FutureNet Sydney 5-5-5: Sustainability – Will the grass really be greener on the other side?

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Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018 to Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Address: SYDNEY, NSW Australia
Place: Sydney CBD, provided to confirmed attendees
Total Price: $65.00




Join us on Wednesday 24 October for the this year’s 5-5-5 FutureNet Sydney Networking Event where five young professionals will have five minutes and just five slides to convince you that their project is the best.

Hosted at Work-Shop HQ, this creative space is a perfect venue to listen to our speakers present on how their ideas are shaping our world’s sustainability!

This year will see the following pitches vying for the coveted 5-5-5 prize:


Natasha Schlichtkrull - Arup


The NSW Pumped Storage Opportunity Map


The future of energy needs to be more sustainable and green! But to enable this, more energy storage is needed for all the renewable electricity being generated at very specific times of the day. One of the key technologies for providing large-scale electricity storage for Australia is an old technology called, Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES). 


Over the past +6 months I have been managing the delivery of a NSW State-wide opportunity map for the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), which identifies the best areas for PHES. This is based on lots of GIS work, combined with both technical, commercial and environmental criteria to identify these.  

Dr. Caroline Noller - The Footprint Company

Our purpose is to make the world a better, more ecologically and economically productive place through the application of simple online life cycle tools, products and expertise.

Our mission is to enable design professionals with the tools and inspiration to deliver low carbon excellence simply and cost effectively.
We are passionate about the built environment and its contribution to the wellbeing of society.

We have an evidence driven culture and have invested heavily in the development of on-line life cycle assessment tools & research which means we deliver the best outcomes in our field.



Matheus Santos - Northrop




The desire for the greenest grass might demand more water, copious fertilizer and frequent mowing. Meanwhile, an optimal combination of these elements might also achieve a satisfactory tone of green grass.

In the built environment, the optimal combination of design parameters and material performance is the pathway to the most energy efficient, or greener, results.

However, the engagement of sustainability consultants in a project usually occurs to specify materials performance. With limited flexibility to modify design parameters, the outcome roughly achieves code compliance with high performance and expensive materials as a result.
How can parametric design inform early-stage design decisions for better sustainability outcomes?


Anna Breheny - Gray Puksand

Green is the new Black.

In commercial design and architecture, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. Our approach to all projects is based on the 5 R’s;Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Reactivate. 1. Reduce; Waste, Time and Cost. 2. Recycle:Everything! 3. Reuse;Furniture, Finishes, Equipment and Services. 4. Repurpose;Look at everything from a different angle and introduce new wellbeing technologies (such as human centric lighting, air purification systems). 5. Reactivate:

  • Urban renewal as opposed to demolition and rebuild
  • Regenerate properties and spaces
  • Create precincts that promote a sense of community and belonging
  • Provide vertical connections in high-rise buildings
  • Create cultures that are focused around positivity and wellness

  • Introduce shared spaces that encourage collaboration and integration
  • Integrate biophilic design – bring the outside in and the inside out (Outdoor working is the future!)


Sophie Beard - WSP

Sophie Beard is a sustainability consultant at WSP. She has worked on a range of Green Star projects, looking at how each aspect of building design impacts sustainability, from facade design and HVAC system selection, to materials use and water consumption.
Sophie will be presenting on her experiences with Green Star, using a community centre in Victoria as a case study. She will discuss her work on daylight and energy modelling, as well as the impact of Green Star on the overall construction process.




Event Details

Wednesday 24 October 2018

6:00pm to 8:30pm (registrations open from 5:30pm)

Sydney CBD, provided to confirmed attendees

Cost: $65 (includes GST, drinks and canapes provided)


Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of registration.


Cancellations must be made no less than 5 working days prior to the event in order to receive a refund in line with the Consult Australia Refund Policy 


Replacement delegates will be accepted at any time. Please contact us here to notify of any changes.

Events may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of Consult Australia.

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