PD05: Net-Zero Buildings: Australia’s vision for a carbon positive future

Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation, Green Building Council of Australia

Astrid Neve, NABERS Project Officer, National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Chris Nunn, Head of Sustainability, Real Estate, AMP Capital

Ben Jobson, Assistant Director, Carbon Neutral Team, Department of the Environment and Energy

Facilitator: Dennis Lee, NABERS Head of Technical Standards, National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Join GBCA, NABERS and the Department of Environment and Energy to discuss the trends for net-zero buildings in Australia and what this means for the HVAC&R industry.

Presenters will outline a vision for a carbon positive future including the outcomes required to achieve a permanent transition for the building sector and what Australia’s international and domestic carbon commitments mean to the building industry.

The differences between net zero and carbon neutral will be outlined along with explanations of the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and what this means for NABERS and the Green Star carbon positive rating system.

A case study on AMP Capital’s journey towards carbon neutrality by 2030 will also be explored as well as the future trends towards services strategies for carbon positive buildings and low carbon HVAC&R products and services.

This must–attend session will include practical applications, such as how to deliver a building that meets this trajectory and what this means for today’s HVAC&R professionals.




Jorge ensures that the GBCA’s product and service offerings continue to improve Australia’s built environment – delivering more sustainable and liveable places and communities. He also continues to drive the evolution of our Green Star tool and draws upon a wealth of industry experience, an architecture degree from the University of Monterrey in Mexico and a Masters in Design Science from the University of Sydney.





Astrid Neve is from the Development and Innovation team at NABERS.

NABERS is Australia’s flagship sustainability program and one of the world’s most successful rating schemes. The Program has been instrumental in a transformation which has seen the Australian commercial building sector become a world leader in sustainability over the last two decades. Since 2000, owners and managers of NABERS rated buildings have saved more than 800,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Astrid has been working in the green building and energy sector since 2012. She has worked in the UK for the Better Buildings Partnership and in energy policy development in Brussels.

Astrid is currently implementing the new NABERS Carbon Neutral certification for buildings under the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).



Chris Nunn is Head of Sustainability at AMP Capital Real Estate. AMP Capital has a property portfolio valued at approximately $23 billion, mainly in Australia and NZ, consisting of approximately 80 shopping centres, offices and industrial assets. Chris has 18 years’ experience in sustainability with expertise in environmental law, sustainability consultancy, green building design and operations, sustainability rating systems, corporate sustainability strategy and reporting. 

Chris started out as an Environmental Lawyer, working for 5 years as an environment and planning lawyer at major Australian law firm MinterEllison and then as a litigation solicitor at the Environmental Defender’s Office in Sydney. Chris was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to study a Masters degree at the London School of Economics, after which Chris spent a further 5 years working in London as Associate Director of Sustainability for design and engineering consultancy Atkins. In 2011, Chris moved back to Sydney to work as Sustainability Leader at engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young, then worked as Sustainability Director for global property management company JLL, joining AMP Capital in September 2015.


Ben Jobson is Assistant Director of the Carbon Neutral Team in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy. The team look after a family of best-practice carbon management standards which support business to reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality. Ben has a an interest in building partnerships on climate action across a range of stakeholder groups. He has over 10 years experience working in various areas of the public sector including designing and implementing climate change and biodiversity conservation policy.






Dennis has been leading the Technical Team within NABERS for over 4 years and worked within the sustainability sector for over ten years covering sewage treatment plants to commercial buildings. As a chemical engineer, he has a sound grounding in HVAC&R, which he has found handy in solving the difficult technical issues and assessing strategic implications. Dennis was recently involved in the development of the Carbon Neutral Buildings Standard and is excited about a carbon positive future.







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