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.
Join us and hear 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 to stay on the leading edge of urban sustainability. 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 Adam’s bio.
Carolyn Ingles, Head of Urban Design, Regeneration and Heritage, Christchurch City Council
Opening Speaker: Challenges and chances for the residential building sector.
A state of the nation for New Zealand housing - 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 aims to create a template that others can replicate to deliver high quality homes at fairer prices. 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.
Successful Urban Revitalisation: Lessons from Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter
Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Council’s new urban regeneration agency, has led the transformation of the waterfront space known as Wynyard Quarter, working with local government, private investors and other partners to create a place that gives Aucklanders real pride in their city. Over the next 20 years the area will become home to around 5000 new residents and more than 20,000 new workers, while at the same time trying to preserve the integrity of the existing fishing and marine industry who have called the place home for more than a century.
Viv shared the journey that Panuku has been on, and the key mechanisms that have been used to shape the place and ensure sustainability is a defining, visible feature. Read her bio.
Waste reduction through evidence-based design and prefabrication
Prefabrication eliminates waste from the construction process; evidence-based design optimises the structural system to reduce waste and cut cost. This presentation used a number of Australian and New Zealand case studies to explain how together, these techniques provide a profound opportunity to build safer, better, cheaper, faster and greener. 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. Tony discussed the process and what they aim to achieve. Read his bio.
This panel tackles 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.
Geoff Butcher – Cooperative Sections and Community Housing Trust
Geoff is an economic consultant who is the driving force behind a unique community-led initiative to lower the cost of sections in Christchurch. Through the creation of a property development cooperative, and the flagship project Hikuwai, savings in excess of $50,000 per section have been achieved through community purchase and development. Geoff is also a trustee of the Community Housing Trust, and is working on recycling existing houses and pursuing more cost-effective new housing solutions.
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: Matthew Cutler-Welsh
We were delighted to be joined in Christchurch by sustainable housing expert and host of Home Style Green, Matthew Cutler-Welsh, as MC. Read his bio.
60 CPD points by the New Zealand Registered of Architects Board (NZRAB)
8 CPD points by the Architectural Designers New Zealand (ADNZ)
1 FE points by the NZGBC
Banner photo: Windmill Developments.