Rod Fehring, Chief Executive Officer of Frasers Property Australia, has been appointed Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Frasers Property Australia is one of the nation’s largest diversified property groups, and topped the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) table last year for diversified office, industrial and non-listed funds.
“As our cities grow, we have an obligation and an opportunity to embrace building practices that deliver healthy, resilient and positive places for people and the natural environment,” Mr Fehring says.
“There may be some uncertainty around the Paris Agreement and global commitments to tackle climate change, but industry remains rock-solid in its commitment to sustainability.
“Almost 1,500 Green Star projects have been certified around Australia – and 38 per cent of the nation’s office space is Green Star certified. More than 1.3 million people shop in a Green Star retail centre every day.
“The GBCA’s focus over the next year will be leading the shift to net zero buildings, and to reshaping the way Australians live, work and play in their cities. The GBCA’s board is determined to accelerate market transformation and to set the sustainability agenda throughout our region – and I’m excited to be leading this transformative team of leaders.”
Mr Fehring is joined by deputy chairs Kylie Rampa, Lendlease’s Chief Executive Officer, Property Australia and John Flecker, Chief Executive Officer of Multiplex Australasia.
The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer Romilly Madew welcomes Mr Fehring’s appointment, and pays tribute to outgoing chair, Tanya Cox.
“Tanya’s term has been characterised by a laser-focus on strong governance, strategic board appointments and the development of an ambitious new agenda for a carbon positive industry. Her impact will be felt for many years to come. Tanya will continue on the GBCA board and will remain as our representative on the World Green Building Council board as a member of its Executive Committee,” Ms Madew says.