Our built environment in Aotearoa has to go zero carbon by 2050 – throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, raw material extraction, the manufacture of products such as steel and concrete used to make our buildings, and the energy used for things like heating and lighting.
Not all of the solutions to get our built environment to zero carbon will be easy. They may involve difficult challenges. But we have to accept those challenges, and deploy solutions quickly.
During World Green Building Week this September, we’ll be hosting a series of nationwide crunch debates tackling these tough issues head on.
This event in Wellington was focusing on tackling peak electricity demand and is co-hosted by Gareth Hughes, Green Party MP and Spokesperson for Building (Construction).
It also marked the launch of the first roadmap to decarbonise New Zealand’s buildings, by the New Zealand Green Building Council.
The host for the evening will be international business journalist Rod Oram
Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. Rod and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997. He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, Newsroom.co.nz and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.
Simon Mackenzie - Group Chief Executive Officer - Vector Limited
Simon is passionate about the power of technology to transform the energy industry and consumers’ lives. As Group Chief Executive Officer, Simon has expanded and driven Vector’s portfolio of businesses to embrace innovative technologies and strategies to deliver efficient, sustainable energy solutions to consumers. Simon was appointed Vector’s Group Chief Executive Officer in 2008. His tertiary qualifications include engineering, finance and business studies, and the Advanced Management Programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Vincent Smart - Senior Advisor Strategy and Programme - Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Vince has worked in the Electricity industry for over 20 years, predominantly in markets and trading. He holds a Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment. His role as Strategic Advisor at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is focused on looking for opportunities to improve energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the New Zealand economy, with particular emphasis on the electricity system.
Mike Donn - Associate Professor - Building Environments School of Architecture, Victoria University Wellington
Michael Donn has been involved in research and teaching in the field of human environmental science for 38 years. He has published widely on the measured and simulated environments that people experience as a result of building design. In his research and teaching the focus is on design for improving the performance of the built environment so that it improves the qualities that drive people’s enjoyment. This interest in delivering quality not just quantity has focused his research on issues of quality assurance in design tool use – can we trust the predictions of our environmental simulations. It also has driven a particular interest in the ways in which we measure quality: for example, is a design goal of the barely legal minima of basic desktop illuminance specified in the building code likely to deliver quality, enjoyable and healthy environments?
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