2017 Sustainability Awards Achievement of Merit finalist Australian Living is running a national education campaign known as ‘Educate 1000’, which it says aims to upskill everyone in the building value chain through a series of seminars and workshops conducted by industry experts and local government representatives.

Their first seminar, held recently in Sydney on ‘High Performance Homes’ drew 45 participants and featured a number of guest speakers such as Dick Clarke, Dr Kevin Yee, Chris Knierim and Nick Sowden, and covered topics including regulations, the recent BASIX upgrade, compliance, teamwork, and training.

The next seminar from Australian Living on ‘Optimising Performance Homes’ will be held on 8 November 2017 at the Concord Golf Club, NSW.

More than 20 seminars have been planned over the next few months, which will be followed by technical workshops focussed on key topics to broaden the educational aspect of the seminars.

The topics and speakers for the November 8 event will include:

  • Walls and Roof: Cathy Inglis, Brickworks Building Products
  • Windows: Richard Bailey, CSR Viridian
  • Insulation: Samantha Sullivan, Reflex Insulation
  • Proof in the Pudding: Alistair Coulstock, Action Sustainability
  • MC - Cameron Rosen, Australian Living

According to Cameron Rosen from Australian Living, those who should attend this event include architects, building designers, draftsman, builders, tradies, suppliers, private certifiers and industry consultants.

With the opportunity to earn four CPD points from the night, the idea behind Educate 1000 is to steer the industry conversation towards the three pillars of performance, collaboration and compliance and ensure that everyone in the building value chain is firmly involved in the process, say the organisers.