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Hello & Welcome to Green Cities 2010 We’re delighted to be involved as a sponsor in Green Cities again in 2010. Green Cities calls to task the built environments impact on climate change and the role we can all play - big or small - to improve the energy efficiencies of our buildings. Throughout our newsletter, I hope you’ll be inspired by some of the ways AE Smith is passionately embracing this responsibility. Welcome to our special Green Cities edition of AE Smith’s regular Cool Breeze newsletter. Trust you enjoy the news we have to share.

During Green Cities, we invite you to join with us at the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café. You can meet our team of specialists to learn about how you can achieve your energy and environmental performance objectives - and while you’re there, enjoy free coffee, internet access, cycle for a few minutes on the special AE Smith Pedal Power Generator or grab a quick massage from one of our 3 Minute AE Smith Angels.

Andrew Permezel CEO, AE Smith

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Cool Breeze is a newsletter published by AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd ABN 54 004 274 793 for its staff and customers. Subscription is free and available directly from AE Smith. AE Smith 21-29 Miles Street Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia t. 03 9271 1999 coolbreeze@aesmith.com.au www.aesmith.com.au www.aesmtih.mobi

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©2010 AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd. Important Notice: The information contained in this newsletter is given in good faith. To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither AE Smith, its employees or contractors accept any liability for loss or damage arising as a result of any person acting on information contained in this newsletter. This newsletter should not be used or relied on as a substitute for detailed professional consultation with AE Smith.

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Are You Fit and Ready for Mandatory Disclosure? Industry Legend Retires Back to Basics to Save Energy A Long Way to the Top Cost Effective Ways to become Energy Efficient AE Smith NABERS Accredited Assessors on Hand from Melbourne to Mackay New Horizons for AE Smith as Green Star Independent Commissioning Agent New Technology Opens Up Possibilities AE Smith Off the Paper Trail Safety 1st Start to 2010 Creating Australia’s Greenest Office Building At Work and Play Imran Khan Bowls Them Over at Awards Night Going the Distance On the Road for a Good Cause Powerful Sponsorship AE Smith Pedal Power Generator Race Form Guide AE Smith Green Cities Competition Entry Form

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AE Smith Green Cities COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

“ Very soon, if not already, key decision influencers typically associated with a building sale or lease will also include energy efficiency ”

Enter your business details for a chance to win a host of 3 Minute AE Smith Angels who’ll visit your office and massage you and your team, anywhere in Australia, for 2 hours!* Total prize value $500

Are You Fit and Ready for Mandatory Disclosure?

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In 2010, the Government is proposing laws that will require you to publicly disclose the energy efficiency of your office building? That you’ll need to do so every time you sell a medium to large office building? That even leasing office space can trigger a disclosure obligation? That building owners could be fined or prosecuted for failing to comply?

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The race is on

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With less than six months to go before the Federal Government’s proposed legislation for “Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency” is introduced, there’s growing pressure on owners and operators of commercial properties to assess and improve the environmental performance of their facilities.

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Disclosure obligations mean that corporate building owners will now need to report on the energy efficiency of their building - a move that’s set to ensure energy efficiency becomes a deciding factor around commercial sales and leasing.

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“Up until now, there’s been little incentive for landlords to improve energy efficiency of their buildings,” says Andrew Permezel, CEO of AE Smith.

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“We’re applauding this proposed legislation as a real step towards calling to task the built environment's impact on carbon emissions,” adds Permezel, who has ensured AE Smith is investing heavily in services to design, construct, manage and maintain energy efficient buildings.

Question 1: Before Green Cities 2010, did you know of AE Smith? □ Yes □ No

This new legislation, set to take effect from mid 2010, is based around a cost effective abatement of emissions opportunity that will help reduce the impact of carbon emissions from commercial office buildings. Currently, commercial buildings account for approximately 10% of Australia’s carbon emissions.*

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If you are a property professional that will sell, lease or sub-lease commercial office space greater than 2000 sqm, did you know:

Drop your completed entry form into the competition entry box at the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café located in the centre of the Green Cities 2010 exhibition area.

What does AE Smith do? Air Conditioning Mechanical Services Energy Efficiency Building Technologies All of the above

* Terms and Conditions of Entry. 1. Entry is only open to companies physically located in Australia. 2. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. 3. AE Smith’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. One entry per person, multiple entries not acceptable. 5. To enter, fully complete this entry form. When and if you enter, you agree to provide accurate information about yourself. You acknowledge that if any inaccurate information is provided by you, your entry will be deemed invalid. 6. Competition begins 21/2/10 and closes 23/2/10 at 5.00pm EST. Winners will be drawn on 9/3/10 and notified by telephone. 7. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. AE Smith will not be responsible if the prize or any part of the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond our control. In the event of such cancellation, re-scheduling or unavailability of the prize, AE Smith will endeavour but are not obliged to provide a substitute prize of equivalent value. 8. The prize winner must, at AE Smith’s request, participate in any marketing and promotional activity in relation to winning the prize, free of charge, and consent to AE Smith’s using their name and image in such promotional material. 9. AE Smith will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in relation to this promotion or the acceptance or use of any prizes (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law, in which case it will be excluded to the minimum allowable by law. To the full extent permitted by the law, AE Smith exclude liability for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever suffered or sustained (including, but not limited to direct, indirect, special or consequential loss or damage, loss of opportunity revenue or profit) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with this promotion. 10.AE Smith is collecting your personal information as set out in the competition entry form to process your competition entry. We may share your information with other persons or entities that assist us in running this competition and for the purpose of provision of prizes. We or any of our related companies may contact you by any means (including by SMS or email) in the future to let you know about goods, services or promotions which may be of interest to you. We may also share your information with other persons or entities who assist us in providing our services or running competitions.

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The Federal Government proposes to use the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) as the standard to guide new disclosure obligations. The disclosure obligations means NABERS ratings must be included in any advertisement for sale or lease of applicable buildings; the lodging of a valid Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC), and as soon as possible during enquiries the supply to prospective buyers or tenants a copy of the certificate, free of charge, whether requested or not. The certificate will generally detail the base building NABERS Energy rating, tenancy lighting details and guidance on improving energy efficiency. However, this growing pressure on building owners and landlords is not necessarily translating into action says AE Smith’s Andrew Permezel, who believes many building owners are unprepared for the introduction of this new legislation: “We’re urging building owners to start preparing their building now, rather than waiting for when they place their asset on the market,” comments Permezel, who cautions building owners that it takes time to get the various legislative requirements in place. With the vast majority of existing commercial buildings around Australia not NABERS rated, AE Smith predicts a “rush” on NABERS assessment, certification and implementing the appropriate retrofit actions to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient as well as more commercially attractive.

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“For very practical reasons, it’s important to allow enough time to collate base building data to assess the performance of your existing building,” adds Permezel, who cites that NABERS Energy ratings require 12 months of continuous data as part of the strict validation and verification protocols. Importantly, beginning the assessment process helps identify opportunities to improve a building’s energy efficiencies and what building owners can do to close the gap - to improve efficiencies, save costs and also make their building more commercially competitive. “The introduction of Mandatory Disclosure will also see energy efficiency become the norm in Australia,” says Doug Binns, General Manager of AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. Doug Binns (above), General Manager, AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance For the first 20 years of his career, Doug worked in banking and finance in Australia and the US across a range of industries. His broad commercial experience means Doug knows what makes good business sense - and it’s a key insight Doug brings to energy management and how it ties into an overall business strategy. Doug was also a founding member of the Australasian Energy Performance Contractors Association (AEPCA).

AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance is a dedicated energy services business that’s aimed at helping building owners and property managers improve the environmental and energy performance of existing buildings. With increasing pressure on owners and operators, Binns believes the time is right to set in place long term strategies for reducing energy use and developing better efficiencies for their building assets: “Very soon, if not already, key decision influencers typically associated with a building sale or lease will also include energy efficiency,” comments Binns. “To simply remain competitive with your building asset in the future, energy efficiency measures will need to be put into place now,” adds Binns. There is already some good quantitative evidence emerging that energy efficient buildings will attract a premium in the property market place. A recent study conducted for the Property Council of Australia shows there will be a split in the market between buildings with a higher NABERS rating. Buildings with a NABERS rating 3 stars or better were valued at a premium compared to buildings that are rated below NABERS average (2.5 Stars or below).** “Building owners will have to factor their desired NABERS Energy rating into the long term asset plan of their building,” comments Binns. For more information contact Doug Binns on 0488 698 160.

“ Building owners will have to factor their desired NABERS Energy rating into the long term asset plan of their building ”

* Australian Government 2009, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts, 'Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency Regulation Document', Nov.

The Corporate Races will pit 30 teams from different companies against one another to see which four person team can pedal the fastest and generate the most power in 10 minutes. "It's an innovative way to highlight how AE Smith work collaboratively with our clients, suppliers and the industry to deliver energy efficient projects," says AE Smith Marketing Manager, Raymond Lee who will also be pedalling to ensure AE Smith's meets it minimum energy target of 5000 Watt Hours each day. In addition, AE Smith has organised a High School Pedal Power Regatta where three secondary school rowing teams will go head-to-head in a race to see which school can generate the most power over two days. Other activities planned at AE Smith’s Business Centre & Internet Café include free massages provided by 3 Minute AE Smith Angels to weary delegates as well as free internet access and barista served coffee.

** Property Council of Australia 2009, 'The Missing Link', Property Australia, 19 Feb.

Delegates will also be welcome to help add some ‘legs’ to the pedal power needed on the AE Smith Pedal Power Generator.

Generating electricity is much harder than you think. Particularly if you have to pedal to make it! It would take one person of reasonable fitness 50 hours of non-stop cycling on the AE Smith Pedal Power Generator to create the estimated 5000 Watt Hours needed to power just six laptops for only 8 hours.* Even with a full contingent of teams cycling (see Form Guide on next page) it is by no means certain that together we can generate the 10,000 Watt Hours needed to offset the power used by 6 laptops for two days at Green Cities 2010.

“It makes for a fun way to talk business,” remarks Lee. The Green Cities 2010 conference and exhibition is being held in Melbourne for the first time, 21-23 February at the new 6 Star Green Star Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. For more information visit www.greencities.org.au. 4 Cool Breeze by AE Smith

* Source: Ideas Services, creators of the Future Spark Power Trailer. For more information visit www.futurespark.com.au.

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Powerful Sponsorship

Industry Legend Retires

AE Smith uses pedal power to highlight Green Cities support

AE Smith Construction Group General Manager - David Seedsman has announced his retirement

AE Smith is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability issues in the building industry through their major sponsorship of the annual Green Cities event.

“ The AE Smith Pedal Power Generator has 12 bikes, each connected to a electricity generator. The energy created by the person cycling directly inputs into the mains electricity grid via a 15 Amp power point ”

The sponsorship of Green Cities 2010 is a natural fit for AE Smith, who have championed various initiatives around reducing the environmental impact of the HVAC industry. For the third year in a row, AE Smith will create a vital hub for conference delegates at the three day event - but with a twist. Not only is AE Smith providing a "Business Centre & Internet Cafe" during the major green event, they’re generating their own power for it. The inaugural "AE Smith Pedal Power Generator Race" will bring together over 30 teams and 140 people to cycle hard and generate the electricity needed to power the half a dozen laptops on AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café. Teams from the building industry and AE Smith staff, clients and friends including Motorola, Green Building Council of Australia, Leighton Contractors, Lend Lease as well as Ronald McDonald House Monash, Greenfleet and 2009 Gold Banksia Award winner of Australia’s highest award for excellence in sustainability - Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse - will help create the pedal power needed via the 12 bike powered generators.

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As a valued member of AE Smith’s national team, his involvement in the mechanical contracting industry spans over 54 years with 14 years at AE Smith alone. He’s been an active member of peak bodies such as the Air conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) including a time as President as well as serving on the Plumbing Industry Commission Advisory Council. Last year, David was presented with a Lifetime Membership of AMCA awarded in special recognition of David’s contribution and service to the industry (pic right). “We congratulate David on his esteemed career and legacy he leaves for AE Smith and the wider HVAC industry,” comments AE Smith’s CEO, Andrew Permezel. Replacing David as National General Manager is Brett Sargeant. Joining AE Smith in January this year, Brett hails from a construction industry background having spent many years at Boral where he ran various divisions in several states. Brett and his family will be relocating from Mittagong to Melbourne.

“ His involvement in the mechanical contracting industry spans over 54 years with 14 years at AE Smith alone ”

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Graeme believes the free services offered to Ronald McDonald House is a way of fostering the organisations strong family values. “We hope in some small way our support increases their capacity to care for sick kids and their families and makes their stay a little more comfortable,” adds Graeme. “We pride ourselves on providing a home-away-from-home for families who are facing what is often the greatest challenge of their lives,” says Alison Salmond, RMH Perth Executive Officer. “Making the House as comfortable as possible with the help of supporters like AE Smith is a very big part of this goal,” she adds. AE Smith Perth joins their Melbourne and Townsville colleagues who also provide free air conditioning service and maintenance support to RMH Monash and RMH Townsville.

