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HIA Building and Business

NSW Building and Business

At HIA we understand how hard our members work, it's challenging to run your business while staying on top of new trends and technology, ever changing legislation and continued professional development, not to mention dedicating time to gaining an edge over competitors.

Our one day Building & Business Forum is the perfect opportunity to further develop your knowledge, network with industry experts and explore options to streamline your business processes, all while gaining CPD points.

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With nine seminar sessions to choose from you select the topics that meet your needs. We bring industry leaders to you, offer a delicious morning tea and lunch package and are conveniently located in the newly renovated ICC Darling Harbour right across from the HIA Sydney Home Show.

Earn up to 6 CPD points by attending the Building & Business PLUS two more when you attend the HIA Sydney Home Show. To collect your extra two points, you need to sign in at the HIA stand.


8.30am-9.00am Registration - tea and coffee served in Exhibition Area
9.00am-9.15am Opening and Welcome Speech
David Bare NSW Executive Director and Rose Webb, NSW Commissioner for Fair Trading
9.15am-10.00am Keynote Address: ‘Your Roadmap to Business Success’
Presenter: Kurt Hegetschweiler, Builders Coach
10.00am-10.25am Morning tea
Stream Building (Room C3.3) Innovation (Room C3.4) Business (Room C3.5)
10.30am-11.10am Low Rise Medium Density Housing Code and Greenfield Housing Code

Presenters: Lynne Sheridan, Director Codes and Approval Pathways Division of Policy, Strategy and Governance

David Dobbs, Education Officer

Smart Solar Roofing and Energy Management Systems

Presenter: Sarah Fathinia, Solar Business Unit Manager at Brickworks Building Products
Are your contractors just your contractors?

Presenter: Andrew Farah, Workplace Advisor at Housing Industry Association
11.15am-12.00pm What’s New with NSW Rural Fire Service Development Control

Presenter: David Boverman, Manager - Development Planning & Policy NSW Rural Fire Service
Smart Cities and the Role of the Building Industry

Presenter: Michael Comninos, Director, Astrolabe Group
Update on icare and the Home Building Compensation Fund (HBCF)

Presenter: Carlos Antoinette, Manager, Distribution & Customer Support Home Building Compensation Fund at icare HBCF
12:00pm-12:45pm Using the National Construction Code as it was meant to be used

Presenter: Ray Loveridge, Director, Australian Building Codes Board
Kitchen & Bathroom Trends - What's New for 2018

Presenter: Melanie Gardener, Editor, The Kitchen & Bathroom Blog
Asbestos Awareness

Presenter: Jason Wall, Acting/State Inspector, Construction & Asbestos Services, SafeWork NSW
12.45pm-1.25pm Networking lunch
1.30pm-1.50pm NSW Fire Safety & External Wall Cladding Taskforce – Update
John Tansey - Executive Officer, NSW Fire Safety and External Wall Cladding Taskforce will provide an update on the taskforce and the initiatives the NSW Government is undertaking in regard to fire safety and external cladding.
1.50pm-2.30pm Non-Conforming Building Products – Panel Discussion
2.30pm-6.00pm Complimentary access to the HIA Sydney Home Show

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For more information about the 2018 HIA Building & Business Forum, contact the NSW Events team on 02 9978 3333 or email