A series of 3 “studios” to shine the light on the latest Green Star Innovation Challenges NZGBC now offer.
This event featured experts on that particular topic and assist project teams to understand and apply the challenge to their particular projects.
QuakeStar – a rating system for New Zealand buildings
Dr David Hopkins, Consulting Engineer
Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the Royal Commission recommended the development of a rating system for buildings. With the support of EQC, David Hopkins is developing a rating system to be known as QuakeStar, that converts a detailed seismic assessment (DSA) into three separate ratings for Safety, Damage and Repair Time. Ratings span 0-5 stars for each attribute and are designed to synchronise with and improve upon the much-quoted NBS values (which have become de facto ratings).
The presentation will outline technical and organisational aspects of the proposed QuakeStar approach and give provisional results for a selection of buildings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Dr David Hopkins is a consulting engineer specialising in earthquake risk management and mitigation. Immediately following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, David led efforts to determine stabilisation measures for major buildings including the Grand Chancellor and Copthorne Durham hotels. He later managed the investigations into the collapse/partial collapse of the CTV, PGC, Grand Chancellor and Forsyth Barr buildings on behalf of the Department of Building and Housing.
View his presentation - The QuakeStar rating is a work in progress, the details are still under development. Feedback on any aspect is encouraged.
The value case for designing in earthquake resilience
Tim Griffith, IAG
Damage is not just the effect on employee safety or cost of repair, but the speed in which premises can be brought back to use from a tenant or landlord perspective. The unstable nature of New Zealand’s seismic plates means that significant parts of New Zealand are vulnerable.
As New Zealand’s largest insurer IAG sees first-hand the effect of poor earthquake resilience in building design on customer buildings. Hear about IAG’s experience in Christchurch, their work in upgrading their own buildings, and reasons why improving seismic resilience adds long-term value.
National property and administration manager Tim Griffith (BCA CA MCIPS) manages property within IAG, operating in New Zealand under the brands of AMI, State, NZI and Lumley. IAG is a general insurer with more than 4,000 staff in NZ and more than 95 properties ranging across retail sites, contact centres and large office sites. View his presentation
The importance of building for the environment
Sam Archer, Associate Director - Sustainability, Research and Development, AECOM
Sam will discuss the innovation point Adaptation and Resilience in relation to the North West Cambridge Development. The development is designed to create a new district and extension to the city of Cambridge, centred on a mixed academic and urban community. The project uses design, architecture and planning to advance the institution’s role in leading the future of a knowledge-based economy.
Sam Archer joined AECOM in June 2008 as an Associate Director within the Sustainable Development Group. He relocated from the UK to AECOM’s Auckland office in September 2014 to strengthen AECOM’s environmentally sustainable design offering in New Zealand.
He has extensive experience of sustainability and energy strategies, including carbon policy work for UK government, sustainable urban design and low energy and passive building design. View his presentation
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