The 1st Urban Futures Forum – To Create a More Sustainable Australia was held at RMIT University in Melbourne on Thursday 8 December 2016. Here are the information:

Date: Thursday 8 December 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 13:00 pm
Venue: Room 3, Level 2, Building 80, 392-394 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (see below map for details)


The Forum has addressed the practical barriers for timber buildings and find the best way to conquer them. This forum not only has provided the trends and future guidance related to timber buildings but also fostered the collaborations within this area. The forum has been successfully held within but not limited to the following aspects:

  1. Hazards during the construction and usage of timber buildings;
  2. Innovations to create a more sustainable and low-cost timber building;
  3. Australian and international building codes and guidelines; and
  4. Current progress and challenges of timber buildings in Australia.


This forum has brought together over 40 delegates from both academia and industry, such as Deakin University, RMIT University, Norman Disney & Young. The program has been fulfilled with the following schedules:

09:10 am Registration
09:30 am Opening/welcome Sujeeva Setunge, RMIT
09:40 am The National Construction Code (NCC) 2016 and Mid-rise Timber Buildings Alastair Woodard, Wood Products Victoria
10:10 am How to Design Timber Buildings to Satisfy the Building Code Stephen Kip, SKIP Consulting
10:40 am Reliable Early Warning Detection in Timber Building Fire Protection Yun Jiang, Xtralis
11:10 am Morning tea
11:30 am Managing Fire risks to Facilitate Greater Use of Timber Paul England, EFT Consulting
12:00 pm Structural Behaviours of Typical Timber Products Long Shi, RMIT
12:30 pm Brainstorming: challenges and opportunities for timber buildings
01:00 pm Lunch & Closing

The 2nd Urban Futures Forum will be held at RMIT University in Melbourne on Friday 30 November 2018. Here is the information:

Date: 30 November 2018
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: Room 06, Level 09, Building 80, 392-394 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (see below map for details)
Free registration: Please register here before 26 November 2018 for catering purpose.


Overuse of traditional energy not only raises the current energy crisis but also produces some environmental problems. The built environment is one of the largest consumers of energy in Australia, and the Australian government commits to reducing emissions to 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2030. RMIT University of proud to be one of the advanced actors to take steps by promoting energy efficiency and reducing gas emissions. The challenges are still there, and efforts are urgently needed to fulfill these important targets.


This forum will bring together engineers, designers, and researchers. We really need your expertise and experience to help to create a more sustainable Australia. The program will be fulfilled with the following schedules:


09:00 Registration
09:20 Opening/welcome Kevin Zhang, RMIT
09:30 Urban Futures ECP and its role in supporting WETT Research Centre activities Jega Jegatheesan, RMIT
10:00 Achieving net-zero-energy-demand buildings Lu Aye, Melb Uni
10:30 Socio-Technical-Cyber-Economic Systems for Distributed Renewable Energy Technology Deployment in Buildings and Urban Precincts Rebecca Yang, RMIT
11:00 Morning tea
11:30 Challenges in Residential Building Energy Efficiency Rating Dong Chen, CSIRO
12:00 Energy saving of building based on natural ventilation Long Shi, RMIT
12:30 Lunch & Closing