Why green cities make dollars and sense – Green Property Summit 2017
23 January 2017
sustainable future cities that are good for the planet and offer sound economic
returns is the focus of the upcoming Green Property Summit in 2017.
place on 29 March at the Grand Millennium Hotel in
Auckland, the summit will bring together leading
experts in sustainability and the built environment to discuss how New Zealand
can combine building green with lucrative investment
opportunities, to create healthy cities of the future. The summit is a joint event by the New
Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) and Property Council New Zealand.
summit’s theme ‘Future Cities, Post 2020’ will delve into climate change,
technology advancements, energy efficiencies, and the development of urban
communities within proven guidelines and rating tools.
to NZGBC chief executive, Andrew Eagles the summit comes
at a crucial time for the property industry with the building sector
responsible for 20 per cent of the country’s energy-related greenhouse gas
talent we have brought together in this summit is vital to addressing the issues
future cities face. With increasingly urbanised populations, cities are the
focal point for some of the greatest challenges facing humanity.We know that
green offices provide better capital returns. New Harvard research outlines
staff productivity increases more than 20 per cent. Green certification is the
future with the built environment an essential area of focus of the interface between man and nature.”
of the Property Council New Zealand, Connal Townsend agrees, saying that smart planning can create healthy, productive buildings
that provide a powerful and sustainable platform for the future prosperity of
good for the planet, it’s good for cities and it’s good for investors. This is the way forward and we all need to
get on board and create sustainable, green buildings that people want to live
and work in,” he says.
summit will feature keynote speaker Dr John Keung, CEO of Singapore’s Building
and Construction Authority (BCA). Dr
Keung who was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year 2013 by
Engineering News-Record for his work guiding Singapore in sustainable design
and construction, will present on how going green isn’t just environmentally
sound, but also makes economic sense.
Other speakers include:
- Katie Swenson, a Boston, USA-based leader in sustainable design for
low income communities, speaker, author, and green design expert.
- Davina Rooney, general manager Sustainability Stockland’s, and
sustainability champion, recognised for numerous industry awards including
NAWIC NSW 2016 Sustainability Award, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney
University Engineering Young Alumni Award.
- Matthew Ensor, business director – Advisory, Beca and
Smart Cities consultant. Matt advocates
data-driven smart design to reduce people’s frustrations of living in cities
and improve the efficiency of our energy use.
- Peter Mence, chief executive, Argosy Property Limited and
national president, Property Council New
- Matthew Cockram, principal and CEO New Zealand, Cooper and
Company and independent director of Tainui Group Holdings Limited and
Waterfront Theatre Limited. He is also a member of the New Zealand Initiative,
the New Zealand Infrastructure Council, Committee for Auckland and the New
Zealand Law Society.
CEOs will also discuss their ‘light bulb moments’ where their
perspectives on green buildings have changed, how they see Green Star and
NABERSNZ standards as necessities for the industry, and how the adoption of
sustainable practices has benefited their organisations.
Townsend urges urban planners, architects, engineers, construction industry
professionals and developers to attend the Green Property Summit.
speakers we have at the summit are at the forefront of construction and
property issues both nationally and internationally, this is a summit you
cannot afford to miss.”
more information or to register for the summit