A series of 3 “studios” to shine the light on the latest Green Star Innovation Challenges NZGBC now offer.
Each event features experts on that particular topic and assist project teams to understand and apply the challenge to their particular projects.
Introduction: Executive General Manager of Hawkins Construction, Gary Walker
Te Puni Kokiri House: Repurposing an iconic heritage building
Saatyesh Bhana, Argosy
The former State Insurance building, in Wellington’s Stout Street Historic Precinct Area, is home to Te Puni Kokiri (the Ministry of Maori Development). Built in 1940, the building’s distinctive, wavy façade and extensive use of glass reflected the new European architectural trends of that era – but they weren’t designed for occupant comfort or energy efficiency. So Argosy worked in collaboration with Te Puni Kokiri to undertake a full heritage restoration of the building.
Saatyesh Bhana, property asset manager at Argosy, talked about how the retrofit preserved the building’s heritage while providing a premium working environment that enhances energy efficiency, comfort and sustainability. The upgrade achieved a 5 Green Star Built rating in 2014, and a 4 Star ‘excellent’ NABERSNZ rating, which has benefited landlord and tenant. See Presentation
Te Mirumiru: Designing for Cultural Sustainability
Phil Smith, CASA
Te Mirumiru, a 6 Green Star, bilingual early childhood centre in Kawakawa, is a one-of-a-kind building. It’s the first commercial construction of its type in New Zealand, and is integrated into the landscape with full green roof and earth banks.
Equally importantly, Phil worked with the Ngati Hine Health Trust to create a building that told the story of the Ngati Hine people, had the Maori concept of ‘kaitiakitanga’ (guardianship of the environment) at its heart, and was a truly modern representation of both Maori culture and their particular tribe. The building is 70 percent more energy efficient than a similar code-compliant building, and is the keystone in educating its tamariki (children) to enable better life outcomes in a low socio-economic area of NZ.
Phil Smith is a director of Collingridge and Smith Architects (CASA), a practice founded in 2012 and based in New Zealand and England. In 2014, the practice won the World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Award for Leadership in Sustainability for the design of Te Mirumiru. See presentation
Anita Milne, Norman Disney & Young
WELL Building Standard - what it means for property owners, employers and tenants
There is increasing awareness and potential demand amongst tenants; particularly with the larger banks and insurance companies and similar; who are acknowledging the impact that the built environment has on human health and wellbeing. This is in turn driving the interest up for property owners and developers.
WELL Certified™ spaces help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and performance of its occupants. It represents a transformational change in the built environments view of sustainability, in which humans health and wellbeing is central to design. See presentation
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