Thanks to those that came along to the inaugural Green Speak event. Attendees gained insight into the latest thinking, technologies and tools for building green. Green Speak focused on what the Waikato region is doing in the green building space and the innovations that are being made.
This evening was all about fresh thinking and peer-to-peer inspiration, where you can hear news and views from industry experts, and network with them too.
Andrea Jarvis – Project Director (Civil) for Holmes Consulting Group spoke about sustainable stormwater practices, with both a national and international focus. Andrea is fresh from Singapore International Water Week and is keen to share the learning both from her own projects and those presented at the conference, integrating sustainable stormwater design into projects as a whole and considering alternatives to both “structural” solutions and traditional LID concepts such as rain gardens. View her bio
Tony Dicks, Group Manager: Facilities, University of Waikato, spoke on the University of Waikato Student Centre, the first five-star project in the Waikato region.
The five Green Star rating recognises the environmental and sustainable features of the building, which include photovoltaic panels and energy-generating lifts which create energy for the building; sophisticated lighting and heating controls; high-levels of natural light; and recycling of the demolition material where possible back into the building to prevent material going to landfill.
Tony shared his insights and gave an overview on the lessons learned.
Wendi Williamson – Contaminated Land and Environmental Management Specialist for Tonkin + Taylor presented on how to design your landscaping and manage earthworks to enable Environmental Management, Ecological Value, Reclaimed Contaminated land and Change of Ecological Value credits to be obtained for your new green building.
Wendi looked at the design considerations made prior to development of a number of 5 Green Star buildings in Auckland’s CBD, which added value to the environment beneath and surrounding these buildings. In particular the presentation reviewed landscaping and ecological value enhancement options, contamination remediation techniques and environmental management methods. View her bio
Lee Ann Durbin, Education and Training Manager from New Zealand Green Building Council presented on the changes in the Green Star and Homestar rating tools. She also spoke on the Green Building Council Australia’s Green Star Communities rating tool which is currently being adapted for the New Zealand market. View her bio
CPD Points available:
New Zealand Institute of Architects: 20 Points
Architectural Designers NZ: 3.00 Points