Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Open day for new building and infrastructure research centre

Open day for new building and infrastructure research centre

Two former state houses have been relocated to a site in Ardmore as part of the University of Auckland’s new Sustainable Built Futures Centre which will provide a testing-ground for improvements in the energy-efficiency and liveability of New Zealand homes.

Sustainable Built Futures Centre which will provide a testing-ground for improvements in the energy-efficiency and liveability of New Zealand homes.

The University is inviting industry, Council and anyone working in the built environment to an Open Day at the 11-ha site at Ardmore where the timber-framed, concrete tile homes will be available for testing and research by New Zealand building companies, Auckland Council and students.

A major focus of the Centre will be to provide a real-world, large-scale research site for New Zealand industry to trial new building products and materials and for students to explore innovative engineering design concepts related to sustainable living.

“This Centre is also an opportunity for our students to carry out research ranging from the physics of buildings to understanding the changes in infrastructure needed for the future,” says Centre co-director Associate Professor Carol Boyle of the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

“We don’t really have research that tells us what a good-functioning building is in New Zealand, for example what is the optimum level of insulation for our homes? Should we be installing double-glazing? Should we all be installing rain tanks? Wind turbines? Those are just some of the questions we hope this project will help answer.”

Monitoring devices installed in the homes will generate benchmark data before research begins. Potential projects identified by the University include new frost protection techniques for the New Zealand wine industry and retrofitting of low-cost energy technologies.

Centre co-director Professor Geoff Austin of the University of Auckland’s Department of Physics has research interests in alternative energy including tidal turbine and solar power and says the site and the two classic timber-framed houses offer opportunities for research not available elsewhere in Auckland.

“The Ardmore site provides space for research on a real-world scale where we will be able to compare specific upgrades and renovations to the buildings and measure their benefits against the benchmark data we will have collected,” he says.

The Sustainable Built Futures Centre will work closely with the University of Auckland’s Transforming Cities research initiative, a cross-disciplinary urban studies project that focuses on questions of major socioeconomic and environmental significance.

The Open Day is from 12 noon to 3pm on Friday, 28 February and will be held at 79/81 Mullins Road, Ardmore.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

'Tea Break Bill' Passes: Gordon Campbell On Bad Labour Laws And Poor Safety

By co-incidence, one of the prime dangers of the government’s new employment relations law has been underlined by the release of the death and injury statistics among workers at New Zealand ports. These are highly profitable enterprises for the port owners.

The Port of Tauranga for instance, is expecting its current full-year profit to be between $78 million and $83 million and other ports are enjoying similar boom times – but they are also highly dangerous places for the people who work on or around the port premises. At the Port of Tauranga, there have been 26 serious accidents since 2011, and two deaths. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

No Charges: Outcome Of Operation Clover Investigation

Police have completed a multi-agency investigation, Operation Clover, into the activities of a group calling themselves “The Roast Busters”. The 12 month enquiry focused on incidents involving allegations of sexual offending against a number of girls in the Waitemata Police district and wider Auckland area... More>>

ALSO:

UNICEF Report: NZ Cautioned On "Stagnating" Child Poverty

An international report by UNICEF has found that child poverty rates in New Zealand have barely changed since 2008, despite similar sized countries significantly reducing child poverty during the recent recession. More>>

ALSO:

Funding Report: Two Pathways For Transport In Auckland

Commissioned by Auckland Council, the group was asked to investigate two possible pathways for raising $300 million per year ($12 billion over 30 years) to pay for the improvements needed to help fix Auckland’s transport system. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Equal Pay Win In Court Of Appeal

CTU: The Court of Appeal has made a historic decision paving the way for a substantial equal pay claim for aged care workers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Finishing Line, And Amazon’s Woes

If the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal wasn’t such a serious matter, this would be pretty funny… More>>

ALSO:

TV3 Video: Three Die On Roads Over Labour Weekend

The official holiday period ended at 6am Tuesday, with three deaths on the roads during the Labour Day weekend. More>>

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news