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International Building Quality Centre (‘IBQC’)

A preeminent International Centre of Excellence in terms of the identification of building regulatory systems and regimes that are international exemplars.

The motivation for the establishment of the IBQC is founded on the recognition that many jurisdictions in recent times have been visited with tremendous challenges on account of building regulations that have not delivered the level of safety and security expected by the public. Indeed, there have been regulatory failures that have culminated in the loss of life along with seriously deleterious economic impacts upon citizens.

These challenges have culminated in recognition by industry stakeholders that a rethinking of the philosophies and traditions that underpin the design of modern-day building control is both timely and necessary.

The IBQC will serve as a collaborative medium through which systems, practices, regulations, codes and laws that provide best practice solutions and answers will be identified, endorsed and encouraged.

The IBQC will also, through research and comparative analysis, benchmark and identify jurisdictions that have pioneered and implemented best practice and emerging construction technology, probity regimes and enlightened construction systems and practices. In doing so, it will have regard to that which is best for the present and that which is best for the future.

As the IBQC will be hosted by the University of Canberra, there will exist the opportunity for students to avail themselves of the resources of the Centre with a view to carrying out further research on best practice regulatory ecology and establishing postgraduate study pathways.

The IBQC will generate an online library that will evolve into a compilation of best practice research publications and papers to generate a resource for students, law reformers, policymakers, practitioners and academics.

The IBQC will also, in the fullness of time, become a sounding board providing opinion on the viability of regulatory initiatives in terms of their benchmarking with best-practice research on point.

Vision

To establish a preeminent International Centre of Excellence in terms of the identification of building regulatory systems and regimes that are international exemplars.

Statement

To be a sounding board or point of reference for law reformers, policymakers and stakeholders intent on designing building regulation that provides the greatest opportunity for the realisation of codes and laws that maximise:

  • Public safety;
  • Cost-effective and efficient construction systems; and
  • Sustainability within the context of the built environment.

The IBQC will also pave the way for students, who are intent on developing expertise in best practice construction regulation, practices and systems, to embark upon postgraduate studies on point.

The IBQC will be a medium through which comparative analyses can be applied to reforming jurisdictions to enable the potential client to have concepts peer-reviewed.

This will provide the University of Canberra with the opportunity of commissioning research on point albeit such research will be remunerative for the University.

The paramount vision being that, through its research and its members, the IBQC will have a positive and material impact on building regulation and practices in Australia and jurisdictions across the world.

Inaugural Board Members of the International Building Quality Centre

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Honorary Consul Kim Lovegrove, RML, MSE, FAIB

Inaugural Board Chair

Royal Medal of the Lion (RML)

Order of the Star of Honor of Ethiopia (MSE)

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB)

Senior construction lawyer, Lovegrove and Cotton Lawyers
Senior law reform consultant, World Bank

Past conjoint professor in building regulation and certification
Past Chair, Building Professionals Board Victoria
Past President of the Australian Institute of Building (Vic Chapter) and the New Zealand Institute of Building (Northern Chapter)
Headed up the team that had carriage of the National model Building Act that became the blue print for regulatory law reform in the nineties
Ethiopian Honorary Consul to Victoria

Kim, in his capacity as a Senior Consultant to the World Bank, assists the World Bank with the provision of international best practice law reform advice on building regulations.

He has been deployed in law reform advisory capacities in Mumbai, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. Kim is a past Conjoint Professor of Building Regulation and Certification at the University of Newcastle (New South Wales).

Professor Charles Lemckert

Inaugural Board Deputy Chair

Professor of Engineering; Head of SchoolSchool of Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Design & Built Environment; Head of Discipline - Built Environment and Design, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Australia

Fellow of Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)

Professional Affiliations with:

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society – President, Ocean Sciences Section (2016-), Australian Association for Engineering Education – Including Elected Committee Member (2013-), Australian Water Association – Including Elected Committee Member of the Water Education Network (2010-), Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation – Including Life member and Member of the Board of Trustees, Australian Collaborative Education Network, Australian Marine Science Association, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Geophysical Union, International Association of Online Engineering International Water Association.

Editorial Board Member

Journal of Coastal Research, Encyclopaedia of Coastal Science, Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth Systems Science (Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Journal

Invited Adjunct Professor Appointment

The University of Southern Queensland and Griffith University

Mr Neil Savery

Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Building Codes Board.

As Chief Executive of the Australian Building Codes Board, championed improved access, awareness and understanding of the National Construction Code to help improve compliance and lift productivity.

