Kiwi innovators and advocates join strong speaker line-up at 2016 Sustainable Housing Summit
13 May 2016
people behind some of this country’s smartest building solutions and urban
regeneration projects will share their ideas at next month’s Sustainable
Housing Summit (Auckland, June 15; Christchurch, June 17).
biennial summit, now in its third year, is presented by the New Zealand Green
Building Council (NZGBC), a not-for-profit industry organisation dedicated to creating
a sustainable built environment. The summit focuses on the vital role sustainability
plays in building better homes and communities, and presents real-life examples
of initiatives that work.
local speakers announced today will demonstrate the value of innovative
building techniques, discuss sustainability’s growing role in urban developments,
and debate the thorny issues currently confronting New Zealand around housing
health and affordability.
Steve Evans, chief executive – residential
and land development at Fletcher Building, will discuss Fletcher Living’s sustainability
benchmarks on the Christchurch East Frame development, and how they’re working towards
a people-centred, economically vibrant precinct.
Viv Heslop, sustainability manager at Panuku
Development Auckland, will discuss successful urban revitalisation in Auckland’s
Wynyard Quarter, and explain the key mechanisms that have been used to ensure
sustainability is a defining, visible feature of the quarter.
newly announced speakers are:
- Tim Porter, project director - major
projects, Holmes Solutions, will talk about waste reduction through
evidence-based design and prefabrication. Together, these techniques provide a
profound opportunity to build safer, better, cheaper, faster and greener.
- Daiman Otto, CEO, Tall Wood, will outline
how prefabrication and offsite manufacturing are critical tools in creating
genuinely affordable, sustainable housing outcomes, while also increasing certainty
and quality for clients and end-users.
- Alex Cutler, NZGBC’s CEO, will look
at what the NZ residential sector has achieved in the last few years, and how
to capitalise on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Phil Twyford, Labour’s spokesperson
for housing, building and construction, will provide the opening address in
Auckland. Carolyn Ingles, urban
design and regeneration manager at Christchurch City Council, will provide the
opening address in Christchurch.
panel session will tackle the thorny issues of housing health and
affordability, in a robust discussion between a range of Kiwi experts, with
time for audience questions. Panelists include:
- Robert Linterman – general manager
residential, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
- Professor Robyn Phipps – professor at Massey
University and part of the He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.
- Kate Healy – the chief operating
officer, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa, is involved in projects such as building
30 new, affordable homes for members of the hapu within a Special Housing Area in
- Geoff Butcher – Cooperative Sections and
Community Housing Trust. The economic consultant is the driving force behind a
unique, community-led initiative to lower the cost of sections in Christchurch,
achieving savings in excess of $50,000 per section.
Cutler says the need for better-quality, affordable housing is becoming more
pressing, and embracing sustainability is key to any proposed solution.
embracing sustainability in housing is about more than just building more
efficient homes – it also involves rethinking how neighbourhoods are designed
to make better use of resources and create vibrant communities,” she says.
thrilled that there’s a growing appetite for change, and are delighted to give all
our knowledgeable speakers a platform to inspire others in the residential
speakers and panelists join a compelling lineup of international guests:
- Vancouver City’s Andrea
the city’s award-winning Greenest City Action Plan.
- Sustainable communities pioneer Adam Beck, director of Brisbane’s Centre for Urban Innovation, on
how collaborative governance through the EcoDistricts pilot programme, in North
America, has created better communities.
- James Legge, director of
Melbourne’s Six Degrees Architects, on upsetting the status quo with the
Nightingale triple-bottom-line model, where architects act as developers.
- Kristian Edwards of
Norway’s Snohetta Architects on the ZEB Pilot House, a net positive energy house that
offsets all its CO2 emissions (via live video link, Auckland summit only).
- Richard Palmer, WSP
Sydney’s Associate Director Sustainability on how emerging district utility
infrastructure can support sustainable urban renewal.
Auckland summit is held at the Crowne Plaza, Auckland CBD, and is supported by principal
sponsor Assa Abloy and event sponsors Resene and Ardex. The Christchurch summit
is held at the Christchurch Civic Building, and is supported by principal
sponsor Davis Ogilvie and event sponsor Resene. For a full programme and
speaker information, visit www.nzgbc.org.nz/shsummit16