At the heart of the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre’s mission is delivering value through industry-focussed research.

The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre’s (SBEnrc) series of National Industry Research Workshops are held across Australia each 12-18 months to gain industry’s perspective on the built environment industry’s business challenges and innovation needs, and to continually refresh SBEnrc’s ongoing research program.

The workshops are attended by a range of industry and government professionals, who are invited to present research ideas that are directly relevant to their identified business challenges. Researchers are invited to attend to listen, understand industry needs and assist with developing project ideas that can be applied in the real world.

In the consultative process of generating industry ideas for future SBEnrc research projects (October 2018 – March 2020), formal National Industry Research Workshops were held in Brisbane on 12 February 2018, Sydney on 13 February 2018, Melbourne on 14 February 2018, and Perth on 16 February 2018. These are complemented by a series of one-on-one and group conversations with core and potential partners throughout 2017‑18.

Applied research is critically important in advancing Australia’s built environment industry and in building enduring industry-research partnerships – central to SBEnrc’s raison d’être.

The SBEnrc believes that to ensure maximum impact on the industry, participation of government and industry organisations outside of the Centre’s core membership is essential. Additionally, our industry vitally requires the active involvement of public sector building and infrastructure client agencies across all levels of government, in providing direct funding, case studies, training opportunities and a supportive policy environment to encourage private sector participation and co-investment.



Location Date Venue
Brisbane 12 February 2018 Qld Dept of Housing and Public Works, Level 17, 53 Albert Street, Brisbane
Sydney 13 February 2018 NSW Roads and Maritime Services, Mary MacKillop Place, 7-11 Mount Street, North Sydney
Melbourne 14 February 2018 Aurecon, Level 8, 850 Collins Street, Docklands
Perth 16 February 2018 Main Roads WA, Don Aitken Centre, Waterloo Crescent, East Perth


Workshop Outcomes

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to these important workshops. We would like to especially thank our hosts in each city: Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works, New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services, Aurecon and Main Roads Western Australia.

The industry challenges and research ideas generated from the workshops, and the Governing Board’s priority themes for the SBEnrc’s 2018-20 research program are summarised below (click on the image for full-size view).




Brisbane Workshop


Sydney Workshop


Melbourne Workshop


Perth Workshop



Sydney Workshop opened by Chris Harrison, NSW Roads and Maritime Services


Melbourne Workshop opened by Kourosh Kayvani, Aurecon


Perth Workshop opened by John V. McCarthy, SBEnrc Chair


Perth Workshop opened by Doug Morgan, Main Roads WA