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HIA Australian GreenSmart Awards & Symposium

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Decision-makers in the industry, sustainability thought-leaders and those at the forefront of innovation are invited to come together for one dynamic day of speakers, tours and awards. This event delivers a truly unparalleled networking opportunity for participants.
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* Prices include GST.


Lunch, refreshments, canapes and 2-course dinner


Cargo Hall

Symposium time

9:30am to 4pm

GreenSmart® Awards time

6pm to 10pm


Tuesday 22 August 2023

Dress code


Sustainability in the Australian housing industry is one of the most important issues right now. We must move towards a more energy-efficient future - this will take fresh thinking and a new approach to stay ahead. HIA has assembled some of the most exciting and forward-thinking industry experts, designers, scientists, and speakers for a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion on sustainability for the HIA GreenSmart® Symposium.

The Symposium is the perfect prelude to our acclaimed GreenSmart® Awards Night. A packed day of speakers that is sure to present original ideas, innovative ways to comply with the raft of new legislation and inspiring case studies will be followed by a special evening honouring Australia’s most innovative builders, architects and designers, right now.

This exclusive annual event is also an opportunity to come together with fellow builders, designers, government representatives and suppliers for engaging conversations about this new and evolving world. This is an unmissable conference for anyone in the industry looking to excel in the sustainability space, both now and in the future – as it becomes an even more critical consideration.


Ticket type Members Non-members
Full day (Symposium and Awards) $495 $594
Symposium only $275 $385
Awards only $275 $385
Sustainability walking tour $20

Registration closes 5pm, Monday 7 August 2023, unless tickets sold out.


Cargo Hall

39 S Wharf Promenade South Wharf VIC 3006


Ample parking is available in a number of the public car parks surrounding the Cargo Hall and Pan Pacific Melbourne. The closest being South Wharf Retail.

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Tim Ross

Master of Ceremony

Awards keynote speaker

Simon Duggan

Deputy Secretary,
Department of Climate Change,
Energy, the Environment and Water

Symposium speakers

Josh Byrne

Environmental scientist & TV presenter

Anthony Wright


Liam Wallis


Jocelyn Martin

Deputy Managing Director, HIA

The Hon. Jenny McAllister


Debbie Johnson

Building Suncoast Green

Simon Croft

Chief Executive, Industry & Policy

Stan Krpan

Solar Victoria

Leonie Wilson


Janine Strachan

Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand

Stuart Braine


HIA GreenSmart® Symposium Program


Melbourne Eco and Sustainability Walk
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7:30am - 9:30am

Stretch your legs and your thinking through Melbourne’s city centre on an insightful guided tour exploring the city’s architectural history, present and future. As your guide leads you along Birarrung Marr Parkland, learn about the environmental impacts of colonisation, the health of our waterways and the reimagining of the ‘environment’ in an urban context.

The eco-focused walking tour will encourage you to absorb design features of notable landmarks, such as Federation Square, through a sustainable lens, contribute to conversation on changing building practices and finish up with a visit to Council House 2. Take a breather and learn about how its sustainably focused construction has inspired a wave of new thinking.

Very limited tickets available, register now! Event fee: $20.00

Registration and Welcome - The Hon. Jenny McAllister & Jocelyn Martin
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The Future of Sustainability and HIA GreenSmart®

Jocelyn Martin, Deputy Managing Director (HIA)

Welcome address

Assistant Minister Senator the Hon. Jenny McAllister

CSIRO’s Australian Housing Data Portal and Rapid Rate - Anthony Wright
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CSIRO has a world-first Australian Housing Data Portal and a first-of-its-kind AI powered in-home building assessment tool – Rapid Rate. Hear about data being unlocked, helping to shape future regulations and illuminate emerging building trends. Learn about how this innovative technology is expected to provide economic, climate and societal benefits well beyond energy efficiency in housing.

