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R Common sense and science are the only way forward Advice to “read the regulations” is not a helpful response to questioners seeking specific compliance options

egulations are necessarily allencompassing, whereas site conditions often require flexibility in identifying and implementing sensible and cost-effective solutions which achieve the primary regulatory goal of safer workplaces. Time-poor employers require a pragmatic approach about how to best meet the intent of the regulations relevant to their particular operational circumstances, not a reluctance to discuss possible options with site owners. Erosion of the pool of Compliance Certifiers intensifies concerns about the next generation of certifiers, many of whom will lack extensive industry experience and will choose to assess compliance citing strict, but arguably debatable, prescriptive performance standards, rather than discuss suitable solutions with the client. There needs to be more effective collaboration between regulators and industry regarding mutually beneficial improvements in regulations and the means to comply and enforce. New Zealand, by way of example, started to address the plastic waste issue by banning ‘one trip’ plastic bags and is now grappling with managing growing piles of waste plastic rejected by overseas and domestic recycling contractors.


Local recycling is overwhelmed by demand as only a proportion (Code 1 PET, Code 2 HDPE and Code 4 LDPE) is widely accepted by local council collections. Stockpiles are growing as experimental projects seek to reuse more 4


plastic, including building insulation, clothing, fence posts and extending road construction materials. The majority of plastic waste has been sent offshore for recycling, where investigations reveal it is predominantly burnt, buried or, now, ‘returned to sender’. As international efforts to rid the oceans and waterways of plastic pollution continue, disposing of non-recyclable products requires an urgent, more open-minded debate to identify practical and affordable options attractive to consumers. Replacing plastic drink containers with glass (‘Back to the Future’) requiring a refundable deposit, is the next likely step.


A levy on recyclable agchem containers, supported by a government subsidy for free collection and disposal of surplus products, is achieving a high rate of return. Stockpiles of unwanted agrichemicals on farms and orchards are reportedly minimal. The remainder of the business community, however, must take its hazardous waste to local landfills or call a waste disposal company, both at their own expense.

Household rubbish

As landfills reach capacity, community objections to new facilities are increasingly delaying approvals. Sorting the detritus of a consumer driven, throw-away society to recover recyclables is both time-consuming and expensive, particularly when export markets for selected recoverables are closing, as importers look to protect their own communities.


E-waste poses a particular problem, despite increasing

demand for the recoverable rare metals required for new phones and computers. Children scavenging waste dumps are dying due to the absence of safer recovery processes, as environmentalists seek to curtail mining.

Fossil fuels

KiwiRail’s intention to use10 percent biofuel follows successful trials by Air New Zealand and other airlines to evaluate biofuels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Production limitations mean greater substitution is not yet within reach and fossil fuels, with their ease of supply, will remain the popular, long-term choice. Australia’s approval for reportedly the world’s largest coalmine to supply India’s 250 electricity plants highlights the need for action if the worthy aspirations of the 2018 Paris Agreement on Climate Change are to be met. Assuming the rain continues to fall and the winds blow, extending New Zealand’s commitment from the present 83 percent to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 (recently revised from 2025) relies heavily on science — predominantly cost-effective fuel cell technology, together with research, innovation, government support and pragmatism. Given new predictions from New Zealand’s Independent Climate Change Committee (ICCC), achieving the 100 percent target means retail electricity costs would rise by 15%.


Despite a levy on new tyres to encourage recycling, mountains of used tyres pollute our landscape, harbouring vermin and posing a major fire hazard. Subsidising recycling options has failed to reduce the one million-plus stockpiles.

Feeding the world

The burgeoning global population, together with the more devastating effects of climate change, pose increasingly difficult challenges. When the traditional monsoons don’t come, deforestation continues to destroy rain forests and intensive agriculture degrades and depletes water supplies, drastic solutions will be required. If it is correct that 20 percent of food produced is wasted, new strategies are urgently required.

Pragmatism vs ideology

Science offer solutions to many of these increasingly urgent problems threatening our quality of life, yet populist campaigns discrediting vaccinations and advocating bans on fossil fuels, genetically engineered food and nuclear energy, inhibit the quest for effective solutions. Coal and oil increasingly provide essential raw materials for industry applications, together with sustaining our quality of life. New Zealand’s high-quality coal produces sought-after, high grade steel, while billions of people continue to

rely on coal for energy. Mass transport depends on fossil fuels until new technologies produce practical and affordable alternatives. Nuclear energy is a cleaner option for power generation, plants offer environmentally friendly packaging solutions and chemicals ensure clean water supplies. State of the art, low emission incinerators produce energy from intractable and hazardous waste, reducing air pollution and pressure on landfills.

The case for genetic engineering

Genetic engineering offers increased yields of more resilient crops as chemistry delivers more effective, but less hazardous agrichemicals, together with improved healthcare. Timely examples could be GE disease-resistant trees helping to save our embattled Kauri and combating the invasion of Myrtle Rust. Predator-free New Zealand by 2050 should include genetic engineering solutions to eradicate pests, allaying public concern regarding 1080 poison and

strengthening the survival chances of threatened species such as the Kakapo and Kiwi. An overdue positive step would be to comprehensively review the science and public understanding of genetic modification in today’s society. Major advances, particularly in pharmaceuticals and food, have occurred since the neglected 2001-2002 Royal Commission into Genetic Modification recommended monitoring scientific progress. A panel of experts co-chaired by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and her predecessor, together with the EPA, Ministry of Health and the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, should review the science options available in a considered, non-partisan debate and recommend pragmatic solutions to our sustainability challenges. The “regulated” are keen to help. Are we up for the debate?

Barry Dyer

The views and opinions expressed by Media Solutions content partner Responsible Care CEO Barry Dyer may not necessarily be those of Responsible Care New Zealand.



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ore than an expo, Facilities Integrate is a platform for industry trade and that much is clear in the packed agenda. Featuring more than 120 exhibitors, multiple seminars and features, Facilities Integrate 2019 is expected to draw some 3,000 quality delegates. That makes it the premier opportunity for business development, investigating new suppliers and rubbing shoulders with the who’s who of a booming industry. Taking place on 25 and 26 September at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland, there’s a lot to see, learn and do at the biggest dedicated expo for the convergence of the building and technology industries. Officially open for registrations, the expo is free to attend if you sign up before 23 September, or $25 thereafter. This year’s Facilities Integrate pioneers’ multiple new attractions for a show now in its 5th year, along with a programme designed around themes of ICT Infrastructure, Facilities Management, System Integration, Workspace Interiors and Operational Technology. Some of the exhibitors you won’t want to miss in each category include: • ICT Infrastructure: Bicsi South Pacific, Vertiv, Maser Communications New Zealand ,Tycab and Sharp Corporation. • Facilities Management: Caroma, Siemens, Gallagher, Panasonic, Temperzone, FSI (FM Solutions) and Total


Utilities Management Group • System Integration: ABB NZ, Leading Solutions, Quasar Systems, Integrated Control Technology and Hills Ltd. • Workspace Interiors: Ambius Indoor Plantscaping, Camfil, Dyson, Hire Plants, Belgotex and Nespresso Professional • Operational Technology: GoodMeasure, Augview Technology, SimPRO, Plangrid, Direct Control, and Adroit New attractions for Facilities Integrate 2019 include the ‘Drone Zone’, showcasing the many ways in which these devices can aid building management. You’ll relish the opportunity to look, touch and even fly a drone in this hands-on attraction. Another new feature places a focus on Workspace Interiors, highlighting ergonomics in the modern age, and an Energy Management workshop demonstrating best practices for reducing operational costs and environmental footprints. There’s a big focus on Carbon Zero, too, with a


dedicated Climate Change Response Zone which brings together companies who can give you the tools to reduce your buildings carbon emissions. The always-popular seminar series has multiple fascinating topics for 2019, including: • An examination of New Zealand’s slow adoption of Building Information Modelling • The dangers of occupying a building without a CCC • What the Industrial IoT means for your building • Cyber security insights discussed by a panel of experts • Electric vehicles and the implications for infrastructure and energy management. Regular features which return include the hugely popular Tech Hub, the Spotless Seminar Series which shares best practices in facilities management, and the Networking Lounge where people catch up and network. Quality food and drink are assured, as is a convivial setting. A big vote of thanks goes

to all the partner organisations and sponsors, Bicsi, FMANZ, EMANZ, NZSA, ASIS, NZGBC, Spotless, Panasonic, Luma AVC, Ambius, WhoseOnLocation, FacilityPro and our media partner, MediaSolutions. Their voices and backing confirms Facilities Integrate’s value to you. And, of course, to all our exhibitors, who bring you the deals, the solutions and the innovation to drive our industry forward. We’re confident that this will be the best Facilities Integrate yet, with a massive range of products, services and solutions on show from the newest and best in the business. Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn for all the latest updates and finally, on show days, make the most of it. Get stuck in, meet people, look, learn and most of all, enjoy. And if you have any comments or suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. Warmest regards, Lorraine Smith Event Manager

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C37 Australian manufacturer of reliable and energy efficient products including wall splits, multi heads, cassettes, low profile and split-ducted systems, packaged units.


B17 Your IoT provider. “Helping connect your existing ‘things’ so they can be remotely monitored and controlled.”

Air Solutions

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Alarm New Zealand

E11 Alarm’s mission is to deliver the best ‘alarm switching’ service for all our customers at the highest quality, ensuring the core network remains consistently reliable and fortified against intrusion.


H16 ALPECO and BRC are offering the latest solutions in pest control. 24/7 monitoring to WiFi heating systems for indoor and outdoor areas.

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Armstrong Smarter Security

E17 Provides a high-quality supply, installation and ongoing maintenance service for all your security needs: keys, locks, alarms, CCTV, access control and safes.

ASIS NZ Chapter 148


BICSI South Pacific

B6 BICSI South Pacific is a not-for-profit ICT infrastructure association that provides standards, credentials and education for ICT and facility-management professionals.

Blygold Oceania

F44 Blygold is an innovative and forward-thinking company offering unique and sustainable high-quality protection against corrosion.

Build People

H8 Build People are the consummate experts in recruitment for the building and construction industry across New Zealand and Australia


E36 Camfil is a clean air solutions company. We have products to protect people, process and the environment.


H14 ASIS International is the pre-eminent international organisation for security professionals, to better understand the changes in security issues and solutions. CardQuip, provider of ID card software and card printers for the manufacture of photo ID, licenses, safety cards, RFID access, QR or barcoded cards.

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Atlas Gentech NZ Ltd

D29 Atlas Gentech is a leading nationwide provider of technology solutions: data, communications and security.


A13 Augmented reality mobile solution for GIS and BIM. See hidden underground assets before digging.


B29 For over 30 years Belgotex has been bringing the world’s best and most innovative flooring solutions to NZ homes and businesses.


