One Day Symposium 9 July 2012

Balance of Power: Energy Conservation versus Indoor Environment Quality

Around the world current public debate is focussed on the global problem of climate change. A crucial part of this discussion is how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. In the context of the built environment this has, in recent years, created a shift towards energy efficiency and sustainable development.

But what kind of indoor environments can we expect in future buildings if energy efficiency is the main target? Is it possible to strike a balance between these competing interests? Or are we already there?

The subject of this symposium will be balancing the need for energy conservation, while improving indoor environmental quality. Bringing together key industry stakeholders, this will be an opportunity to hear and learn from experts on the current situation; contribute discussions on future direction; and provide a chance for interdisciplinary networking.

As part of the 10th International Healthy Buildings Conference, which will be held from 8-12 July 2012, there will also be a one day symposium which will focus on optimising energy efficiency and securing improved indoor air quality in green buildings. Delegates can participate in the entire conference or just in the one day symposium. More information about the program for the conference and symposium is provided below.

Convenor: Mark Thomson, Corporate Sustainability Principal, Schiavello Group P/L

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Target Audience: Building Industry Groups (design consultants, government advisors, architects, ventilation engineers); Property Industry Groups (developers, interior designers, landscape architects, government, facility managers, marketing advisors); and Indoor Environment Quality Professionals (academics and practitioners).

Program of the Symposium: The program of the Symposia will on the one hand have a very strong international component, but on the other hand will include very relevant local and regional issues. It will include plenary presentations, submitted papers sessions, interactive panel discussions, and poster sessions. The discussions will be led by panels of top practitioners and academics in this broad field.


Plenary #1: Professor Jiang Yi, Director, Building Energy Research Centre, Tsinghua University, China

Plenary #2: Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health

Panel Discussions

WHO Guidelines for Healthy Housing

Chair: Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman (Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health)
Panellists: Carlos Dora (WHO, Geneva), Heike Neumeister-Kemp (Mycologia), Joe Scholz (QED Environmental Services), Professor Lidia Morawska (ILAQH, QUT)

Read the abstract here.

Building Rating Tools: A poor solution for HB?

Chair: Peter Verwer (CEO – Property Council of Australia)
Panellists: Andrew Aitken (Director, GBCA,), Nicholas Burt (Facilities Management Assoc), Vyt Garnys (Managing Director, CETEC)

Read the abstract here.

Towards Optimum Building Performance

Chair: Jonathan Dalton (Viridis e3)
Panellists: David Baggs (CEO of Ecospecifier Global), Jay Portnoy (Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, US), Kari Reijula (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health), Peter Op’t Veld (International Society for Low Exergy Systems in Buildings/Cauberg-Huygen R.I., the Netherlands), Phil Wilkinson (CEO, AIRAH), Roger Walker (Walker EcoStrategies), Zhang Lin (City University of Hong Kong)

Read the abstract here.


Symposia Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration
(before 31 March 2012)


Standard Registration
(after 31 March 2012)


On-site Registration
(after 5 July 2012)


Symposia registration includes:

  • admission to the symposia sessions on your day of choice, all coffee breaks, and lunch that day.
  • a symposia program.

Sympsoia registration does not include any social functions.

Click here to Register.