The DesignBUILD 2014 Industry Insights seminar program is now finalised, with a tailored and diverse portfolio of presenters from industry associations, leading businesses and regulatory bodies set to educate and inspire industry trades and professionals.

Nineteen speakers will host Industry Insight sessions over three days at DesignBUILD, which opens at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 2 – 4 April 2014.

Exhibition Manager Ali Mead has also announced that day two of DesignBUILD will be a dedicated Sustainability Day, reflected through an educational program supported by key industry leaders.

“Sustainability as a concept is constantly evolving as market leaders invest in research and development to produce more energy efficient outcomes, from the end consumer product to the manufacturing process,” says Mead.

“Staying ahead of trends is particularly important when it comes to best sustainable building products and practices, yet it can be very tricky to source ideas and inspiration independently, especially when you are busy with everyday operations and projects.”

Sustainability Day on Thursday 3 April will feature a presentation and discussion on the future of, and ways to further sustainable building best practice by the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA), Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), and the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV).

It will also include an Integrative Panel Discussion facilitated by Cameron Rosen of Australian Living. Panel members will consist of representatives from Australian Forestry Standards, Good Environmental Choice Australia, Green Building Council of Australia and Global GreenTag.

Finally, an evening address at Project Next at 5.30pm on Sustainability Day will see Cameron Rosen speak about the practical application of the sustainable products presented on the stand, including those from exhibitors ASKIN Performance Panels and Brickworks. Rosen will also offer a ‘lessons learnt’ account of his experience in building for environmental sustainability.


Mead says DesignBUILD will allow the industry to experience new products, ideas or applications in reality, and hear straight from the experts.

“There’s nothing like walking through the built reality of products you’ve browsed online – seeing how they come together and hearing successful case studies from the experts to help generate more beneficial environmental and financial outcomes.”

The entire Industry Insights program can be viewed on Entry to DesignBUILD remains free for trades and professionals if you register online.