Those who came along got an insight into the latest thinking, technologies and tools for building green.
The evening was all about fresh thinking and peer-to-peer inspiration, attendees heard news and views from leading industry experts, and network with them too.
Dekhani Nsaliwa, Mechanical Engineer - Sustainable Building Design + Energy Simulation, Stephenson & Turner
There is a trend in the world to adopt net zero energy building design principles and technologies.However, most current zero energy building approaches focus solely on operational energy overlooking other energy uses such as embodied energy and user transport energy. Recent studies have demonstrated that embodied and transport energy demands account for more than half of the total annual energy demand of residential buildings built based on net zero energy criteria. Current zero energy building frameworks, tools and policies therefore may overlook more than 80% of the total net energy balance annually.
Dekhani Nsaliwa's research performs a holistic life cycle energy and carbon analyses of typical net zero energy building scenarios located in Auckland, New Zealand. His research developed an advanced energy analysis model/software using artificial intelligence and sensor fusion, which has the capacity to aid in delivering zero energy cities and countries. View his bio. View his presentation
No need to sail away from quality in this container ship build. The home at 19 Rauhuia Cres Parau, has achieved a Homestar 8 rating. It鈥檚 the first container home in New Zealand to achieve a Homestar rating. The home uses a 40-foot plus a 20-foot high cube container, providing roughly 45m2 of space. It can be configured into a two or three bedroom home by using a portable wardrobe that can convert into a room divider.
IQ Container Homes Director Brenda Kelly outlined the sustainable features of the building and also the process it took to achieve the first Homestar rating of its kind. View her bio. View her presentation
Green walls are proven to provide thermal insulation for buildings which means less demand on power, and as a result fewer polluting by-products are released into the air. Plants also actively filter the air, removing pollutants and particulate matter, in addition to providing key ecosystem services.
Hear Mel Robinson, Landscape Architect from Natural Habitats spoke about the St Mark鈥檚 residential complex green wall system, the first green wall in NZ to be awarded an innovation point under Homestar. Mel discussed how they achieved this innovation point, the reasons behind the green wall design choice and the benefits it provides both residents and local ecosystems. View her bio. View her presentation
Drinks & nibbles provided.
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