NZGBC Panel: Better Buildings with Sustainability
Panelists: Bobby Shen - NZBGC, Business Development Manager for Exisiting Buildings, Mark Sinclair - FM Concepts, Bridget Pyc - Property Sustainability & Relations Advisor at Samson
Better Buildings with Sustainability
Aotearoa's built environment is responsible for 20% off the country's greenhouse gas emissions with a significant portion coming from the ongoing operation of existing buildings. With New Zealand's decarbonisation commitments, the rising cost of carbon-intensive activities and the government and financial sector signalling more scrutiny on the sustainability reporting, understanding the performance of a property portfolio is crucial for becoming more climate change ready.
The focus on this session will be on a facility manager's role in sustainability, particularly around monitoring how buildings are performing. A brief presentation will provide some context on how we have to look at existing buildings, risk management in relation to climate change, and cover the role of third-party certified rating tools to gauge where improvement and investment should be directed to create better outcomes.
Our panelists will provide the real-world perspective working in the facility management space. The conversation will look at their continuous improvement regimes, sustainable management practices and tangible steps that property and facility managers can take away with them to enrich their work.
Bobby Shen - NZGBC, Business Development Manager for Existing Buildings
Bobby Shen leads on the existing building rating tools (Green Star Performance, NABERSNZ, carboNZero Building Operations), doing the NZGBC from a background in commercial architecture and sustainability. His oooogoal is to empower property and facility managers to understand their buildings under the lens of sustainability and assist them to manage their buildings better.
Mark Sinclair - FM Concepts
Mark is co-founder and director of FM Concepts Ltd, dedicated to improving commercial building management services and operational effectiveness within the built environment. With over 24 years' experience, Mark specialises in managing long-term technical and strategic maintenance planning as well as sustainability programmes.
Bridget Pyc, Property Sustainability & Relations Advisor at Samson
Bridget is the property sustainability advisor for Samson Corporation, focusing on buildings which enhance neighbourhoods, improve occupant well-being, and reduce impact on the environment. Bridget brings a varied background of studies across physics, maths, marketing, sustainable business, and theatre, to deliver creative and practical solutions to business and environmental challenges.