E16 Smart Command represents the next chapter for Caroma in providing innovative water-saving solutions that revolutionise the way in which we all use water.

Carus Group

G18 Carus provides painting and maintenance services to the cherished assets of NZ’s government institutions, schools, businesses and body corporates.

Challenger Safes

E17 Specialist providers of standard and custom solutions for physical security products, locking, key management.

GALAXY LED SATELLITES With embedded Bluetooth for smart device connectivity

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H10 Clevertronics is the market leader in Australia for design, supply and manufacturing of emergency lighting, automated monitoring systems and sound evacuation solutions.

Company - X

A16 World-class software for specific business problems, including augmented and virtual reality for advanced scenario-based industry training, real-time maintenance and remote-assistance

Connect Security Products Ltd

B22 One of the largest NZ distributors of security products, CSP is proud to supply and support leading-edge blue-chip brands.

Cool Breeze Rentals

G34 Cool Breeze hires and sells portable cooling, heating, ventilation and flood restoration equipment for temporary/emergency requirements.

Conslab Extend

E34 At Conslab we specialise in designing, building and maintaining quality concrete floor solutions that stand up to all business demands.

Cover Communications

B11 Supplier of phones, calling and data to businesses through a fully managed cloud-based PBX.

Creone NZ

F24 Creone is the NZ leader in keys and valuables management, this system can run across many platforms and even integrated in Access control platforms.

Custom Technology Systems Ltd

G24 Integrator and supplier of leading security systems such as entrance control turnstiles and intelligent intercom communication solutions.

Cuthbert Stewart Ltd

C9 CSL is an electrical industrial connectivity solutions provider representing world-leading brands in NZ.

CRK - Dallmeier

C22 “Cover the entire scene�: Dallmeier Panomera, multifocal sensor technology that was specially developed for the all-encompassing video surveillance of expansive areas.

Design Tints

G16 Design Tints has been providing sustainable workplace solutions to leading New Zealand companies and institutions for 25 years and reducing their carbon footprint.

Direct Control

C17 Bringing smart buildings to the world thanks to the intersection of building controls and IoT

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D18 A trusted partner to facility and building managers for SS3.1 and SS3.2 services and IQP compliance, resulting in a reputation for product reliability and impeccable customer service.

Dyson NZ Ltd

B30 Dyson is a leading global technology company, committed to developing breakthrough technology and solving the problems others ignore.

Easi Recycling

E44 Easi Recycling brings to NZ innovative waste management solutions that are perfect for your business.

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Electrotest Ltd

C19 Electrotest is a leading supplier of test and measurement equipment and power protection products to a wide spectrum of markets throughout New Zealand.


C5 NZ’s leading energy and carbon management training association.

Energy Solution Providers

C9 Implementing energy management across large portfolios and sites. Delivering real, significant, long-term cost and energy reductions.


EnviroWaste Working with you for a greener tomorrow. New Zealand’s waste and resource recovery specialists.

Eurotec (Electrical & Instrumentation)

E29 A supplier of technology solutions to the HVAC and refrigeration, electrical, industrial and food processing, and manufacturing sectors.

Eurotec (HVAC & Eaton)

C32 A supplier of technology solutions to the HVAC and refrigeration, electrical, industrial and food processing, and manufacturing sectors.

Facilities Management Association of NZ

H36 FMANZ representsNew Zealand’s community of FM professionals and supports education, advocacy and knowledge sharing for membersand industry organisations.

Fire Corp Industries Ltd

F17 Our aim is to provide a comprehensive fire protection service to meet local council and NZS standard requirements, and to give our customers great service.

Fire Security Services

E32 Fire Security Services undertakes fire alarm and sprinkler system compliance testing and maintenance, and BWOF certifications using their own IQPs.

Non-toxic pest control Sponsored Article

ALPECO became the leader in the alternative pest control industry by delivering innovative and environment friendly results to its clients


ew Zealand-owned and operated ALPECO sources the best non-toxic and environmentally friendly pest control methods from around the world. The company has also developed its own range of non-toxic solutions, some of which are now exported. “Traditional pest controls treat problems hastily -- and often unhealthily -- with little consideration for environmental impact,” says Heiko Kaiser who founded the company following 25 years of solid experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, where pest control is of paramount concern. “We avoid conventional pesticides and see no need to use such methods if alternatives exist. We like to work closely with authorities

and organisations in order to find solutions that are in harmony with the environment,” he says. Treatments exclusive to ALPECO include Thermo Bug “Heat” and Cryonite “Freeze” Treatments (from Germany and Sweden) and Designed2Kill, as well as BRC Insect Light Trapping and the innovative eMitter rodent-trapping solutions. “It is our mission to deliver our services with the utmost respect for both our customers and the environment and a sincere commitment to the certified Hi-Eco-Genic Standards ( which ALPECO created,” he says. But the future for pest control lies not only in a non-toxic solution but in the efficiency of Narrowband IoT (NB IoT) technology. ALPECO is determined to

be at the forefront of that evolution with its latest partner TrapSensor which is taking the pain out of expensive and cumbersome monitoring of traps spread over wide areas. NB IoT is a Low Power Wide Area technology that works virtually anywhere. Many potential “connected things” are located in remote or hard to reach areas, at long distances from the next cellular base station, or in shielded areas, such as deep within buildings or underground structures. “With a lot traps set out in a wide area it is a real hassle to keep track of all of them

all in a cost efficient manner,” say Heiko. TrapSensor works with your free online interface, where you can easily set up your monitor, check the current status of all traps, and enter all phone numbers and email addresses, you wish to be notified upon trap closure. “TrapSensor even sends you a message, if there is a problem, such as network failure. And of course, it gives you a heads up before the batteries die,” says Heiko.



FSI – Concept Evolution™

F41 FSI – Concept Evolution™ are global market leaders in web-based CAFM software and mobile app solutions for facilities and asset management.

Gallagher Group Ltd

D24 Gallagher’s integrated access control, intruder alarm and perimeter security solutions can solve your business problems and offer real operational benefits.

Garman Consulting Ltd

Seminar Series Real estate asset management and at-height drone inspection specialists.

Geutebrück Pacific

E24 Geutebrück offers complete security solutions with powerful hardware components, from our wide range of cameras to high-performance servers and additional services, all from a single source.

Global Seismic Data

H26 Global seismic data can instantly provide earthquake-response information, for first responders, engineers, building owners, insurers and the public.


D27 GoodMeasure is a powerful IoT connectivity solution that connects distributed energy resources to software platforms.

Gunn Talent

H8 Specialist NZ recruitment business offering full end-to-end talent search services.

Häfele NZ Ltd

C10 Häfele is a manufacturer and distributor of quality door hardware, access control systems, sliding door solutions, kitchen hardware and electronic locking systems, since 1923.


E10 Hampden is NZ’s leading high-security and perimeter protection specialist that consults, designs, fabricates and installs high-quality solutions.



D35 Hikvision is a world-leading provider of innovative video surveillance products and solutions.

Hills Ltd

E6 Hills is a leading technology provider, specialising in security, IT, audio visual, health, antenna and communications solutions across Australia and NZ.

Hire Plants Ltd

H31 Hire Plants designs, installs and maintains a wide range of plant installations to enhance mood, create functional screening and complete your design.

Infratec Ltd

D11 Infratec specialises in design-and-build renewable energy solar projects and embedded networks in the commercial and industrial space.

Integrated Control Technology (ICT)

D2 ICT is a world-leading manufacturer of intelligent electronic access control solutions.

Jackson Engineering Advisers

H17 Jacksons are nationwide specialist HVAC designers that make existing systems work properly as well as new build as a bonus.

Ladycare Services Ltd

F11 Ladycare provides a total washroom management service to clients in the public and private sectors. Making life easier for our clients is our goal.

Leading Solutions

D12 Elegant and modern AV hardware and furniture for meeting rooms; includes mounts for tablets, screens, cameras and accessories like PoE adaptors.

Legrand New Zealand

G28 Legrand is a global specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and digital building infrastructures.


Lighting Revolution

H24 Lighting Revolution is an industry-engaged lighting supplier with decades of experience. Specialising in outdoor lighting, supplying premium NZ-made products.


G21 NZ’s leading source for power quality systems, advice, supply and installation.

Luma AVC

A31 We specialise in the design and implementation of technical audio visual experiences, including the creation of content tailored for your equipment.

MacMillan Plumbing & Gas Ltd

G35 Third-generation plumbing and gas company that has been awarded 2019 Master Plumber of the Year!

Maser Communications NZ

D6 Specialist cable supplier for KNX, BMS, DMX and DALI used in building automation (BMS/ HVAC). We also manufacture customised composite cables.

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Mental Health Foundation of NZ

C30 The Mental Health Foundation takes a holistic approach to mental health, promoting what we know makes and keeps people mentally well in the workplace.

Merquip Ltd

F16 Merquip is a distributor of innovative boiling, chilled, sparkling and filtered drinking water systems: Billi, Elkay, Schwan and Cosmetal.


Need a first aid kit or training? An AED? New Zealand Red Cross will have something you’ll want to see! Brand new catalogue




D32 Metrotest operates a NZ-wide electrical safety testing and training company. This year commemorates 21 years of service.

Mil-tek Waste Solutions

G39 Mil-tek provides turn-key waste solutions to help minimise waste handling, management and costs! Savings to you and the environment.

National Fire & Security

D36 NFS is a leading wholesale electronics distributor, primarily servicing the security industry, specialising in designing and supplying full security solutions.

Nespresso Professional

F28 Nespresso coffee expertise enables anyone, anywhere to make a perfect espresso coffee.

New Zealand Green Building Council

G41 We are a team of people who are passionate advocates for better buildings, because we know that better buildings mean healthier, happier Kiwis.

New Zealand Security Association (NZSA)

E20 NZSA is the largest industry representative body for the security industry in New Zealand.

No More Birds

F31 We have solutions for every bird-pest scenario. We will analyse your site, discuss the issues you have, then provide the best options to solve not only the immediate problems but also provide a long-term solution.

NuGreen Solutions

G17 NuGreen Solutions is a unique NZ-based energy services company providing energy efficiency solutions to the built environment.

NZ Fire Doors

E30 NZ Fire Doors are masters of passive fire protection, building fire-rated doors and windows that give occupants enough time to escape burning buildings.


OHS Consultants

G9 OHS Consultants is a nationwide health and safety consultancy firm providing solutions to the unknown of health and safety.

Optic Security Group

E35 Optic Security Group is Australasia’s largest independent converged security group. Providing comprehensive IP networked and integrated commercial physical security systems and cyber security solutions.

Panasonic NZ

D28 A leader in the development of diverse electronic technologies and solutions, Panasonic NZ offers a full in-house operation from warehouse, distribution and call centre through to sales, technical support and solutions-based development.