“ The best maintenance solution is about doing the right actions at the right times to prevent increases in avoidable running, repair and replacement costs. Using specialist maintenance only when there’s a major problem to fix is not the best approach and typically expensive ”

Pitching in to Build New Office for Youngcare

Back to Basics to Save Energy What do managing building assets and going to the dentist have in common? AE Smith’s Antoni Pisa shares his insights into how proactive maintenance prevents pain and suffering as well as reducing energy use With such a focus on reducing the environmental impact of our buildings and remarkable new technology that’s available, it’s very easy to overlook a simpler approach to saving costs and reducing energy use. This is often the case when it comes to managing and maintaining existing buildings - and particularly heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that can account for up to 70% of all energy consumed in a commercial building.* Many of the customers I work with initially believe improving the environmental performance of their existing building and decreasing costs related to their air conditioning and mechanical services comes solely from expensive upgrades to plant and equipment. They often underplay or overlook the major role quality maintenance plays. Quality maintenance is definitely not glamorous, but getting back to basics and understanding the critical importance of maintenance can help achieve and maintain a building’s environmental performance objectives. It can also markedly reduce the total cost of owning and operating your HVAC system. Paying your mechanical services the attention it deserves will return dividends.

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AE Smith Construction in Brisbane has rallied together subcontractors and suppliers to help deliver a special pro bono project for Youngcare in Queensland Youngcare is a Brisbane based charitable organisation that provides housing support for young people requiring 24 hour full time care and support. Their fundraising helps create specially designed residences and support services tailored to the needs of young people and their carers living with a disability. They are also helping drive change and provide choice for young people with high care needs living in aged care. When industry colleague, Hutchinson Builders approached Brisbane AE Smith Construction with the project to build Youngcare an administration office – they were only too pleased to assist. “We felt the work Youngcare do is so valuable in the community and wanted to lend our support by helping keep the costs of the project to a minimum,” says AE Smith Project Manager, Michael O’Farrell who led the AE Smith team. Around $80,000 of HVAC services were designed, engineered and installed into Youngcare’s new two level office space on a pro bono basis. “Our network of various electrical, refrigeration and other sub contractors were also very supportive and were quick to help us with this worthy project as well,” adds Michael. Youngcare run a variety of fundraising events and activities to support more dignified lifestyles for young people with 24/7 care needs.

“ Youngcare would like to express heartfelt thanks to AE Smith for enabling us to take our work to a new level. Your kind support will have an enormous impact on the way in which Youngcare is able to deliver on its commitments. For this, we say thank you ”

A concert with some of Australia’s finest performers is being held in March – visit www.youngcare.com.au for more details.

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On the Road for a Good Cause Have you spotted Perth’s new service vehicles? AE Smith in Perth is making a splash around the city with their colourful service trucks that leave no question about the charity they support. As long time pro bono sponsors of Ronald McDonald House near Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, AE Smith Perth have recently created a Happy Truck to herald their commitment. “Our bright service truck has certainly captured the attention and imagination of our customers,” comments AE Smith Perth General Manager, Graeme Stewart. “We have grown to have such a fantastic appreciation for the services of Ronald McDonald House and thought this was a creative way to help spread the word of their good work,” adds Graeme.

Main pic: Executive Officer, Alison Salmond sits with a young guest staying at RMH Perth. Help support the RMH closest to you by making a tax deductible donation online at www.rmh.org.au.

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AE Smith is amongst many corporate supporters of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Subiaco, providing free air conditioning service and maintenance for the past three years. The special relationship means the House no longer receives bills for air conditioning service and maintenance, saving up to $10,000 every year. The Perth office also supports the RMH annual Charity Ball, helping the event become one of the country’s most successful fundraising events. Perth’s Ronald McDonald House provides respite care for families with seriously ill children – assisting hundreds of families whose children are receiving life saving treatment at nearby Princess Margaret Hospital.

Making a maintenance program really work for you should follow a Proactive Preventative Maintenance process. If customers are unclear about the real value and benefits of adopting a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program I often ask them about their relationship with their dentist. To look after the health and long term life of our teeth, we’re urged to brush and floss regularly (preventative maintenance) to help keep plaque and decay at bay. Similarly, regular visits to your dentist for thorough check ups on the health of your teeth (proactive maintenance) helps detect any problems at early stages and maintain the long term life of your teeth – and avoid major problems that have a large price tag attached. How often have you heard horror stories (or indeed experienced them yourself) where a visit to the dentist is only at crisis point, when you’re experiencing dental pain that’s matched by a very high bill to fix the major problem. This major problem and high costs could have most likely been avoided if a Proactive Preventative Maintenance approach had been taken.

Antoni Pisa (above) is a Business Development Manager with Melbourne AE Smith Service. With a passion for sustainability in the built environment, Antoni has recently been appointed as Secretary to the Alternative Technology Association (Vic) and was awarded the 2008 Knox City Council Sustainable Development Award for the design and construction of his private residence.

So applying that methodology to your major building assets, the best maintenance solution is about doing the right actions at the right times to prevent increases in avoidable running, repair and replacement costs. Using specialist maintenance only when there’s a major problem to fix is not the best approach and typically expensive. And while every facility is unique, here are four things to bear in mind when developing a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program that will (Continued on page 8)

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help manage costs, reduce energy and extend the longevity of your mechanical services equipment: 1.

Good communication with your maintenance provider

Good two way communication is essential to establishing a program that understands the implications and priorities surrounding your HVAC systems. Your maintenance provider should be seeking to not only understand the plant and equipment you have, but also how you use it. To help with troubleshooting issues for instance, it would be important to know higher priority must be given to cooling a warehouse holding perishable stock than the management offices. Too often, maintenance programs don’t necessarily take into account how equipment is used in a building and just focuses on technical specifications. 2.

Horses for courses

Every building, every system and the components within those systems have different operating needs and profiles - yet we tend to treat everything the same. A piece of equipment that’s required to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will require a different maintenance approach to that same equipment running just five days a week for four hours. A major part of establishing an effective maintenance program is anchored around defining purposes for each piece of equipment - from how many occupants are in a building to operating hours; equipment selection, acceptable performance levels and more. One size does not fit all. 3.

Check on legal requirements

There are a variety of statutory regulations that need to be adhered to and these differ from state to state in Australia including regulatory compliance with Essential Safety Measures and other Australian Standards and Building Codes. Failure to comply can result in fines and potentially expose you and your business to litigation.

“ Equipment that’s required to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, will require a different maintenance approach to that same equipment running just 5 days a week for 4 hours ”

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The 254 km race through the Sahara desert requires the 900 or so competitors to carry everything they need during the event - from food, clothing, medical kit, and sleeping bag - while a water limit of 9 litre per day is rationed at check points. Temperatures can be extreme, with possible daytime highs reaching in excess of 500C and night-time lows of 30C. Additionally the occasional sandstorm can add to the mix. As a result, competitors need to ready for anything. Preparing both physically and mentally for the Marathon des Sables (MDS) requires a herculean effort as well: “It takes a lot of determination and focus but as it is summer, it will really help me prepare for the hot conditions,” says Stuart who is currently running at around 150km each week. “I’m currently focussed on running around 90 minutes every day during the week with longer four to five hour runs on the weekend.” The total length of the course covers 254 km - broken into six sections that become the equivalent of running six marathons in six days with the longest single stage being 91 km in length. Preparation for the MDS has also included racing in the recent “Mount Bogon to Mount Hotham” ultramarathon, taking in 68 km over Victoria’s High Country. Gibson finished in second place completing the race in 7 hours and 30 minutes - the sixth fastest time on record. “AE Smith really encourages personal fitness as a company and their support of my preparation for the MDS event has been tremendous,” says Stuart who is also being provided with custom made AE Smith sports and training clothing. “As you could imagine, I go through quite a bit of training gear!”

“ The 254 km race through the Sahara desert requires the 900 or so competitors to carry everything they need during the event from food, clothing, medical kit, and sleeping bag - while a water limit of 9 litre per day is rationed at check points ”

For more information about the amazing Marathon des Sables visit www.darbaroud.com.

A Proactive Preventative Maintenance program is about delivering outcomes. Often customers can’t recognise what benefits they would receive from specialist maintenance. Ultimately, you should be seeing a reduction in costs. Establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with your chosen supplier around energy savings, repair bills and overall equipment performance with your maintenance provider. It’s not unreasonable to expect at least a 10% reduction in the amount of energy consumed and in many instances, up to a 50% saving in the total cost of repairs and maintenance to equipment depending on its age. Want to learn more about the most cost effective thing you can do right now for your existing building? Contact Antoni Pisa on 03 9271 1920 for more information about reducing both energy consumption and the total owning and operating costs related to your facility’s HVAC and mechanical services using a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program designed by AE Smith. * Australian Government 2009, ‘ESD Operations Guide for Owners, Managers and Tenants’.

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Going the Distance

A Long Way to the Top

AE Smith’s Stuart Gibson set to compete in the world’s most gruelling foot race

Eureka Tower Climb has AE Smith Melbourne rising to the challenge

Senior Engineer with AE Smith Construction in Melbourne, Stuart Gibson (pic left) is earning himself a reputation as a dedicated, committed employee willing to go the distance - thanks to his passion for outdoor sports and running in particular.

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Not settling with winning fun runs, breaking records climbing the Eureka Tower and other running events nationally, Stuart’s latest challenge is one of the most gruelling foot races in the world. The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) is a six day, 254 km ultramarathon across the Southern Moroccan Sahara Desert starting near Casablanca, North Africa. The annual event (this year held from 3 - 10 April) is regarded as the toughest event on earth and brings competitors from all over the globe. “Throughout my running career I have participated in road and cross country, marathons, half marathons and 10km races across the length and breadth of the UK, Europe and Australia, so to me entering into ultrarunning was a natural progression,” says Stuart when asked the obvious question of what possesses someone to compete at such a punishing event.

A team of eight representing AE Smith rose to the challenge again competing in the 2009 Eureka Climb - an annual event that calls on teams to scale the iconic building’s 89 floors and 1,958 steps to raise money for charity. As the tallest residential building in the world, the Eureka Tower poses an interesting endurance test - and AE Smith’s team and individuals went the distance. Stuart Gibson, a Senior Engineer at AE Smith Construction in Melbourne led the way - winning the gruelling event for a second consecutive year beating his own climb record by finishing all 89 floors of the Eureka Tower in an amazing 8 minutes and 56 seconds. That’s 6.02 seconds per floor! “Bringing together a group to represent the company and participate in events such as this really builds great morale and improves communication,” says Team AE Smith internal champion and Melbourne AE Smith Service General Manager, Peter McCarthy. Team AE Smith along with hundreds of other stair climbers helped raise $125,000 in total for Interplast and Whitelion charities on the day. For more information visit www.eurekaclimb.com.au.

AE Smith has a special and ongoing relationship with the Eureka Tower. During construction of the landmark Melbourne building, AE Smith designed and installed all of Eureka Tower’s air conditioning and mechanical services. Today, AE Smith proudly provides preventative maintenance and service to the same systems we installed ensuring the environmental comfort of residents and guests alike.

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ingredient in attracting and retaining apprentices and complemented by additional training and career support extended by AE Smith. “Winning these awards is a great way to repay AE Smith for their commitment and investment in my training,” says Imran after winning the coveted ACMA award. Hopefully, another award win is in the pipeline with his recent nomination for the 2010 Air conditioning, Refrigeration & Building Services (ARBS) Young Achiever Award - another prestigious industry award that requires nomination from your peers and employer. A judging panel of various industry experts will be announcing state and national award winners in April. The draftsman for AE Smith Construction in Melbourne turned to his trade after starting his career in sales and is now heralded as one of the companies bright young stars, set for a long future with AE Smith. Employed in January 2007 as a trainee draftsperson, Imran has become a valuable member of the drafting team, working on some of AE Smith’s largest projects including the Melbourne Airport, Grand Hyatt, RACV Healesville Country Club, Monash University and Orica.

Cost Effective Ways to become Energy Efficient AE Smith’s seven step Environmental Sustainability Program While many building owners and asset managers are looking to achieve their NABERS rating or to increase energy efficiencies to prepare for Mandatory Disclosure legislation, concern has been voiced around the cost of making such changes.

