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've hosted a series of nationwide crunch debates tackling these tough issues head on.
This event in Christchurch was focusing on removing fossil fuels from our buildings.
We've also be marked the launch of the first roadmap to decarbonise New Zealand’s buildings, an important moment for those of us who want buildings to be healthier, greener, better places.
The host for the evening was 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.
Adrian Kerr - R & D Manager, Temperzone Ltd
Adrian has a background in Science, Energy and Environmental Management. He worked closely with EECA supporting the solar and heat-pump water heating program during the late 2000's, before joining the R&D Department at Temperzone. With a strong interest in the environmental impact of energy use, Adrian's work is dedicated to improving energy efficiency in the HVAC and water heating sectors, transitioning to low GWP refrigerants and integration of HVAC with renewable energy technologies.
Rachael Rush - Managing Director, Klein
Rachael has been with Klein since 1999, and as Director of Health led a decade of growth and excellence. An undeniable people-person, Rachael has been Managing Director since 2010 and under her leadership the practice has continued to develop and grow and is now recognised as one of theleading specialist firms and trusted advisors within the sector.
Larry Bellamy - Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering, University of Canterbury
Larry is the Ada Rutherford Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of Canterbury, and Research Director of the industry-led Building Innovation Partnership and Director of the Master of Architectural Engineering program. He has worked in Government as the Manager of Engineering, Design and Science in the Building System Performance branch of MBIE, and as a building engineering consultant in industry. His current research focusses on sustainable materials and building envelopes, digital building technologies, and wellbeing in infrastructure design and investment decision-making.
Heath Turnbull - Associate, Built Environment, Aurecon
Heath Turnbull is a building services engineer with over 15 years’ experience working on sustainable building energy systems in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. He is passionate about delivering projects that make better use of our natural resources. Recently Heath has lead projects such as the Pita Te Hori District Energy Scheme which uses a aquifer sourced heat pump to provide heating and cooling to an entire Christchurch city block, and a wastewater heat recovery scheme which, when completed, will provide heating and cooling to the new Christchurch Metro Sports Facility. Both these systems were selected to achieve the clients desire for low total cost of ownership and environmental footprint.
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