What does it mean to design a Net Zero Energy home in New Zealand?
As part of World Green Building Week, the NZIA Environmental Issues Group with the support of NZGBC explored what it takes to design and build a Net Zero Energy home in our own back yard.
Experts discussed the challenges of designing Net Zero Energy and low impact houses, looked at case studies both internationally and locally.
Designing net zero energy homes bring about a new set of challenges in working with new building tools and technologies, dealing with issues that had previously been outside the scope of consideration in conventional designs.
Thanks to those that joined NZIA for this conversation and discussed how we can challenge our design thinking to create homes that have a very low impact on our natural environment.
Alec Couchman, Director at Brewer Davidson. Brewer Davidson, who are industry leaders in sustainable design and consulting have recently completed the first Passiv-Haus® certified Net Zero-Energy building in Canterbury as part of the Christchurch re-build. Other recently completed projects also include Hingaia School, the first 5 Green Star build rated school in New Zealand which employs a number of sustainable features, including potable water recycling.
Alec is a Green Building Council of Australia GSAP, Green Star NZ Assessor, NZ Architects Co-operative Society Board Member and NZ Green Building Council Faculty Member.
Presentations were followed by drinks & light refreshments.
Event run by NZIA