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Talking Buildings Podcasts

Talking Buildings” is CIBSE ANZ's industry podcast. 

Tune is as we speak to a range of guests, on a wide variety of topical subjects to bring direct to you the latest facts and opinions on Building Codes, standards, certification, ethics, STEM programmes, energy and sustainable rating systems and much, much more.

All our guests are passionately working to affect change, including making a positive impact on the environment and the people working within our industry.

Podcast Series

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(On and off) the field of dreams – with Al Baxter
Release date: 15 December 2021

In this action packed episode huddle up with Al Baxter. We make the conversion from Al’s vast playing experience on the pitch, playing for the Wallabies and Waratahs, before venturing off the field, in his dream role as Senior Principal Architect at Populous, where he is instrumental in designing world class sporting venues and stadiums, globally!


Natural Born Leader
Release date: 22 November 2021

In this extended conversation with Andrew Pettifer, Built Environment Leader – Australia at Mott McDonald, we deep dive into the impact technology, design and leadership has on creating high-performing work environments. Andrew shares his back-to-basics journey, inspired by his recent experiences of ‘going walkabout’.


The future workplace in a not so distant, tomorrow's world!
Release date: 4 October 2021

Now, more than ever, we all need to consider the future of the workplace and where that actually will be in the not-so-distant future. In this podcast with Richard Morrison, AECOM’s Information and Communications Technology Practice Lead - we do a deep dive to discuss the key ingredients for a great workplace digital strategy and how it can work for you.

Winning at Work, whilst working from home
Release date: 23 November 2020

COVID-19 imposed a novel way of working in the past few months, changing the way we collaborate with our colleagues. Everyone has faced unique challenges, with young professionals in particular seem to miss the guidance and encouragement of their seniors. Others grew weary without the buzz around once the novelty wore off. But we couldn’t let that stop the exchange of knowledge and ideas – and found new ways to have fun doing so!
In this episode, we catch up with Ryan Hahn from NDY, Meisha Stevens from Stantec, and Prateek Alkesh from AECOM as they share their thoughts and opinions on what the new ‘normal’ looks like, how young engineers can continue their professional development in these unfamiliar times, and how senior engineers, team leads, and CIBSE can contribute to make a positive impact on budding careers. Stay tuned as hilarity ensues in the CIBSE Challenge segment, closely fought between two…..with the third one wishing they’d not tried to be so ‘funny’!


Building to Bounce Back
Release date: 1 July 2020

Our Talking Buildings guest this month is Davina Rooney, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). In this episode, we discuss perspectives on how COVID-19 changes sustainability, how that links into the global sustainability mega-trends, advocacy for net zero buildings to the new normal, the case for zero carbon pledge, views around cost versus sustainability, risk and costs of inaction, plans for influencing policy inline with the Paris Agreement and what we can all do in building to bounce back!


Making a difference
Release date: 5 May 2020

Did you know that on any given night in Australia there are in excess of 28,000 young people (aged 12-14) who are homeless, this equates to 24% of the homeless population in Australia.  So what exactly is being done to combat this? And how can we help rebuild the lives of vulnerable young people, who don’t have a secure and safe place to live?

Our Talking Buildings guest this month is Kate Mills, CEO of the Property Industry Foundation (PIF).  In this episode, we discuss the tireless work PIF contribute to making a tangible difference to the problem of youth homelessness.  Kate explains how PIF brings the Property and Construction Industry together to collaborate and tackle this issue – by building a safe environment, creating a positive and truly life changing for young people, who find themselves homeless and with nowhere else to turn. 

The Future of Engineering
Release Date: 22 October 2019

We are now well into the fourth industrial revolution with the fifth just around the corner. As engineers we have always been at the forefront of these changes, however the rules are changing.  Now more than ever we need to focus on outcomes, the benefits we provide and the environments that we set.  The human centred approach is a common theme.  We have fantastic opportunity to support these changes and address the challenges that are ahead of us.
Our Talking Buildings guest this month is Tim Spies from Aurecon, he is there Global Leader of their Building Mechanical team and Client Director for commercial property within Australia.  Tim will share his views on the role we have to play in the future of engineering and lesson we can learn from other industries. 

