builds from traditional to modern. Bamboo is the new engineered timber alternative. Learn about an array of possibilities for both commercial and residential applications. Step outside the forest and see the possibilities.


Presenter: Alison Peach

More than just ways of ensuring privacy or providing shade, window coverings play a crucial role in ensuring that commercial buildings are sustainable. The most recent update to NCC 2019 reflects this fact.
Taking two formally separate external components (exteriors walls and glazing) and redefining them as parts of the 'total facade', NCC 2019 Section J acknowledges the importance of window coverings in improving thermal performance. Aligned with the COAG National Energy Productivity Plan, it requires commercial buildings to reduce carbon emissions by 30%-40%, compared to NCC 2016.
Architects wishing to comply with (or exceed) this requirement need a good understanding of their window covering options. They need to be able to evaluate them, not only in terms of design and functionality, but also in terms of energy efficiency.