Those who came along got an insight into the latest thinking, technologies and tools for building green.
This evening was all about fresh thinking and peer-to-peer inspiration, attendees heard news and views from leading industry experts, and networked with them too.
Having net zero energy buildings not only has an impact on Greenhouse Gas emissions but can lead to drastically reduced power bills which is better for tenants and owners.
Shaan Cory, Building Scientist at Beca, outlined the findings from his PhD thesis on the potential for retrofitting commercial buildings in New Zealand to be net zero energy. Shaan discussed what the definition of net zero energy equates to across a range of commercial buildings, how his analysis used current buildings to gain a true picture of building performance, and whether net zero energy commercial buildings could be achieved here. View his presentation
ANZ issued the largest Green Property & Renewables Bond in Australia to date in June 2015. The AUD600m bond was used to finance a portfolio of wind, solar and green building loans, and was certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative. ANZ was the first green bond issuer globally to utilise the CBI’s Low Carbon Buildings criteria in achieving its certification.
Dean Spicer, Head of Capital Markets, New Zealand at ANZ, presented on ANZ’s green bond, the green bond market in Australia and beyond, and learnings and opportunities for the NZ market.
More on the CBI and their Climate Bond Standards here
In New Zealand cold houses are the norm. This has a real effect on the health of New Zealanders. The affects range from increased rates of asthma, mould, and dampness. New Zealand has an excess winter mortality of 1800 deaths per winter (which is partially linked to cold housing) yet the road toll is 250-350 deaths per year.
Robyn Phipps from Massey University discussed the importance of healthy and sustainable buildings. This includes the health and environmental effects of heating, design of healthy buildings, ventilation in homes and schools, mould in buildings and health effects from lighting.
Drinks & nibbles provided.
20 CPD points by the New Zealand Registered of Architects Board (NZRAB)
3.00 CPD points by the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ)