GBCA commends Arup designers’ commitment to sustainability

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
28 April 2021

Arup specialists, Alex Rosenthal and Haico Schepers, have been recognised as among Australia’s most committed and active in creating sustainable places that respond to the climate change challenge.

They have been chosen as Green Star Champions for 2021 by the Green Building Council of Australia, a national authority on sustainable buildings and communities. 

GBCA CEO, Davina Rooney, acknowledged their ongoing commitment to delivering buildings and communities that are healthy, resilient and positive using Green Star certification.

“The Green Star Champions are ambassadors for Australian excellence in the sustainable transformation of the built environment. Their vision, enthusiasm and tireless contribution to deliver places that respond to the climate challenge through Green Star can’t be overstated,” Ms Rooney said.

“They are an inspiration to our industry’s future leaders.” 

Alex and Haico design with sustainability and resilience front of mind – it distinguishes their purposeful approach to co-creating unique buildings and places which bring lasting pleasure and pride to clients and communities. ” Marianne Foley Marianne Foley Australasia Buildings Leader

Alex and Haico are among 18 professionals chosen by the GBCA this year for their work, passion and dedication to lowering emissions through world-leading Green Star projects. Arup colleague Roger Swinbourne was an inaugural Green Star Champion award recipient last year. 

Alex is an environmentally sustainable design consultant from an architectural background. His specialised skills are in thermal comfort, daylight, façade performance, energy modelling and energy performance optimisation. He has contributed to several 6 Star Green Rating projects including Quay Quarter Tower, 50 Martin Place, 39 Hunter Street and Darling Walk in Sydney, Acton West Nishi in Canberra and the University of Adelaide Institute of Photonics and Advanced Sensing. He is a Green Star Accredited Professional.

Haico has been involved in building physics design for most of his career, and his approach to design stems from his background as both an architect and an engineer. He has deep experience integrating passive thermal strategies, natural daylight and building systems. His portfolio of Green Star rated buildings in Sydney include Stockland HQ, Chifley Square and Darling Quarter and the RAAF HQ in Richmond.