The Better Buildings Partnership is directed by a leadership panel comprising senior representatives from each member organisation. This panel sets the Better Buildings Partnership’s annual work program, addressing the issues of most importance to members regarding the environmental efficiency of existing buildings.
A technical working group has been established for each key issue to advise on and deliver key projects such as toolkits, resources and other solutions to address each of the main challenges identified by the leadership panel.
Chair of the Better Buildings Partnership
Bruce Precious, The GPT Group
Bruce is the National Sustainability Manager – Operations for The GPT Group. He has previously worked in business development with one ofAustralia’s leading energy services companies, and before this he was with the Sustainable EnergyDevelopment Authority of NSW, responsible for energy efficiency programs. His interest in making buildings work efficiently was born working for a controls company for almost 10 years as project manager for the installation of building automation to some ofSydney’s premium office buildings.
Bruce is a Mechanical Engineer and is a member of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Chair of the BBP Water Technical Working Group
Jamie Loader, Brookfield Office Properties
Jamie is the National Operations & Sustainability Manager at Brookfield Properties. Jamie had lead the Engineering, Facilities Management and Sustainability platforms within the Brookfield Office Properties Australia (BOPA) portfolio which incorporates such iconic properties as 1 Shelley St, Sydney and City Square, Perth.
Jamie has a background in Electrical Engineering and studied business at the University of Technology (Sydney) campus. He now sits on the NSW Property Council of Australia sub-committee for Education (Facilities Management) and Building Engineering Services Review committee.
Chair of the BBP Waste Technical Working Group
David Palin, Mirvac Asset Management
David Palin is the Sustainability Manager at Mirvac Asset Management. With his 9 years of experience in the industry, he leads an in-house team of Engineers and Data Management Specialists. The team are focused on the Environmental performance of the Mirvac portfolio including Energy, Water and Waste Management and accurate data collection, analysis and reporting.
Chair of the BBP Tenant and Building Owner Collaboration Technical Working Group
Emlyn Keane, AMP Capital Investors
Emlyn is the Head of Property Management and Sustainable Performance for AMP Capital Investors. He oversees the Property Management, Operations and Sustainability teams within AMP Capital Office & Industrial, structured to enhance investment performance.
With over fifteen years Property experience, Emlyn joined AMP Capital’s property business in 2006 and prior to this, his experience includes a role as Senior Mechanical Engineer at Arup Consulting, where he managed an ‘Arup Facilities’ group offering a range of engineering services tailored to the property industry.
As Head of Property Management it is Emlyn’s responsibility to deliver best practice service to tenants in order to ensure retention and attraction is maximised while also optimising income and controlling expenditure in line with asset business plans. Emlyn is also responsible for ensuring the continual evolution of assets to optimum sustainability performance, managing operational risk and safety.
Emlyn is also member of the Property Business Operations Committee and was appointed a Director of AMP Capital Office & Industrial Pty Ltd in 2008.
Chair of the BBP Benchmarking/ Metrics Technical Working Group
Chris Derksema, City of Sydney
Chris is the Sustainability Director at the City ofSydney, managing a multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing and implementing policy, strategy and programs to improve the environmental performance of Council’s operations and the community.
Chris played an integral role in the development of Sustainable Sydney 2030, a vision for the future of Sydney, and is responsible for managing programs such as CitySwitch Green Office, the Residential Environmental Action Strategy, the City’s small business programs and the Better Buildings Partnership. He is also responsible for implementing actions to achieve the City’s environmental goals including the development of the Green Infrastructure Master Plan, waste to energy technology and total water cycle management.
Chris has more than 15 years Australian and international experience in green building design, environmental management systems, process engineering and waste management. He has an Environment Engineering Degree, Executive Masters in Business Administration and is a recipient of the Vincent Fairfax Leadership and Ethics Award.