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
Our attendees learnt how IAG has reduced not only their carbon footprint but their operating costs by converting their Christchurch office into a 5 star NABERSNZ rated building.
Mike Baker, Director & Vanessa McGrath, Senior Mechanical Engineer from TM Consultants discussed the process of achieving a 5 star NABERSNZ rating. Sustainable features of the building include; a VRF system with heat recovery, CO2 sensors which keep staff healthy & alert whilst working, daylight harvesting, occupancy sensors and a heat pump hot water system.
The building has gone from consuming 150kw/m2 per year to 99kw/m2. This is a 40% reduction in energy despite increasing occupancy by 50%.
Based in the city's innovation precinct, Kathmandu’s new 5 Green Star Headquarters has been designed with a number of sustainable features, which include energy efficient benefits and using recycled timber from buildings destroyed in the Christchurch earthquakes.
Patrick Fontein Director of Studio D4, development manager of the project spoke about the completed project and how expectations were met or exceeded.
He’ll outlined some of the tenant benefits and lessons learned from the project.
20 CPD points by the New Zealand Registered of Architects Board (NZRAB)
3.00 CPD points by the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ)