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NZ Green Building Council’s Sustainable Housing Summit

New Zealand Green Building Council’s Sustainable Housing Summit

WHAT:
Housing affordability in New Zealand is a hot political and social topic. Home ownership is falling as rapidly rising house prices in the main centres puts home ownership beyond the reach of many. The poor quality of housing stock also has major implications on the health and wellbeing of occupants. Unaffordable housing is both socially and environmentally unsustainable and this summit considers how the issues of affordability can be addressed without compromising on housing quality and sustainability.

Quality, cost, affordability cannot be measured in the short term, but with reference to the long term impact of the built environment. Defining housing requirements for our cities needs to be part of a wider sustainable agenda that considers long term benefits (financial and societal) to families and individuals in terms of improved health and economic benefits of creating vibrant spaces for people to live and work.

How can the construction industry deliver healthy, efficient, attainable and sustainable homes for New Zealanders?

The Sustainable Housing Summit will try and find some of the answers to these questions as well as showcase leading thinking on sustainability in the residential built environment. The Sustainable Housing Summit is an opportunity to participate, debate and network with like-minded peers around the critical challenges and opportunities facing housing in New Zealand.

With international keynote speakers, case studies, panel discussions and more, this event aims to deliver information and inspiration to help you deliver healthy, efficient, affordable and sustainable homes for New Zealanders.

WHEN & WHERE:
• Auckland 25 June 2014, Aotea Centre
• Christchurch 27 June 2014, Christchurch Civic Centre

WHO:
• Lucinda Huntley, CEO, CoDesign Studio (Australia)
• Warwick Quinn, CEO, Registered Master Builders Federation
• Michael Bilsborough, Associate Director, Architecture, Aecom Australia Pty Ltd
• Pamela Bell, CEO, Prefabnz
• Tim Robinson, Senior Urban Designer, Jasmax
• Dave Strachan, Director, Strachan Group Architects Ltd
• Danny Squires & Martin Luff, Co-Founders & Directors, WikiHouse NZ
• Paul Cooper, Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (Australia)
• Tommy Honey, Dean of College, Whitecliffe College of ArtS &Design

WHY:
NZGBC is bringing together a great line-up of speakers and practitioners to discuss the latest in national and international thinking on green homes. The Sustainable Housing Summit features some inspirational speakers, fascinating case studies, technical presentation and panel discussions that investigate the political, economic and technical issues facing the residential building sector.

Paul Tuckley, Director of Membership and Communications for NZGBC, says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for media interested in sustainable housing to hear national and international perspectives on sustainable housing.”

About the New Zealand Green Building Council
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is a not-for-profit, industry organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of best practice industry market based green building.

Our vision is that New Zealanders work and live in healthy, efficient, productive and environmentally sustainable buildings today and into the future.

NZGBC is a membership organisation that aims to support our members stay up to date and position themselves as market leaders in the drive for a sustainable built environment.

NZGBC operates the Green Star, Homestar, NABERSNZ and BASE rating systems for sustainable buildings. We advocate best practice and provide training and education for all areas of the building industry value chain.

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