“ The effective implementation of our seven step program doesn’t focus on large capital expenditures to reduce energy consumption, rather finetuning existing plant and equipment so it works more effectively ”

“We’re hearing from buildings owners concerns over the cost of becoming more energy efficient, but there are simple and cost effective steps that can be put into place to improve a NABERS Energy rating or increase the efficiency of energy use,” says Doug Binns, General Manager of AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. A seven step program designed by AE Smith’s Emerald Sustainable Performance team of energy and environmental management specialists work with customers to help reduce energy consumption without the need for significant and costly upgrades to plant and equipment. Emerald's seven step "Environmental Sustainability Program" (Emerald ESP) identifies good housekeeping practices that have already delivered energy savings of up to 25% for some buildings. “The effective implementation of our seven step program doesn’t focus on large capital expenditures to reduce energy consumption, rather finetuning existing plant and equipment so it works more effectively,” adds Binns, who along with the AE Smith's Emerald team is helping customers around the country meet their NABERS Energy star rating and legislative obligations by implementing the program.

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His potential to develop into a leading draftsman has already been demonstrated with the completion of his four year AMCA Mechanical Drafting course in under three years; contributing to projects beyond his level of experience and his proactive role mentoring other trainees. Imran has also recently begun training to become a qualified assessor for AMCA. “Imran’s work ethic, professionalism and obvious drafting talents are ensuring he’s getting noticed not only by our company but also our industry’s peak body,” comments AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel. “It’s talents like these we relish and encourage and want as part of our team,” adds Permezel. Imran’s awards and recognition are following in the footsteps of other trainees and apprentices nominated for industry awards in the past years – attesting to AE Smith’s investment and support of future talent. For more information about joining the AE Smith team visit www.aesmith.com.au.

Main pic: Winning AE Smith team at the 2009 AMCA Industry Awards (L to R) Mark Hobday (Chief Draftsman), Andrew Permezel (CEO), Imran Khan (Draft Trainee & AMCA Training Achievement Award winner) and Peter Staedler (GM), Ron Oates (Drawing Office Manager) absent. Above: Imran Khan with partner Andrea Torres. Imran won both the 2009 “AE Smith National Training Achievement Award” and the prestigious “AMCA Training Achievement Award” in recognition of his positive attitude towards learning and contribution to the industry. Imran has also been nominated for the 2010 Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Building Services (ARBS) Young Achiever Award.

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“In these tough economic times when capital and operating funds are tightly controlled, we’re keen to help manage and improve a building’s environmental and energy performance with simple and cost effective measures,” adds Binns. The seven Emerald ESP steps include: 1. Energy Profile – where an audit of the building is conducted to help inform an effective energy management strategy. It also provides benchmarks to measure future improvements, highlights consumption anomalies and is an important part of creating a NABERS Energy rating. 2. Energy Opportunity Review – identifying where energy efficiencies could be implemented to reduce costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions – a significant step to improving a NABERS rating. 3. NABERS Assessment – with AE Smith’s stable of qualified in-house NABERS Accredited Assessors, the program can also conduct a NABERS assessment of buildings and work on issuing energy efficiency certificates to help comply with upcoming Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency legislation.

Imran Khan Bowls Them Over at Awards Night

4. Fine Tuning & Commissioning – “It never ceases to amaze us how many commercial buildings have not had their HVAC equipment commissioned properly,” says Binns. “Either original commissioning no longer meets the needs of the building or as tenants move in and out different refits occur, affecting equipment and creating a lot of wasted energy.”

Focus on new talent reaps rewards for AE Smith

This step recommends annual re-commissioning to fine tune a building’s systems, helping improve efficiency by maximising current plant and equipment.

One of Australia’s oldest family companies is generating a host of young industry experts for the future. The latest young gun to come from the stables of AE Smith - the country’s largest privately owned mechanical services contractor - is notching up a series of industry accolades that’s paving the way for him to be a leader of the future. AE Smith Mackay 2010 Apprentice Induction Night Every year AE Smith recruits new apprentices. In late Jan five new apprentices joined the Mackay team in a formal event with staff and parents championed by AE Smith Mackay General Manager, Mike Mulherin. Pic above. Apprentices (L to R): Edward Parker, Jacob Stebhens, Tyson Martin, Matthew Llewellyn, Brodie Stagg, Jamie Irwin (absent). Standing (L to R): Steph and Natalie from Australian Apprentice Centre.

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Awarded by peak body, the Air conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) of Australia, AE Smith Trainee Draftsman Imran Khan was presented the prestigious National Traineeship Achievement Award against five other state finalists in recognition of his positive attitude towards learning and contribution to the industry. The rigorous assessment process reviewed skills and attitude to determine the finalists from a wide range of entry applications. Imran was also nominated in the Trainee Draftsperson category.

5. Building Management System (BMS) Controls Audit – by reviewing control strategies for all components, plant and equipment can be better aligned to the operational needs of the building. This step has recently seen an AE Smith customer - managers of a large Perth shopping complex - reduce energy consumption by 15% after detecting control system errors.

“ ‘Reducing energy consumption is a lot like losing weight and keeping that weight off!’ comments Binns, who likens lifestyle changes to achieve long term weight loss to ongoing energy efficiency ”

6. Chiller Monitoring – With chillers sometimes accounting for up to 35% of electrical power use in a building this step looks at how new chiller monitoring technology could be deployed to improve chiller performance to cool the facility with minimum running hours. 7. Energy Monitoring & Reporting – “Reducing energy consumption is a lot like losing weight and keeping that weight off!” comments Binns, who likens lifestyle changes to achieve long term weight loss to ongoing energy efficiency.

This rising star at AE Smith has also added more runs on the board by winning the company’s own National Training Award.

Part of the Emerald Environmental Sustainability Program is to ensure ongoing monitoring and measurement – comparing and projecting energy use with current results so areas of concern can be fixed before target energy consumption is at risk.

As part of AE Smith’s focus on encouraging and developing people entering the industry, the company has pioneered an incentive program open to apprentices with the national winner awarded a $1,000 cash prize each year. The national incentive award has become a key

“If it’s not measured it’s not achieved,” adds Binns, who notes that the monitoring and reporting step is vital to achieving NABERS Energy star ratings. 11


AE Smith NABERS Accredited Assessors on hand from Melbourne to Mackay “Our teams are definitely working better together thanks to the various programs they participate in, so they bring this collaborative and united approach to our customers and the projects they work on,” says Permezel who notes the extensive program of activities has helped reduce absenteeism, improve morale and staff retention as well as creative problem solving and communication. AE Smith’s professional development programs combines traditional skills and safety training, workshops and seminars with the non traditional – from social activities and environmental causes to physical fitness. Boot camps, fitness groups, triathlon teams and fun runs to rowing regattas are offered and supported to staff of all levels – and highlight how work and play combine for AE Smith to create results on and off the field.

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Full list of AE Smith NABERS Accredited Assessors at www.aesmith.com.au

13+ AE Smith staff based around Australia (see pic right) have either begun NABERS training and/or successfully completed their examinations to attain full NABERS Accredited Assessor status. Only NABERS Accredited Assessors are able to perform official ratings. Main pic: 2009 Triathlon World Championships, Gold Coast. Team AE Smith claimed 5 of the top 10 corporate places.

What’s the difference between Green Star and NABERS? Green Star – Office ratings, developed by the Green Building Council of Australia, are designed to assess the environmental potential of office buildings. These ratings establish how the premises will perform under ideal circumstances based on design information and management processes. The actual operational performance data established by NABERS ratings will complement Green Star ratings, establishing a valuable feedback loop to building designers, developers, tenants and owners. Source: www.nabers.com.au

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Pic far left: Team AE Smith at the 2009 Barralong Corporate Rowing Regatta, Brisbane.

Representing the company with pride While sporting endeavours are favoured by some staff, other more passive pursuits also help to inspire team work. AE Smith staff are encouraged to bring to life the company’s environmental initiatives. “To be hands on in AE Smith’s commitment to reduce our industry’s environmental impact is a great way to represent the company,” comments AE Smith Service Business Development Manager, Antoni Pisa - who participated in the Greenfleet Drive Day in Melbourne late last year. AE Smith has partnered with Greenfleet to also plant 10,000 trees by 2010 as part of a broader environmental initiative. “Involving our staff in major company initiatives and sponsorships such as Greenfleet is another way we’re creating a positive corporate culture,” adds CEO, Andrew Permezel.

Above: 2009 Australian Corporate Games, Melbourne. Team AE Smith soccer semi-finalist.

2009 Greenfleet Drive Day during which AE Smith participants got to test drive several types of fuel efficient vehicles (pic left), learn some tips on driving more efficiently and ways to avoid, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit www.greenfleet.com.au.

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AE Smith is ensuring its nationwide team is ready to support customers in preparation for proposed Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency legislation With a host of NABERS Accredited Assessors now in place around the country, AE Smith is offering unparalleled access to an efficient and timely process of attaining NABERS assessments and certification. “We’ve invested in training and qualifying assessors at each of our offices around Australia to ensure our customers from Townsville to Hobart, Perth to Sydney, Brisbane to Melbourne can have access to critical NABERS assessments,” says David Odd, Energy Engineer with AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. David was also the first AE Smith team member to become a NABERS Accredited Assessor. In the coming months, 13 assessors will be fully qualified, having completed the rigorous NABERS accreditation study, examination and trainee process. “We felt it was important to respond proactively to what’s happening in the market place and ensure we’re developing the resources our customers around the country will need to help them deal with future trends in energy management and coming legislation,” adds Odd.

At Work and Play AE Smith is investing heavily in professional development for their employees to help maintain a competitive edge As one of Australia’s leading HVAC companies, maintaining a competitive edge and the benchmark for best practice is foremost in AE Smith’s business planning.

“ Delivering world class projects requires a well motivated, cohesive and skilled team ”

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Whether commercial building owners want better energy performance on a voluntary basis or because of NABERS rating and tenant obligations, AE Smith are now well placed to provide a range of services to assist and cost effectively because of the availability of in-house AE Smith NABERS accredited professionals. “We’re offering our customers the opportunity to include NABERS assessments in their existing maintenance contracts,” says Odd, who predicts many smaller properties and commercial property investors may find themselves facing steeper costs and long delays for NABERS assessments if they wait too long to prepare.

“Delivering world class projects requires a well motivated, cohesive and skilled team,” comments AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel who believes investing in staff is the key ingredient for staying leaders in the building industry.

“As AE Smith has the ability to provide NABERS assessments now whether you’re in Mackay or Melbourne, we’re able to help building owners get organised for the legislative requirements of Mandatory Disclosure or start the process for improving their NABERS energy rating,” adds Odd.

AE Smith is continuing to place professional development at the top of their business planning agenda – devoting time, money and resources to an extensive employee program that combines skills training, off site workshops, fitness programs and engagement in environmental activities to ensure the team is enthused to work at their best.

“We’re already seeing demand from the market place to find out what to do and how to become ready for Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency - and a NABERS assessment is often the vital first step.”

“The edge we’re able to bring to our wide variety of projects is not only our expertise but a positive and committed team to partner with our clients,” adds Permezel, who maintains that professional and personal development of staff helps bring to life the company’s “partner of first choice” vision.

To enquire about a NABERS assessment for your building or facility contact David Odd on 02 8754 3352.

David Odd (above), Energy Engineer with AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance is the first of many AE Smith staff around the country to become a NABERS Accredited Assessor.

“ We’re developing the resources our customers around the country will need to help them deal with future trends in energy management and coming legislation ”

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“ AE Smith are in a unique position to provide the ICA service because we can combine our various specialists from within our team such as Professional Chartered Engineers, Green Star Accredited Professionals, NABERS Accredited Assessors, qualified NEBB Supervisors and technicians to provide advice ”

New Horizons for AE Smith as Green Star Indepen AE Smith is lending its expertise to a new green building that’s set to be the centrepiece of one of the world’s best practice technology innovation hubs The New Horizons Centre at Monash University in Melbourne will be a 19,500 sqm collaboration research centre for the development of leading edge manufacturing technology. Developed as a joint venture between Monash University and CSIRO, the New Horizons project is a central and vital component of a vision to develop a Clayton Innovation Precinct as the most significant technology innovation hub in the southern hemisphere. Along with its high tech purpose, the New Horizons project will also be a cutting edge 6 Star Green Star building. Working with architects, Lyons; Building Services company Umow Lai and ESD consultants Irwin Consult, AE Smith have recently been appointed as the Green Star Independent Commissioning Agent (ICA) to assist with achieving the 6 Star Green Star Building rating goal for the project. The Green Star building rating system developed by the Green Building Council of Australia assess the sustainability of a buildings design and construction. It has versions to cover a wide range of building types. The Green Star rating system requires an Independent Commissioning Agent to be engaged as early as possible in the project design phase. “Our role as the ICA is to provide commissioning advice to the building

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at Design stage, but the highest ratings at Office As Built and Office Interiors stages once complete. “To work on such a landmark Green building has enabled us to deliver some innovative mechanical services systems,” says Brisbane AE Smith Construction Project Manager, Paul McTigue. “There are numerous eco-friendly features with the HVAC systems including a heat recovery system to pre-cool outside air, passive chilled beams as well as a 750,000 litre thermal energy storage tank,” adds Paul. The Building Management System (BMS) that AE Smith has put in place also provides energy usage reporting and is integrated with all services including the grey water treatment and water harvesting to reduce water use. “We’ve also incorporated individually controlled air conditioning for each occupant’s workstation. AE Smith worked closely with Project Services to ensure that the workstation design was successful,” says Paul. The Zillmere building will also have water efficient appliances and fittings and an integrated water management system that will collect, treat and re-use water. High ceilings, installation of native plants and thermally efficient roof materials complete the “green design”.

