Madew and Verwer earn Australia Day 2019 honours

Two building industry veterans and sustainability champions have earned Order of Australia recognition in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List.

Outgoing Green Building Council of Australia CEO Romilly Madew and former Property Council of Australia CEO Peter Verwer were cited for their services to the Australian built environment.

Madew, who has also served as deputy president of ASBEC (the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council) was awarded for “distinguished service to the construction sector as a change agent and advocate for sustainable building practices”.

Verwer, ASBEC’s co-founder and founding board member of the GBCA, was recognised for his “distinguished service to the property sector, to sustainable development and construction, and to professional bodies”.

“Romilly is an extraordinary champion of sustainable, liveable and resilient buildings, communities and cities, who has helped to catalyse an enormous effect on Australia’s built environment,” says ASBEC president Professor Ken Maher AO.

“As CEO of the GBCA, Romilly has grown the market for sustainable buildings and precincts, which are not only energy- and water-efficient and environmentally friendly, but also deliver great health, comfort and wellbeing outcomes for occupants.”

Maher says Verwer has made a remarkable contribution to the property industry and built environment sector through his relentless dedication to bringing a focus on sustainability through cross-sector collaboration.

“Peter and Romilly are exceptional individuals,” says Maher, “whose passion, commitment and boundless energy have helped to foster an expansive, high-level and impactful collaborative movement advancing a sustainable built environment.”

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