2016 Sustainable Housing Summit Speakers

International Keynote Speaker: Former Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver

Greenest City on Earth: Glimpses from Vancouver

Inspired by Mayor Gregor Robertson's leadership to join Vision Vancouver, Councillor Andrea Reimer was first elected to Vancouver City Council in 2008, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014. She had previously served as a School Board member with the Green Party from 2002–2005.

As the lead councillor on the City's award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, Councillor Reimer led efforts to make Vancouver a global leader in environmental action, validated by Vancouver being named the fourth greenest city on Earth in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal in recognition of her leadership role on this initiative

Prior to being elected to City Council, Andrea was the executive director of the Wilderness Committee, a position she held for 10 years. In 2007, she was chosen to be trained by Al Gore to deliver his An Inconvenient Truth PowerPoint presentation to local audiences. She has served on the boards of many community organizations, including CCEC Credit Union, Your Local Farmer's Market Society, Canadian Women Voters Congress, and the Vancouver Foundation Health and Social Development Committee. Read more.

Adam Beck, Director, Centre for Urban Innovation, Brisbane

A New Code for Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Glimpses from North America

Adam Beck is Director of Innovation at EcoDistricts, a Portland-based international non-profit advancing sustainable urban regeneration. He designs sustainability tools and assessment systems for accelerating and benchmarking urban regeneration and infrastructure development projects. He recently designed and launched a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment called 'Target Cities', a next generation pilot program with ten redevelopment projects across eight North American cities. Adam was previously Executive Director at the Green Building Council of Australia, where he was chief architect of the Green Star - Communities rating tool, one of the world’s most comprehensive sustainability rating tools for urban development.

James Legge, Director, Six Degrees Architects, Melbourne

The Nightingale Model: Upsetting the status quo of the speculative multi-residential housing development

One of the founding directors of Six Degrees Architects, James has developed the practice, with his partners, over the past 24 years into a nationally recognised design firm. A formative project for the practice in the early 90’s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects Six Degrees is seen to have heavily influenced the fine grain urban design of the city of Melbourne over the past 20 years. Six Degrees is widely recognised for engaging and rich design in hospitality, tertiary education and civic fields, multi-residential, urban design, place-making and precinct development. The practice continues to develop ideas around human needs, community, raw materiality and memory.

James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of AIA awards juries. James is currently running the second Nightingale Model project.

Kristian Edwards, Project Manager, Snohetta Architects, Norway

ZEB Pilot House: Net positive energy house in Larvik, Norway

Kristian, Senior Architect and Interior Architect at Snohetta has experience from multiple projects covering an array of building typologies. Since joining Snøhetta in 2012, he has worked with ground breaking sustainability pilot projects in collaboration with the Research Centre for zero emission buildings. In addition Kristian has worked on various parametric projects with an enhanced degree of complexity.

Kristian has a strong interest in design-based research. Collaborations with the independent research body SINTEF has led to development of framework methodology for BIM integration in zero emission projects and of analysis tooling to model aircraft noise and adaptive architecture. Kristian has participated as a resource to ZEB and Powerhouse/ Futurebuilt workshops and held lectures in relation to zero emission and sustainability projects.

Steve Evans, chief executive – Residential & Land Development, Fletcher Building

Christchurch’s East Frame – setting realistic sustainability benchmarks

Steve offers a viewpoint derived from extensive experience in the development industry. His previous role at Fletcher Building was as the chief operating officer – housing in the construction division. Steve started his career with Lend Lease in Australia, going on to work on major developments in Singapore, Taiwan, China and the UK. Before joining Fletcher Building in December 2013, he was development director for Heron International in London.

Tony Gracie, Design Manager, Fletcher Living

A registered architect, Tony has experience in delivering sustainable building projects in NZ and throughout the Middle East, achieving Green Star and LEED accreditations. He’s leading the design teams in achieving Homestar certification for all residential buildings across Christchurch’s East Frame development. Another part of his role within Fletcher Living includes leadership and focus on developing sustainability, community and place-making strategies across upcoming development projects.

Richard Palmer, Associate Director – Sustainability, WSP, Sydney

Precinct Infrastructure: The key to effective urban transformation

Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession and an ecologist at heart. He leads the Sustainable Places offering for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff in Australia and New Zealand, providing design and advisory services on green buildings, sustainable infrastructure and urban renewal projects.

He has more than 10 years of international expertise in sustainable design and urban resilience approaches to the built environment, and has worked in both industrialised and emerging economies.

Viv Heslop, Sustainability Manager for Panuku Development Auckland

Viv is responsible for advising Panuku’s board on sustainability, developing the organisation’s corporate responsibility strategy, driving the integration of sustainability into development projects and implementing supporting sustainability initiatives. This role includes leadership in energy management for both development projects and portfolio management.

During her career, Viv has advised both the private and public sector as a sustainability strategist, provided strategic sustainability advice on some of New Zealand’s largest redevelopment projects, and facilitated the relationship between researchers and practitioners in order to shift to more sustainable forms of urban development.

Daiman Otto, CEO, Tall Wood Limited

Daiman Otto is CEO of Tall Wood Limited, a prefabrication start-up focused on delivering tall timber buildings seamlessly across New Zealand.

Daiman graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Architecture with 1st class Honours in 2002. Since this time Daiman has worked in architecture practice, prefabrication systems, property development, and construction.

