Prof. Sara Wilkinson

Sustainable Property, University of Technology Sydney

Professor Sara Wilkinson is a chartered Building Surveyor and Australia’s first female Professor of Property. Her transdisciplinary research program sits at the intersection of sustainability, urban development and transformation, with a focus on green cities and preparing our urban environments for the challenges of climate change. Sara works with academics and industry partners in construction, engineering, science, health and business to deliver building adaptation, sustainability and resilience, and green infrastructure projects. Sara has written 9 books, 30 book chapters, 63 refereed journal and 105 refereed conference papers, and 8 keynote presentations. She is the Director of ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Housing) Australia and the Australian Hub Leader for the Carbon Leadership Forum and a core member of The Indigenous Infrastructure & Sustainable Housing Alliance (TIISHA) at UTS. In professional practice, Sara worked extensively on building retrofit and adaptive reuse.

Takes part in

  • Future of Construction SummitView Full Event
  • 16:20 - 17:00

    Locknote panel - Looking a decade into the future and how marine biology, horticulture and mechatronics all play an important role in the Future of Construction

    In this enlightening final session of 4 case studies, we hear from the Professor of Sustainable Property of UTS and some of the exciting projects Sara is working on. We hear how the unlikely combination of marine biology, horticulture and mechatronics are coming together to shape how we both build and maintain buildings and the future of construction.

    • HempCrete: How concrete is being re-enforced and made more sustainable by using hemp
    • VR: Hearing how research with Skanska is leading the way to develop VR to assist in the development and sales of green buildings
    • WallBots: How specially designed robots are cleaning and maintaining green walls to control heat, absorb pollutants, create oxygen and to promote the wellbeing of tenants
    • Algae: Examining how the cultivation of algae on the building’s exterior walls can create energy and how the water can also be used to maintain green walls and toilet systems
    Panellists include:
    Prof. Sara Wilkinson Sustainable Property, University of Technology Sydney
    Dr Fraser Torpy Director of the Plants and Environmental Quality Research Group, University of Technology Sydney
    Prof Peter Ralph Head of C3 - the Climate Change Cluster, University of Technology Sydney
    Michael Morrissey Managing Director, Morrissey Law + Advisory
    Moderated by:
    Janelle Kerrisk Director, Helix Legal
  • 12:15 - 12:50

    Panel discussion: Building a sustainable future

    The construction industry, by its very nature, is one of the largest consumers of materials and produces more waste than any other sector. The need and importance of sustainability in construction have become a hot topic due to growing concerns over climate change and the finite nature of resources. But what exactly is sustainable construction and how do you embed it into every phase of your project?

    • What’s driving the shift towards more sustainable construction methods and materials?
    • Which new technologies and materials are enabling sustainable construction?
    • How do you ensure sustainability in your supply chain and during the construction process?
    • How are building standards and ratings driving the adoption of sustainable construction?
    • Case Study: Caddens Corner
      • Looking at the development of a 5-Star mixed use project in Western Sydney and the lessons learnt and the outcomes achieved
      • Examining the client brief, how the architects interpreted that brief and how the construction process was implemented in order to deliver the sustainable objectives
    Guest include:
    Joe Karten National Sustainability Manager, Built
    Toby Daniel Joint Managing Director, Kaipara Property Group
    Justin Murray Design & Construction Manager Development, Quintessential Equity
    Nick Deeks Member of the Australasia Advisory Board, RICS

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