Firstly, I would like to thank all members and their companies who entered projects, and their respective project managers, in AIB’s prestigious Professional Excellence in Building Awards.

The entrants were of an exceptionally high standard and testament to the depth of talent within our membership and broader building and construction community.

Amidst the challenges facing our industry, as we gradually move to more stability and emerging pipeline of building and construction projects, we cannot lose sight of the longer-term objectives of social and economic reform. The construction industry employs 1.2 million people, accounts for  9% ($380 billion) of Australia’s GDP and key to the road to recovery and employment growth.

Implicit in this, is leading and embracing sustainability in all aspects from conception, site selection, design, building and eventual occupancy and lifecycle of residential and commercial buildings. In the author’s view, we also need to consider the size and purpose of all buildings considering permanent changes in working, living, and learning patterns because of CV-19.

What will this look like?

Shorter office buildings, regional hubs, larger homes, fewer shops.

As recently reported, Victorian government announced a $797 million energy efficiency affordability package. This sets minimum energy standards with five stars for rental properties and seven stars for new builds and is also significant policy that can advance sustainability in retrofits and transform infrastructure.

This comes as part and parcel of Victorian and NSW Governments’ significant investments in harnessing the power of energy efficiency and social housing to create jobs and drive economic recovery. The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Energy Efficiency Council, Green Building Council Australia, and Property Council of Australia welcomed the multi-billion commitments to a more sustainable future.

Commercial building is no exception and we, as industry leading building professionals, can develop solutions and guide architects as to the ways in which buildings can embrace technology and energy saving solutions for the betterment of occupants and the broader community.

The New Year will  bring new initiatives to our members and high on the agenda is a webinar being planned,  “Global trends in Sustainable Building”.  Enjoy the National Awards and please feel free to reach out at any time.


Geoff Dart
Executive Director
0427 306 557