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
John V. McCarthy AO – Chairman
Chris Moran is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research at Curtin University.
Professor Chris Moran joined Curtin University on 1 August 2016 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. From 2007 to 2016 Professor Moran was Professor and Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ). The Institute comprises seven discipline-based research centres and is one of the largest entities of its kind in the world.
Previously, Professor Moran was Founding Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and Founding Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ). Across a 16 year career with CSIRO, he held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.
Professor Moran 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.
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.
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. Professor Wakefield has over 22 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.
Paul Burton is Professor of Urban Management and Planning and Director of the Cities Research Institute at Griffith University. His research interests include metropolitan scale planning and governance, the theory and practice of public participation and community engagement, and the everyday professional lives of planners. Paul is a founding member of Regional Development Australia Gold Coast and serves on the national education committee of the Planning Institute of Australia.
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.
Having qualified in 1982 in the UK, Dean has a wealth of architectural expertise gained from work in both Europe and Australia, largely in the commercial sector but including some heritage and government projects. Dean currently holds the position of Principal Architect, Building Research & Technical Services (BRATS) in Building Management and Works (WA Department of Finance). The BRATS team provides a range of technical advice and expertise to the state’s program of non-residential building projects and their maintenance.
Sherif Mohamed is a Professor at Griffith University. He holds a Master as well as Doctorate degrees from the University of Southampton, the U.K. He is actively engaged in scholarly research work and has considerable experience in the area of Construction, Project and Safety Management. Sherif is well-grounded in modern research tools in the fields of construction and project management, engineering economics, operational research, business and social science. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 refereed journal and conference publications since joining academia in 1996.
Paul Nicholls is the Director Research Partnerships, Office of Research and Development at Curtin University. This role supports the research community across all disciplines in engaging with industry/government in strategic projects that provide economic and community benefit for Western Australians. Paul sits on a number of diverse boards and committees including the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (PSC), Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre (CMARC), the Centre for Marine Science Technology (CMST) and the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education NCSEHE, and holds the responsibility for Curtin’s Research Partnerships.
Paul works closely with Curtin researchers and Curtin research Institutes and Centres whom generate the majority of Curtin’s research outputs. He is is also responsible for supporting the ICT and Emerging Technology research capabilities at Curtin that includes the Square Kilometre Array, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Curtin Institute for Computation and Innovation Central Perth; a partnership between Cisco, Curtin University, Woodside Energy and Data61 (CSIRO).
Paul has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Neuroanatomy and a Diploma Education (Science/Computing) and is a graduate of the AICD and Fellow of Leadership WA.
Paul skills lie in business development, strategic planning, education and marketing and he has a diverse network of industry, government and education contacts. Paul believes in equity, consistent decision making and in ensuring that Western Australia makes the most of the opportunities it has to diversify its economy and create a more sustainable future workforce.
Cassandra Winzar is Principal Economist at the Department of Communities (Government of Western Australia) and has experience as an economist across the private and public sectors. Cassandra undertakes research and analysis into economic conditions, with a particular focus on housing markets and housing affordability. Cassandra is the secretariat of Western Australia’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group.
Chris Eves is Professor in Property at RMIT University and the Associate Dean, Research and Innovation in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management. Chris is also the Higher Degree Research Director in the PCPM School.
Prior to his appointment at RMIT, Chris was the Professor of Property Economics and Academic Program Director at Queensland University of Technology from 2009 to 2017 and the Professor of Property Studies at Lincoln University from 2006 to 2008. He has also held positions at the University of Western Sydney, where he completed his Master (Hons) and PhD degrees in the areas of rural property values and investment performance.
Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is currently appointed to the RICS Global Land and Resources Board. He is also an Associate of the Australian Property Institute and has been a member of the API National Education Committee since 2009. He has appointments on national and international journal editorial boards in the fields of property and valuation. Before commencing his academic career, Chris was employed for 16 years with the State Bank of NSW in Valuation, Agribusiness and Credit Administration roles. Chris has numerous publications in Australian and International journals on topics ranging from valuation methodology, property stigma to property investment performance and market analysis..
Carl is the Group Manager, Energy & Environment at BGC (Australia) Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest home builders that manufactures nearly all products which form part of the construction.Carl has helped BGC to become an industry lead on energy efficiency performance standards in housing and showcased by the Australian Government for its achievements in industrial energy management. He leads the group’s environmental management and governance framework and leads procurement of the group’s fuels, gases, electricity and waste management contracts.
Prior to this, Carl worked in a variety of State and Commonwealth Government roles, including the Australian Trade Commission, Regional Development and the (then) Sustainable Energy Development Office where he was involved with some of the earliest wind farm and solar projects in Western Australia.
Carl has a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in natural resource management and a Master of Business Administration.