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Event date and time

Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 May 2018


Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne VIC

Australian Residential Energy Rating Conference 2018 | CSIRO

With the support of NatHERS, CSIRO organised a conference for residential energy assessors and others in the building industry interested in energy efficient housing. This informative, two-day conference, with over 50 expert speakers, was held on 28 and 29 May, 2018, at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.


View the full conference program (PDF, 557KB).

Session videos

Australian Residential Energy Rating Conference
Session name Watch the video
Introduction and Welcome to Country
Plenary 1: Why is energy efficient housing important?
Plenary 2: Dollars and sense of high performance housing
1A: NatHERS improvements
1B: What does the rating data tell us?
1C: Tropical and earth building
2A: Tools – regulatory tools
2B: Courting controversy
2C: How to – thermography, blower door testing and controls
Plenary 3: Regulation update
Plenary 4: Delivering high performing dwellings
3A: Tools - new options
3B: PANEL - Ask the Experts
3C: Adding renewables
PANEL - Where to from here?

Dates and Times

Event date: May 2018

Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 May 2018

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne VIC


Melissa James

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Invited speakers

Jodie Pipkorn

Jodie Pipkorn has worked in the Australian Government since 2007 and is currently managing the Residential Buildings Team in the Department of the Environment and Energy. This team focuses on improving the energy productivity of new and existing buildings, and is the National Administrator of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS).

Prior to working in Government, Jodie worked as an architect in Australia and internationally, and completed a Masters of Architecture in sustainable built environments in the United Kingdom.

Tony Arnel

Tony Arnel has devoted more than two decades to the task of driving sustainability through global built environments. Tony is the Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young (NDY). As the company's key sustainability strategist, Tony works across the worldwide network of NDY offices in seven countries.

His current board appointments include the Energy Efficiency Council (President), Deakin University School of Engineering (Deputy Chair), the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (Trustee), and Forest and Wood Products Australia (Director).

A founding director of the Green Building Council of Australia, Tony chaired the organisation during a rapid period of growth between 2007 and 2012. Today, he is one of a select few GBCA Life Fellows. Tony also chaired the World Green Building Council, the umbrella group representing more than 70 green building councils, between 2008 and 2011. Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Josh Byrne

Dr Josh Byrne is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and research academic.

Josh has a unique approach to environmental design and community engagement and is recognised as one of Australia's leading sustainability communicators. He is Director of Josh Byrne & Associates - a multi award winning Fremantle based consulting practice integrating the fields of landscape architecture, built environment sustainability, media and communications.

Josh is a Research Fellow with Curtin University and an Adjunct Associate Professor with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research activities span high performance housing, water sensitive design and sustainable urban developments. He currently leads two national research projects for the CRC for Low Carbon Living related to mainstreaming high performance, low carbon housing.

Josh is well known as a television presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia program where over past 15 years he has showcased the benefits of sustainable gardening to a national audience. He is author of two best-selling books on this subject and a regular contributor to the Gardening Australia Magazine.

Josh is Patron for the Conservation Council of WA and the Living Smart household sustainability program. His favourite past time is gardening