Pitney Bowes

G43 Pitney Bowes is a global technology company most known for its postage meters and other mailing equipment and services, and with recent expansions, into global e-commerce, software and other technologies.


A14 PlanGrid (an Autodesk company) builds mobile-first software that construction teams love to use and provides fast, accurate information to the field.

Powerbox Pacific Ltd

G11 Suppliers of AC-DC, DC-DC power converters, battery backup PSUs, chargers and DC-AC inverters.


F42 Power Edge is an innovative ethical power retailer which means that we will not bind our customers to long term contracts and will be transparent in our billing and trading process. We prioritize purchase of Solar and Renewable energy.


F43 New Zealand owned and operated professionals in cleaning services, grounds services and specialist services.



G3 Diesel generators, hire, sales and serivce. Specialising in acoustic packages.

Quasar Systems Ltd

E5 Quasar is a leading supplier of advanced energy and power quality monitoring systems, SCADA and HMI systems and fortified communications.

Rentokil Initial NZ

F9 The experts in hygiene and pest control services, Rentokil Initial uses leading-edge technology to deliver a wide range of solutions.

RIS Safety

E40 Complete height safety and access solutions for new and existing facilities. Consultation, system design, engineering, fabrication, installation, inspection, recertification


C20 Rittal is a world leader in IT infrastructure technology, offering products with the highest-quality German engineering.


H32 SafetyLink designs, engineers and manufactures height safety equipment, roof anchors, horizontal lifeline systems and permanent ladders.


F24 Time to upgrade your key system? Come have a chat to us, we have a number of solutions.


B16 SenSys SmartFacilities deliver real-time, data-based analytics to owners and property managers, enabling improved management of water, energy and assets.

Sharp Corporation

C28 Sharp is a technology company offering innovations that make people’s work and home lives better.

Siemens NZ Ltd

C16 Siemens focuses on electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy efficient, resource-saving technologies, we are a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis.


E22 Powerful end-to-end operations management software for field service and trade contracting businesses.


G4 Stoddart Infrastructure is a division of Stoddart, Australia’s leading specialist in stainless steel and metal fabrication, and is the leading end-to-end provider of premium urban infrastructure solutions throughout Australasia.

Superheat Ltd

C2 Superheat is not just about hot water heaters. We are pleased to be NZ’s distributor for leading German infrared heating manufacturer, Schwank.

Survive-it Ltd

H26 Survive-it is a leading provider of all civil defence and emergency preparedness solutions for the home, workplace, school or individual.


E28 temperzone is a market-leading NZ-owned HVAC design and manufacturer providing innovative climate solutions throughout Oceania and Asia.

Test & Tag Group

H33 Test & Tag is NZ’s leader in providing certification and compliance inspections for all your health and safety requirements.

The Building Wash Company Ltd

F25 Auckland’s largest specialist in exterior cleaning. We provide ground, EWP and abseil services all with our own employees, no subcontracting.


Ticked Off Ticked Off is the simple and intuitive repairs and maintenance platform that saves you time and money.


Tiger Coffee The complete solution for all your coffee equipment and/or product-related requirements. We offer top-of-the-range espresso equipment.


Total Height Safety Total Height Safety has been operating in the business of keeping Kiwis safe at heights since 2004. We specialise in the design and installation of engineered fall protection and safe access systems.

Total Utilities Management Group

G17 Total Utilities is a multi-utility consulting company offering contract management and reporting, procurement and strategic consulting.


Trak Group Trak – mechanical, controls and security service provider of innovative solutions. Providing a range of building services optimising efficiency and delivery.


TransNet TransNet is one of the leading suppliers to the electrical industry in NZ, for over 20 years.

Tycab New Zealand Ltd

H18 Tycab New Zealand is the leading specialised distributor of the highest quality oxygen-free and tinned copper electrical cable products.


B26 We specialise in recycling E-waste, batteries, metals and the decommissioning of assets. We envourage businesses and communities to avoid filling landfills by recycling

UPS Power Solutions

E4 UPS Power Solutions is NZ’s leading provider of power quality solutions. We deliver fit-forpurpose solutions using global brands. Your power is safe in our hands.


H15 Ventüer designs and manufactures building ventilation products, including aluminium louvres, acoustic ventilation, volume damage dampers, glass louver windows, fire protection and smoke ventilation systems.


A25 Versare builds and sells superior quality room dividers, cubicle partitions, sound panels, and privacy screens all at affordable prices.


C7 As Architects of Continuity™, Vertiv ensures your digital infrastructure runs continuously and evolves as your business changes.

Waterless Ltd

H12 We sell waterless urinals. Each urinal saves you over 150,000 litres of water per year.


B32 For nearly 30 years Waterware has been a specialist importer and distributor of products for plumbing, water metering, heating and bathroomware NZ wide.


A20 WhosOnLocation provides people presence management software that monitors the safe and secure movement of people through buildings and work sites.


E7 YHI is a leading distributor of batteries, solar products, UPS, EV chargers, golf products and power systems.



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KEEPS YOUR HANDS SAFE AND WARM The MaxiDry® Zero ™ integrates the core values of the MaxiDry® brand to bring comfort and liquid repellence together and combine them with our THERMtech® technology platform. This technology offers thermal resistance up to -10°C/14°F inside the glove under high activity with a coating designed to remain flexible for temperature up to -30°C / -22°F. As with all our gloves MaxiDry ® Zero ™ is dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance as part of our HandCare program. They are also pre-washed prior to packaging enabling us to guarantee them “Fresh out of the pack” as certified by Oeko-Tex. MaxiDry ® Zero™ is certified according the European food standards and compliant to FDA CFR Title 21 Part 177.

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Cat Coluccio - MC

For full details on the programme and speakers or to check for updates, visit 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Safety at Height Working at height remains one of the biggest and most common causes of injuries and fatalities on facilities all over the world. The cost of these falls in New Zealand is estimated to be NZ $24 million a year, an amount which doesn’t speak to the human cost as a result of these falls. In this hands-on demonstration, David will show you how contractors can work safely at height and how in the event of a fall, by using key personal protective equipment (PPE) and rescue devices, a rescue can be performed quickly and safely. Facility roof access is inevitable – make sure you’re equipped to provide a safe working environment for staff and contractors alike. David Karam - APS Ltd. David Karam has over 16 years’ experience in the height safety industry. As the former president of the Industrial Rope Access Association of New Zealand (IRAANZ), he has provided technical advice to industry and WorkSafe NZ on height safety best practice. David draws on his vast practical experience and background as a leading height safety contractor. He holds qualifications in abseil, fall arrest, elevated work platform and confined space entry. He is general manager of a building maintenance company who has been ‘working at height’ for over 25 years.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Why BIM? Better utilisation of BIM can unlock many of the cost and programme challenges currently facing the New Zealand construction sector, as well as providing benefits across the life of the building. However, a large number of the industry’s current projects are falling short of optimal BIM usage. Jasmax’s Melanie Tristram, Beca’s Andrew Field and Assemble’s Steve Davis – who have collectively authored the third edition of the New Zealand BIM Handbook – will facilitate a lively discussion around the industry’s adoption of the technology and the collaborative behaviours required to ensure clients receive accurate, timely and meaningful data.


Melanie Tristram - Jasmax

Steve Davis - Assemble

Andrew Field - Beca

Matt Meredith - ADHB


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1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

The Danger of Occupying a Building Without a Code of Compliance In this day and age of increased health and safety, many businesses and undertakings are missing the obvious – occupying a building without a Code of Compliance is dangerous! A building project is not finished until it is signed off with a CCC (or in some cases, a CPU). What’s more, a CCC/CPU is required for there to be a Compliance Schedule and a Fire Evacuation Scheme. Do you have these? Don’t miss the chance to hear tips and tricks from an industry expert, to ensure your building is up to current standards. Rosemary Killip - Building Networks Ltd. Rosemary Killip is New Zealand’s leading authority on building compliance. An international speaker, author and training practitioner specialising in building law, she is a sought-after speaker for building conferences and a regular commentator on building compliance in New Zealand.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

IoT To The Rescue IoT is changing the way humans live. By being able to collect data from the real things in our lives, we can lower power consumption, farm better, help people with disabilities, plus many more innovative applications. Connected technology has an equalising effect, that can be a particular help for people with disabilities – by making our spaces more interactive, more welcoming and more human. Connecting things to the internet is, unsurprisingly, an essential piece of the Internet of Things. But when it comes to evaluating what type of network connectivity is best for a given IoT solution, it can feel like there are an overwhelming number of options. Cellular, satellite, WiFi, Bluetooth, RFID, NFC, LPWAN and Ethernet are all possible ways to connect a sensor/device. And within each of these options there are different providers. Last but certainly not least in any implementation of IoT, it is important to consider IoT security. Not just your device but what your device can do to the internet. Ulrich Frerk (founder of Adroit) and Scott Pollard (country manager of IoT for Vodafone NZ) will dive into the most innovative and impressive ways that IoT is assisting those with disabilities, how companies collect and use data from their things, how NB-IoT fits in, and how Vodafone is leading the way in the IoT space and IoT security. Ulrich Frerk - Adroit Ulrich Frerk is an entrepreneur who seeks to not only create world-leading IoT technology but also to change the world and the way people interact with it. By the time the acronym ‘IoT’ was created in 2016, Adroit was already in operation, developing devices that would allow ‘dumb’ appliances like brewing machines and spa pools to be IoT capable – enabling them to be controlled intelligently and learn how to control themselves through artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Scott Pollard - Vodafone New Zealand Scott Pollard leads Vodafone New Zealand’s Internet of Things line of business. Globally ranked number one provider of machine-tomachine services by analyst firms Gartner, Machina Research and Analysys Mason, Vodafone manages nearly 100 million cellular machine-to-machine connections and devices across more than 640 networks. Scott has experience in operations, marketing and sales leadership across large organisations in the retail, telecommunications, financial services and energy sectors. 24


3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Working Together Towards Zero Waste 2040 Introducing Auckland’s Waste Plan – which has an aspirational vision for Auckland to be Zero Waste by 2040 – taking care of people and the environment, and turning waste into resources. In this panel discussion, hear practical examples of what businesses and the commercial sector are doing to reduce waste over a range of industries including shopping malls, the construction and demolition sector, and Auckland Council – the latter of which has reduced waste by 30 per cent over the last six years and is now including waste outcomes in its procurement of services. James Griffin - Sustainable Business Network James Griffin is the general manager, Projects and advisory of the Sustainable Business Network. James leads the circular economy work for the SBN. He has extensive commercial experience having worked in large corporates and owned his own business. His business sustainability journey started many years ago via the coffee industry where he was involved in Fair Trade.

