Engendering a Performance Mindset

ABCB Volunteer Subject Matter Expert Network (for Architects and Building Designers)

In late 2016, the ABCB embarked on a journey to engender a performance mindset and raise awareness of performance-based solutions to meet the NCC Performance Requirements across Australia’s architecture and building design sectors. This is part of the broader strategy for increasing the use of performance as part of the regulatory reform package introduced by the Building Ministers' Forum in 2014.

An aim of the strategy is to increase practitioner's knowledge and awareness of the benefits and processes of performance-based design practices. Architects and building designers are one of the ABCB’s primary stakeholder groups and are well placed to influence and lead change in mindset about performance-based design. Therefore the ABCB is initially working with these sectors with the intention to expand to other sectors later if appropriate.

What we’ve found so far

Australia’s architecture and building design sectors have been involved at different stages of this journey, providing valuable feedback and insights into the challenges and opportunities affecting the application of Performance Solutions.

Feedback is demonstrating the sector’s willingness to engage and share information and the desire to support the industry which has led to the development of educational and other supporting material. To strengthen this culture of information and knowledge sharing further, the ABCB is piloting a network of volunteer Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to assist in applying performance-based design.

What is required of a Subject Matter Expert?

As a volunteer SME you will work with a range of stakeholder groups, including Australia’s architecture and building design sectors, the ABCB and Australian architecture peak and representative bodies.

The network of SMEs is to cover the following discipline areas:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Fire safety
  • Structural safety
  • Disability access
  • Plumbing
  • Health and amenity

How do I become a SME?

To join the SME network, you are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) consisting of:

  • A cover letter of less than one page outlining your credentials in response to the areas listed in the Capability Profile of the Guidelines;
  • A current resume outlining your work achievements and experience relevant to this role; and
  • The name and contact details of at least one professional referee who can attest to your skills, experience and good standing in your profession.

As a SME, you will also be required to enter into a Deed of Agreement with the ABCB for the duration of your involvement.

Information and enquiries

More information about the role and how to apply is contained in the Volunteer SME Network Guidelines.

For all enquiries please contact Erin at erin@p4.com.au.

ABCB Volunteer Subject Matter Expert Network Guidelines

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