What is Green Star? Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and, with 11 per cent of Australia's CBD commercial office buildings Green Star certified, building green is now a business imperative.

What do the Stars mean? 5 Star Green Star Certified Rating (score 60-74) signifies 'Australian Excellence' in environmentally sustainable design and/or construction. 6 Star Green Star Certified Rating (score 75-100) signifies 'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable design and/or construction.

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“ AE Smith have been appointed to install and commission Mechanical Services for the facility to help achieve the [6 Star] Green Star accreditation ”

Creating Australia’s Greenest Office Building AE Smith’s Mechanical Services design helps ensure highest Green Star rating The Brisbane Construction team are currently lending their expertise to the country’s highest green star rated office building. The $44.5 million Zillmere Joint Contact Centre in Brisbane has recently received a 6 Green Star Office Design v2 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in recognition of its ecologically sustainable specifications. With construction currently underway by Glenzeil at the Cambewarra Street site, the completed project will provide round the clock contact centre facilities for Smart Service Queensland and Queensland Police. The Green Building Council recently awarded the project an extremely high 92 points out of 105, including four innovation points out of a maximum of five. “The score well exceeds any other project in Australia and makes it comparable to any in the world,” says Queensland Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten. AE Smith have been appointed to install and commission Mechanical Services for the facility to help achieve the various Green Star accreditations – which could also lead to Australia’s first triple Green Star rated building. This will not only provide 6 Star Green Star accreditation

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ndent Commissioning Agent owner and the design team throughout the design, construction and building tuning phases,” says Stuart Gibson, Melbourne AE Smith Construction Senior Engineer working on this project. “We’ll also be involved in monitoring and verifying the commissioning of the building systems in accordance with industry recognised commissioning codes.” Gibson, who along with AE Smith’s host of in house experts are excited by the challenge of working on this landmark 6 Star Green Star building: “AE Smith are in a unique position to provide the ICA service because we can combine our various specialists from within our team such as Professional Chartered Engineers, Green Star Accredited Professionals, NABERS Accredited Assessors, qualified NEBB Supervisors and technicians to provide advice,” adds Gibson.

During the concept design phase the design team reviewed a number of sun shading strategies to contribute to establishing high environmental performance building. These options range from fixed and automated louvers (main pic) to perforated nano screens and super high performance glazing. Source: Lyons 2009, Concept Design Report.

And while this is amongst the first of many ICA roles AE Smith will play, it’s anticipated this will become a key service: “As Green Star projects become main stream and the commissioning process more stringent thanks to new requirements, the Independent Commissioning process will become more prevalent and influential in the future,” comments Gibson. “It’s a role AE Smith is well placed to advise our existing and new clients.” For more information about AE Smith Green Star Independent Commissioning Agent services contact Stuart Gibson on 03 9271 1999. 15


New Technology Opens Up Possibilities AE Smith Building Technologies introduces Vykon Energy Suite to customers With the energy efficiencies of our buildings becoming increasingly scrutinised, ensuring the right controls and technologies are in place to deliver on energy management has never been more important.

“ Knowing where you use your energy is important, but when it comes to reviewing or negotiating your energy tariffs, knowing when you use the energy is critical ”

To help assist their clients in measuring and monitoring their buildings performance in “real time”, AE Smith Building Technologies have introduced the Vykon Energy Suite. The Vykon software is at the leading edge of enterprise energy management, designed to help customers integrate their devices and systems to deliver superior energy management. Building Technologies General Manager Adam Bek explains: “This software uses the Niagara framework, a common platform across all major DDC [Direct Digital Control] manufacturers, which means customers can now have a common automation and energy infrastructure,” comments Adam, who says the Vykon Energy Suite also allows the ability to access and monitor a buildings performance via the internet. “It’s now possible to check in real time what’s happening to your energy use,” adds Adam, who believes the ability to assess when energy is being used gives the information needed to negotiate the best tariffs in the energy supply market place.

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General Manager, Steve Jackson said he is very proud of his Brisbane Construction team for their efforts in ensuring that the Return to Work (RTW) processes are applied fairly and effectively in the best interests of any effected parties. Steve congratulated Project Support Officer, Nick Daley, for his significant contribution to the teams RTW award achievement, “Nick is the driving force behind our RTW focus, as he is for the other aspects of WHS in our office” says Steve, “his energetic approach and positive attitude is a real benefit in dealing with RTW situations.” Looking forward, 2010 is another big year for AE Smith with plans firmly in place to deliver other initiatives to further support the success that has been enjoyed in the first half of this fiscal year. National Safety Manager, Danny O’Reilly talks of the roll out of the second stage of the Committed to Zero Harm program (titled CZH2) and the implementation of the Fitness For Work program, all by end of June this year. “It is always a busy year on the operational front, we just need to make the time to ensure that it is a Safe Busy Year as well” Danny says. AE Smith Brisbane Factory Team (main pic, L to R). Front row: Alastair Bauer, Darrin Rolph, Jeremy Semple; 2nd row: Ian Forwood, Peter Chamberlain; 3rd row: Richard Mapp, Wayne Anderson, Jonathan Dimailig, Peter Jawney, Jose Villegas, Ashley Hughes, Ephraim Rios, Paul Bloye; 4th row: Paul Langford, Kane Baunsoe, Maurice Canas, Eugene Doroja, Michael Diezel, (hidden) Dave Robins, Daryl Freier, Kevin Rudd, Waine Von Pein.

Pic above (L to R): Nick Daley and Steve Jackson hold the Q-COMP certificate celebrating AE Smith being a finalist in the 2009 Return to Work Awards. Q-COMP’s Return to Work Awards celebrate leading Queensland employers, rehabilitation and return to work coordinators, and injured workers, for their amazing efforts in rehabilitation and return to work. Q-COMP is the Worker’s Compensation Regulatory Authority that oversees the Queensland worker’ compensation scheme. They are a service provider who resolve disputes, educate and inform, manage data and regulate insurers. For more information about Q-COMP and the Return to Work Awards visit www.qcomp.com.au.

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“Knowing where you use your energy is important, but when it comes to reviewing or negotiating your energy tariffs, knowing when you use the energy is critical. The Vykon Energy Suite provides total consumption transparency, giving you the key information you need to effectively manage and monitor your buildings energy and cost profile.” This sort of technology opens up a host of opportunities for reducing the energy costs of a building. It also assists with assessing efficiencies and reducing energy use: “By using the data you’re able to acquire through this system, you can compare facilities and equipment and then normalise data for weather, production and square metres to implement demand-side strategies that reduce overall energy consumption,” says Adam. Additionally, the scope to assess, report and interpret energy use can assist with working towards a building’s NABERS Energy rating: “As the Vykon Energy software helps building owners and property managers see their energy use now - rather than waiting for bills to come in - trends can be quickly identified and inefficiencies acted on immediately.”

Safety 1st Start to 2010 AE Smith is one of the first mechanical services contractors to have a safety management system in place certified to Australian Standards. AS/NZS 4801 certification of the AE Smith Workplace Health and Safety Management System provides valuable credentials to AE Smith and formally recognises our commitment to occupational health and safety excellence. The rigorous AS/NZS 4801 Standards certification sets out strenuous requirements for health and safety systems and assesses how an organisation manages risk and hazards.

“As the dust settles on the 2009 Christmas break and the momentum returns to our operational activities we are pleased to note that we are off to a great start with our best ever half financial year Workplace Health and Safety results on record,” says AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel. “The progress we are enjoying is the product of the ownership that our staff have chosen to invest in ‘looking after themselves and their workmates’.” Andrew goes on to point out that should we take the time to look beyond the legislation, standards, site rules, etcetera, all of which of course have significant importance to the overall Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) process, maintaining our quest to achieve ‘Zero Harm’ simply comes down to what our attitude to safety is when we undertake our activities. Evidence of this is strongest when we look at examples presented by the Brisbane AE Smith Construction team in the duct manufacturing workshop (pic above) where the Lost Time Incident (LTI) free run is now approaching one year.

“This assessment can really assist with staying on track to achieve and then maintain a building’s NABERS ratings,” he adds. For more information about how Vykon Energy Suite can help you better see, communicate and manage the energy use in your facility, contact Adam Bek on 03 9271 1852. Vykon Energy Suite is a comprehensive suite of applications to gather, analyse and communicate up-to-date energy information about one or more facilities anywhere, anytime, via the Internet. At the core of the Vykon Energy Suite is the Niagara Framework. Different to other proprietary technologies, Niagara Framework makes it possible to integrate smart devices and automations systems of all types providing interoperability and access to data that is protocol neutral and vendor independent.

Factory Site Manager, Richard Mapp (pic above, standing far left) has utilised a mix of internal and external resources to assist him in triggering the change in the team’s approach to safety, in Richards’ words, “It was difficult pushing the ‘change wheelbarrow’ at first, but when the whole team got on board that’s when we started to realise the big gains.” Still in the ‘north’, Brisbane AE Smith Construction was recently honoured in being a finalist in the Q-COMP 2009 Return to Work Awards.

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Additionally, once paper work from service visits was returned to branch offices, admin staff were required to manually enter documented information into the IT system, which was a time consuming process open to human error. “We wanted to speed up our ability to document information in the field and have that data sent back to the office in a format that was accurate, timely and easy to process.” The new Motorola MC75 handheld mobile computer (pic right) allows technicians to remotely access customer data from historical information, asset management details to equipment specifications and service history. "We wanted to introduce technology that would positively enhance our service delivery to customers - so having our technicians simply access key data and information to make informed decisions on the road is a tremendous capability,” adds Cevaal. The process to find the right technology was a long and carefully planned one - investigating and researching a host of options has taken place to ensure the mobility of AE Smith’s particular data needs could be met.

AE Smith Off the Paper Trail Partnering with Motorola to roll out new technology for service technicians

“ We wanted to introduce technology that would positively enhance our service delivery to customers so having our technicians simply access key data and information to make informed decisions on the road is a tremendous capability ”

AE Smith’s Service technicians around the country have effectively abandoned the paper trail thanks to new innovative technology from Motorola. Fielding one of the largest deployments of its type in Australia, AE Smith and Motorola worked together to tailor a cutting edge handheld device that has capabilities to search, sort, access information and data remotely - reducing administration time so technicians are freed up to deal with service issues. In the past, the 135+ AE Smith Service technicians relied on a series of paper based processes to manage work processes that came from their multiple site visits each day. AE Smith Service Group General Manager, Aldo Cevaal elaborates on the collaboration with Motorola: “Like most people, technicians absolutely hate paperwork. They want to get in there and fix the problem without worrying about the admin. “The other issue we wanted to overcome was the logistics of our technicians having to leave the field to bring paperwork back to the office, which is time that technicians weren’t spending with our customers,” adds Cevaal.

Having rolled out the Motorola MC75 to its technicians across Australia, the feedback from technicians and customers alike has been positive. “To have such a range of data and capabilities at our fingertips really provides a great service advantage to both our technicians on site and the customers they serve,” adds Cevaal. For more information contact Aldo Cevaal on 03 9271 1999.

Main pic: Melbourne AE Smith Service Technician, Trent Gregory recording information on site using his Motorola MC75 handheld mobile computer. The MC75 is compact and rugged with 3G and wireless capabilities, integrated GPS, 1D and 2D bar code scanning, high resolution 2 megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth and IrDA connectivity.

Subscribe online to AE Smith’s quarterly newsletter while visiting the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café at Green Cities 2010 for your chance to WIN a Motorola smartphone valued at $850. www.aesmith.com.au/ NewsletterSubscription

See online for terms & conditions.

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Additionally, once paper work from service visits was returned to branch offices, admin staff were required to manually enter documented information into the IT system, which was a time consuming process open to human error. “We wanted to speed up our ability to document information in the field and have that data sent back to the office in a format that was accurate, timely and easy to process.” The new Motorola MC75 handheld mobile computer (pic right) allows technicians to remotely access customer data from historical information, asset management details to equipment specifications and service history. "We wanted to introduce technology that would positively enhance our service delivery to customers - so having our technicians simply access key data and information to make informed decisions on the road is a tremendous capability,” adds Cevaal. The process to find the right technology was a long and carefully planned one - investigating and researching a host of options has taken place to ensure the mobility of AE Smith’s particular data needs could be met.

