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PD02: Embodied Carbon in HVAC&R: Navigating Requirements, Challenges, Strategies & Solutions

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ARBS Seminar Series
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room E3.6

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Embodied carbon in HVAC&R and building services presents a critical challenge in the pursuit of sustainable construction and operation. This panel session delves into the multifaceted landscape of embodied carbon, exploring its definition, significance, and current industry practices among manufacturers and specifiers. As regulatory frameworks evolve, including the impact of standards like TM65, stakeholders must adapt to meet new requirements while seizing opportunities for innovation and improvement. From consultants to manufacturers, each role plays a unique part in reducing embodied carbon, requiring collaborative efforts and effective communication. Life cycle assessment (LCA) emerges as a pivotal tool in evaluating carbon footprints, yet its integration poses challenges and opportunities for specifiers. Through shared insights and best practices, this session aims to foster a deeper understanding of embodied carbon and empower stakeholders to navigate its complexities towards a more sustainable built environment. Seminar Cost $50


Speaker

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Dr Simon Bradwell
Managing Director
EBM-Papst (and ARBS Board and Fan Manufacturers Association)

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Simon Bradwell, PhD, CEng, FIEAust, is Secretary and ex Chairman of the Fan Manufacturers Association of Australia and New Zealand (FMA-ANZ) and Managing Director of ebm-papst A&NZ. He is an Executive Director at ARBS and the ARBS Foundation and part of the Executive Management Committee of AREMA. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Simon works broadly with Australian federal and state governments on fan efficiencies and other motor related issues. His 25 years of fan industry experience and his engineering work spans Europe, Africa and Australasia. He is a Chartered Engineer with a Doctorate in Engineering from the UK. In 2015 he was recognised as Fellow of Engineers Australia.
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Loreta Brazukas
Australian Sustainability Lead
NDY

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Loreta is the Global Sustainability Lead at NDY, a multi-disciplinary engineering design services firm. Loreta is passionate about sustainable buildings and healthy spaces. She has been working collaboratively with project teams to decarbonise and drive down embodied carbon in buildings. She has been working in Australia since 2014 and prior to that was a LEED Consultant in Canada. With over 15 years’ experience in the engineering industry, she strives to find the most appropriate solutions to meet client’s sustainability and wellness targets.
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Mr Deejan Ferrao
Manager - Future Focus
Gbca

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Andrew Nagarajah
Senior Engineer - Sustainability
A.G. Coombs Advisory Pty Ltd

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Andrew is a mechanical engineer with over a decade of experience in building services and sustainability consulting. Andrew has a passion for communicating engineering insights to engage minds toward affecting meaningful change. His role within A.G. Coombs Advisory is focused on the areas of net zero emissions strategy development for built assets; building electrification to facilitate 100% renewables-powered building services; NABERS rating improvement roadmap development; and provision of whole-of-life sustainability and energy efficiency technical advice. Andrew played a key role in the development of A.G. Coombs Group’s Net Zero target by 2030.
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Ian Van Eerden
Northrop Consulting

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Ian leads the sustainability section at Northrop having begun his professional career providing sustainability advice to householders wanting to reduce electricity costs as part of the Federal Energy Efficient Homes Program. After moving into renewable energy consultancy, he set up and managed a program of solar panel inspection across the country for the Clean Energy Regulators, followed by a role overseeing the Hills Shire Council’s Sustainability Improvement Program and construction of the council’s new offices. Ian joined Northrop in 2015 and has grown the team to be one of the industry’s largest providers of sustainability services. Ian is a recognised leader in the industry sitting on the NSW Committees for Consult Australia and the Chartered Institution for Building Services Engineers alongside advisory roles for the Australian Building Codes Board, Property Council and Green Building Council of Australia. Ian plays a key role in securing sustainable outcomes for both Northrop and our clients. Ian manages a diverse group involved in projects that range from aged care to major commercial offices, to logistic centres. Ian believes that project success depends on a combination of three key elements: economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability. His current focus is on finding novel solutions to complex sustainability problems to achieve the desired sustainability outcomes.
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