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This site has been developed by Organica Engineering to assist the development community, engineering and ESD professionals, and Victorian Councils understand issues around sustainable buildings and how they relate to the planning and building regulations in Victoria, Australia. This training would only be possible with the support of the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE).

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About the trainer

Ian Adams is an experienced public speaker, workshop facilitator and trainer, regularly providing training at the highest levels in government and the building industry.  He is the CASBE / MaV’s only endorsed BESS trainer. He is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure. Ian has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as InSite Water, BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement WSUD and sustainable design in buildings. Formerly he worked as Sustainability Coordinator for Frasers (Australand) guiding their implementation of ESD and WSUD into over 1,000 housing, industrial, commercial and apartment buildings.

Ian works part time as a planning sustainability referrals officer at Knox Council, and he has assisted many metropolitan Councils with establishing their sustainability assessment in planning and capital words programs.  Ian also has extensive experience in Green Star for many projects and in training and facilitation of workshops for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Testimonials for Ian’s training:

“One word – Informative”

 “Very well presented with good balance of visuals, concepts and using relevant examples.”

 “Excellent. I had no knowledge about the area. Ian made it interesting even for the novice. He also made it clear that there are no simple solutions. I enjoyed learning from an expert that appreciated complexity.”

Relevant Training Experience

–        Faculty Member and Trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, running the Green Star Courses in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane for over 8 years and training over 1000 building industry professionals for the following Green Star courses: Design and As-Built Course, Green Star Performance, Green Star Communities Green Star refresher, and Green Star Submissions.

–        Lecturer for RMIT university for the last 8 years running the Urban Systems sustainable design course for undergraduate Environmental Engineers.

–        Lecturer for RMIT University for the last 8 years for the “Masters of Sustainable Practice” course, including WSUD modules, focussing on integrating sustainability into the built environment and urban infrastructure.

–        Lecturer for Melbourne University’s architecture faculty, teaching Masters of Environments students about Green Star and built environmental sustainability.

–        Undertaking in house training and workshops on implementing ESD, WSUD and sustainable capital works for several councils including the City of Port Phillip, Whittlesea, Maribyrnong, Manningham, Casey, Dandenong, Knox, Hobson’s Bay, Brimbank, Whitehorse, and Penrith, Queanbeyan and the Blue Mountains Council in NSW.


Click here if you would like to make contact with the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE). CASBE is the association of Victorian councils committed to the creation of a sustainable built environment within and beyond their municipalities.

CASBE provides a forum:

  • for the exchange of information, innovation and best practice in Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) to effectively represent and advocate the collective views of the member councils
  • for strengthening partnerships between member councils, relevant agencies and industry
  • to provide leadership in ESD policy and practice.

CASBE’s focus is on applying Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles to the built environment through the statutory planning system. This coordinated program of formal and consistent measures is called the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework. CASBE operates under the auspices of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).

While CASBE’s role is primarily related to the SDAPP framework, the alliance also helps councils incorporate ecologically sustainable development into council-managed buildings and capital works projects.

CASBE member councils include: Banyule City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Brimbank City Council, Darebin City Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maribrynong City Council, Maroondah City Council, Monash City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council, Strathbogie Shire Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wyndham City Council, Yarra City Council.

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