AE Smith Off the Paper Trail Partnering with Motorola to roll out new technology for service technicians

“ We wanted to introduce technology that would positively enhance our service delivery to customers so having our technicians simply access key data and information to make informed decisions on the road is a tremendous capability ”

AE Smith’s Service technicians around the country have effectively abandoned the paper trail thanks to new innovative technology from Motorola. Fielding one of the largest deployments of its type in Australia, AE Smith and Motorola worked together to tailor a cutting edge handheld device that has capabilities to search, sort, access information and data remotely - reducing administration time so technicians are freed up to deal with service issues. In the past, the 135+ AE Smith Service technicians relied on a series of paper based processes to manage work processes that came from their multiple site visits each day. AE Smith Service Group General Manager, Aldo Cevaal elaborates on the collaboration with Motorola: “Like most people, technicians absolutely hate paperwork. They want to get in there and fix the problem without worrying about the admin. “The other issue we wanted to overcome was the logistics of our technicians having to leave the field to bring paperwork back to the office, which is time that technicians weren’t spending with our customers,” adds Cevaal.

Having rolled out the Motorola MC75 to its technicians across Australia, the feedback from technicians and customers alike has been positive. “To have such a range of data and capabilities at our fingertips really provides a great service advantage to both our technicians on site and the customers they serve,” adds Cevaal. For more information contact Aldo Cevaal on 03 9271 1999.

Main pic: Melbourne AE Smith Service Technician, Trent Gregory recording information on site using his Motorola MC75 handheld mobile computer. The MC75 is compact and rugged with 3G and wireless capabilities, integrated GPS, 1D and 2D bar code scanning, high resolution 2 megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth and IrDA connectivity.

Subscribe online to AE Smith’s quarterly newsletter while visiting the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café at Green Cities 2010 for your chance to WIN a Motorola smartphone valued at $850. www.aesmith.com.au/ NewsletterSubscription

See online for terms & conditions.

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“Knowing where you use your energy is important, but when it comes to reviewing or negotiating your energy tariffs, knowing when you use the energy is critical. The Vykon Energy Suite provides total consumption transparency, giving you the key information you need to effectively manage and monitor your buildings energy and cost profile.” This sort of technology opens up a host of opportunities for reducing the energy costs of a building. It also assists with assessing efficiencies and reducing energy use: “By using the data you’re able to acquire through this system, you can compare facilities and equipment and then normalise data for weather, production and square metres to implement demand-side strategies that reduce overall energy consumption,” says Adam. Additionally, the scope to assess, report and interpret energy use can assist with working towards a building’s NABERS Energy rating: “As the Vykon Energy software helps building owners and property managers see their energy use now - rather than waiting for bills to come in - trends can be quickly identified and inefficiencies acted on immediately.”

Safety 1st Start to 2010 AE Smith is one of the first mechanical services contractors to have a safety management system in place certified to Australian Standards. AS/NZS 4801 certification of the AE Smith Workplace Health and Safety Management System provides valuable credentials to AE Smith and formally recognises our commitment to occupational health and safety excellence. The rigorous AS/NZS 4801 Standards certification sets out strenuous requirements for health and safety systems and assesses how an organisation manages risk and hazards.

“As the dust settles on the 2009 Christmas break and the momentum returns to our operational activities we are pleased to note that we are off to a great start with our best ever half financial year Workplace Health and Safety results on record,” says AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel. “The progress we are enjoying is the product of the ownership that our staff have chosen to invest in ‘looking after themselves and their workmates’.” Andrew goes on to point out that should we take the time to look beyond the legislation, standards, site rules, etcetera, all of which of course have significant importance to the overall Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) process, maintaining our quest to achieve ‘Zero Harm’ simply comes down to what our attitude to safety is when we undertake our activities. Evidence of this is strongest when we look at examples presented by the Brisbane AE Smith Construction team in the duct manufacturing workshop (pic above) where the Lost Time Incident (LTI) free run is now approaching one year.

“This assessment can really assist with staying on track to achieve and then maintain a building’s NABERS ratings,” he adds. For more information about how Vykon Energy Suite can help you better see, communicate and manage the energy use in your facility, contact Adam Bek on 03 9271 1852. Vykon Energy Suite is a comprehensive suite of applications to gather, analyse and communicate up-to-date energy information about one or more facilities anywhere, anytime, via the Internet. At the core of the Vykon Energy Suite is the Niagara Framework. Different to other proprietary technologies, Niagara Framework makes it possible to integrate smart devices and automations systems of all types providing interoperability and access to data that is protocol neutral and vendor independent.

Factory Site Manager, Richard Mapp (pic above, standing far left) has utilised a mix of internal and external resources to assist him in triggering the change in the team’s approach to safety, in Richards’ words, “It was difficult pushing the ‘change wheelbarrow’ at first, but when the whole team got on board that’s when we started to realise the big gains.” Still in the ‘north’, Brisbane AE Smith Construction was recently honoured in being a finalist in the Q-COMP 2009 Return to Work Awards.

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New Technology Opens Up Possibilities AE Smith Building Technologies introduces Vykon Energy Suite to customers With the energy efficiencies of our buildings becoming increasingly scrutinised, ensuring the right controls and technologies are in place to deliver on energy management has never been more important.

“ Knowing where you use your energy is important, but when it comes to reviewing or negotiating your energy tariffs, knowing when you use the energy is critical ”

To help assist their clients in measuring and monitoring their buildings performance in “real time”, AE Smith Building Technologies have introduced the Vykon Energy Suite. The Vykon software is at the leading edge of enterprise energy management, designed to help customers integrate their devices and systems to deliver superior energy management. Building Technologies General Manager Adam Bek explains: “This software uses the Niagara framework, a common platform across all major DDC [Direct Digital Control] manufacturers, which means customers can now have a common automation and energy infrastructure,” comments Adam, who says the Vykon Energy Suite also allows the ability to access and monitor a buildings performance via the internet. “It’s now possible to check in real time what’s happening to your energy use,” adds Adam, who believes the ability to assess when energy is being used gives the information needed to negotiate the best tariffs in the energy supply market place.

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General Manager, Steve Jackson said he is very proud of his Brisbane Construction team for their efforts in ensuring that the Return to Work (RTW) processes are applied fairly and effectively in the best interests of any effected parties. Steve congratulated Project Support Officer, Nick Daley, for his significant contribution to the teams RTW award achievement, “Nick is the driving force behind our RTW focus, as he is for the other aspects of WHS in our office” says Steve, “his energetic approach and positive attitude is a real benefit in dealing with RTW situations.” Looking forward, 2010 is another big year for AE Smith with plans firmly in place to deliver other initiatives to further support the success that has been enjoyed in the first half of this fiscal year. National Safety Manager, Danny O’Reilly talks of the roll out of the second stage of the Committed to Zero Harm program (titled CZH2) and the implementation of the Fitness For Work program, all by end of June this year. “It is always a busy year on the operational front, we just need to make the time to ensure that it is a Safe Busy Year as well” Danny says. AE Smith Brisbane Factory Team (main pic, L to R). Front row: Alastair Bauer, Darrin Rolph, Jeremy Semple; 2nd row: Ian Forwood, Peter Chamberlain; 3rd row: Richard Mapp, Wayne Anderson, Jonathan Dimailig, Peter Jawney, Jose Villegas, Ashley Hughes, Ephraim Rios, Paul Bloye; 4th row: Paul Langford, Kane Baunsoe, Maurice Canas, Eugene Doroja, Michael Diezel, (hidden) Dave Robins, Daryl Freier, Kevin Rudd, Waine Von Pein.

Pic above (L to R): Nick Daley and Steve Jackson hold the Q-COMP certificate celebrating AE Smith being a finalist in the 2009 Return to Work Awards. Q-COMP’s Return to Work Awards celebrate leading Queensland employers, rehabilitation and return to work coordinators, and injured workers, for their amazing efforts in rehabilitation and return to work. Q-COMP is the Worker’s Compensation Regulatory Authority that oversees the Queensland worker’ compensation scheme. They are a service provider who resolve disputes, educate and inform, manage data and regulate insurers. For more information about Q-COMP and the Return to Work Awards visit www.qcomp.com.au.

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“ AE Smith have been appointed to install and commission Mechanical Services for the facility to help achieve the [6 Star] Green Star accreditation ”

Creating Australia’s Greenest Office Building AE Smith’s Mechanical Services design helps ensure highest Green Star rating The Brisbane Construction team are currently lending their expertise to the country’s highest green star rated office building. The $44.5 million Zillmere Joint Contact Centre in Brisbane has recently received a 6 Green Star Office Design v2 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in recognition of its ecologically sustainable specifications. With construction currently underway by Glenzeil at the Cambewarra Street site, the completed project will provide round the clock contact centre facilities for Smart Service Queensland and Queensland Police. The Green Building Council recently awarded the project an extremely high 92 points out of 105, including four innovation points out of a maximum of five. “The score well exceeds any other project in Australia and makes it comparable to any in the world,” says Queensland Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten. AE Smith have been appointed to install and commission Mechanical Services for the facility to help achieve the various Green Star accreditations – which could also lead to Australia’s first triple Green Star rated building. This will not only provide 6 Star Green Star accreditation

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ndent Commissioning Agent owner and the design team throughout the design, construction and building tuning phases,” says Stuart Gibson, Melbourne AE Smith Construction Senior Engineer working on this project. “We’ll also be involved in monitoring and verifying the commissioning of the building systems in accordance with industry recognised commissioning codes.” Gibson, who along with AE Smith’s host of in house experts are excited by the challenge of working on this landmark 6 Star Green Star building: “AE Smith are in a unique position to provide the ICA service because we can combine our various specialists from within our team such as Professional Chartered Engineers, Green Star Accredited Professionals, NABERS Accredited Assessors, qualified NEBB Supervisors and technicians to provide advice,” adds Gibson.

During the concept design phase the design team reviewed a number of sun shading strategies to contribute to establishing high environmental performance building. These options range from fixed and automated louvers (main pic) to perforated nano screens and super high performance glazing. Source: Lyons 2009, Concept Design Report.

And while this is amongst the first of many ICA roles AE Smith will play, it’s anticipated this will become a key service: “As Green Star projects become main stream and the commissioning process more stringent thanks to new requirements, the Independent Commissioning process will become more prevalent and influential in the future,” comments Gibson. “It’s a role AE Smith is well placed to advise our existing and new clients.” For more information about AE Smith Green Star Independent Commissioning Agent services contact Stuart Gibson on 03 9271 1999. 15


“ AE Smith are in a unique position to provide the ICA service because we can combine our various specialists from within our team such as Professional Chartered Engineers, Green Star Accredited Professionals, NABERS Accredited Assessors, qualified NEBB Supervisors and technicians to provide advice ”

New Horizons for AE Smith as Green Star Indepen AE Smith is lending its expertise to a new green building that’s set to be the centrepiece of one of the world’s best practice technology innovation hubs The New Horizons Centre at Monash University in Melbourne will be a 19,500 sqm collaboration research centre for the development of leading edge manufacturing technology. Developed as a joint venture between Monash University and CSIRO, the New Horizons project is a central and vital component of a vision to develop a Clayton Innovation Precinct as the most significant technology innovation hub in the southern hemisphere. Along with its high tech purpose, the New Horizons project will also be a cutting edge 6 Star Green Star building. Working with architects, Lyons; Building Services company Umow Lai and ESD consultants Irwin Consult, AE Smith have recently been appointed as the Green Star Independent Commissioning Agent (ICA) to assist with achieving the 6 Star Green Star Building rating goal for the project. The Green Star building rating system developed by the Green Building Council of Australia assess the sustainability of a buildings design and construction. It has versions to cover a wide range of building types. The Green Star rating system requires an Independent Commissioning Agent to be engaged as early as possible in the project design phase. “Our role as the ICA is to provide commissioning advice to the building

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at Design stage, but the highest ratings at Office As Built and Office Interiors stages once complete. “To work on such a landmark Green building has enabled us to deliver some innovative mechanical services systems,” says Brisbane AE Smith Construction Project Manager, Paul McTigue. “There are numerous eco-friendly features with the HVAC systems including a heat recovery system to pre-cool outside air, passive chilled beams as well as a 750,000 litre thermal energy storage tank,” adds Paul. The Building Management System (BMS) that AE Smith has put in place also provides energy usage reporting and is integrated with all services including the grey water treatment and water harvesting to reduce water use. “We’ve also incorporated individually controlled air conditioning for each occupant’s workstation. AE Smith worked closely with Project Services to ensure that the workstation design was successful,” says Paul. The Zillmere building will also have water efficient appliances and fittings and an integrated water management system that will collect, treat and re-use water. High ceilings, installation of native plants and thermally efficient roof materials complete the “green design”.