As past Deputy Commissioner of the Victorian Building and Plumbing Industry Commissions, where he was involved in developing a number of reforms resulting in the establishment of the Victorian Building Authority.

For eight years served as the inaugural Chief Planning Executive for the ACT Planning & Land Authority where he was responsible for building and plumbing control, as well as designed and implemented what at the time were the most comprehensive planning reforms in the country.

Past Executive Director of Planning SA, where he developed significant reforms to land use planning and before that he was the Director of City Planning and Special Projects at the City of Greater Geelong, where he oversaw the redevelopment of that city’s waterfront and CBD.

Holds qualifications in town planning, urban design and ecologically sustainable development, is a Registered Planner and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms. Bronwyn Weir

Managing Director at Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd

Bronwyn has been a lawyer for over 20 years. She recently established Weir Legal and Consulting Pty Ltd after working for several year as a senior partner in a large law firm.

Bronwyn advises regulators on regulatory practice, enforcement and compliance matters.

Bronwyn was co-appointed with Professor Peter Shergold by the Building Ministers Forum to make recommendations on a national best practice approach to regulation of the building sector. This work was commissioned shortly after to the London Grenfell Tower fire. The appointment reflects Bronwyn’s in-depth knowledge of building regulation but also her work advising regulators on enhancing regulatory practice by operationalising risk-based decision-making.

In 2018 she co-authored a report for the Building Minister's Forum called Building Confidence - Improving the effectiveness of compliance and enforcement systems for the building and construction industry across Australia.

Chaired the Building Industry Fairness Reforms Implementation and Evaluation Panel, appointed Minister Mick de Brenni.

Advises on operational activities of regulators such as investigations, complaints management, registration policy and procedure, prosecutions, civil penalties and infringements. She is recognized for her work advising regulators on risk based decision making. Her knowledge of the operational practices and challenges faced by regulators provides her with unique expertise in this area. Bronwyn has worked for regulators in a range of sectors including, building, early childhood and VET education, human services, food safety, agvet, water and primary industries.

Mr Alejandro Espinosa-Wang

Senior Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank

Alejandro Espinosa-Wang, a private sector development specialist, joined the World Bank Group in 2006.

He currently works with the Trade and Competitiveness global practice. Before joining Trade and Competitiveness he worked in the Doing Business team where he led the research group for the indicators on dealing with construction permits. Espinosa-Wang also worked as a research assistant at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.

Espinosa holds a degree in government and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, a certificate in economic policy from American University, and a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Mr Michael de Lint, MA, PLE·

Director, Regulatory Reform and Technical Standards

RESCON (Residential Construction Council of Ontario)

Consultant, World Bank (since 2007)

Director, Regulatory Reform and Technical Standards

Extensive international experience in streamlining planning and building regulatory regimes.

Michael is an experienced public policy professional familiar with the development and building regulatory issues in Ontario and internationally. He has worked as a project manager and adviser for many key Ontario Government initiatives related to the building regulatory system.

Lead author of a 2018 RESCON report on streamlining Ontario's development and building approval process.

Prepared reports for the World Bank on ways to streamline planning and building regulatory systems following missions to over 15 different countries.

Contributing author to two World Bank books. Presented papers at Society for Applied Anthropology Conferences in Pittsburgh and in Vancouver, on risk and resilience in developing countries.

Past Senior Consultant World Bank Group

Bill Davis Ontario Merit Award
(Ontario Building Officials Association)

Leadership Award
Reach for Excellence, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Professional Land Economist
Ontario Association of Land Economists

Panel Member
Centre for Best Practice Building Control (CBPBC), Melbourne, Australia

Member
Association of Ontario Land Economists

Professor Robert Whittaker AM, FRSN, FAIB, FAIQS, MAIBS

Director of Holdom Whittaker

Admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his '...significant contribution to the building and construction industry as a leader and educator'

Director of Research and Education Foundation Trust (REFT) and the College of Building of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB, Incorporated by Royal Charter).

Current Director and Past Chair of the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR).

Past National President (2012-14) of the Australian Institute of Building. Past NSW - Past ACT/NSW Chapter President of the same.

Conjoint Professor of Practice (Const.Man) - University of Newcastle.

Adjunct Professor (Const.Man) - University of Canberra.

Adjunct Associate Professor (Const.Man, BldSurv, QtySurv) - Western Sydney University.

Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB); Companion of Engineers Australia (CompIEAust); Fellow of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS); Member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (MAIBS); Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW

Recipient of the AIB NSW Chapter Honour Award