Build to Rent is a successful housing model internationally. As momentum in Australia grows around the emergence of this new real estate asset class, the industry is slowly but surely exploring the viability of this model, calling for government assistance via rental reform, land donation and tax concessions.
Despite these barriers BTR has arrived in Australia with projects being announced across the country. Whether BTR could provide new avenues for investors as well as improve housing affordability it makes for an interesting real estate product that could become a true component of residential real estate.
The highly interactive Build to Rent conference will address the key concerns of all stakeholders involved in delivering a successful BTR model.
Stay informed on this emerging asset class
- Understand the challenges and opportunities in the BTR market
- Listen and learn from private & public sector
- Gain valuable insights from international markets best practices and emerging models
- Network with the Industry’s key players and stakeholders; make new contacts and connections
Who will attend?
Organisations and individuals looking at the emerging BTR marketplace, interested in understanding the market, identifying opportunities, making the right connections:
- Pension/Superannuation Funds
- Fund Managers
- Commonwealth & State Treasury
- State Planning Authorities
- Housing Associations
- Local Councils
- Consultants & Contractors
- Property Lawyers
Attend to learn:
- Operating and managing BTR
- Addressing policy and planning regulations
- Driving investment & successful financing models
- Design considerations of BTR vs BTS
PfP Capital UK
Alexandra Notay is Build to Rent fund director at PfP Capital, the fund and asset management arm of Places for People, tasked with raising a £550M fund to deliver 3,000 BTR homes across the UK. She is also an internationally recognised expert on build to rent, placemaking and sustainable urban development, with 15 years’ strategic advisory experience to public and private sector clients across four continents. In January 2019 Alex was selected as one of the 48 women shaping the future of UK real estate at the prestigious BISNOW Women Leaders event.
Alex is a published author and editor of over 30 books and reports on real estate including the renowned ULI UK Best Practice Guide on Build to Rent (2014, 2016). Alex is a vice-chair of ULI UK Residential Council and on the ULI UK Executive Committee, serves on the BPF Build to Rent Committee and is an Associate Member of CREFC Europe. She is also a non-executive director of Sound Diplomacy, SouthWest Board Member for LandAid and trustee of SunScreenIT Foundation.
Loren has 12 years of experience in conceptualising and delivering residential-led regeneration schemes, with a particular specialism in designing for Build to Rent in the Private Rented Sector. Her recent Build to Rent projects include the award-winning Young Street, Imperial Two, and Margarine Works, all across London. Loren’s passion for fostering communities through Build to Rent has also naturally evolved into her overseeing Assael’s Interior Design division.
Following extensive research into the US multi-family model and adapting this into design guides, Assael is one of the leading architects in this sector in the UK. They co-authored both editions of the Urban Land Institute’s Build to Rent: A Best Practice Guide, which was sponsored by the British Government.
Global Apartment Advisors (GAA)
Steve Dimopoulos is the Member for the Oakleigh District in Victorian Parliament. On being re-elected in 2018 Steve was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer. In this role, Steve has recently co-chaired a Victorian Government working group on build to rent in Victoria.
Steve is a passionate advocate for the Oakleigh District having delivered several major initiatives in his first term, which includes removing multiple level crossings and upgrading schools. During this term, Steve also chaired the Mental Health Expert Taskforce, served on the Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee and the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee.
Prior to being elected to the Victorian Parliament, Steve was the mayor of the City of Monash and a councillor. Steve has had a diverse career which includes owning a small business, working in the Victorian Public Service and working for the former Federal leader of the Labor Party, the Hon Simon Crean.
WINconnect, built on over a decade-long heritage, is Australia’s largest and trusted Service Provider for Community Energy Networks.
As the market leader, WINconnect operates nearly 1,000 sites across Australia, with over 150,000 energy customers. Since 2005, it has provided clients with Community Energy Network solutions for apartments, shopping centres and national airports.
Community Energy Networks are designed to empower the community, by harnessing the volume of energy used and providing next-generation technology such as Solar PV Systems, Battery Storage Solutions and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. By doing this, WINconnect enhances its buildings to be sustainable, future-proofed, and for the benefits to go straight back to the owner’s corporations, centre managers and end-customers.
Committed to delivering excellence in all aspects of the Australian based company, WINconnect delivers innovative financing models for utilities assets that allow us to adapt to our client’s requirements while our internal expertise incorporates engineering, call centre management, customer service, regulatory compliance, information technology.
WINconnect holds electricity retailer authorisations in Vic, SA, NSW, Qld, an Australian Financial Services License, are members of the respective ombudsman schemes in each jurisdiction and is regularly involved in highlighting the need for regulatory changes and reviews to protect customers and facilitate compliance within the sector.
BDO is one of the world’s leading accountancy and advisory organisations. As a network of independently owned practices, we provide the capability and depth of expertise of a large global organisation, with the approachability and relationship-driven style you expect from a local firm.
At BDO, we leverage our global resources and local expertise to deliver tailored, commercially focussed and technically proficient solutions to one of Australia’s largest and most important industries, real estate and construction. In addition to key audit, tax, and advisory services, we provide financial analysis, capital raising and timely insights.
Our dedicated advisers are attuned to current trends through active involvement in key industry groups and our extensive proprietary research. BDO’s specialist team understand the challenges, and are ready to help our clients maximise opportunities within the industry.
Groundfloor™ is a Melbourne-based proptech company revolutionising the way Australia’s buildings manage their delivered parcels. We provide the software, smart lockers, and database solution for automating parcel management. Groundfloor™ parcel management systems eliminate inefficiencies and frustrations related to current parcel delivery, storage, and collection processes.
Created specifically for the Australian market, we designed our systems with facility managers, parcel recipients, and couriers in mind to ensure optimal efficiency and 24/7 convenience for everyone. Our systems accept deliveries from any delivery company and are scalable to any size building or defined scope of use.
It was the dreaded ‘Sorry We Missed You Card’ that initially set the team on our mission to end Australia’s parcel woes. We sought potential for our solution across the waters, particularly in the USA where exponential growth in the e-commerce market turned parcel lockers from a highly sought-after amenity to an essential part of modern living.
The first Groundfloor™ system was installed at a boutique residential apartment in East Melbourne in July 2018 after launching at Total Facilities, Melbourne in April. Groundfloor™ is now automating parcel management in apartment buildings, commercial offices, and student residences across Victoria and is expanding into Queensland and NSW.
What People Are Saying
“The Criterion team put together a well thought out and informative conference, the speakers were first class, the content was relevant and the organisation was faultless.”Building Manager, Braithwaite Group
“The conference was attended by a ‘who’s who’ list of participants in this new industry in Australia.”Chief Operating Officer, Kanebridge
“Good range of speakers. Speakers were generally engaging and knowledgeable.”Director, Allen Jack+Cottier
Date: 21 Jan 2019 By: Ash Natesh
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Date: 6 Dec 2018 By: Ash Natesh
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Date: 13 Nov 2018 By: Ash Natesh
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