GBCA's Elham Monavari wins NAWIC award
Elham Monavari, who led the development of the new Green Star Homes rating tool at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has been recognised by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for her contribution to the field of sustainability.
Monavari, Senior Manager – Operations Transformation at the GBCA, received the CPB Award for Contribution to Sustainability at the 2022 NAWIC Awards for Excellence event, which was held in Sydney on Wednesday 23 February.
“A sustainability leader committed to transformational change, Elham Monavari led the creation of the new Green Star Homes rating tool for the Green Building Council of Australia This revolutionary rating tool promises to drive down emissions by 70,000 tonnes over the next decade. Elham’s 20-year commitment to sustainability in the built environment has delivered many other dividends: a liveability survey for Mirvac, ambitious waste targets for local government and higher sustainability standards for high-profile projects in the United Arab Emirates, for example. A collaborator, dedicated professional and powerful role model, Elham is now focused on ensuring the Green Star rating system is ready for a digital future,” said NAWIC in a statement about the winner.
The NAWIC Awards for Excellence celebrate the contributions that women make to the construction industry at all career levels and in all sectors. But this year a common characteristic has emerged, and many of the recipients have made it their mission to build businesses that support diversity and inclusion, said NAWIC Co-President Elizabeth Brookes.
“This year we have recognised several leaders taking great strides forward to create the cultural change necessary for women to thrive in construction,” said NAWIC Co-President Harriet Oldmeadow.
Below is a complete list of category winners:
Transport for NSW Tradesperson Scholarship
Sarah McArthur, Rab’s Plumbing Service
Probuild Award for Project Manager of the Year
Caroline Dénès, Willow
CPB Award for Contribution to Sustainability
Elham Monavari, Green Building Council of Australia
Roberts Co Award for Contribution to a Project’s Development
Melanie Elms, Australian Rail Track Corporation – Inland Rail
Unispace Scholarship for Future Leader
Kelly Pham, Star PMCA
MPA Award for Achievement in Construction, Refurbishment and Fitout
Aleksandra Gorgieva, Generate Property Group
Hassell Innovation in Design Award
Hope Dryden, Architectus
Laing O’Rourke Business Woman of the Year
Belinda Bentley, 9Springs
John Holland Award for Team Innovation
Elena Beleska and Myra Basic, IRT Group
Generate Property University Scholarship
Petra Quartullo, University of NSW
Lendlease Crystal Vision Award for Advancing the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry
Dominique Gill, Urban Core
ADCO Champion of Change
Stephen Surjan, Roberts Co
Acoustic Logic Regional Woman of the Year
Emma Muller, Maliyan Horizon
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