What is Green Star? Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and, with 11 per cent of Australia's CBD commercial office buildings Green Star certified, building green is now a business imperative.

What do the Stars mean? 5 Star Green Star Certified Rating (score 60-74) signifies 'Australian Excellence' in environmentally sustainable design and/or construction. 6 Star Green Star Certified Rating (score 75-100) signifies 'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable design and/or construction.

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AE Smith is ensuring its nationwide team is ready to support customers in preparation for proposed Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency legislation With a host of NABERS Accredited Assessors now in place around the country, AE Smith is offering unparalleled access to an efficient and timely process of attaining NABERS assessments and certification. “We’ve invested in training and qualifying assessors at each of our offices around Australia to ensure our customers from Townsville to Hobart, Perth to Sydney, Brisbane to Melbourne can have access to critical NABERS assessments,” says David Odd, Energy Engineer with AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. David was also the first AE Smith team member to become a NABERS Accredited Assessor. In the coming months, 13 assessors will be fully qualified, having completed the rigorous NABERS accreditation study, examination and trainee process. “We felt it was important to respond proactively to what’s happening in the market place and ensure we’re developing the resources our customers around the country will need to help them deal with future trends in energy management and coming legislation,” adds Odd.

At Work and Play AE Smith is investing heavily in professional development for their employees to help maintain a competitive edge As one of Australia’s leading HVAC companies, maintaining a competitive edge and the benchmark for best practice is foremost in AE Smith’s business planning.

“ Delivering world class projects requires a well motivated, cohesive and skilled team ”

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Whether commercial building owners want better energy performance on a voluntary basis or because of NABERS rating and tenant obligations, AE Smith are now well placed to provide a range of services to assist and cost effectively because of the availability of in-house AE Smith NABERS accredited professionals. “We’re offering our customers the opportunity to include NABERS assessments in their existing maintenance contracts,” says Odd, who predicts many smaller properties and commercial property investors may find themselves facing steeper costs and long delays for NABERS assessments if they wait too long to prepare.

“Delivering world class projects requires a well motivated, cohesive and skilled team,” comments AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel who believes investing in staff is the key ingredient for staying leaders in the building industry.

“As AE Smith has the ability to provide NABERS assessments now whether you’re in Mackay or Melbourne, we’re able to help building owners get organised for the legislative requirements of Mandatory Disclosure or start the process for improving their NABERS energy rating,” adds Odd.

AE Smith is continuing to place professional development at the top of their business planning agenda – devoting time, money and resources to an extensive employee program that combines skills training, off site workshops, fitness programs and engagement in environmental activities to ensure the team is enthused to work at their best.

“We’re already seeing demand from the market place to find out what to do and how to become ready for Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency - and a NABERS assessment is often the vital first step.”

“The edge we’re able to bring to our wide variety of projects is not only our expertise but a positive and committed team to partner with our clients,” adds Permezel, who maintains that professional and personal development of staff helps bring to life the company’s “partner of first choice” vision.

To enquire about a NABERS assessment for your building or facility contact David Odd on 02 8754 3352.

David Odd (above), Energy Engineer with AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance is the first of many AE Smith staff around the country to become a NABERS Accredited Assessor.

“ We’re developing the resources our customers around the country will need to help them deal with future trends in energy management and coming legislation ”

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AE Smith NABERS Accredited Assessors on hand from Melbourne to Mackay “Our teams are definitely working better together thanks to the various programs they participate in, so they bring this collaborative and united approach to our customers and the projects they work on,” says Permezel who notes the extensive program of activities has helped reduce absenteeism, improve morale and staff retention as well as creative problem solving and communication. AE Smith’s professional development programs combines traditional skills and safety training, workshops and seminars with the non traditional – from social activities and environmental causes to physical fitness. Boot camps, fitness groups, triathlon teams and fun runs to rowing regattas are offered and supported to staff of all levels – and highlight how work and play combine for AE Smith to create results on and off the field.

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Full list of AE Smith NABERS Accredited Assessors at www.aesmith.com.au

13+ AE Smith staff based around Australia (see pic right) have either begun NABERS training and/or successfully completed their examinations to attain full NABERS Accredited Assessor status. Only NABERS Accredited Assessors are able to perform official ratings. Main pic: 2009 Triathlon World Championships, Gold Coast. Team AE Smith claimed 5 of the top 10 corporate places.

What’s the difference between Green Star and NABERS? Green Star – Office ratings, developed by the Green Building Council of Australia, are designed to assess the environmental potential of office buildings. These ratings establish how the premises will perform under ideal circumstances based on design information and management processes. The actual operational performance data established by NABERS ratings will complement Green Star ratings, establishing a valuable feedback loop to building designers, developers, tenants and owners. Source: www.nabers.com.au

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Pic far left: Team AE Smith at the 2009 Barralong Corporate Rowing Regatta, Brisbane.

Representing the company with pride While sporting endeavours are favoured by some staff, other more passive pursuits also help to inspire team work. AE Smith staff are encouraged to bring to life the company’s environmental initiatives. “To be hands on in AE Smith’s commitment to reduce our industry’s environmental impact is a great way to represent the company,” comments AE Smith Service Business Development Manager, Antoni Pisa - who participated in the Greenfleet Drive Day in Melbourne late last year. AE Smith has partnered with Greenfleet to also plant 10,000 trees by 2010 as part of a broader environmental initiative. “Involving our staff in major company initiatives and sponsorships such as Greenfleet is another way we’re creating a positive corporate culture,” adds CEO, Andrew Permezel.

Above: 2009 Australian Corporate Games, Melbourne. Team AE Smith soccer semi-finalist.

2009 Greenfleet Drive Day during which AE Smith participants got to test drive several types of fuel efficient vehicles (pic left), learn some tips on driving more efficiently and ways to avoid, reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions. For more information visit www.greenfleet.com.au.

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“In these tough economic times when capital and operating funds are tightly controlled, we’re keen to help manage and improve a building’s environmental and energy performance with simple and cost effective measures,” adds Binns. The seven Emerald ESP steps include: 1. Energy Profile – where an audit of the building is conducted to help inform an effective energy management strategy. It also provides benchmarks to measure future improvements, highlights consumption anomalies and is an important part of creating a NABERS Energy rating. 2. Energy Opportunity Review – identifying where energy efficiencies could be implemented to reduce costs as well as greenhouse gas emissions – a significant step to improving a NABERS rating. 3. NABERS Assessment – with AE Smith’s stable of qualified in-house NABERS Accredited Assessors, the program can also conduct a NABERS assessment of buildings and work on issuing energy efficiency certificates to help comply with upcoming Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency legislation.

Imran Khan Bowls Them Over at Awards Night

4. Fine Tuning & Commissioning – “It never ceases to amaze us how many commercial buildings have not had their HVAC equipment commissioned properly,” says Binns. “Either original commissioning no longer meets the needs of the building or as tenants move in and out different refits occur, affecting equipment and creating a lot of wasted energy.”

Focus on new talent reaps rewards for AE Smith

This step recommends annual re-commissioning to fine tune a building’s systems, helping improve efficiency by maximising current plant and equipment.

One of Australia’s oldest family companies is generating a host of young industry experts for the future. The latest young gun to come from the stables of AE Smith - the country’s largest privately owned mechanical services contractor - is notching up a series of industry accolades that’s paving the way for him to be a leader of the future. AE Smith Mackay 2010 Apprentice Induction Night Every year AE Smith recruits new apprentices. In late Jan five new apprentices joined the Mackay team in a formal event with staff and parents championed by AE Smith Mackay General Manager, Mike Mulherin. Pic above. Apprentices (L to R): Edward Parker, Jacob Stebhens, Tyson Martin, Matthew Llewellyn, Brodie Stagg, Jamie Irwin (absent). Standing (L to R): Steph and Natalie from Australian Apprentice Centre.

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Awarded by peak body, the Air conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) of Australia, AE Smith Trainee Draftsman Imran Khan was presented the prestigious National Traineeship Achievement Award against five other state finalists in recognition of his positive attitude towards learning and contribution to the industry. The rigorous assessment process reviewed skills and attitude to determine the finalists from a wide range of entry applications. Imran was also nominated in the Trainee Draftsperson category.

5. Building Management System (BMS) Controls Audit – by reviewing control strategies for all components, plant and equipment can be better aligned to the operational needs of the building. This step has recently seen an AE Smith customer - managers of a large Perth shopping complex - reduce energy consumption by 15% after detecting control system errors.

“ ‘Reducing energy consumption is a lot like losing weight and keeping that weight off!’ comments Binns, who likens lifestyle changes to achieve long term weight loss to ongoing energy efficiency ”

6. Chiller Monitoring – With chillers sometimes accounting for up to 35% of electrical power use in a building this step looks at how new chiller monitoring technology could be deployed to improve chiller performance to cool the facility with minimum running hours. 7. Energy Monitoring & Reporting – “Reducing energy consumption is a lot like losing weight and keeping that weight off!” comments Binns, who likens lifestyle changes to achieve long term weight loss to ongoing energy efficiency.

This rising star at AE Smith has also added more runs on the board by winning the company’s own National Training Award.

Part of the Emerald Environmental Sustainability Program is to ensure ongoing monitoring and measurement – comparing and projecting energy use with current results so areas of concern can be fixed before target energy consumption is at risk.

As part of AE Smith’s focus on encouraging and developing people entering the industry, the company has pioneered an incentive program open to apprentices with the national winner awarded a $1,000 cash prize each year. The national incentive award has become a key

“If it’s not measured it’s not achieved,” adds Binns, who notes that the monitoring and reporting step is vital to achieving NABERS Energy star ratings. 11


ingredient in attracting and retaining apprentices and complemented by additional training and career support extended by AE Smith. “Winning these awards is a great way to repay AE Smith for their commitment and investment in my training,” says Imran after winning the coveted ACMA award. Hopefully, another award win is in the pipeline with his recent nomination for the 2010 Air conditioning, Refrigeration & Building Services (ARBS) Young Achiever Award - another prestigious industry award that requires nomination from your peers and employer. A judging panel of various industry experts will be announcing state and national award winners in April. The draftsman for AE Smith Construction in Melbourne turned to his trade after starting his career in sales and is now heralded as one of the companies bright young stars, set for a long future with AE Smith. Employed in January 2007 as a trainee draftsperson, Imran has become a valuable member of the drafting team, working on some of AE Smith’s largest projects including the Melbourne Airport, Grand Hyatt, RACV Healesville Country Club, Monash University and Orica.

Cost Effective Ways to become Energy Efficient AE Smith’s seven step Environmental Sustainability Program While many building owners and asset managers are looking to achieve their NABERS rating or to increase energy efficiencies to prepare for Mandatory Disclosure legislation, concern has been voiced around the cost of making such changes.

“ The effective implementation of our seven step program doesn’t focus on large capital expenditures to reduce energy consumption, rather finetuning existing plant and equipment so it works more effectively ”

“We’re hearing from buildings owners concerns over the cost of becoming more energy efficient, but there are simple and cost effective steps that can be put into place to improve a NABERS Energy rating or increase the efficiency of energy use,” says Doug Binns, General Manager of AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. A seven step program designed by AE Smith’s Emerald Sustainable Performance team of energy and environmental management specialists work with customers to help reduce energy consumption without the need for significant and costly upgrades to plant and equipment. Emerald's seven step "Environmental Sustainability Program" (Emerald ESP) identifies good housekeeping practices that have already delivered energy savings of up to 25% for some buildings. “The effective implementation of our seven step program doesn’t focus on large capital expenditures to reduce energy consumption, rather finetuning existing plant and equipment so it works more effectively,” adds Binns, who along with the AE Smith's Emerald team is helping customers around the country meet their NABERS Energy star rating and legislative obligations by implementing the program.

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His potential to develop into a leading draftsman has already been demonstrated with the completion of his four year AMCA Mechanical Drafting course in under three years; contributing to projects beyond his level of experience and his proactive role mentoring other trainees. Imran has also recently begun training to become a qualified assessor for AMCA. “Imran’s work ethic, professionalism and obvious drafting talents are ensuring he’s getting noticed not only by our company but also our industry’s peak body,” comments AE Smith CEO, Andrew Permezel. “It’s talents like these we relish and encourage and want as part of our team,” adds Permezel. Imran’s awards and recognition are following in the footsteps of other trainees and apprentices nominated for industry awards in the past years – attesting to AE Smith’s investment and support of future talent. For more information about joining the AE Smith team visit www.aesmith.com.au.

