ASBEC wishes you all a safe and happy end-of-year break

Dear ASBEC Members

Reflecting on the year that was, and change was most certainly the constant in ASBEC land. We shifted from virtual meetings back to in-person Council events and were able to reconnect with each other. We said goodbye to Anne and Pip, and hello again as I returned from parental leave. We saw a new federal government come in and recognise climate change and emissions as the urgent priority it should be. ASBEC’s members helped to transition our strategic priorities from the 2021 plan into a new and invigorated 2023-2025 direction. And last but not least, we farewelled our wonderful President, Professor Ken Maher AO, and welcomed sustainability champion, Tanya Cox.

It is comforting to know that in all this transformation the one constant is the drive, commitment and enthusiasm of ASBEC’s members to the vision of a sustainable, productive, resilient built environment. Our collaborative network is one of our biggest superpowers, and this is the reason we continue to make such a big impact.

So much has happened this year that sets us on a good pathway for the future. Our pace of advocacy and engagement has been maintained despite the many changes we have experienced, and we can be proud of so many achievements throughout 2022.

2022 was full of action and if there ever was an opportunity to act on advancing a sustainable and resilient built environment, this was the time. With energy costs soaring and increased pressure to decarbonise buildings and infrastructure, we have been flat out helping governments and communities to support the transition. From publishing reports to help drive evidence-based regulation, to collaborating with our ASBEC network and beyond to set a pathway for net zero infrastructure and drive improved energy performance of our built environment – it has been a busy year!

Wishing you all the best for your end-of-year breaks, and I look forward to working with you in the new year.

Alison Scotland | Executive Director

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