Team GECA was thrilled to join, exhibit, and be a supporting partner at the first DesignBUILD x Total Facilities joint expo!
The event was a great place to meet like-minded individuals working towards a better future in the built environment industry and spread the GECA name. We saw familiar faces, such as GECA licensees Oates (Freudenberg Household Products), E.B. Mawsons & Sons exhibiting, and one of our newest companies to join the GECA family, Airestec, who donated products to display on the day.
We want to give a big thank you to our GECA certified space design contributors for fitting out the GECA stand! District Australia provided their lovely Border Side Table, Cugino Stool, Forcina Chair, Isabella Chair, Osso Chair, and Underline Café Table. And Gerflor supplied our beautiful flooring using DLW Marmorette.
Across the span of the three-day expo, numerous talks and panels discussed essential matters such as work-life after COVID-19 and the possibilities of going beyond net zero in the built environment industry.
GECA’s CEO Michelle Thomas spoke on the Navigating Products and Procurement Across Multiple Rating Schemes panel. The panel included other notable members from the certification sphere – Nicola Smith from Living Future Institute Australia (LFIA), David Baggs from Global Green Tag, and Jack Noonan from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The session was expertly facilitated by Hayley Jarick, CEO of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.
From left to right: David Baggs, Michelle Thomas, Jack Noonan, Nicola Smith and Hayley Jarick
The discussion centred around the growing importance of ecolabels in facilitating consumer awareness and pushing the boundaries of best practices in environmental, health and social sustainability. Michelle explained to the gathered audience the rigorous process of standard-setting required to achieve such a high aim and GECA’s commitment to that process.
She also emphasised the inter-connectivity of various actors from all walks of life, including industry, government and individuals, in accelerating and cementing impactful change. The other panellists echoed Michelle’s call to collaborate, agreeing on the need to harmonise and create consistency between the various ecolabelling and certification schemes.
From left to right: Julius Lau (Marketing Officer – Consulate General of Malaysia Trade Section), Jamilah Ibrahim (Trade Commissioner – Consulate General of Malaysia Trade Section), William Rodney Yeo (Managing Director – Airestec) and Michelle Thomas (CEO – GECA)
At GECA, we look forward to supporting future DesignBUILD and Total Facilities events! See you at the next one!