Housing in New Zealand faces many challenges – not least reversing the health impacts of low-quality homes while meeting exploding demand. How do we resolve these thorny issues to create resilient, liveable homes and communities?
The biennial Sustainable Housing Summit was your opportunity to hear about inspiring international and local projects, innovative solutions, and models that work. those who joined us were informed and inspired, and networked with like-minded peers around the critical challenges and opportunities facing housing in New Zealand.
We heard from our knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers from New Zealand and around the world:
Greenest City on Earth: Glimpses from Vancouver
We were thrilled to be joined by Andrea, who was the lead councillor on the City's award-winning Greenest City Action Plan that lead to Vancouver being named the fourth greenest city on earth in 2014. Andrea shared insights on how the city is leading on urban sustainability and resilience. Andrea was awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal in recognition of her leadership role on this initiative. Read her bio.
A New Code for Sustainable Neighbourhoods: Glimpses from North America
Many of our city-building challenges involve a diversity of stakeholders, competing forces and business-as-usual interests that will often work against positive change. What would happen if we started every planning process with the following question: “What governance structure best positions the plan for implementation?”?
A pioneer and innovator in sustainable communities, Adam delivered case studies from a two-year pilot programme in North America called Target Cities. The Clinton Global Initiative is being delivered by EcoDistricts, a non-profit organisation seeking to disrupt the plan-making process across a number of urban regeneration and neighbourhood development projects by using collaborative governance as the underpinning framework. Adam also discussed how to apply smart cities solutions at district and neighbourhood levels. Read his bio.
Precinct Infrastructure: The key to effective urban transformation
Density challenges and stresses our urban fabric: it affects social and community services, policy and planning reform, and how we realistically change and run essential infrastructure.
Drawing on Australian urban renewal projects such as Central Park, Parramatta Square, North West Rail Link and Newcastle Urban Transformation Program, Richard considered opportunities and roadblocks for effective urban transformation. He also explored how an integrated approach to place-making, precinct utilities, transport infrastructure and development can support sustainability outcomes in New Zealand. Read his bio.
Opening Speaker: Challenges and chances for the residential building sector
A state of the nation for New Zealand housing was heard- what’s going on nationally and locally.
The Nightingale Model: Upsetting the status quo of the speculative multi-residential housing development
Based on the notion of ‘architect as ethical developer’, Nightingale is a triple bottom line development model delivering environmentally, socially and financially sustainable homes. With one award-winning project complete and another two in development, Nightingale aimed to create a template that others can replicate to deliver high quality homes at fairer prices. Read his bio.
ZEB Pilot House: Net positive energy house in Larvik, Norway
The net positive energy house in Larvik, Norway, generates enough surplus energy to power an electric car year-round. Incorporating innovative passive design, solar and geothermal energy and water heat recovery, this exemplar home offsets 100% CO2 emissions. A collaboration with the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the project included a strong focus on material choice (Via live video link). Read his bio.
Christchurch’s East Frame – setting realistic sustainability benchmarks
Keen to place a sustainability lens on urban regeneration decision-making for the East Frame development, Fletcher Living is working towards a people-centred, economically vibrant precinct. Steve discussed the process and what they aim to achieve. Read his bio
Prefabrication - an essential strategy for certainty in sustainable housing
Prefabrication and offsite manufacturing is a critical tool in creating genuinely affordable and sustainable housing outcomes. Using case studies from across Australasia, Daiman outlined a pathway for how to create a prefabrication strategy for sustainable housing development to increase certainty and quality for clients and end-users. Read his bio.
This panel tackled the thorny issues of housing health and affordability, in a robust discussion with time for audience questions.
Robert Linterman – general manager residential, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
EECA is the Crown agency that encourages, supports and promotes energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of renewable energy in New Zealand. Robert leads a small team within EECA to drive the New Zealand Government’s residential energy efficiency programmes and manage the home insulation programme Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes. Robert has brought considerable private sector experience to EECA’s residential energy efficiency programmes. He has a background re-engineering troubled businesses in the following sectors: property, dairy, clothing and footwear, and engineering companies.
Professor Robyn Phipps – professor in construction, program director construction and leader of the Built Environment cluster, Massey University
Robyn Phipps worked in architectural practice, on a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects, prior to joining Massey University. Her interest and expertise is in healthy and sustainable buildings; this includes the health and environmental effects of heating, design of healthy buildings, low-energy buildings, ventilation in homes and schools, mould in buildings and health effects from lighting. Her work has been published internationally. She is a co-director of a team that won the 2004 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for a Research Team for their transformational research on housing and health. Prof Phipps is also active in the He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.
Kate Healy – chief operating officer, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd
Kate has been working for Whai Rawa, the commercial subsidiary of the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust, for almost 3 years, and has found the change from her previous role (as a partner in a national law firm) both refreshing and challenging. Since joining Whai Rawa, Kate has been involved in a wide range of projects, including building 30 new, affordable homes for members of the hapu (sub-tribe) within a special housing area in Orakei and planning future commercial developments. She has also had significant engagement with both the Crown and Auckland Council at various levels.
Geoff Simmons – economist, Morgan Foundation
Geoff works as an economist for the Morgan Foundation, an independent foundation which aims to stimulate debate on the important issues facing New Zealand. Geoff graduated from Auckland University with an Honours degree in Economics. He has more than 10 years’ experience as an economist, working on tricky public policy issues for NZ Treasury and as a manager in the UK civil service. He has co-authored four books alongside Gareth Morgan, covering topics such as health, fishing, Antarctica and food.
MC: Mihingarangi Forbes We were delighted to be joined in Auckland by New Zealand senior journalist and commentator Mihingarangi Forbes as MC. Read her bio.
60 CPD points by the New Zealand Registered of Architects Board (NZRAB)
10 CPD points by the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ)
1 FE points by NZGBC
Banner photo: Windmill Developments.