The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is the successor to the CRC for Construction Innovation. Established on
1 January 2010, the SBEnrc is a key research broker between industry, government and research organisations servicing the built environment industry. The three research streams focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability, areas identified by national industry stakeholders as the key areas that will drive productivity and industry development in the built environment industry.
Vision and Objectives
The vision for the SBEnrc is
to be an enduring world-class research and knowledge broker in sustainable infrastructure and building design, construction and management to enhance the performance of Australia’s built environment industry.
The SBEnrc’s objectives are to
- implement a unique collaborative and strategic approach to built environment research in Australia, capitalising on members’ regional and national advantage and leveraging regional learnings and benefits nationally
- collaborate across organisational, state and national boundaries to develop a strong network of built environment research stakeholders (industry professionals, clients, regulators and researchers) building on the relationships and history of achievement recorded throughout the CRC for Construction Innovation (2001-2009)
- establish members as international leaders in sustainable built environment research and practice and lead the international research agenda; build collaborative industry research teams and apply cross-disciplinary approaches in areas of digital modelling, sustainability, safety, and procurement fields, providing opportunities for new value-adding collaborations between industry and researchers
- attract new research students to study at member universities and provide research training and linkage opportunities for members.
Board and Committees
The SBEnrc is directed by a Governing Board with one sub committee, the Research and Utilisation Committee.
The SBEnrc Governing Board meets quarterly and determines Centre policy, strategic direction, budget allocation and monitoring of accountability on all matters relating to the Objective and the Activities of the Centre. The Board is chaired by John V. McCarthy AO.
Research and Utilisation Committee
The Research and Utilisation Committee meets quarterly and its primary objectives are to assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to:
- Determining the SBEnrc’s research, utilisation and intellectual property arrangements;
- Reviewing the Centre’s research and utilisation projects; and
- Assisting the CEO in developing research and utilisation projects
- Ensure that appropriate procedures exist to monitor and assess the performance of research and utilisation projects.
- Examine any other matters referred to it by the Board.
The Research and Utilisation Committee is chaired by Louis Bettini, Main Roads WA.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) reports to the Governing Board and has overall responsibility for the Centre’s strategic direction and its research and outreach programs.
Keith Hampson – CEO
Keith Hampson is an energetic senior leader with a blend of strong technical and management skills and formal qualifications gained through international experience in industry, government and university environments. He is committed to building an internationally competitive Australia by promoting access to better education, technology and innovative practices. At the industry level, Keith is a registered civil engineer and project manager with extensive experience in operating in multi-disciplinary environments in planning, design, construction and maintenance. He is regularly invited to provide keynote presentations to national and international industry and academic conferences and serve on review panels for industry research and policy. He serves as Global President of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) and has coordinated a number of international research partnerships over the past decade. Keith has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours, an MBA, and a PhD from Stanford University focusing on innovation and competitive performance in infrastructure.
John V. McCarthy AO – Chairman
John is a recognised industry leader, with a breadth of experience across various commercial and industry disciplines. He served as inaugural Chair on the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), as Chair of the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF), President of Property Council of Australia (PCA) and member of the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB). He was Australia’s first industry representative on the Board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) – an organisation he served as global President (2010-2013).
Professor Chris Moran FTSE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at Curtin University
Professor Moran joined Curtin University in 2016 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. He is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, frameworks and activities to achieve the University’s strategic goals in research and IP commercialisation and Curtin’s Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer funded by the federal government.
Professor Moran was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2018 and appointed Chair of the Australian Research Council Advisory Committee in 2022.
Professor Moran Chaired the Universities Australia Committee of Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Research and has been a Board Member of five Cooperative Research Centres. In the International domain, he was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre and established an International Centre of Excellence for the mining industry in Chile.
Prior to joining Curtin, he was Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland (UQ), from 2007-2016. He was Founding Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and the Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ). Across a 16-year career with CSIRO, Professor Moran held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.
He holds a bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (with Honours) and a PhD from the University of Sydney and has a strong international and national reputation for his research and expertise in soil science (digital image processing), natural resources (spatial modelling and statistics) and water management. Professor Moran has published widely in scientific literature and the broader media.
Professor Wakefield is currently Professor of Construction, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Dean of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management and Interim Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT, Australia. Ron researches and teaches at RMIT in the areas of process simulation and modelling, residential and commercial construction and uses of information technology in construction management. He has degrees in Civil Engineering, including a PhD and BE (Hon 1) from the University of New South Wales and an MSE from Princeton University. He has over 165 publications including books, journal articles and conference papers.
Prior to joining RMIT, Professor Wakefield was the William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction in the Department of Building Construction and the Associate Director for Building Technology Research at the Center for Housing Research, Virginia Tech. Ron has over 25 years’ experience as an international researcher, consultant and engineer in building construction. He is a Director of Launch Housing and JJR Consulting and a co-opted member of the Victorian Building Practitioners Board. He serves on the Boards of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) and SBEnrc (Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre), and he is the Chair of the Board of Tract Consulting.
Professor Mike Kagioglou, Dean and PVC
Professor Mike Kagioglou is the Dean of Engineering, Design and Built Environment and Pro-
Vice Chancellor for Global Development in Europe and UK, at Western Sydney University. Previous to that he was the Dean at the University of Huddersfield in the UK and before that at the University of Salford in the UK where he was the Head of the School of Built Environment since 2009, the No.1 Research Power School in the 2008 RAE for Architecture and the Built Environment.
Mike’s career spans Engineering, Manufacturing, Creativity, Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, engaged in inter and multi-disciplinary research at a global level. His PhD in 1999 considered Process Management / Lean thinking in general and New Product Development more specifically in a number of sectors and that was the point that he developed a strong interest in the Built Environment. Mike was the director of the £8M EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) in the built and human environment and also the Academic Director for the £11M EPSRC funded interdisciplinary IMRC in Health and Care Infrastructures Research and Innovation Centre (HaCIRIC). This collaborative centre broke new ground in emphasising the importance of the built environment in delivering healthcare outcomes. He has published more than 230 academic referred papers, many industrial reports and three books. Mike has taken part in international evaluations and consultancy activity. He is passionate about sector-wide improvements and in aligning industry-academia-government efforts for public good.
Doug Morgan, Main Roads Western Australia
Doug (BE, MBA) has more than 25 years of experience in road, traffic and transport regulation areas within Main Roads WA. In his current role as Executive Director Planning and Technical Service Doug manages the engineering, technical, asset data and road planning aspects of Main Roads’ business.
Danny Cooper, BGC
Leon McIvor, WA Department of Communities
Leon McIvor is the Deputy Director General, Housing and Assets at the Western Australian Government’s Department of Communities. Leon is responsible for leading the policy, planning and delivery of land, housing, and built-form construction, refurbishment and maintenance activities of the agency.
Leon has held various Executive Director and Assistant Director General roles in the WA Department of Health, where he was responsible for the COVID-19 Logistics Cell within the State Health Incident Coordination Centre, major health contracts, delivering election commitments for Government and leadership roles in the delivery of major health infrastructure projects.
Leon has held roles in other WA Government agencies and in the Australian Army, where he served as a Commissioned Army Officer for more than a decade.
Russell James, ATCO
Tony Sheil, Griffith University
Research & Utilisation Committee
Louis Bettini – Chair
Louis Bettini is Principal Advisor Sustainability in the Strategy team at Main Roads Western Australia. Louis has an Environmental Business Management background and has experience in implementing sustainability both corporately and within major infrastructure projects. Louis is an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional and is a corresponding member on World Roads Association technical working committee E.1. Adaption Strategies and resilience.