Mark at the University of Sydney

Last Friday, Mark joined a professional panel of industry experts to update University of Queensland Project Management Staff and students on Sustainable Construction.

Invited by Schiavello Systems NSW, Mark joined senior representatives of Cushman Wakefield, Gray Puksand Architects, Buildcorp and AECOM to inform the audience of approximately 60, the important role that Project Managers can provide in implementing Sustainable construction.Held in the new $180million ABS Building, the presentations highlighted recent case study projects and practical learnings in the delivery of green buildings. Marks presentation challenged the audience to go beyond the current greenstar standards to address Australia's worsening waste disposal issues.He identified that the use of standardised furniture, modular systems, and recyclable materials would facilitate a culture of reuse and repurposing and reduce our environmental footprint burden.

Design for Disassembly and new construction methods are necessary to facilitate material effectiveness and resource efficiency.Our consumption patterns must change if we are to address the current climate and greenhouse gas emission issues, our planet's health.All speakers were applauded and took questions, indicating that the information shared was well received by the emerging project management professionals of the future.

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Mark Thomson has developed a national reputation in Australia for championing Sustainable Design and Development as a practising Architect, Commercial Interior Designer and Environmental Consultant.

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