Mark Roberts - Auckland Council Mark Roberts is a Senior Waste Planning Advisor at Auckland Council. After two decades refining information systems for corporates in New Zealand and the UK, Mark has a strong understanding of how resource efficiency can be a positive force for business and community. He has devoted the last 15 years to working with a wide range of organisations on energy use, waste minimisation and resource recovery. Mark is currently working on integrating deconstruction techniques and waste minimisation into construction and demolition to provide positive social outcomes. With a strong personal interest in DIY using recovered materials, he comes equipped with a drop saw and a hammer drill and he isn’t afraid to use them. Mark holds a BSc (Hons.) from The Open University and a MMgnt from Massey University.

Duncan Munro - Auckland Council Duncan Munro is an Energy and Sustainability Specialist at Auckland Council. He works on mainstreaming sustainability throughout Auckland Council’s wider corporate property portfolio and operations in support of the Auckland Plan and Low Carbon Action Plan. His role makes Auckland Council more efficient through sustainability initiatives and strategies including waste minimisation, travel planning, water and energy management, and the implementation of environmental management systems. This involves developing strategy, implementing programmes, and advising staff on sustainable ideas and practice. Duncan holds a MSc and BA from the University of Auckland.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Drones, UAVs & RPAs in Today’s Facilities Management Framework This must-see seminar will discuss the current role of drones in modern facilities management, engineering and construction, which includes such activities as: external services/structural scoping and post-project retention release assessments; insurance damage assessment; full 3D modelling and asset condition capture; inspection, reporting and maintenance planning; photography and video of specific construction feature inspections, truss, precast, roofing etc; and photography for monthly construction progress reports. Topics covered will also include the de-risking of drones from a health and safety perspective, along with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) compliance, insurances and subcontractors. The future roles and risk of drones to facilities management, engineering and construction will then be presented, from security monitoring and delivery (risk AND reward) to time-critical medical and first responder care/assistance, real-time built environment progress and response, and more. Gareth Lawrenson - Garman Aviation Gareth Lawrenson is director of Garman Consulting Ltd and brings a track record of working in the services trades, construction and property management services industries. With the incorporation of drones into the New Zealand airspace framework in August 2015, Garman Consulting saw the opportunity to add drones into its services early on and became only the sixth CAA-certified drone operator in October 2015. Since then, Gareth and Garman Consulting have become integral for many of Garman’s clients as the go-to drone operator for technical inspection and scoping of building construction and maintenance within the Auckland region and wider afield. Today, Garman services over 25 clients with project-specific drone services on a recurring basis and is ever expanding its services offering as the drone technology rapidly develops. INFRASTRUCTURENEWS.CO.NZ - SAFETYNEWS.CO.NZ - PROPERTYANDBUILD.COM




Cat Coluccio - MC

For full details on the programme and speakers or to check for updates, visit 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Net Zero Carbon Buildings for Aotearoa Buildings contribute a large portion of our national carbon emissions. More importantly, they contribute far more to our lives than simply carbon. The Green Building Council, alongside EnviroMark Solutions, is developing a framework to shift our buildings to net zero carbon, and as part of that framework a comprehensive net zero carbon building certification for existing commercial buildings. This framework and certification are being launched alongside Facilities Integrate. Over time, it will be developed into a comprehensive standard that could be used to decarbonise all of Aotearoa’s buildings. Sam’s presentation will give you an outline of this standard and how you can meet the growing demand from both central and local government, industry and building occupants to improve building performance. Sam Archer - New Zealand Green Building Council Sam Archer is a sustainability consultant and mechanical engineer with over 18 years’ experience in the construction industry. As director of market transformation at the New Zealand Green Building Council, he is responsible for running the sustainability and energy assessment tools: Green Star, Homestar and NABERSNZ. Sam has a passion for sustainable housing, having spent six years creating and managing the sustainability framework for a 3,000-home development for the University of Cambridge. He also has extensive experience in sustainability and energy strategies, including carbon policy work for the UK Government, sustainable urban design and low-energy and passive building design.




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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cyber Attack: A Growing Invisible Threat for Physical and Digital Infrastructure Cyber threats continue to evolve as fast as technology changes and it is now difficult to find an industry sector, technology or organisation that is immune to cyber risks. Because cyber means are being used to achieve an increasing array of nefarious outcomes all over the world, it is important to understand how you might mitigate the complexity of converged security within physical and digital infrastructure. In this panel discussion hosted by Optic Security Group, cybersecurity industry experts will provide practical steps for how to secure critical infrastructure, which is increasingly reliant on systems and technology. Moderator: Nicholas Dynon Optic Security Group

Panelist: John Martin IBM NZ

Panelist: Chris Hails NZTA

Panelist: Mike McLean Optic Security Group

Keynote: Alex Blinko - Cyber Audit Team Alex is chief operating officer at Cyber Audit Team (CAT) and has over 25 years’ senior leadership experience marketing and delivering IT, telecommunications and consulting services to global businesses. He held executive positions with AT&T and Orange Business Services, where he was responsible for outsourced network and security services for large multinational clients. Alex has launched and led several high-growth, venture-backed start-ups and thrives in these environments, where he has built highperformance teams. With CAT he specialises in the delivery of gap assessments (ISO 27001), incident response and managed security services/platforms (AlienVault, Carbon Black etc). His teams deliver end-to-end solutions, including independent expertise in cybersecurity risk auditing and assessments, monitoring, penetration testing, social engineering testing, training and an experienced Data Breach Response Team. Alex holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Bringing Sustainability to FM Whole of Life (WoL) thinking as a sustainability initiative. A review of the challenges facing the industry in achieving sustainable outcomes. How will the industry respond and what role can we play, in our businesses, in our contracts and individually? Barry Smart - Spotless Barry Smart is a long-term advocate of quality FM service contract outcomes, with a life-long interest in sustainability and the environment. Barry is a senior leader in the Spotless Downer business, one of New Zealand’s largest construction and maintenance operations. He currently has the privilege of being an Alliance Management Team member of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, the City Rail Link contract.



1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Optimise Operational Efficiency in Facilities Using Industrial IoT Introducing sensor-based smart technologies to buildings and other facilities is the initial step towards gaining comprehensive insights into the performance of multiple factors including HVAC, electricity and water consumption, lighting, occupancy and more. The next, and more important step towards a greater number of intelligent buildings, is the integration and practical use of the data being generated by multiple assets and from hundreds or even thousands of sources. Michael Welzel will explore the concepts of the industrial Internet of Things, discuss what data can be generated, how it is transmitted, collected and integrated, and how it can be used by facilities managers in the pursuit of improved efficiency, reduced emissions and lowered operational costs. Whether a single facility or across a portfolio of properties, Welzel will explain how the Internet of Things is revolutionising building management in New Zealand today. Michael Welzel - Direct Control Ltd. As chief technology officer (CTO) at Direct Control, Michael Welzel is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company and driving the initiatives and collaboration with technology and business partners of the company. Michael joined Direct Control after he moved from Europe to New Zealand in 2010. With 35 years’ experience in data collection, process control, building automation and energy management, Michael’s expertise is highly regarded internationally. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Electric Vehicles in Infrastructure Simplified Electrified transport is a hot topic currently. The price premium to drive an electric vehicle can be seen as a positive as it buys the building industry time to put plans in place and ready itself for the rush as prices begin to drop. The automotive and electrical industries are having to learn a lot about each other, but the building industry must have an understanding of both to ensure facilities cater for EV charging requirements. But there are so many new terms, it can be hard to know what is actually required. Understanding the power and energy an EV needs (and not what it could take) is essential to ensuring buildings are prepared, without making mistakes based on misinformation. Simplifying EV charging and working out what is important will minimise the chance of making costly mistakes. Everyone is in this together and it is vital we learn from what has already been done (both good and bad) and the lessons gleaned along the way. Mark Sinclair - Britomart Mark is co-founder and director of FM Concepts Ltd, an independent company based on facilities management practices and dedicated to improving commercial building management services and operational effectiveness within the built environment With over 24 years’ experience, Mark is responsible for managing long-term technical and strategic maintenance planning and sustainability programmes, dealing with risk management, and delivering efficient and effective operational services to multiple clients. FM Concepts Ltd has had a long-term association with New Zealand’s largest listed property trust, Kiwi Property Group Ltd. Mark is also technical and sustainable director for Britomart Group, Auckland’s large downtown commercial and retail precinct.

Glenn Inkster - TransNet Glenn is the eMobility Division manager at TransNet NZ, one of the leading suppliers in the electrical industry in New Zealand for over 20 years. Glenn completed dual electrical and instrumentation apprenticeships at New Zealand Steel, as well as gaining experience in mechatronics and automation at both New Zealand Steel and Fonterra. Glenn is learning about the environment because of an interest in electric vehicles (and cars in general), as opposed to learning about electric vehicles because of an interest in the environment. His fascination with all things automotive, along with guidance from the combined experience of so many at TransNet in the electrical supply industry, has resulted in TransNet playing a key role in educating the local automotive industry about electricity, and those in the electricity sector about the requirements of EV.



Ambius Energy Management Workshop WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

For full details on the programme and speakers or to check for updates, visit 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Big Data-Driven Smart Energy Management: From Data to Action

Large amounts of data are increasingly available in the energy sector with the continuous application of sensors, wireless transmission, network communication and cloud computing technologies. Using learnings from the last 10 years, this discussion will focus on the sources, potential and characteristics of big data for smart energy management. Afterwards you will understand how to take practical steps for using data-driven smart energy management in IT infrastructure, data collection, data integration, sharing, processing and analysis, security and privacy. Hosted by Jeremy Allen - Energy Solution Providers

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Photovoltaic Solar Projects – The Business Case in New Zealand

In New Zealand, solar photovoltaic projects deliver a variety of value streams such as commercial returns, corporate sustainability credentials, and hedging against future energy price spikes. This presentation will discuss the state of New Zealand’s solar PV industry in the context of commercial and industrial facilities and will work through a real-world example of a solar project and commercial model. Hosted by David Francis - Infratec Ltd.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Reality of Carbon Emissions for FMs – Why Energy is the Key This talk will consider the importance of understanding energy use in combatting carbon emissions and how facilities managers can make a major contribution in fighting climate change. Hosted by Mike Hopkins - Energy Management Association of New Zealand



1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Net Zero Carbon Buildings for Aotearoa Buildings contribute a large portion of our national carbon emissions. More importantly, they contribute far more to our lives than simply carbon. The Green Building Council, alongside Enviro-Mark Solutions, is developing a framework to shift our buildings to net zero carbon, and as part of that framework a comprehensive net zero carbon building certification for existing commercial buildings. This framework and certification are being launched alongside Facilities Integrate. Over time, that will be developed into a comprehensive standard that could be used to decarbonise all of Aotearoa’s buildings. Sam’s presentation will give you an outline to this standard and how you can meet the growing demand from both central and local government, industry and building occupants to improve building performance. Hosted by Sam Archer - New Zealand Green Building Council 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Sustainability Options For Multi-Dwellings – Made Simple Launching this free service – The Energy Bureau at Facilities Integrate. The Energy Bureau will guide you with what you need to know, and how to set up your facility ready to incorporate solar energy, electric vehicle charging, battery storage solutions and more. Including a service to allocate and bill the resources to those who use them in your facility. Hosted by James Martin - PowerEdge Ltd 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

What Toyota & Elon Musk’s SpaceX Can Teach Us About Reducing Carbon In Our Buildings Toyota built a culture of continuous improvement, which has enabled them to become one of the world’s largest car manufacturers. SpaceX uses this scientific method to make progress towards making man a multi-planetary species. Making our existing buildings carbon zero is also a tremendous challenge. We can use the scientific method of Toyota Kata to meet this challenge. Hosted by Frans Plugge - ecoNEW Ltd Top weekly features on industrial safety, infrastructure, property and construction FREE of charge



Exhibitor Workshops THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Can Smart Integrations and Better Facilities Improve Your Team’s Ethos?