Daiman founded Analog Structures in 2010 to explore minimal waste construction systems, and has exhibited numerous times - most recently by designing and fabricating a 'no nails, no glue' pavilion for Australia's 2015 World Wood Day regional event in Sydney, which was a finalist in the Australian Timber Design Awards in 2015. Since 2013, Daiman has been the Chair of PrefabNZ, and is a senior consultant to ARKit and Hampton Jones.

Tim Porter, Project Director - Major Projects, Holmes Solutions

Waste reduction through evidence-based design and prefabrication

Tim is a thoughtful engineer and a self-confessed process geek who despises waste. In his role at Holmes Solutions, he helps manufacturers of prefabricated construction systems gain a competitive edge. With 11 years of international experience in strategy and product development, Tim has built on his technical background to develop a thorough understanding of how to use smart design to eliminate waste and provide impressive commercial gains.

Tim is also a board director of PrefabNZ, the industry body focussed on increasing the uptake of prefabrication techniques in the New Zealand construction industry.

Carolyn Ingles, Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage, Christchurch City Council

Opening Speaker: Challenges and chances for the residential building sector.

Carolyn is Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage at the Christchurch City Council. In that role she provides advice and leadership on: places - suburban centres, the central city, housing; mechanisms - masterplanning, community-led tools, transitional, grants; and relationships. In April 2011 she became Project Director for the development of the draft Central City Recovery Plan which included the award-winning 'Share an Idea' campaign. Earlier in her career Carolyn spent 9 years in the United Kingdom where she was involved in strategic water resources planning for the south-east of England.

Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, building & construction, and Auckland issues

Opening Speaker: Challenges and chances for the residential building sector.

Phil Twyford is Labour’s spokesperson on housing, building and construction and Auckland issues. He is also associate spokesperson on transport with a focus on Auckland and ports. Phil has been in Parliament since 2008. He is the Member for the Te Atatu electorate. Before politics he was the founding executive director of Oxfam NZ, and spent four years leading Oxfam International’s policy and campaigns based in Washington DC.

Robert Linterman – general manager residential, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

EECA is the Crown agency that encourages, supports and promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable energy in New Zealand. Robert leads a small team within EECA to drive the New Zealand Government’s residential energy efficiency programmes and manage the home insulation programme Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes. Robert has brought considerable private sector experience to EECA’s residential energy efficiency programmes. He has a background re-engineering troubled businesses in the following sectors: property, dairy, clothing and footwear, and engineering companies.

Professor Robyn Phipps – professor in construction, program director construction and leader of the Built Environment cluster, Massey University

Robyn Phipps worked in architectural practice, on a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects, prior to joining Massey University. Her interest and expertise is in healthy and sustainable buildings; this includes the health and environmental effects of heating, design of healthy buildings, low-energy buildings, ventilation in homes and schools, mould in buildings and health effects from lighting. Her work has been published internationally. She is a co-director of a team that won the 2004 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for a Research Team for their transformational research on housing and health. Prof Phipps is also active in the He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.

Kate Healy – chief operating officer, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd

Kate has been working for Whai Rawa, the commercial subsidiary of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust, for almost 3 years, and has found the change from her previous role (as a partner in a national law firm) both refreshing and challenging. Since joining Whai Rawa, Kate has been involved in a wide range of projects, including building 30 new, affordable homes for members of the hapu (sub-tribe) within a special housing area in Orakei and planning future commercial developments. She has also had significant engagement with both the Crown and Auckland Council at various levels.

Geoff Butcher – Cooperative Sections and Community Housing Trust

Geoff is an economic consultant who is the driving force behind a unique community-led initiative to lower the cost of sections in Christchurch. Through the creation of a property development cooperative, and the flagship project Hikuwai, savings in excess of $50,000 per section have been achieved through community purchase and development. Geoff is also a trustee of the Community Housing Trust, and is working on recycling existing houses and pursuing more cost-effective new housing solutions.

Geoff Simmons – economist, Morgan Foundation

Geoff works as an economist for the Morgan Foundation, an independent foundation which aims to stimulate debate on the important issues facing New Zealand. Geoff graduated from Auckland University with an Honours degree in Economics. He has more than 10 years’ experience as an economist, working on tricky public policy issues for NZ Treasury and as a manager in the UK civil service. He has co-authored four books alongside Gareth Morgan, covering topics such as health, fishing, Antarctica and food.

MC for Auckland – Mihingarangi Forbes

Mihingarangi is an award winning investigative journalist, television interviewer, mother of four and want to be NZ Black Stick. She got into hot water with the Maori establishment when she investigated the much respected Kohanga Reo Trust. Veteran broadcaster Derek Fox coined a new phrase when he accused her of being the root of the “pakehafication of Maori journalism”. She’s remembered for a few television interviews at Maori Television where she hosted Native Affairs, in particular the interview with Act Party’s Jamie Whyte when she caught him out not knowing the Maori Party’s key policy that he was attacking – Whanau Ora. She’s now Maori Issues Correspondent for Radio New Zealand and will contribute to John Campbell’s new afternoon drive show.

MC for Christchurch – Matthew Cutler-Welsh

Matthew’s mission is to inspire people to make a better place to live. Currently he achieves this through his podcast and website, Home Style Green where leading home designers and builders from around the world are featured each week.

Matthew has nearly 10 years of experience leading residential energy efficiency projects, predominately around New Zealand, including working as a service provider for EECA’s Warm Up New Zealand retrofit scheme and nearly four years as Technical Manager for Homestar at the New Zealand Green Building Council. In 2016 he joined the Board of the Passive House Institute of New Zealand.


Banner photo credit: Windmill Developments.