The movement towards green building practices represents an exciting new opportunity for product manufacturers and specifiers to develop, market and specify green products.
The iterative design process to achieve the most efficient green design outcome could be considered best practice.
This session looked at how this design process has taken on new dimensions for the whole design team allowing much greater refinement of building design and associated costs due to the availability of powerful modeling software.
Construction and Demolition waste represents up to 50 percent of all waste generated in New Zealand.
This session looked at current leading industry waste minimisation practices at the design, specification and construction phases.
Green Education Buildings are reported to be: "positive for students' health and education performance, effective means of teaching students' about sustainability AND, acquiring responsible environmental attitudes."
Putting together a GS Submission is no mean feat.
This session brought together Independent Assessors, GSNZAPs and NZGBC Certification Manager to provide helpful tips and guidelines on how to put together a Green Star submission for your client.
Upgrading existing buildings to meet lower carbon emission performance targets presents a huge opportunity for building owners, designers and contractors.
Buildings have an enormous potential to reduce the gap provided NZ invest in a 'smart grid'. There is a huge challenge to designers to reduce energy consumption and peak electric loads due to air-conditioning as climate change kicks-in.
Sustainable fit-outs can make a large environmental impact due to their application to both new and existing buildings. They provide the opportunity to improve the sustainability of the built environment from the inside out and to overcome the barrier of how to upgrade the majority of existing buildings with life-spans of 50 years or more in a relatively short period.
Around the world, there has been a successful uptake of green building practices. There is now also an increasing demand for a benchmarking framework for sustainable communities.