From making their first coffee in the morning to turning on their computer to start their day, your team’s experience with facilities, technology and business processes directly affects their impression of your business, its ability to make good decisions, and ultimately whether you’re a good employer to work for. With skills shortage in New Zealand at an all-time high, Ash asks, “Is now the time for business leaders to remove roadblocks to success for their team members? And if not now, when?” These initiatives are vast—IT services and automation, well-styled offices, reliable amenities and more—and all work either for or against your business’s goals. In this talk, Ash will cover two employee journeys—one with roadblocks and frustrations that many people experience daily, and another, more aspirational example of a team member that only needs to focus on their projects and tasks at hand, from car to desk, desk to boardroom, boardroom to bathroom, and beyond. Hosted by Ash Harder - Sharp 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Better Business or Buzzword: Is IoT the Real Deal for Facilities Management?

Only 14 per cent of New Zealand businesses are currently using an IoT solution, and yet in 2017 NZ ranked as one of the top five countries with the right business, economic and political climates to sustain and benefit exponentially from the Internet of Things. simPRO recognises the untapped potential that IoT offers, not only to New Zealand facilities management teams but to the world as a whole. This presentation will cover real-life uses of IoT within the facilities management industry, how you can turn data into new business opportunities, where to start with IoT and how, by harnessing the solution, it will lead to a better business. Hosted by Ricky Sevta - simPRO Software 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Turnstiles and Gates for Facility Access Control and Accountability

Entrance turnstiles are used in traditional and modern facilities and venues to control who can enter, at what time, and generally play a crucial role in overall facility operations. Building managers who wish to understand the potential of the latest turnstile technology should attend this presentation, where they will also learn how to work together with architects and security dealers to balance everyone’s various needs – for both increased personnel control and aesthetic design. Hosted by Jonathan D. Watson - Alvarado Turnstiles INFRASTRUCTURENEWS.CO.NZ - SAFETYNEWS.CO.NZ - PROPERTYANDBUILD.COM


1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Modern Pest Control Using NB-IoT NB-IoT technology can penetrate concrete, underwater, underground and deep into infrastructure, and thus is set to shape connective facilities through a wide range of applications including remote monitoring for heating devices, alarms, water tank levels and now pest trappings. In partnership with MinkPolice, who are well established in Europe, and using Vodafone’s IoT network, ALPECO have created an innovative IoT pest control solution to help you catch more pests, more often. Each device contains a SIM card which connects via Vodafone’s IoT network to the MinkPolice smartphone application and notifies the facility/property/farm manager whenever a device is activated, providing the exact location of the trap to clear it and reset it. The NB-IoT network and ALPECO’s pest control solution not only provides greater connectivity, it enables the user to set traps in more remote areas knowing they’ll still have reliable connectivity. Better yet, it’s non-toxic, long lasting, user-friendly, secure, scalable and affordable. Hosted by Heiko Kaiser - ALPECO 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

A Systematic Approach to Lightning Protection for Facilities Modern buildings, sites and facilities are very susceptible to the direct and indirect effects of cloudto-ground lightning flashes due to the presence of many different types of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. A key first step in today’s highly technological environment is the implementation of a risk management plan. In particular, before any lightning protection system is designed it is important to carry out a lightning risk assessment. This must be done using international standards and an understanding of the principles and statistics of lightning associated with this stochastic phenomenon. Whilst no single technology can totally eliminate the risk of damage and losses due to lightning flashes, a systematic protection approach will be elaborated which greatly reduces the risk via a simple yet comprehensive checklist covering the major causes, effects and damage mechanisms. This approach commences with an effective means to capture, conduct and then safely dissipate the lightning energy down to ground, and then continues with clamping and diverting transients that are conducted or induced into the electrical systems of facilities. Hosted by Dr Franco D’Alessandro - LPINZ 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Workplace Wellness It’s your people who provide the greatest potential for success in your business. The culture of an organisation has a significant impact on the well-being of its people. A positive work culture is associated with higher morale, lower stress, reduced absenteeism and higher organisational performance and productivity. Discover practical, evidence-based information and engaging activities that can help your workplaces and people thrive. Hosted by Lisa Ducat - Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand 32




10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

ICT Infrastructure – The Foundation of Present & Future Technologies for Building Services Building services are adopting digital technologies faster than the industry can keep up. BICSI will outline the essential infrastructure that needs to be in place. Paul Stathis - BICSI 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Part 1: Improving Safety with Tech and Design Part 2: Mental Health and Well-being Associate Professor Dr Felicity Lamm - AUT Mark Scott - WorkSafe NZ Philip Aldridge - HASANZ Pamela Mitchell - HASANZ Lisa Ducat - Mental Health Foundation of NZ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Delivering the Latest in Digital Healthcare As digital technologies become increasingly deployed in healthcare for improved patient care and treatment, the dependability of the design and maintenance of digital networks becomes paramount. Hear from health boards and expert design engineers. Bruce Turner - Aurecon Roy Malto - Counties Manukau DHB 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Meeting the Demand for More Bandwith in New Zealand With ultra-fast broadband enabling greater data bandwidth, more is expected of the copper and fibre infrastructure within buildings to connect digital equipment to the UFB. This presentation matches the growing bandwidth demand with industry’s ability to support it. Aungwin Tin - AFL For full details on the programme and speakers or to check for updates, visit

With ultra-fast broadband deployment nearing completion, businesses and consumers alike will rightfully expect superior performance. This two-part panel discussion will address key important issues: Removing the impediments to performance within the premise, and addressing the weaknesses in ICT infrastructure against cyber security. Karin Pasalich - Beca Paul Stathis - BICSI National Cyber Security Centre 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

How to Develop a Cyber-Secure Culture Within Your Business The role of NCSC is to help New Zealand’s major public and private sector organisations protect their information systems from advanced cyberborne threats. This presentation will outline how businesses can develop a security culture based on standards set out in the Government’s Protective Security Requirements and the New Zealand Information Security Manual. National Cyber Security Centre 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Developing a Safety Culture in the Workplace As the safety regulator, we want to broaden thinking and action beyond compliance and the immediate daily operational focus of businesses and workers. As a nation we need to work together to create a pro-active safety culture. Nicole Rosie - WorkSafe NZ INFRASTRUCTURENEWS.CO.NZ - SAFETYNEWS.CO.NZ - PROPERTYANDBUILD.COM


Everything you ever wanted to know about artificial intelligence

Read this report by TechJury if you are intrigued by chatbots, robots, digital assistants, automated vehicles and virtual assistants


hey’re all part of the world of artificial intelligence (AI), a field of computer science that focuses on the creation of a machine that can replicate human behaviour. The science fiction of yesterday has quickly become today’s reality. Whether it’s in healthcare, education or manufacturing, AI has already altered the way we think and interact with each other every day. Here’s a few points to ponder about how your life is being impacted by AI and how much more that will grow in the next few years. Accenture researched the impact of AI in 12 developed countries. The study revealed that it could double economic growth rates by 2035. AI will enable people to use their time efficiently, which will increase their productivity by 40 percent. This is especially true for global IT economics.

Some AI stats published in MIT Sloan Management Review show that threequarters of executives believe AI will enable their company to expand and many believe that it will allow their enterprise to gain a competitive advantage. According to CMO, as a part of their marketing efforts, 47 percent of the more advanced enterprises have applied an AI strategy to their mobile apps; additionally, 84 percent use a personalised strategy. Strategy Analytics says 41 percent of consumers believe artificial intelligence will improve their lives in some way. There’s no denying that artificial intelligence has also dominated the technological landscape. With that said, consumers in India and China are more likely to embrace this technology. According to PEGA Only 33 percent of consumers

think they’re already using AI platforms. The actual number is much higher. In reality, 77 percent use an AIpowered service. A Statista study in 2017 showed 84 percent of business organizations will adopt AI because it gives them a competitive advantage over their rivals. Only 17 percent of email marketers planned on using artificial intelligence in 2018 according to Econsultancy while 21 percent of agencies planned to innovate with AI in 2018. AI has already proven to be a prominent technology in marketing.

Voice Search and Artificial Intelligence Stats

A Creative Strategies study reports 97 percent of mobile users are already using AIpowered voice assistants. Only 2 percent of iPhone owners have never used Siri, and only 4 percent of

Wake up to the all-new real world • By 2025, the global AI market is expected to be almost US$$60 billion; in 2016 it was $1.4 billion • Global GDP will grow by $15.7 trillion by 2030 thanks to AI • AI can increase business productivity by 40 percent • AI start-ups grew 14 times over the last two decades • Investment in AI start-ups grew 6 times since 2000 • Already 77 percent of the devices we use feature one form of AI or another • Cyborg technology will help us overcome physical and cognitive impairments • Google analysts believe that next year, 2020, robots will be smart enough to mimic complex human behaviour like jokes and flirting 34


Android owners have never leveraged the power of OK Google. When it comes to usage, 51 percent use voice assistants in the car, 6 percent in public and 1.3 percent at work. Location World supports the notion saying 40 percent of people use voice search function at least once every day. It’s clear that the use of voice search is slowly becoming commonplace in people’s everyday lives. Gartner comments that 30 percent of web browsing and searches will be done without a screen by 2020. Audio-centric technologies like Amazon Echo have access to dialogue-based information. Gartner says the voice-first interaction will gain prominence quickly. A press release by IHS Markit, a business information provider, found that four billion devices have AI-powered assistants, and this number will reach seven billion by 2020. A 2017 Pew Research study showed that 46 percent of Americans use digital assistants to interact with their smartphones. Voice assistants are present on a diverse range of devices, so 42 percent of users have the tech on their smartphones, 14 percent of them use it on a computer or tablet, while 8 percent of them use it on a standalone device such as Amazon Echo or Google Home.



























