At our Green Room event in August attendees gained an insight into the latest thinking, technologies and tools for building green.
Inside NZ's first 10 Homestar Built home
Bob Burnett Architecture's Church Square received NZ's first 10 Homestar Built rating. It is also the first project in the country to achieve a 9 Homestar Design rating. Some of the sustainable features includes passive solar design, fully insulated foundation slabs, rainwater harvesting and energy recovery shower wastes.
Julie Villard, Architect (France) at Bob Burnett Architecture and the Homestar Assessor on the project, covered aspects of its 10 Homestar rating. She covered the overall design and built, unique details, challenges that were faced and the sustainable features. View presentation.
15 Stout street’s award winning retrofit
Completely reconfiguring a Category 2 heritage building is quite a challenge – but today, the exterior of 15 Stout Street (built in 1940) exists in harmony with an impressively modern interior that has been awarded a 5 Green Star Built rating.
The building was completely renovated with new services, plant and roof, while retaining the heritage facade and bronze windows. Originally configured in an ‘H’ shape around an exterior central courtyard and light well, today the central courtyard is enclosed to create a dramatic, glazed, internal atrium, open to each level from the ground floor through to Level 8. Jason Quinn, Lead Engineer at COR Associates and GSAP, told us more about this project and the Innovation points achieved – this project was awarded a total of three (out of a possible five) Innovation points in Green Star. (One point was for the in situ structural testing of the existing structure, which was a New Zealand first.)
Jason also told us more about the project team’s experience of integrating Green Star into the design process, lessons learnt and sustainability features.
15 Stout Street has won a number of awards: Gold winner at the 2015 New Zealand Commercial Project Awards, recipient of the National Award in Restoration category, Local NZIA Architecture Award, category winner for the Green Building Award from the NZ Property Council, recipient of two Excellence awards in Commercial and Heritage and Adaptive Reuse categories. View presentation.
NZGBC office fit-out: Actions speak louder than words
If you’re in the business of sustainable buildings, there’s only one way to go when kitting out a new office – as green as you can. Clare Gallagher, Senior Technical Coordinator for Green Star and a member of the design team for the new NZGBC office, talked about how the NZGBC put its own tools into practice to create a welcoming, low-impact home. The NZGBC wanted to make the most of the opportunity to design a new office: apart from achieving a Green Star Interiors rating, they wanted to use the office as a learning resource for the industry, a hub for connecting with NZGBC members and for conversations about sustainability in the built environment. Clare covered the process of achieving the rating, strategies used, the resources developed in the process and lessons learned. View presentation.
CPD Points available
NZIA: 20 Points
ADNZ: 2.00 Points