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Conference Session 2

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Buildings for People – A Panel Discussion 



Following on from Roderic Bunn’s presentation on Soft Landings - A Process for Professional Project Aftercare, we bring together a panel of industry experts to discuss occupant satisfaction, AKA ‘wellbeing’ or ‘wellness’. How do buildings impact on the people who occupy them? How can this impact be measured? What role do FMs have to play in maintaining a healthy, comfortable and productive workplace? And what are some of the things not yet on the FM radar that deserve consideration?

Facilitated by FMANZ Board Member, Peter Harris, our team of panellists are all experts in this field: Amanda Bryan, Principal Sustainability Consultant with Jacobs, Roderic Bunn, International Author, Researcher and Lecturer on Building Performance, Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council and Architect Dan McNelis.

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Principal Sustainability Consultant

Amanda is a well-established Sustainability Consultant who endeavours to co-create and motivate a higher purpose for clients, project teams and end users to aspire to. She is a Principal Sustainability Consultant at Jacobs, fulfilling a national role and has over 13 years of experience.

Her expertises have evolved from building design performance modelling used for quick decision making to strategically embedding Sustainability principals for better environmental outcomes. Her expertises include Whole of Life Cycle assessments, predictive energy use, daylight performance and occupant thermal comfort modelling, Energy Audits and Pre and Post Occupancy Satisfaction Survey’s. Amanda has a deep understanding of a variety of green principles and rating tools including NABERSNZ, Green Star, Living Building Challenge, ISCA & Green Roads. She has worked on a range of projects from commercial, education, infrastructure, industrial and hospitals.

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Andrew Eagles
Chief Executive, New Zealand Green Building Council 


Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings. NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use, is also rising in popularity.

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Dan McNelis
Principal Architect / Design Director
Klein Architects


Dan is a highly skilled Architect and design professional, with over 10 years of professional experience across a range of industry sectors in the UK, New Zealand, and beyond. Dan’s recent focus has been in healthcare and specialist residential projects, where the pursuit of great health outcomes for building users has been a driving force in the delivery of project work.

Dan has a passion for ‘wellness in design’ fuelled by his international training, research, and collaborations, and is recognised as a thought leader in this exciting subject area in New Zealand. Dan is both a board member of the Living Futures Sustainability Collaborative, and Architect representative for the New Zealand Timber Design Society.

Dan drives the creative direction at Klein Architects, New Zealand’s leading health and wellness focussed Architectural practice, and ensures all projects are focused on the highest quality outcomes.

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Roderic Bunn
Doctoral Researcher at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) in the UK, Building Performance Analyst, and Soft Landings Consultant  

Roderic Bunn has a long track record in researching the performance of non-domestic buildings, from their energy and carbon dioxide emissions to measuring the wellbeing and satisfaction of occupants. Roderic led the ground-breaking PROBE building performance evaluation research project which identified the key factors for achieving successful building performance, in terms of both energy efficiency and occupant satisfaction. 

He also helped develop Soft Landings into a new professional service for construction industries around the world. The method has been adopted by the UK Government for central procurement, and a version published in 2016 for the Australia and New Zealand property market. Soft Landings is consistent with international green rating schemes such as BREEAM and LEED, and GreenStar and NABERS in Australasia.

Roderic writes and lectures widely on building engineering and on the role of human behaviour in building performance, and advises building owners and building design teams on ways to ensure their design ambitions are achieved in reality. 

Roderic has just completed a four-year Engineering Doctorate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) on occupant satisfaction metrics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Silver Medallist of the CIBSE.

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