Speaker: Anthony Wright, Team Leader - Building Energy Efficiency (CSIRO)

Future Net Zero and Electrified Buildings - Simon Croft
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As Australia transitions towards net zero buildings, a developing National Energy Performance Strategy will set the energy efficiency policy agenda over the next 5-10 years. This new strategy will consider:

  • Decarbonisation/electrification of buildings
  • Setting targets on limits of embodied emissions of materials going into buildings
  • Fast tracking EV infrastructure into buildings
  • Fully integrated homes and on site storage and generation (on-site solar panels and battery storage)
  • Mandatory disclosure ratings for existing homes
  • Further new building measures to have them zero and energy ready
  • Improving performance of social and community housing

This session will discuss where the policy direction is heading and the opportunities and challenges for the residential building industry.

Speaker: Simon Croft, Executive Director - Building Policy & Services (HIA)

Kingspan Product Feature - Stuart Braine
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Kingspan Kooltherm K12 is sustainable, high-performance insulation - designed for comfortable living.

Speaker: Stuart Braine, National Specification Manager (Kingspan Insulation Australia)

Keynote: 10 years in a 10-star GreenSmart® Home - Dr. Josh Byrne
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Join Dr. Josh Byrne as he reflects on a decade of living in a 10-star GreenSmart® Home in Fremantle, WA. In this session, the renowned environmental scientist and ABC TV Gardening Australia presenter will offer his observations and key learnings from monitoring the home’s performance over the past 10 years.

Progressive and inspiring, Josh’s house showcases the benefits of sustainable housing to the community as well as operates as an ongoing research and learning lab into high-performance homes. Josh will also present on the upgrades made to the dwelling in line with new technology and low carbon strategies.

Speaker: Dr. Josh Byrne, Environmental Scientist and Presenter (ABC TV's Gardening Australia)

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A networking opportunity with a catered lunch, coffee and snacks for all attendees.


Solar Homes Victoria: Can an ambitious renewable energy program transform the sector? - Stan Krpan
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Solar Victoria is responsible for the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Solar Homes Program – one of the most ambitious and transformative renewable energy programs in Australia. Its purpose is to boost energy supply, see one million Victorian homes powered by renewable energy in 10 years and create new jobs in the renewables sector.

In this session, learn more about the success of the program’s first 12 months, the challenges faced, learnings and opportunities for future energy efficiency upgrade programs.

Speaker: Stan Krpan, CEO (Solar Victoria)

Panel Session: Is the energy assessor now the most influential party to a building project’s design and construction?
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With continuing NCC energy efficiency upgrades, the role of energy assessors in building design and achieving compliant outcomes is becoming more critical than ever before. At what stage of the design and construction process should they intersect – beginning, middle or end?

Join the panelists in debating this topical issue and others, including the relevance of an accreditation scheme for energy assessors and whether architecture and building designer courses should expand to address NCC, ESD, embodied emissions and net zero outcomes.


Debbie Johnson, Managing Partner (Building Suncoast Green)

Leonie Wilson, Director, Residential Energy Efficiency (NatHERS)

Janine Strachan, Chief Executive Officer (Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand)

Case Study: Ferrars & York - Liam Wallis
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Great design and sustainability go hand in hand. Ferrars & York, the carbon neutral apartment building enabled by HIP V. HYPE is a prime example of how a thoughtful, integrated approach to form and functionality can encourage a more conscious and connected lifestyle for residents.

Built on a long narrow site in South Melbourne, the building occupies a prime location close to city amenities and is set up to operate completely from renewable energy. This case study session will dive into the design methodology and features of Ferrars & York which make it a truly sustainable initiative.

Speaker: Liam Wallis, Founding Director (HIP V. HYPE)


GreenSmart® Awards
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The HIA Australian GreenSmart® Awards recognise those who build or design environmentally-friendly homes and provide solutions to make homes more efficient. This special awards presentation is a must-attend event for anyone in the industry interested in the sustainability space.

Guests will enjoy drinks, canapes and a two-course dinner.


HIA appreciates the support of the following industry partners

Major partner

Silver partners

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