Main pic: Winning AE Smith team at the 2009 AMCA Industry Awards (L to R) Mark Hobday (Chief Draftsman), Andrew Permezel (CEO), Imran Khan (Draft Trainee & AMCA Training Achievement Award winner) and Peter Staedler (GM), Ron Oates (Drawing Office Manager) absent. Above: Imran Khan with partner Andrea Torres. Imran won both the 2009 “AE Smith National Training Achievement Award” and the prestigious “AMCA Training Achievement Award” in recognition of his positive attitude towards learning and contribution to the industry. Imran has also been nominated for the 2010 Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Building Services (ARBS) Young Achiever Award.

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Going the Distance

A Long Way to the Top

AE Smith’s Stuart Gibson set to compete in the world’s most gruelling foot race

Eureka Tower Climb has AE Smith Melbourne rising to the challenge

Senior Engineer with AE Smith Construction in Melbourne, Stuart Gibson (pic left) is earning himself a reputation as a dedicated, committed employee willing to go the distance - thanks to his passion for outdoor sports and running in particular.

Marathon des Sables (MDS) quick facts:

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Competitors must carry all personal belongings and food for the entire event in their backpack. Water and tents are supplied by the organisers. Since 2007, two competitors have died during the MDS race. The 2009 MDS registration fee was $4200. The 2010 MDS will be the 25th anniversary with organisers promising “something extra special” for the competitors.

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Not settling with winning fun runs, breaking records climbing the Eureka Tower and other running events nationally, Stuart’s latest challenge is one of the most gruelling foot races in the world. The Marathon des Sables (Marathon of the Sands) is a six day, 254 km ultramarathon across the Southern Moroccan Sahara Desert starting near Casablanca, North Africa. The annual event (this year held from 3 - 10 April) is regarded as the toughest event on earth and brings competitors from all over the globe. “Throughout my running career I have participated in road and cross country, marathons, half marathons and 10km races across the length and breadth of the UK, Europe and Australia, so to me entering into ultrarunning was a natural progression,” says Stuart when asked the obvious question of what possesses someone to compete at such a punishing event.

A team of eight representing AE Smith rose to the challenge again competing in the 2009 Eureka Climb - an annual event that calls on teams to scale the iconic building’s 89 floors and 1,958 steps to raise money for charity. As the tallest residential building in the world, the Eureka Tower poses an interesting endurance test - and AE Smith’s team and individuals went the distance. Stuart Gibson, a Senior Engineer at AE Smith Construction in Melbourne led the way - winning the gruelling event for a second consecutive year beating his own climb record by finishing all 89 floors of the Eureka Tower in an amazing 8 minutes and 56 seconds. That’s 6.02 seconds per floor! “Bringing together a group to represent the company and participate in events such as this really builds great morale and improves communication,” says Team AE Smith internal champion and Melbourne AE Smith Service General Manager, Peter McCarthy. Team AE Smith along with hundreds of other stair climbers helped raise $125,000 in total for Interplast and Whitelion charities on the day. For more information visit www.eurekaclimb.com.au.

AE Smith has a special and ongoing relationship with the Eureka Tower. During construction of the landmark Melbourne building, AE Smith designed and installed all of Eureka Tower’s air conditioning and mechanical services. Today, AE Smith proudly provides preventative maintenance and service to the same systems we installed ensuring the environmental comfort of residents and guests alike.

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help manage costs, reduce energy and extend the longevity of your mechanical services equipment: 1.

Good communication with your maintenance provider

Good two way communication is essential to establishing a program that understands the implications and priorities surrounding your HVAC systems. Your maintenance provider should be seeking to not only understand the plant and equipment you have, but also how you use it. To help with troubleshooting issues for instance, it would be important to know higher priority must be given to cooling a warehouse holding perishable stock than the management offices. Too often, maintenance programs don’t necessarily take into account how equipment is used in a building and just focuses on technical specifications. 2.

Horses for courses

Every building, every system and the components within those systems have different operating needs and profiles - yet we tend to treat everything the same. A piece of equipment that’s required to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will require a different maintenance approach to that same equipment running just five days a week for four hours. A major part of establishing an effective maintenance program is anchored around defining purposes for each piece of equipment - from how many occupants are in a building to operating hours; equipment selection, acceptable performance levels and more. One size does not fit all. 3.

Check on legal requirements

There are a variety of statutory regulations that need to be adhered to and these differ from state to state in Australia including regulatory compliance with Essential Safety Measures and other Australian Standards and Building Codes. Failure to comply can result in fines and potentially expose you and your business to litigation.

“ Equipment that’s required to operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, will require a different maintenance approach to that same equipment running just 5 days a week for 4 hours ”

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Set KPI’s

The 254 km race through the Sahara desert requires the 900 or so competitors to carry everything they need during the event - from food, clothing, medical kit, and sleeping bag - while a water limit of 9 litre per day is rationed at check points. Temperatures can be extreme, with possible daytime highs reaching in excess of 500C and night-time lows of 30C. Additionally the occasional sandstorm can add to the mix. As a result, competitors need to ready for anything. Preparing both physically and mentally for the Marathon des Sables (MDS) requires a herculean effort as well: “It takes a lot of determination and focus but as it is summer, it will really help me prepare for the hot conditions,” says Stuart who is currently running at around 150km each week. “I’m currently focussed on running around 90 minutes every day during the week with longer four to five hour runs on the weekend.” The total length of the course covers 254 km - broken into six sections that become the equivalent of running six marathons in six days with the longest single stage being 91 km in length. Preparation for the MDS has also included racing in the recent “Mount Bogon to Mount Hotham” ultramarathon, taking in 68 km over Victoria’s High Country. Gibson finished in second place completing the race in 7 hours and 30 minutes - the sixth fastest time on record. “AE Smith really encourages personal fitness as a company and their support of my preparation for the MDS event has been tremendous,” says Stuart who is also being provided with custom made AE Smith sports and training clothing. “As you could imagine, I go through quite a bit of training gear!”

“ The 254 km race through the Sahara desert requires the 900 or so competitors to carry everything they need during the event from food, clothing, medical kit, and sleeping bag - while a water limit of 9 litre per day is rationed at check points ”

For more information about the amazing Marathon des Sables visit www.darbaroud.com.

A Proactive Preventative Maintenance program is about delivering outcomes. Often customers can’t recognise what benefits they would receive from specialist maintenance. Ultimately, you should be seeing a reduction in costs. Establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) with your chosen supplier around energy savings, repair bills and overall equipment performance with your maintenance provider. It’s not unreasonable to expect at least a 10% reduction in the amount of energy consumed and in many instances, up to a 50% saving in the total cost of repairs and maintenance to equipment depending on its age. Want to learn more about the most cost effective thing you can do right now for your existing building? Contact Antoni Pisa on 03 9271 1920 for more information about reducing both energy consumption and the total owning and operating costs related to your facility’s HVAC and mechanical services using a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program designed by AE Smith. * Australian Government 2009, ‘ESD Operations Guide for Owners, Managers and Tenants’.

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On the Road for a Good Cause Have you spotted Perth’s new service vehicles? AE Smith in Perth is making a splash around the city with their colourful service trucks that leave no question about the charity they support. As long time pro bono sponsors of Ronald McDonald House near Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, AE Smith Perth have recently created a Happy Truck to herald their commitment. “Our bright service truck has certainly captured the attention and imagination of our customers,” comments AE Smith Perth General Manager, Graeme Stewart. “We have grown to have such a fantastic appreciation for the services of Ronald McDonald House and thought this was a creative way to help spread the word of their good work,” adds Graeme.

Main pic: Executive Officer, Alison Salmond sits with a young guest staying at RMH Perth. Help support the RMH closest to you by making a tax deductible donation online at www.rmh.org.au.

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AE Smith is amongst many corporate supporters of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Subiaco, providing free air conditioning service and maintenance for the past three years. The special relationship means the House no longer receives bills for air conditioning service and maintenance, saving up to $10,000 every year. The Perth office also supports the RMH annual Charity Ball, helping the event become one of the country’s most successful fundraising events. Perth’s Ronald McDonald House provides respite care for families with seriously ill children – assisting hundreds of families whose children are receiving life saving treatment at nearby Princess Margaret Hospital.

Making a maintenance program really work for you should follow a Proactive Preventative Maintenance process. If customers are unclear about the real value and benefits of adopting a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program I often ask them about their relationship with their dentist. To look after the health and long term life of our teeth, we’re urged to brush and floss regularly (preventative maintenance) to help keep plaque and decay at bay. Similarly, regular visits to your dentist for thorough check ups on the health of your teeth (proactive maintenance) helps detect any problems at early stages and maintain the long term life of your teeth – and avoid major problems that have a large price tag attached. How often have you heard horror stories (or indeed experienced them yourself) where a visit to the dentist is only at crisis point, when you’re experiencing dental pain that’s matched by a very high bill to fix the major problem. This major problem and high costs could have most likely been avoided if a Proactive Preventative Maintenance approach had been taken.

Antoni Pisa (above) is a Business Development Manager with Melbourne AE Smith Service. With a passion for sustainability in the built environment, Antoni has recently been appointed as Secretary to the Alternative Technology Association (Vic) and was awarded the 2008 Knox City Council Sustainable Development Award for the design and construction of his private residence.

So applying that methodology to your major building assets, the best maintenance solution is about doing the right actions at the right times to prevent increases in avoidable running, repair and replacement costs. Using specialist maintenance only when there’s a major problem to fix is not the best approach and typically expensive. And while every facility is unique, here are four things to bear in mind when developing a Proactive Preventative Maintenance program that will (Continued on page 8)

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Graeme believes the free services offered to Ronald McDonald House is a way of fostering the organisations strong family values. “We hope in some small way our support increases their capacity to care for sick kids and their families and makes their stay a little more comfortable,” adds Graeme. “We pride ourselves on providing a home-away-from-home for families who are facing what is often the greatest challenge of their lives,” says Alison Salmond, RMH Perth Executive Officer. “Making the House as comfortable as possible with the help of supporters like AE Smith is a very big part of this goal,” she adds. AE Smith Perth joins their Melbourne and Townsville colleagues who also provide free air conditioning service and maintenance support to RMH Monash and RMH Townsville.

“ The best maintenance solution is about doing the right actions at the right times to prevent increases in avoidable running, repair and replacement costs. Using specialist maintenance only when there’s a major problem to fix is not the best approach and typically expensive ”

Pitching in to Build New Office for Youngcare

Back to Basics to Save Energy What do managing building assets and going to the dentist have in common? AE Smith’s Antoni Pisa shares his insights into how proactive maintenance prevents pain and suffering as well as reducing energy use With such a focus on reducing the environmental impact of our buildings and remarkable new technology that’s available, it’s very easy to overlook a simpler approach to saving costs and reducing energy use. This is often the case when it comes to managing and maintaining existing buildings - and particularly heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that can account for up to 70% of all energy consumed in a commercial building.* Many of the customers I work with initially believe improving the environmental performance of their existing building and decreasing costs related to their air conditioning and mechanical services comes solely from expensive upgrades to plant and equipment. They often underplay or overlook the major role quality maintenance plays. Quality maintenance is definitely not glamorous, but getting back to basics and understanding the critical importance of maintenance can help achieve and maintain a building’s environmental performance objectives. It can also markedly reduce the total cost of owning and operating your HVAC system. Paying your mechanical services the attention it deserves will return dividends.

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AE Smith Construction in Brisbane has rallied together subcontractors and suppliers to help deliver a special pro bono project for Youngcare in Queensland Youngcare is a Brisbane based charitable organisation that provides housing support for young people requiring 24 hour full time care and support. Their fundraising helps create specially designed residences and support services tailored to the needs of young people and their carers living with a disability. They are also helping drive change and provide choice for young people with high care needs living in aged care. When industry colleague, Hutchinson Builders approached Brisbane AE Smith Construction with the project to build Youngcare an administration office – they were only too pleased to assist. “We felt the work Youngcare do is so valuable in the community and wanted to lend our support by helping keep the costs of the project to a minimum,” says AE Smith Project Manager, Michael O’Farrell who led the AE Smith team. Around $80,000 of HVAC services were designed, engineered and installed into Youngcare’s new two level office space on a pro bono basis. “Our network of various electrical, refrigeration and other sub contractors were also very supportive and were quick to help us with this worthy project as well,” adds Michael. Youngcare run a variety of fundraising events and activities to support more dignified lifestyles for young people with 24/7 care needs.

“ Youngcare would like to express heartfelt thanks to AE Smith for enabling us to take our work to a new level. Your kind support will have an enormous impact on the way in which Youngcare is able to deliver on its commitments. For this, we say thank you ”

A concert with some of Australia’s finest performers is being held in March – visit www.youngcare.com.au for more details.

