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ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects
ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects
Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes. The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Mark Werman – Managing Director, Wentworth Advantage and Richard Staines – Systems Consultant, Deltek Union Square
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Passive House on the Rise
Passive House on the Rise
Aesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types. The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential.

Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like.

AACA Competency: Design

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Related EDG note: Passivhaus: The pathway to low energy buildings in Australasia by Clare Parry

Presenter: Johanna Trickett - ESD Consultant, Aurecon and Darren O'Dea - Principal (Building Physics), Inhabit Group
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
From the National Architecture Conference 2016: How Soon is Now

What is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Nasrine Seraji – Atelier Seraji Architects and Associates
CPD hours: 1 hour formal

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The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
The use of performance-based design will be explored as an option to achieving compliance with the NCC’s mandatory Performance Requirements.

The seminar will explain the fundamental principles of the performance-based code and how it is applied, along with an outline of ABCB resources available to support industry in its application. An overview of the ABCB reforms will be provided with the aim of fostering a performance culture, increasing innovation and productivity.

AACA Competency: Documentation

Presenter: Ray Loveridge, Senior Project Manager - Australian Building Codes Board | Boris Iskra National Manager - Codes & Standards, Wood Solutions
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
The fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages.

This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why it’s important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.

This session is suitable for both the novice and expert in BIM and similarly so in sustainability.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Design

Presenter: Rory Martin: Sustainability Manager - Residential Frasers Property Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Contract Administration – Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares
Contract Administration – Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares
An introduction to the mechanisms of Contract Administration (CA) under common lump sum building contracts for small to medium-sized projects. With particular emphasis on SW-2008, this session will also discuss the notable differences between the ABIC contract and AS2124/AS4000, including discussion regarding choice of contract. Interesting, problematic and hidden contract mechanisms will be highlighted, and there will be anecdotal examples of difficulties that have arisen, how they came about and how they were approached.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Tanya Jones, Associate Director, Gresley Abas
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Anatomy of a Leak
The Anatomy of a Leak
Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing. Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers for building defects.

Ross has analysed the defects in thousands of home units to find the common features in design and procurement that lead to leaks occurring. Using a real case study of a large apartment complex, Ross will show how the leaks originate well before the waterproofer turns up with a bucket of goo and a 20 year warranty. The second half of the seminar will be devoted to workshopping the analysis of an actual high rise apartment design. Ross will provide insights into the key issues to look for in defect prevention and the documentation necessary to manage your practices' risk.

AACA Competency: Design

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Presenter: Ross Taylor - Building Repair & Waterproofing Consultant
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Thriving Through Change
Thriving Through Change
Architects operate in a complex, changing environment. This is not likely to diminish with technological disruption, client expectations, work practices and professional standards constantly evolving. To be successful, it isn’t enough to survive such changes. Instead you need to be equipped to thrive through them. Humans are hardwired to resist change, however this can be overcome with deliberate learning and practice. This session will provide you with insights, tools and techniques so you can thrive in today’s changing environment and ultimately maintain high levels of agility, effectiveness, productivity and employee morale.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Michelle Gibbings: Leadership & Change Expert
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Colour Psychology in Architecture
Colour Psychology in Architecture
Following on from the success of last year’s National Seminar Series, “The Application of Colour in Architecture”, Dr Marisha McAuliffe will expand on the role of colour in architecture and design, highlighting how it is used to influence behavioural response in the built environment.

The seminar will explore metamerism and the role of natural and artificial light, as well as practical application, context, perception, and physiological response to colour in architectural environments.

In this context, Marisha will address in detail the three essential considerations when working with colour in architecture and design; Who? What? Where?

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Marisha McAuliffe - Academic and Lecturer, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
The Architecture of Zero Emissions Housing
The world faces an urgent challenge in creating a living future that is “culturally rich, socially just and ecologically restorative”. How can we ensure good standards of living for all, while having a positive rather than negative impact on the world? The architectural profession can have a crucial role in this opportunity, with good, smart housing a great place to start. Caroline Pidcock will address the leading approaches to zero emission housing around the world and how this could affect Australian directions in the future. This seminar will also explore how integrated design teams and responses are integral to achieving these goals.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Caroline Pidcock from PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability (Director)
CPD hours: 2 formal & 2 GBCA

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Building Product Compliance
Building Product Compliance
This seminar will explore how to be sure that the building products you specify for a project are compliant and how to reduce your risk when choosing products that they may not be fit for purpose.

Kristin Brookfield from the HIA will discuss the APCC Procurement of Construction Products: A Guide to Achieving Compliance and offer guidance on how to determine whether a building product is suitable to use.

AACA Competency: Documentation, Project Delivery

Presenter: Kristin Brookfield – Housing Industry Association (HIA)
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
2016 NCC Change: Now you can aim higher with timber
Until now, the choice of construction materials for mid-rise urban developments has been limited to a traditional palette that excluded timber. However changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) from 1 May will enable timber buildings of up to eight storeys without the need for expensive Alternative Solutions to gain approval. This seminar aims to deliver a hands-on workshop that will work through the WoodSolutions Technical Guide on mid-rise timber buildings and provide attendees with the knowledge to confidently implement the NCC changes.

AACA Competency: Design

Presenter: Boris Iskra and Paul England
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
Tendering: How to strategically position and present your business for success
This seminar will explore the world of competitive tendering. It will allow you to better navigate the tender process, from pursuit through to submission. The seminar will provide insights into how to select the right partners, how to maximise the likelihood of being shortlisted, how to strengthen your contribution to major tender processes and how to develop a tender strategy and translate that into action. The seminar will be presented in modules based on the business development cycle and covering pursuit, return on investment, tender and post tender.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Deborah Mazoudier and Paola Sirotti
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
How to Flex: Creating flexible practice for all
Flexible working arrangements are essential to achieving gender equity in the workplace.
What are the challenges, what works, what doesn’t, and how have other practices implemented flexible conditions for their staff? These are some of the questions to be discussed and debated at this entertaining and informative roundtable discussion.

AACA Competency:Practice Management; Project Delivery

Presenter: Misty Waters, Lee Hillam, Patrick Kennedy, Leone Lorrimer
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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The Art of Management and Delegation
The Art of Management and Delegation
This seminar will focus on four main areas:
1. Increasing Productivity
2. Empowering the team
3. Effective Communication
4. Managing your team’s performance
Attendees will develop solid, practical ideas that will have a positive impact on their firm’s business results when implemented.

AACA Competency: Practice Management

Presenter: Bob McCarthy: Leadership Management Australia
CPD hours: 2 hours formal

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