The National Sustainability in Business Conference will be held in Brisbane next week from the 23-24 March 2017.
Mr David Baggs, CEO at Global GreenTag Pty Ltd joins us next week to discuss ‘Innovations in Healthy Environments: Maximising your biggest asset (and cost)’.
Staff in any businesses are their biggest asset. They are also the major driver to business efficiency. Recent changes to the way projects are being delivered has demonstrated significant improvements in workplace efficiency and able to be delivered when the quality of the indoor environment is designed and specified to optimise worker comfort and health. According to US DOE research some years ago a 1% shift in staff productivity typically equals an organisation’s entire energy budget and so innovation that decreases absenteeism and increases efficiency can have a far bigger impact on business bottom line than energy savings drives.
Much progress has been made in design for the healthiness of spaces with tools like Green Star but focus on the health aspect of products has been buried within general materials credits. Recently new project rating tools including WELL have been raising the bar and the focus on the health of products specified in projects and the transparency of health risks associated with ingredients over and above just VOCs.
This presentation looks at the new tools now in the market place that cut through the complexity of Chemical Hazards and Risk Analyses and simplify the process of choosing products for innovative healthy environments at the same time pre-qualifying products to meet the needs of projects teams using the new rating tools like WELL.
2017 Conference Topics Include:
- Renewable Energy Systems and Sources – Biofuel, Biomass, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Wave Energy, Tidal energy, Energy Storage and Wind Power. This can also include energy transformation from renewable energy system to grid.
- Think Local First – development of the local economy and community, urban agriculture, Buy Local.
- Innovative Business Opportunities – Incubators, Start Ups, Venture Capital / Entrepreneurs.
- The Energy Market – Regulators, Wholesale and Supply Chain, Retailers, Consumer Demand, Carbon trading, Emissions.
- Trends, Policies and Strategies – current and emerging trends, technologies, research, government policies and industry initiatives within the environmental and sustainability sector
- Financial Impact – social and environmental risk, industry development, operational and managerial impact, market risk and opportunity, stakeholder issues
- Innovation – energy transition, application and feasibility, social and economic change, research & development opportunities
For more information on the 2017 National Sustainability in Business Conference please visit the conference website.