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N Power plant burns fossil fuels without the carbon emissions In the Texas city of La Porte, the power plant of the future generates enough electricity to power 5,000 homes simultaneously. It burns old-fashioned fossil fuels, yet produces no carbon emissions. Sound impossible?

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Kevin J. Ryan is a staff writer for Inc. He has written for ESPN The Magazine, CNBC and the Long Island Press and contributed to Mental Floss. He lives in Queens, New York.



et Power, the Durham, North Carolina-based startup behind the plant, is on a mission to prove it’s not only possible but also a potential solution to one of the biggest contributors to climate change. If all goes well, the plant will be the first of many like it around the globe. Founded in 2008, Net Power has been on a long journey to create a new type of power plant that will appeal to established energy companies. The hope is this first plant serves as the proof of concept necessary to show the industry a path to zero emissions–and, for Net Power, a path to profit-

ability. For years, the energy industry has experimented with an environmentally friendly process known as carbon capture and storage (CCS). It does exactly what it sounds like: produces energy and sequesters the carbon dioxide byproduct so it can’t escape into the atmosphere. In theory, this would offset the climate-altering effects of burning fossil fuels. While scientifically plausible, the process usually is prohibitively expensive. First, it requires the construction of extra facilities for capturing carbon. Then, once those facilities are built,

they use so much power that they end up offsetting many of the environmental benefits they’re designed to achieve. British chemical engineer Rodney Allam might have found a way to change that. In the late 2000s, a group led by former Morgan Stanley managing director Bill Brown formed 8Rivers, a venture capital firm that incubates startups working on solutions to large-scale problems. First on the firm’s list: energy. Soon, an old classmate of Brown’s pointed him in Allam’s direction. The two set up a meeting in London. “Rodney had some ideas,”

Brown says. “Pretty quickly, we knew we had our guy.” Allam developed a new fuel-burning process that entails capturing carbon dioxide at the combustion stage. He joined 8Rivers, which teamed up with two large companies–engineering firm McDermott International and energy company Exelon Generation–that invested a combined $150 million to create and fund Net Power. The process that makes Net Power so innovative, now dubbed the Allam Cycle, allows much of the carbon dioxide released during combustion to be recycled. The carbon that isn’t reused is captured. It can then be injected underground, where it’s permanently absorbed by rock, or sold to companies that can use it for other purposes like manufacturing plastics or extracting oil. The net result is an emissions-free process that can generate electricity on a large scale. The Texas plant, which first fired up in May, can produce 25 megawatts, enough to power all the homes in a medium-size town simultaneously. It isn’t yet sending electricity to the local grid; Brown hopes that will happen within the next several months, once the plant completes an extensive series of tests and gets connected with Texas utility company Ercot. Meanwhile, the company is looking to partner with an energy company on its first full-size plant, which will be capable of producing 12 times as much energy. Net Power’s goal is to complete that project by 2022. The Texas plant cost $150 million to build, and Brown says the price of running it will be on par with that of a conventional power plant– clearly, a critical factor for wide adoption. The goal is to

go even further. “We’ve got to make it cheaper than polluting systems,” Brown says. “Here in the U.S., we tend to think that if we can afford it, then the system works. But that’s not good enough. We’ve got to make it so cheap that China and India will choose it, and developing nations will be able to afford it.” It’s an ambitious goal, but a worthwhile one. Electricity generation is the cause of about 40 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. The world’s total emissions rose in 2018, even as scientists point to the dire need to reverse the trend immediately. Net Power isn’t the only company trying to change the way the world generates energy. Arizona-based Depcom builds solar energy power plants. Last year, five years after its founding, it reached No. 5 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. Wind farms are also on the rise: Wind provided nearly 7 percent of the U.S.’s total energy supply in 2018, up from 1 percent a decade earlier. While Net Power’s plants produce no emissions, critics may point to the fact that it still burns natural gas. “The future needs to feature dramatically less reliance on fossil fuels,” says James Mulligan, associate at the World Resources Institute, who leads projects on climate change. Still, conversion to renewable sources can be difficult and costly, which is why Mulligan says a solution like Net Power’s is a practical path forward. “Taking that option off the table because we’d rather kill than reform the fossil fuel industry would be foolish.” “Everyone,” he says, “should be praying they succeed.”



Flexible working set to become a key disruptor

An increase in flexible working practices within New Zealand will reduce levels of carbon dioxide by 900,000 tonnes per year by 2030 and add between NZ$16.2 billion and $18.1 billion to the economy


hese are the findings of an independent economic study commissioned by global workplace provider Regus (one of the IWG group of companies). Achieving these targets is a lot more than a pipe dream or wishful thinking, the study found. Growth in demand for flexible workspaces in New Zealand is increasing rapidly, with nearly 40 percent of office tenants considering flexible solutions for the future. CBRE Pacific’s Corporate Co-working Survey: The Future is Flexible says that in the next two years, 39 percent of New Zealand office tenants plan to reduce their traditional leased office footprint space, while 47 percent are looking to increase co-working space use. The results of the survey highlighted a growing trend for large office tenants to move towards more flexible workspace solutions, supporting the significant environmental benefits reflected in the Regus survey. The reduction in carbon dioxide levels in New Zealand espoused in the report is based on workers saving between 7.7 million and 8.7 million hours of commuting time per annum. Such flexibility is expected to add between 74,000 and 83,000 additional jobs in talent scarce sectors of the economy such as property services, professional


services, financial services, information and communications activities, public administration and business support services. “Simply changing the dominant culture of commuting to a central office for work could contribute towards climate change goals,” says New Zealand Country Manager for Regus, Pierre Ferrandon. Regus offer more than 3500 locations worldwide from fully serviced offices, meeting rooms and business lounges to co-working spaces and virtual offices which can be rented by the day, week or year.

and job satisfaction than other workers. Therefore, flexible working regimes and environments can also have positive effects on the health and well-being of employees.

Driven by the US

The nation which would see the largest annual carbon emission saving by 2030 is the United States. It is predicted to save nearly 960 million hours in commuting time, and with commuters relying heavily on cars, this time saved translates to over 100 million tonnes of CO2.

There remote work has gone from mainstream to rushing river says US author Scott Mautz writing in INC. Mautz warns of getting the management structure right to make it succeed. Already some companies like Yahoo, Bank of America, and IBM have abandoned remote work, calling employees back into the office. Ferrandon says that working from home induces a reduction in productivity and contributes to isolation, in turn reducing employee engagement. “Remote working delivers the productivity increase

The workspace revolution is coming

As a starting point, greater opportunities for flexible working could become an increasingly important factor in enabling greater levels of workforce participation among groups such as women and the disabled. For all workers, but especially women, opportunities to work flexibly or remotely can help in balancing working life with other responsibilities, such as caring for children. For the disabled, opportunities for flexible or remote working can expand the types of job opportunities that can be conveniently accessed. Studies have also found that flexible and remote workers tend to report higher levels of happiness


Click here to read the full report: The Added Value of Flexible

outcome when the employee is able to bring the office closer to home, while retaining the home/work separation. “Giving access to a network of co-working spaces to that effect enables the essential interactions the employee needs, while reducing the commute at the same time,” says Ferrandon. Mautz says a study by Upwork among more than 1000 hiring decision makers shows that 63 percent of companies now have remote workers, yet 57 percent of companies have no remote work policies. The Upwork study showed 48 percent of companies in the US use freelancers (up from 43 percent a year ago), while work done by freelancers increased 168 percent. Six times more hiring managers believe agile team structures will become the norm and three times as many believe offices will become temporary anchor

points versus daily travel destinations. The 2018 State of Remote Work Report indicates that 90 percent of remote workers plan to keep working remotely for the rest of their career. Mautz says it’s not surprising, given the top reported benefits of a flexible schedule, more time with family, a more pleasant work environment, and avoidance of office politics. The flexibility conundrum is critical to figure out for both leaders and employees as remote work continues its upward trajectory. Gallup research shows the key to successfully fostering flexibility is to bake it into the culture, says Mautz. This means attacking some of the unwritten rules of many work cultures like: • Being seen at your desk assures the manager knows you’re working. • Arriving later or leaving earlier must equal a lack of commitment.

• Recognition/promotions go to in-office workers. • “Hard work” equals time on the clock versus net outcomes. • Critical discussions (even on career) happen in the hallways and are missed at home. Mauntz says employers need to take the time to get clear on goals and expectations. Gallup’s research showed that 50 percent of employees don’t know what’s expected of them. IWG is leading the workspace revolution. Its group of companies, including Regus, helps more than 2.5 million people and their businesses to work more productively. It does so by providing a choice of professional, inspiring and collaborative workspaces, communities and services. Ferrandon says digitalisation and new technologies are transforming the world of work. People want the personal productivity ben-

efits of living and working how and where they want. Businesses want the financial and strategic benefits. “Our customers are start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and large multinationals, with unique goals and aspirations. “They want a choice of workspaces and communities to match their needs. Through our companies we provide that choice. “We create personal, financial and strategic value for businesses of every size. From some of the most exciting companies and well-known organisations on the planet, to individuals and the next generation of industry leaders. “Our ambition is to build a complete network of workspaces from Invercargill to Kerikeri to allow New Zealanders to work and enjoy anywhere they want.”



Diverting waste away from landfills with biodegradable plastics Disposal of non-biodegradable plastics is unsustainable. Products often are manufactured, used once and dumped in landfills or in the natural environment


hile recycling is one solution to divert waste from landfills and reduce the production of virgin materials, only nine percent of plastics made since 1950 have been recycled. Recycling simply delays disposal, which is why biodegradation and composting should also be considered as solutions. Despite the standards in place for landfills, disposed products degrade and produce landfill gas composed of methane and carbon dioxide; both gases are highly effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere, especially methane. In the US in 2014 alone, 138 million tons of municipal solid waste were landfilled, 18 percent of which was plastic.


Landfills are only designed to store waste, not break it down. Unfortunately, the rate at which we are producing waste outpaces the rate of natural biodegradation and landfills are quickly filling up, which increases air, water and soil pollution. Looking at alternative solutions to recycling will become more important in light of recent global events. For decades, the United States and other countries relied on China to recycle their plastic waste and now China and many other Asian countries are no longer accepting plastic. This puts more pressure on domestic recycling infrastructure, forcing countries to explore alternate waste solutions such as industrial composting.


What is biodegradation?

