Attendees got an insight into the latest thinking, technologies and tools for building green.
In 2015, Ernst and Young co-authored a thought-provoking Australian report with the GBCA on mid-tier office buildings. A-grade assets have typically upgraded energy efficiency – but as in New Zealand, mid-tier buildings lag behind in efficiency and performance. Why are mid-tier buildings dragging the chain, and what can be done to help them boost performance? Dr Matthew Bell, leader of EY’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice in Oceania shared compelling insights of the report. View his bio.
Patrick Arnold, Director at eCubed gave an overview on how the integrated design process improved the performance of the iconic 1940s Te Puni Kokiri House. Retrofitted and rated 5 Green Star Office Built and an ‘excellent’ 4 star NABERSNZ rating, it’s also helped improve staff satisfaction. Patrick covered the process, benefits to owner and tenant - as well as challenges and lessons learned. View his bio.
Karl Wakelin, Associate at Stephenson&Turner NZ, was part of the Green Building team and LEED Consultant on the two million square foot Oceanwide Centre in San Francisco. As part of this he managed the incorporation of innovative greywater recycling. Karl told us about the project, challenges faced and he broke down some of the barriers to non-potable water reuse in buildings. He also touched on case studies of different building types that resulted in alternative solutions for reusing water harvested onsite.