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
Annabelle Numaguchi, Marketing Coordinator for Evolution, a division of Rilean Construction
In the field of marketing literature for building, terms regarding sustainability, such as “energy-efficient” and “passive house”, are trending. These terms are often used inaccurately, further confusing the consumer on this topic. There is an increasing need for an independent standard by which the performance and longevity of a home can be measured, assessed and compared. The NZGBC Homestar rating tool answers this need, so why is it so little recognized in New Zealand’s most inclement region, Central Otago?
A group of like-minded industry professionals in the area, including architects, engineers and builder Rilean Construction, have founded SHO-Central Otago to support recognition and uptake of the Homestar tool. The collective sees its role as a liaison between the community, council and NZGBC. SHO-Central Otago is creating a framework that could easily be copied in other parts of the country, recognizing that the tool needs to operate on a national level. Annabelle Numaguchi discussed the SHO’s goals to promote better building. View her bio. View her presentation.
An unprecedented opportunity to rebuild a more sustainable city in New Zealand arose out of the Canterbury Earthquakes. NZ’s Building Code is lagging behind the rest of the western world in terms of thermal performance and natural ventilation.
Bernadette Muir, Architect from ARA Institute of Canterbury discussed her research into international best practice, guidance, codes and legislation surrounding sustainability and building performance. This research challenged the minimum standards of the NZ Building Code and analysed energy rating tools proposed for domestic construction. View her bio. View presentation
Drinks & nibbles provided.
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