Biodegradation is a natural process that breaks down everything from yard waste to crude oil. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines it as “a process by which microbial organisms transform or alter (through metabolic or enzymatic action) the structure of chemicals introduced into the environment.� The mechanism varies based on the environment, plastic material and biodegradation rate. When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it does so in an anaerobic environment, resulting in the production of methane, a highly flammable greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

As such, aerobic biodegradation, which produces carbon dioxide and organic materials, is desired. In fact, a 2014 EPA report noted that recycling or composting 89 million tons of municipal solid waste reduced carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by 181 million metric tons. Many bioplastics will biodegrade when composted. They follow a circular economy where sustainable plastics are manufactured from renewable resources. These plastics can be returned to nature when their useful life has ended. In short, a circular economy takes landfills out of the equation. Over the past decade, the plastic industry has been evolving. The number of options for compostable bio-

plastics has increased, along with the volume of material produced.

Biodegradable plastics versus compostable plastics

Businesses and consumers misconstrue what biodegradation means and how it differs from composting and recycling, which creates issues with labelling and ultimately disposal. All compostable plastics are biodegradable. However, not all biodegradable plastics are compostable. In order to be labelled as compostable, bioplastics must biodegrade in a specified time period leaving no toxins in the soil. Some traditional plastics claim to be oxo-degradable; however, these materials are designed to degrade into smaller and smaller fragments of plastic, which can contaminate soil and waters for years. Truly biodegradable plastics undergo biodegradation by naturally occurring micro-organisms, which help the material degrade into organic matter. Biodegradation refers to anaerobic or aerobic degradation of materials by micro-organisms. Depending on the environmental factors (moisture and temperature), the process will result in carbon dioxide, water, biomass, minerals salts and/or methane. Anaerobic biodegradation occurs without oxygen, meaning that anaerobic micro-organisms are dominant, resulting in the production of methane. Conversely, aerobic biodegradation occurs with oxygen, meaning that aerobes are present and use cellular respiration, which produces oxygen and carbon dioxide. Composting is a specific

process for biodegradation where aerobes digest organic waste to create compost. In industrial facilities the process is carefully controlled because the proper levels of heat, water and soil need to be present, so the proper micro-organisms can digest the materials at a consistent rate without leaving toxic residue.


Bioplastics, as a general category, are plastics that are made from renewable biomass or can biodegrade at the end of their lifecycle. Some bioplastics have both attributes, some only one. For example, there are biobased plastics that are not biodegradable (bio-based PET) and petroleum-based plastics that are (PBAT, PCL).

To be truly labelled biodegradable, the plastic must degrade into carbon dioxide, water, biomass and/or mineral salts when exposed to air, moisture and microbes. The materials should not be toxic to the environment. Bio-based materials may also be used as fillers, reinforcements for other biodegradable plastic polymers. In the United States, the plastic needs to be certified compostable, meaning that it needs to comply with ASTM D6400 as certified by a third-party organization such as the Biodegradable Products Institute. Thus, the term “certified compostable” is more specific than “biodegradable.” All materials are biodegradable given enough time, but claiming a product is “compostable” denotes that

it meets requirements of ASTM D6400 or will degrade 90 percent in 180 days under the specific humidity, temperature and aeration conditions of an industrial composting facility.

The mechanism for biodegradation

Biodegradation can occur under aerobic or anaerobic conditions. Carbon dioxide is produced under aerobic conditions while the same materials will produce methane under anaerobic conditions like landfills. The environment or medium in which a plastic is disposed of will affect the possibility and rate of biodegradation. A biodegradable plastic contains polymers that can be broken down and digested by polymer-degrading mi-



crobes in (ideally) aerobic environments where methane isn’t a by-product. If key environmental factors such as temperature and moisture align, then enough micro-organisms can adhere to the surface of the plastic, ingest it and enzymatically degrade it. The mechanism varies between aerobic and anaerobic processes and where the process takes place landfill, marine environment or backyard. In general, enzymatic digestion is facilitated by hydrolysis, a two-step process where an enzyme first binds to the ingested polymer to catalyze hydrolytic cleavage. The polymer is then “cleaved” down to molecules with lower molecular weights that are then mineralized to carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

Rates of biodegradation

Biodegradation rates are influenced by the bioactivity of the location, temperature and moisture levels. The disposal site needs to have an environment conducive to the micro-organisms needed to break down the plastic, as most biodegradable polymers degrade faster in significantly hot and wet environments. However, for a biodegradable plastic to properly break down into environmentally friendly components, it needs to be disposed properly. For example, a biodegradable plastic bag thrown into a hedge will take years to properly degrade and even a banana peel needs a minimum of one year. Unfortunately, many biodegradable plastics are improperly discarded in areas that have undesirable environmental conditions, meaning that the products either slowly or never degrade. 56

All materials will eventually break down, but what we call “biodegradable plastics” break down into organic components in months or years as opposed to decades or centuries. Each plastic has a chemical composition and material characteristics that dictate which microbes can consume it and ultimately its degradation rate. Biodegradability as a property does not depend on whether the plastic is sourced from renewable materials. Rather, it depends on the chemical properties of the polymer itself — not whether it is bio-based or petroleum-based. In fact, there are many petroleum-based plastics which are certified compostable. A product made with a biodegradable plastic should be designed to biodegrade, or compost according to its function. Fortunately, it is possible to create formulas with different biodegradable polymers with various biobased materials to elongate or shorten biodegradation


(or composting) rates, depending on the application. Consider how quickly compostable products should compost in a backyard after use (remember that composting is a specific form of biodegradation that results in compost). Green Dot Bioplastics developed a compostable horticultural pot. The compostable plastic material was made to compost slowly so the pot could retain its structural integrity on store shelves but compost in a backyard when used. Regardless of source, any biodegradable plastic aids in directing waste away from landfills and to composting facilities. This not only decreases the burden placed on landfills but also lowers methane emissions. Still, chronic issues with labelling and the system itself keep biodegradable plastics from properly degrading. However, composting facilities are an example of how biodegradable plastics can be systematized to not only divert waste but also renew it.


Composting is a method of biodegradation that can occur in a backyard or industrial composting facility. More specifically, it is the controlled process of breaking down yard waste, food scraps and compostable plastics into compost, a humus-like product that can be integrated with soil. On a molecular level, it is the microbial digestion of materials under optimal levels of heat, water and oxygen to create compost. Because compost is the end product of the composting process, it can be sold to generate revenue for facilities. However, to claim that a product is fully compostable in an industrial facility, it must meet all the requirements for ASTM D6400. Municipal governments grappling with land space and are quickly learning that strategically located composting facilities can decrease waste in landfills. Beyond diverting waste away from landfills, composting organic and food

waste can also contribute to lower methane emissions, a harmful greenhouse gas.

The benefits of compost

Single-use items are generally thrown away after use and remain in landfills or the natural environment. However, if composted, they follow this renewable lifecycle. Adding compost to soil can modify its pH levels, increase cation exchange capacity for nutrient retainment, bind contaminants and suppress plant diseases. In fact, the US Composting Council notes that it is highly versatile and “has the unique ability to improve the properties of soils and growing media physically (structurally), chemically (nutritionally) and biologically.”

Microbial digestion

Once the waste is in the windrow, it is converted into compost under aerobic conditions, which provides the necessary oxidative environment for aerobic micro-organisms to digest organic materials and turn it into compost. There are three stages: The mesophilic or moderate-temperature phase, the thermophilic or high temperature phase and the maturation phase. In the mesophilic phase, the initial stages of decom-

position occur. Mesophilic micro-organisms secrete specialized enzymes that break down the materials into smaller organic molecules. Once the molecules have formed, the micro-organisms absorb them for cellular respiration, which causes the temperature of the forming compost to rise above 40°C. The rise in temperature signals the start of the thermophilic phase, where high-energy compounds — mainly proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates— are broken down. The temperature of the compost will gradually decrease as these compounds break down. Once the temperature lowers enough, maturation can begin. Mesophilic micro-organisms can function again under the lower temperatures and “cure” the remaining organic matter into compost.

Certified compostable plastics

While there are a variety of plastics on the market that claim to be biodegradable, composting facilities only accept certified compostable plastics, which is why understanding the various certifications is critical before beginning manufacturing. Products and packaging that are certified compostable won’t impede

commercial composting operations or contaminate the compost. Common certifications in the US include ASTM, BPI and CMA.

The challenges of systematizing composting

The key driver for bringing composting facilities to a city is policy and access but cost, education and infrastructure are needed to get people composting. Some challenges include educating consumers and companies about the differences between bio-based, biodegradable, recyclable and compostable plastics as well as implementing a universal labelling system to prevent contaminants from entering composting facilities. Contamination is a key challenge for composting facilities. Improperly sorted plastics can contaminate recycling streams or feedstock and get buried in landfills. Most contamination results from petroleum-based plastics entering facilities due to inaccurate labelling, confu-

sion on disposal instructions and ignorance of best waste management practices. Not all bioplastics are compostable, which is why inconsistencies in labelling and definitions puzzle customers. Although contamination is avoidable, a systematic solution will be needed to eliminate the issue entirely. This includes educating customers, implementing fines for improper disposal and rejecting contaminated loads.

Diverting waste away from landfills

Governmental incentives and consumer expectations need to first shift towards composting and biodegradation. Doing so will influence the plastic industry to value biodegradable and compostable plastics over traditional plastics. Implementing a circular economy, where plastic is biodegraded, recycled or composted, and systemizing it to become convenient like the current system, will take time.

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Chemical industry leads by example Sponsored Article

The chemical industry continues to lead by example, helping to ensure essential chemicals encountered at work and at home are safely managed - safeguarding employees, communities and our environment


hile 130,000 businesses are reportedly captured by the Hazardous Substances and Major Hazard Facilities regulations, the official mantra of “600-900 persons seriously harmed each year by unwanted exposure to chemicals in their workplace” presumably applies to all of the country’s 530,000 workplaces. Downgrading the flawed but effective HSNO Certified Handler requirement has inadvertently undermined an invaluable capability. The action deprived businesses, particularly SMEs, of an immediate and recognisable source of workplace chemical safety and compliance advice -- a safe chemical handling capability and emergency response knowledge – critical when a chemical incident occurs. PCBUs and SMEs must now devise their own solutions to ensure employees are competent to safely handle the chemicals with which they work.


So where to from here?

Responsible Care is a global voluntary chemical industry initiative developed autonomously by the chemical industry for the chemical industry. Chemical suppliers continue to help customers achieve workplace chemical safety aspirations through product stewardship initiatives. To help solve the in-house chemical compliance dilemma in New Zealand, Responsible Care NZ www. delivers specialist and cost-effective Certified Handler standard training, complete with a certificate. Internationally, chemical industry leaders are moving away from relying on lagging indicators of safety performance in favour of identifying safer work practices and workplaces, by responding to workers’ suggestions about improvements. WorkSafe NZ has warned against business operators falling victim to uninformed


and always expensive ‘consultants’. Responsible Care NZ site compliance assessments are non-threatening, effectively capturing and assessing chemical safety performance in a variety of workplaces. Conscientious business operators can add value by sourcing accurate, cost-effective workplace chemical safety advice and compliance tools from their suppliers, industry partners and Responsible Care NZ.