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Powerful Sponsorship

Industry Legend Retires

AE Smith uses pedal power to highlight Green Cities support

AE Smith Construction Group General Manager - David Seedsman has announced his retirement

AE Smith is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability issues in the building industry through their major sponsorship of the annual Green Cities event.

“ The AE Smith Pedal Power Generator has 12 bikes, each connected to a electricity generator. The energy created by the person cycling directly inputs into the mains electricity grid via a 15 Amp power point ”

The sponsorship of Green Cities 2010 is a natural fit for AE Smith, who have championed various initiatives around reducing the environmental impact of the HVAC industry. For the third year in a row, AE Smith will create a vital hub for conference delegates at the three day event - but with a twist. Not only is AE Smith providing a "Business Centre & Internet Cafe" during the major green event, they’re generating their own power for it. The inaugural "AE Smith Pedal Power Generator Race" will bring together over 30 teams and 140 people to cycle hard and generate the electricity needed to power the half a dozen laptops on AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café. Teams from the building industry and AE Smith staff, clients and friends including Motorola, Green Building Council of Australia, Leighton Contractors, Lend Lease as well as Ronald McDonald House Monash, Greenfleet and 2009 Gold Banksia Award winner of Australia’s highest award for excellence in sustainability - Ferguson Plarre Bakehouse - will help create the pedal power needed via the 12 bike powered generators.

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As a valued member of AE Smith’s national team, his involvement in the mechanical contracting industry spans over 54 years with 14 years at AE Smith alone. He’s been an active member of peak bodies such as the Air conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) including a time as President as well as serving on the Plumbing Industry Commission Advisory Council. Last year, David was presented with a Lifetime Membership of AMCA awarded in special recognition of David’s contribution and service to the industry (pic right). “We congratulate David on his esteemed career and legacy he leaves for AE Smith and the wider HVAC industry,” comments AE Smith’s CEO, Andrew Permezel. Replacing David as National General Manager is Brett Sargeant. Joining AE Smith in January this year, Brett hails from a construction industry background having spent many years at Boral where he ran various divisions in several states. Brett and his family will be relocating from Mittagong to Melbourne.

“ His involvement in the mechanical contracting industry spans over 54 years with 14 years at AE Smith alone ”

“We’re all wishing Brett well in his new role and welcome him to the AE Smith team,” adds Permezel. 5


“For very practical reasons, it’s important to allow enough time to collate base building data to assess the performance of your existing building,” adds Permezel, who cites that NABERS Energy ratings require 12 months of continuous data as part of the strict validation and verification protocols. Importantly, beginning the assessment process helps identify opportunities to improve a building’s energy efficiencies and what building owners can do to close the gap - to improve efficiencies, save costs and also make their building more commercially competitive. “The introduction of Mandatory Disclosure will also see energy efficiency become the norm in Australia,” says Doug Binns, General Manager of AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance. Doug Binns (above), General Manager, AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance For the first 20 years of his career, Doug worked in banking and finance in Australia and the US across a range of industries. His broad commercial experience means Doug knows what makes good business sense - and it’s a key insight Doug brings to energy management and how it ties into an overall business strategy. Doug was also a founding member of the Australasian Energy Performance Contractors Association (AEPCA).

AE Smith Emerald Sustainable Performance is a dedicated energy services business that’s aimed at helping building owners and property managers improve the environmental and energy performance of existing buildings. With increasing pressure on owners and operators, Binns believes the time is right to set in place long term strategies for reducing energy use and developing better efficiencies for their building assets: “Very soon, if not already, key decision influencers typically associated with a building sale or lease will also include energy efficiency,” comments Binns. “To simply remain competitive with your building asset in the future, energy efficiency measures will need to be put into place now,” adds Binns. There is already some good quantitative evidence emerging that energy efficient buildings will attract a premium in the property market place. A recent study conducted for the Property Council of Australia shows there will be a split in the market between buildings with a higher NABERS rating. Buildings with a NABERS rating 3 stars or better were valued at a premium compared to buildings that are rated below NABERS average (2.5 Stars or below).** “Building owners will have to factor their desired NABERS Energy rating into the long term asset plan of their building,” comments Binns. For more information contact Doug Binns on 0488 698 160.

“ Building owners will have to factor their desired NABERS Energy rating into the long term asset plan of their building ”

* Australian Government 2009, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts, 'Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency Regulation Document', Nov.

The Corporate Races will pit 30 teams from different companies against one another to see which four person team can pedal the fastest and generate the most power in 10 minutes. "It's an innovative way to highlight how AE Smith work collaboratively with our clients, suppliers and the industry to deliver energy efficient projects," says AE Smith Marketing Manager, Raymond Lee who will also be pedalling to ensure AE Smith's meets it minimum energy target of 5000 Watt Hours each day. In addition, AE Smith has organised a High School Pedal Power Regatta where three secondary school rowing teams will go head-to-head in a race to see which school can generate the most power over two days. Other activities planned at AE Smith’s Business Centre & Internet Café include free massages provided by 3 Minute AE Smith Angels to weary delegates as well as free internet access and barista served coffee.

** Property Council of Australia 2009, 'The Missing Link', Property Australia, 19 Feb.

Delegates will also be welcome to help add some ‘legs’ to the pedal power needed on the AE Smith Pedal Power Generator.

Generating electricity is much harder than you think. Particularly if you have to pedal to make it! It would take one person of reasonable fitness 50 hours of non-stop cycling on the AE Smith Pedal Power Generator to create the estimated 5000 Watt Hours needed to power just six laptops for only 8 hours.* Even with a full contingent of teams cycling (see Form Guide on next page) it is by no means certain that together we can generate the 10,000 Watt Hours needed to offset the power used by 6 laptops for two days at Green Cities 2010.

“It makes for a fun way to talk business,” remarks Lee. The Green Cities 2010 conference and exhibition is being held in Melbourne for the first time, 21-23 February at the new 6 Star Green Star Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. For more information visit www.greencities.org.au. 4 Cool Breeze by AE Smith

* Source: Ideas Services, creators of the Future Spark Power Trailer. For more information visit www.futurespark.com.au.

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The Federal Government proposes to use the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) as the standard to guide new disclosure obligations. The disclosure obligations means NABERS ratings must be included in any advertisement for sale or lease of applicable buildings; the lodging of a valid Building Energy Efficiency Certificate (BEEC), and as soon as possible during enquiries the supply to prospective buyers or tenants a copy of the certificate, free of charge, whether requested or not. The certificate will generally detail the base building NABERS Energy rating, tenancy lighting details and guidance on improving energy efficiency. However, this growing pressure on building owners and landlords is not necessarily translating into action says AE Smith’s Andrew Permezel, who believes many building owners are unprepared for the introduction of this new legislation: “We’re urging building owners to start preparing their building now, rather than waiting for when they place their asset on the market,” comments Permezel, who cautions building owners that it takes time to get the various legislative requirements in place. With the vast majority of existing commercial buildings around Australia not NABERS rated, AE Smith predicts a “rush” on NABERS assessment, certification and implementing the appropriate retrofit actions to help make commercial buildings more energy efficient as well as more commercially attractive.

If you’re serious about protecting your commercial property investment, you must act now:

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Does your existing building have a NABERS Energy star rating? Do you have 12 months of useable data that meets NABERS validation protocols? Does your existing energy metering system comply with the requirements of NABERS? If you have mixed use tenancies are they correctly sub-metered? Are you looking to merely comply with or strategically benefit from this new legislation? Do you have ready access to in-house NABERS Accredited Assessors in every building location you need?

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AE Smith Green Cities COMPETITION ENTRY FORM

“ Very soon, if not already, key decision influencers typically associated with a building sale or lease will also include energy efficiency ”

Enter your business details for a chance to win a host of 3 Minute AE Smith Angels who’ll visit your office and massage you and your team, anywhere in Australia, for 2 hours!* Total prize value $500

Are You Fit and Ready for Mandatory Disclosure?

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In 2010, the Government is proposing laws that will require you to publicly disclose the energy efficiency of your office building? That you’ll need to do so every time you sell a medium to large office building? That even leasing office space can trigger a disclosure obligation? That building owners could be fined or prosecuted for failing to comply?

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The race is on

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With less than six months to go before the Federal Government’s proposed legislation for “Mandatory Disclosure of Commercial Office Building Energy Efficiency” is introduced, there’s growing pressure on owners and operators of commercial properties to assess and improve the environmental performance of their facilities.

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Disclosure obligations mean that corporate building owners will now need to report on the energy efficiency of their building - a move that’s set to ensure energy efficiency becomes a deciding factor around commercial sales and leasing.

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“Up until now, there’s been little incentive for landlords to improve energy efficiency of their buildings,” says Andrew Permezel, CEO of AE Smith.

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“We’re applauding this proposed legislation as a real step towards calling to task the built environment's impact on carbon emissions,” adds Permezel, who has ensured AE Smith is investing heavily in services to design, construct, manage and maintain energy efficient buildings.

Question 1: Before Green Cities 2010, did you know of AE Smith? □ Yes □ No

This new legislation, set to take effect from mid 2010, is based around a cost effective abatement of emissions opportunity that will help reduce the impact of carbon emissions from commercial office buildings. Currently, commercial buildings account for approximately 10% of Australia’s carbon emissions.*

Question 2: □ A. □ B. □ C. □ D. □ E.



If you are a property professional that will sell, lease or sub-lease commercial office space greater than 2000 sqm, did you know:

Drop your completed entry form into the competition entry box at the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café located in the centre of the Green Cities 2010 exhibition area.

What does AE Smith do? Air Conditioning Mechanical Services Energy Efficiency Building Technologies All of the above

* Terms and Conditions of Entry. 1. Entry is only open to companies physically located in Australia. 2. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms and conditions of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions. 3. AE Smith’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 4. One entry per person, multiple entries not acceptable. 5. To enter, fully complete this entry form. When and if you enter, you agree to provide accurate information about yourself. You acknowledge that if any inaccurate information is provided by you, your entry will be deemed invalid. 6. Competition begins 21/2/10 and closes 23/2/10 at 5.00pm EST. Winners will be drawn on 9/3/10 and notified by telephone. 7. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash. AE Smith will not be responsible if the prize or any part of the prize becomes unavailable for reasons beyond our control. In the event of such cancellation, re-scheduling or unavailability of the prize, AE Smith will endeavour but are not obliged to provide a substitute prize of equivalent value. 8. The prize winner must, at AE Smith’s request, participate in any marketing and promotional activity in relation to winning the prize, free of charge, and consent to AE Smith’s using their name and image in such promotional material. 9. AE Smith will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits), damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in relation to this promotion or the acceptance or use of any prizes (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law, in which case it will be excluded to the minimum allowable by law. To the full extent permitted by the law, AE Smith exclude liability for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever suffered or sustained (including, but not limited to direct, indirect, special or consequential loss or damage, loss of opportunity revenue or profit) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with this promotion. 10.AE Smith is collecting your personal information as set out in the competition entry form to process your competition entry. We may share your information with other persons or entities that assist us in running this competition and for the purpose of provision of prizes. We or any of our related companies may contact you by any means (including by SMS or email) in the future to let you know about goods, services or promotions which may be of interest to you. We may also share your information with other persons or entities who assist us in providing our services or running competitions.

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AE Smith’s quarterly newsletter for staff and friends melbourne brisbane mackay perth sydney

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Hello & Welcome to Green Cities 2010 We’re delighted to be involved as a sponsor in Green Cities again in 2010. Green Cities calls to task the built environments impact on climate change and the role we can all play - big or small - to improve the energy efficiencies of our buildings. Throughout our newsletter, I hope you’ll be inspired by some of the ways AE Smith is passionately embracing this responsibility. Welcome to our special Green Cities edition of AE Smith’s regular Cool Breeze newsletter. Trust you enjoy the news we have to share.

During Green Cities, we invite you to join with us at the AE Smith Business Centre & Internet Café. You can meet our team of specialists to learn about how you can achieve your energy and environmental performance objectives - and while you’re there, enjoy free coffee, internet access, cycle for a few minutes on the special AE Smith Pedal Power Generator or grab a quick massage from one of our 3 Minute AE Smith Angels.

Andrew Permezel CEO, AE Smith

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Cool Breeze is a newsletter published by AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd ABN 54 004 274 793 for its staff and customers. Subscription is free and available directly from AE Smith. AE Smith 21-29 Miles Street Mulgrave VIC 3170, Australia t. 03 9271 1999 coolbreeze@aesmith.com.au www.aesmith.com.au www.aesmtih.mobi

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©2010 AE Smith & Son Pty Ltd. Important Notice: The information contained in this newsletter is given in good faith. To the maximum extent permitted by law, neither AE Smith, its employees or contractors accept any liability for loss or damage arising as a result of any person acting on information contained in this newsletter. This newsletter should not be used or relied on as a substitute for detailed professional consultation with AE Smith.

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