Australian Residential Energy Rating Conference 2018 | CSIRO

With the support of NatHERS, CSIRO is organising a 2018 conference for energy assessors, and others in the building industry, who are interested in energy efficient housing.

The Australian Residential Energy Rating Conference will aim to cover aspects of what assessors need to know to maintain a competitive industry. It will also discuss the issues that will support the delivery of affordable and high-performing houses for the Australian community, both now and into the future. Finally, it aims to enhance networking between assessors and other industry representatives.

The conference will facilitate:

  • an understanding of policy drivers and likely (or possible) future changes to the policy and regulatory environment;
  • connections between assessors, regulators, researchers, academics and building industry players;
  • recognition of who the key players are, and what their collective vision is driving toward; and
  • the assessor industry to develop a shared vision of what they want from CSIRO, regulators and tool developers.

This informative, two-day conference will be held on 28 and 29 May, 2018, at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne.

  • $700

    Full conference delegate registration - Early bird

  • $380

    First 250 active assessor attendance - Early bird

  • $380

    Online participant registration - Early bird

  • $800

    Full conference delegate registration

  • $380

    First 250 active assessor attendance

  • $380

    Online participant registration


Melissa James

Event date: 28May 2018

Monday 28 - Tuesday 29 May 2018

Melbourne Cricket Ground

Melbourne VIC

More information


A discounted registration fee will be available to the first 250 assessors to register – a registration code will be sent to those active assessors who qualify. 'Active' assessors are assessors who have submitted five or more certificates during the period 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018. The discount codes will be emailed out only to those who are eligible.


There will also be the option to join in through a webcast at the same discounted rate – please see the Webcast Registration details below.

Accredited assessors attending the full event, either in person or by webcast, will be eligible for five Technical and six Non-technical CPD points.

Early bird rate
(until 27 April, 2018)  

Registration rate
(after 27 April, 2018)  

Full conference delegate registration  



First 250 active assessor registrations



Webcast Registration




This two-day conference has a full program with over 50 expert, entertaining and informative speakers.

Time Activity
Day 1 Monday 28 May, 2018
Introduction and Acknowledgement of Country
Plenary 1 Why is energy efficient housing important?

Morning tea
Plenary 2 Dollars and sense of high performance housing

Parallel session 1 Session 1A: NatHERS improvements
Session 1B: What does the rating data tell us?
Session 1C: Tropical and earth building

Afternoon tea
Parallel session 2 Session 2A: Courting controversy
Session 2B: Regulatory tools
Session 2C: How to – Thermography and blower-door testing

Networking reception tbc
Day 2 Tuesday 29 May, 2018
Plenary 3 Regulation update

Morning tea
Plenary 4 Delivering high-performing dwellings

Parallel session 3 Session 3A: Ask the experts
Session 3B: Tools - new options
Session 3C: Adding renewables

Afternoon tea
Plenary 5 Where to from here?

Closing session


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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

Science areas: Renewables and energy

Event type: Conference or seminar