Conference for the future


The Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) is holding its inaugural ABSA Conference 2008 at The Langham Hotel, Southbank, Melbourne, from 28 – 30 August.
This major event, themed Sustainable Housing — Climate for Change, takes place at a critical time in history for Australasian reform concerning climate change and sustainable building practices.

It is co-presented with the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and is also supported by the Victorian and New Zealand governments.
As Australia’s leading accreditation agency for sustainable building professionals, ABSA enables its members to improve the sustainability of the built environment, and is a key resource in the development and implementation of government strategy and policy.

In coming years building assessments will be widespread and mainstream features of community life, so building professionals must be prepared for the business challenges ahead that accompany climate change reform.

In recognition of this preparation, the conference programme includes workshops and presentations about the latest products, technologies, research, professional development advice, business opportunities and services.

Speakers will speak to the latest trends and best practices, and will also share case studies.
Importantly, the conference also addresses new Australian Federal Government initiatives, including recent buildings science research findings, energy efficiency programmes and priorities for future work.

These strategies will transform the way energy assessors and their businesses operate in Australia, creating opportunities for those who wish to play a leading role in the fast-changing building industry.

Software innovation to best practices

From the latest in software innovation to best practices from around the world, there will be something for everyone who is interested in the practice and theory of building efficiency and sustainability.

ABSA president David Howard says it’s hard not to get excited by the potential that exists in this relatively new industry sector.
“ABSA has worked hard on ensuring that this conference presents the springboard for developing relationships and policies that will unite the various stakeholders, stimulating the dialogue on uniformity of standards and practices, and delivering the goals expected by the Australian Government and the wider community,” Mr Howard says.

“It’s a must for anyone interested in the measurement of sustainability in the residential housing sector.”

The conference registration programme is available online at