After refining his skills and knowledge for 13 years as a Local Government Building Surveyor Michael established a Building Regulations consulting company and joined Western Sydney University as a ‘building academic’ in 1993.
From 1996 to 2008 Michael devoted his time equally between academia and consulting and helped develop, lectured in, and was eventually the Head of Program for, separate Post Graduate courses in ‘Building Surveying’, ‘Fire Engineering’ and ‘Bushfire prone areas’ at Western Sydney University.
He has been teaching building regulations courses through the UTS Centre for Local Government since 1995, worked with CSIRO in 1995 and 1996 on fire code reform projects resulting in the first Fire Engineering Guidelines, and assisted the NSW State Government with the introduction of private certification in 1997.
After leaving Western Sydney University in 2008 he devoted most of his energy to consulting and assisted with the introduction of the Building Surveying major at the University of Newcastle (in his role as conjoint Professor).
Michael has assisted the NSW State Government on various projects, including the complying development codes, the Federal Premises Standards in NSW, a review of fire safety systems, and the certification component of the 2013 white paper - a new planning system.
Accredited at the highest level as an ‘A1 private certifier’ since 1997 and co-author of one of the original accreditation schemes later administered by the NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB), he was appointed to the Board for 4 years in 2008 and for some of that time was Deputy President.
Michael has personally provided consulting services for over 20 years to the private and public sectors as a ‘Building Regulations’ expert and consultant in addition to delivering many seminars and short courses.
In recent years about 50% of his work is as an expert in legal cases.
- Centre for Local Government, University of Technology, Sydney
- Fire Protection Association member (FPA)
- Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
- Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS)
- Building Regulations
- National Construction Code (NCC)
- Certification of building work in NSW
- Fire Engineering Principles
- Performance Solutions as recognised by the NCC