Building for the Future, Tuesday 29 June


Tuesday 29 June

6 – 7.30pm, with expo from 5pm

TSB Space & Activity Room, Level 1, Tūranga

Hear about how we can create homes and buildings that are better for people and planet

From cold, damp homes and stuffy office spaces to big running costs and large carbon footprints, there is a lot we can do to improve the spaces in which we live and work. After all, buildings that are healthy, efficient and sustainable are better for our budgets, our wellbeing and the environment.

But where do we start? How do we make homes and buildings that are suitable to our changing climate?

Join us for ‘Building for the Future’, where invited speakers explore the barriers to building green, ways to reduce carbon and improve building efficiency, and the role that construction industry and government need to play in ensuring that we can all be comfortable where we live and work.

5–5.45pm: expo at Tūranga. Come along for a cup of tea and a chat. Get information and advice from the government’s Building for Climate Change programme, It’s Time Canterbury, CCC, and local community groups.

You’ll find info and advice about:
  • The Superhome Movement and its new Healthy Homes Design Guide
  • Passive House design and construction
  • Low carbon building materials
  • Calculating the carbon footprint of your building
  • Assessing what’s worth doing in your home
  • How to lobby effectively for change
  • Treaty justice
  • The council’s eco-design service
  • The region-wide climate change campaign, It’s Time Canterbury
  • MBIE’s Building for Climate Change programme

6-7.30pm: Presentations in the TSB Space, Tūranga Level 1. Please register here.

The programme is packed with high calibre speakers, providing diverse perspectives on this complex challenge. They include:

  • Joseph Hullen (Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Hinematua) – Trustee, Matapopore, who will outline Ngāi Tahu values and practices in caring for living systems
  • Katie Symons – Principal Advisor, Engineering, Building System Performance, MBIE (pictured below) on embodied energy
  • Elrond Burrell – Principal Advisor, Architecture & Design, Building System Performance, MBIE (pictured below) on operational energy
  • Paul Finch – Project Manager, certified PassiveHaus tradesperson on retrofitting buildings
  • Fiona Short – Associate Principal and Lead of Sustainability at Warren and Mahoney Architects (pictured below) on reaching their emission reductions targets
  • Shay Singh – Head of Strategic Partnerships at Tether Limited (pictured below), whose experience includes green renovation and sustainability finance
  • Scott Watson – Business Development Director, Naylor Love on timber structures
  • Dr Kerry Mulligan – senior academic at Ara’s Department of Engineering and Architectural Studies, where she teaches masters students in Sustainable Practice

Whether you’re someone who wants to save money, ensure that your whānau are warm and dry in their homes, or are interested in learning about building for the climate crisis and creating more agreeable working environments, this event has something for you.

This is a free community event, but bookings are required for the presentations.

Please register here.

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This event is made possible by the support and enthusiasm of our sponsors and supporters, especially Principal Partner Christchurch City Council, Research Partner Building Better Homes Towns and Cities: National Science Challenge, and Series Sponsor It’s Time Canterbury. A big thank you to Event Sponsor the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Date: May 13, 2021
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