The core problem

Hundreds of business operators turned out for a free Responsible Care NZ compliance workshop, eager for accurate and practical advice, indicating an unsatisfied demand for assistance

and education. Attendance highlighted the need to provide SMEs and others with the ability to access, correctly interpret and successfully implement complex regulations with clear and concise compliance advice. Inviting enquirers to “read the regulations” is falling well short of the industry educational expectations arising from WorkSafe’s Statement of Intent 2016-2020. A proven strategy is government agencies collaborating with proactive industry associations to best achieve workplace safety aspirations. The problem is that SMEs rarely join associations. However they all obtain their chemical requirements from suppliers and can benefit

from product stewardship advice and cost-effective industry compliance initiatives. Responsible Care NZ extols less regulation in favour of enabling business operators to be increasingly self-sufficient, using cost-effective products and services such as site compliance assessments and specialist training. The focus is keeping people safe around the chemicals we encounter every day, by once again adding value to businesses. Proven, collaborative and cost-effective initiatives to raise awareness and improve workplace chemical safety performance include: • Joint agency and industry-focused local compliance

workshops at times convenient to SME operators. • WorkSafe NZ inspectors distributing free copies of user-friendly ‘compliance tools’ such as the Storage of Hazardous Substances HSNO Approved Code of Practice and posters explaining GHS pictogrammes • Supporting industry initiatives such as product stewardship • Referencing industry ‘compliance tools’ • Upskilling workplace inspectors in chemical safety. • Encouraging ‘no blame’ reporting of incidents • Acknowledging successful, proactive industry compliance initiatives • Restoring the status of Approved Industry Codes of Practice

A refreshed and energized government strategy for improving workplace chemical safety is both welcome and essential if we are to significantly improve sub-standard performance and learn from our successes and shortfalls. Expanding mutually beneficial government- in-

dustry partnerships helping business operators ‘do the right thing’ with minimal fuss and expense should be ‘a no brainer’. Chemical suppliers are ‘Impatient optimists’. They know we can all collectively do better through continuous improvement.

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or a look into the future of Health and Safety a good person to speak to is Gareth Beck, H&S Advisor at engineering and infrastructure company Aurecon and a founding member of NZ Institute of Safety Management’s Emerging Safety Leaders group. Beck says his observations are probably fairly similar to many others in Aurecon, and probably most other organisations. “There is an innate sense of what needs to be done to improve health and safety, but processes and systems are required to draw this out. “Much of this knowledge is already understood – our role is to turn this intention culture, into one that is truly proactive around safety. “Often organisations will know they should be doing more, but it doesn’t move up the business agenda. In a proactive culture, health and safety is just the way business is done.” Moving from intention to being proactive takes a process, supported by systems, and there has to be safety leadership from top management. “We recently had Aurecon’s new CEO visit NZ and the first part of his speech to the business was about health and safety – he explained his journey and shared why it is essential to him,” Beck says. “Leaders in the NZ business are now sharing their safety stories not just about work but about their families too, as “safety moments”. These are both powerful ways to get our safety message across to everyone in the business and really shows how much emphasis we have on it.” Beck’s approach is communication, communication, communication – his secret source is technology. “We’ve all been in training


Learning from our mistakes - safely Virtual Reality creates an artificial environment which enables real world learning from virtual reactions

sessions where information has gone in one ear and out the other, or may have not entered an ear in the first place. We leave, there’s no magic moment to remember and the lessons and knowledge are short lived. We might remember 10 percent of it, if we’re lucky. “Ensuring important information is absorbed, processed and embedded, is a tough task – of course, with health and safety, if lessons aren’t taken on board it can have serious implications.” Making health and safety training memorable is where Aurecon is using immersing 360 Video and Virtual Reality.


Virtual Reality (VR) creates a whole artificial environment to replace the real one and is best experienced through a headset. It enables interaction with the environment; actions can lead to virtual reactions as they would do in the real world. Wheras 360 video puts you into real life scenarios and immerses you in a tool box talk, for example, or takes you on a walk-through of the site,” says Beck. “Our view is that immersive and interactive technologies enable people to experience the health and safety messages, and this is what makes them easier to

be processed and remembered. This requires play, some games, competition, and having fun failing. It is difficult to re-enact challenging situations in real life so we’ve taken the virtual route. “VR is total engagement – with a headset you are fully immersed in a health and safety situation and fully engaged. “When we learn to ride a bike, we do it in a safe place with controls. We couldn’t learn by reading instructions on a screen, in books or someone talking to us about it. Learning to ride a bike involves failing occasionally, learning from making mis-

takes and becoming better at it. “This is how people learn, so to use VR as experiential training allows staff to make mistakes and try various scenarios. This helps them to get used to a situation so there’s less stress and they are more prepared for when it occurs in real life. “Examples can include working at heights, even though it’s a simulation your mind is telling you that you are at height and the fear is there for those who are afraid of heights. “VR is all about creating experiences so reality is safer,” Beck explains, “and the results we are seeing at Aurecon show this. “There’s been a step change simply because we are busier than ever in health and safety, not because of growing numbers of issues but because people are curious and engaged around health and safety, and this is leading to more questions. Health and safety is becoming part and parcel of day-to-day project management and this is great to see. “We are clipboard free – it’s about talking, engagement, having a conversation about the good things and the questionable things. It’s the people on-site and out in the field, who have the knowledge so we need to listen in order to change the way we operate.”

Health & safety as a career choice

Beck’s sideline passion is supporting the future and newer entrants to the health and safety profession by setting up the Emerging Safety Leaders or ESL, with the help of the NZISM. “I want to encourage others to see health and safety as a real career choice. This area is becoming more important for all types of work;

standards are increasing, qualifications are growing in number and extent, and there’s an emphasis on more governance responsibility for health and safety. Its remit is also growing to include areas such as mental health and workplace culture. “One drawback is it can be a lonely profession with many of us working internally for one organisation, or across several, often as sole practitioners – it shouldn’t be the case. “I want every health and safety professional and practitioner in New Zealand to be connected and have access to a network of peers, so they can talk about not just complex things but the simple things too. “I also want to create a network for those who are newer to health and safety so they can ask the questions they would not want to raise with a more senior group of professionals. I want the ESL group not to challenge what is there but to offer something different, and appeal more to the new generation of health and safety professionals coming through.” “The group will also help build strong relationships with peers. Knowing there’s a group where they can learn from each other but also tap into the experience of people who have been operating for longer.” The group is just three months old and already has five people meeting every month from across the country within the smaller committees in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to get the groundwork done for larger ESL events later in the year. “It’s all about growing attitudes so that we all get home safe every day.”

Could virtual reality help solve our housing crisis? The Ministry of Social Development has partnered with Joy Business Academy (JBA) to develop the Skills for Industry Virtual Reality Training and Employment Tool to improve opportunities for jobseekers and employers in the construction sector, upskilling people any time and anywhere. The project is an example of how the Ministry of Social Development partners with organisations and sectors to foster training and employment opportunities for jobseekers and employers. Minister for Social Development Hon Carmel Sepuloni says the government is committed to upskilling and training people on benefit and this virtual reality tool makes training more accessible and saves time and money. “Jobseekers can try out tasks like driving a dump truck by using the virtual headset. They can make an informed decision about whether it’s a job they’ll like to pursue before going on expensive training courses. These tools also work well for some people where mainstream education doesn’t, particularly for those with limited literacy and numeracy skills,” Carmel Sepuloni said. JBA founder and CEO James Coddington says the benefit of the tool is that jobseekers can try out real tasks like driving a dump truck by using the virtual headset. The experience enables them to make informed career decisions and ramp up their employability while employers can attract potential workers and fully assess their skills before making an offer. Minister for Employment Hon Willie Jackson says the new tool may be virtual but its value is very real. “Three-quarters of the construction workforce are millennials, so it’s important to find tools they relate to. Virtual reality is their thing. It’s about getting people into work. It matches people who need work with employers who need staff.” CEO of Civil Contractors New Zealand Peter Silcock says the virtual reality scenarios make industry more accessible for people starting their careers and showcases the reasons people love working in civil construction. “We have been working closely with the Ministry of Social Development to try and overcome the barriers preventing people from entering careers in civil construction. There are lots of jobs for people who don’t mind getting hands-on. Civil construction careers are challenging, meaningful and lucrative. We need to show people there’s a place for them in our industry.” INFRASTRUCTURENEWS.CO.NZ - SAFETYNEWS.CO.NZ - PROPERTYANDBUILD.COM



ustralian project technology firm Endeavour Programme, global engineering, management and development firm Mott MacDonald, and international costconsultants WT Partnership will introduce a datadriven approach to project management that will provide the opportunity to better manage projects of any kind globally. The alliance is set to deploy Octant AI, designed by Australian technology start-up Endeavour Programme. Octant AI gathers and analyses project performance data to produce improved insights, allowing earlier, more effective decision making. Endeavour Programme founder and director David Porter says large projects have become so complex with so many interdependencies and stakeholders, that managing them with traditional methods is no longer reliable. “The increasing complexity of projects, combined with human limitations, is at the root of the problem,” Porter says. “We’re aiming to lead the way in adapting this new

Technology versus cost overruns

A global technology alliance has been formed by three major project industry firms to implement world-leading AI technology on large-scale projects

technology through our alliance, and we’re seeking to make a measurable change to the performance of mega-projects globally. “It’s a big challenge but with up to two trillion dollars in project overruns annually, there is a lot of benefit.” The new global technology alliance will use Endeavour Programme’s Octant AI technology, uniting it with the vast knowledge and industry experience of Mott MacDonald and WT Partnership in the delivery of large-scale projects around the world. Dan Phillips, global practice lead for project, programme and commercial management at Mott MacDonald says despite the huge amount of time and money invested in the delivery of major projects, they continue to underperform.

“Major projects are delivering less than budgeted benefits and inevitably become the focus of political and media scrutiny,” Phillips says. “The construction industry lags behind other industries in the use of data and adoption of AI technology. “This technology will play a big part in helping us achieve better outcomes for project teams, clients and ultimately the end users who feel the effect of project delays and cost overruns the most.” Nick Deeks, managing director of international cost management consultancy WT Partnership, says the future of professional services for projects has to be integrated with emerging technologies such as Octant AI. “Our clients want more certainty, better adaptability

and the better value for money that technology can deliver,” Deeks says. “We want to be leading in this field, and this is the most advanced AI technology available in the market.” Early applications of Octant AI have been used on civil projects and for large government portfolios. The alliance also plans to roll out new modules for other sectors. “The results are remarkable, and we’re excited to see how we can widen its application to projects in a broad range of industries,” Porter says. “We are really pleased to be able to work with such respected and innovative firms. This gives our technology the channel to make a real difference at scale,” he says.

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