Green Is the Colour
Release Date: 18 February 2019

Over the last 20 years sustainability has been a massive driver for developments in building services engineering, in Australia this has been, at least in part, driven by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and their Green Star tools. As we move towards a zero carbon future we will increasingly rely on how to assess building sustainability and how we can support those that will create this change. 

This month Talking Buildings sits down with Romilly Madew of the GBCA to discuss what drives her focus on sustainability, what the future holds as she moves into her new role at Infrastructure Australia and what advice she would give to the next generation of sustainability professionals.

Smart Buildings and Grenfell Tower
Release Date: 11 February 2019

The Grenfell Tower disaster triggered a wide-ranging review of building and fire engineering safety around the world. How could such a devastating blaze happen? Could it happen again and what are the lessons learnt from this disaster?

Join us in conversation with Hywel Davies, Technical Director of CIBSE, who has been closely involved in the industry response to the Grenfell Tower disaster. He is also involved in the government review of building regulations and fire safety. Hywel joined us whilst he was on his whistle stop tour of CIBSE Australia and New Zealand region for the Anatomy of the Smart Building Seminar Series, including pit stops in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane where he presented on the lessons learnt from Grenfell Tower disaster.


Turning the Tables - Journalist in the hot seat
Release date: 30 September 2018

The tables are turned in our latest podcast, where the journalist is well and truly in the hot seat and she is on fire!
Our special guest is the Founder, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Fifth Estate, yes, you guessed it, we’re joined by Tina Perinotto who continues to play a precious role in finding, interrogating and disseminating information about the built and living environment.
Tune in to hear more from Tina, as she shares some insights into investigative journalism, her views on ethics in the workplace and also what Tina considers to be the top three issues you will be covering in the next 12 months.

Talking Buildings meets Talking Cities
Release date: 30 August 2018

What makes a city a great place to live? How do we manage the pressures of rapid growth? James Rosenwax, the host of Talking Cities podcast and AECOM's newly appointed Buildings and Places lead, shares his tales behind the microphone, his views on what makes a good thought leader and his most recent work on the publication 'Making Sydney Brilliant, A Manifesto for Sydney at 8 Million People'



Doing Good for our Planet with Kate Harris, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) CEO
Release date: 23 May 2018

There is much discussion on green buildings and the impact of construction and operation on the envirnoment but what about the social impacts of the production processes of the final products and services we consume? Can there be a rating a simple rating system that can evaluate the complexities of both enviromental and social impact? Enter the GECA eco label. Kate is responsible for driving the strategy for the built environment and big business at GECA.

In this session Kate shares some of the intriguing initiatives GECA is working on, for example their work with United Nations to scale up the benefits of a wholistic impact assessment label globally. Listen in to hear about other initiatives effecting government policy and reducing negative impact on people and the planet.


Engineering Career Success with Steve Slater, Senior Recruitment Consultant - Building Services at Constructive Recruitment
Release date: 16 April 2018

Job loss or change of job ranks highly on the top 20 life-stressors list. To help alleviate some of our anxiety, Steve talks to us about what employers are thinking,  how an engineer can stay competitive and offers some tips and hints for compiling a CV and interviewing for an engineering role.

Unlocking future potential with Candice Lim CSIRO Project Officer for STEM Professionals is Schools and Desilee Tait, Teacher at Loreto Kirribilli
Release date: 13 March 2018

In this session we get down to grass roots, with an initiative that focusses on children and teenagers - the engineers of the future.

Find out more about the different opportunities to get involved and how you can partner with teachers at schools to provide some real time knowledge and experience to implement in the classroom.

Making a difference - the need for change with Brett Fairweather, Mechanical Engineering Consultant, It's Engineered

A strong advocate for making standards more accessable, Brett opens the conversation, asking if there is a better way. We also take a behind the scenes look at developing standards and the processes involved before looking at gaps in industry training and knowledge and how best to fill them.


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