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Housing Fit for Our Future: Eco Design Advisor Conference 2019

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Date: 24/10/2019

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This year’s Eco Design Advisor Conference looks at the convergence of housing, energy and climate change. The impacts of climate change are becoming increasingly obvious: rising sea levels, increasing number and violence of storms, longer droughts and hotter summers. It is clear that our housing stock needs to respond.

The conference will look at both the contribution housing makes to climate change – from the embodied energy in our homes to the energy choices we make – AND how our housing needs to respond to the impact of changing climate. It will consider both mitigation (reducing energy demand through improved thermal envelope/efficient heating, innovative energy solutions etc. as well as smarter use of materials to embody carbon in buildings) and adaptation of housing stock (response to extreme weather events).

The conference will place housing firmly in the centre of considering the latest advances and research on climate change, and will explore the implications for how we build and design housing now and into the future.

The Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister for Housing, and Energy and Resources, will open the conference.

Keynote speaker is Professor Janet Stephenson (Director, Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago) who will address 'Climate change, energy and housing - what's the state of play in NZ.'

Speakers include:

  • Ryan Paulik from the Deep South Science Challenge (which has a mission to enable New Zealanders to adapt, manage risk and thrive in a changing climate) will present on Climate change and flood hazards in NZ – what does it look like and how have our homes coped so far.
  • Belinda Storey (Deep South Challenge) on climate change and insurance retreat.
  • Scott Willis (Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust) will present a blueprint for climate safe housing: a community response to the combined climate and housing crises.
  • Shay Brazier (Revolve Energy) will present on zero energy buildings (Camp Glenorchy and Zero Energy House in Auckland).
  • Auckland Council will present on the council's plan on climate change energy efficiency and housing
  • Maria Ioannou (Community and Planning, Dunedin City Council) will present on Enabling Communities to lead their own futures: DCC’s innovative approach to talking about climate change.
  • Jane O'Loughlin (EECA's Communications and Engagement Manager) will present on "Connecting with Kiwis on Climate Change"
  • Sophie Heighway (Sustainability Initiatives Manager, Auckland Council) will present on extending the reach of home performance advice to Aucklanders and how to include actions for households to reduce carbon emissions without talking about climate change.
  • Caroline Shorter (Otago University) on ‘What we know about mould in our homes’
  • Paul Davies (Housing and Tenancy Service, MBIE) will present on the experience of Tenancy Compliance and Investigations Team for RTA and preparations for forthcoming changes from Healthy Homes Act.
  • Eddie Thompson (Manager Warmer Kiwi Homes, EECA) will present on Warmer Kiwi Homes
  • Julie Villard (Eco-Design Advisor, Christchurch City Council) will present on how to make smart heating choices that are good for you and the planet.
  • Brian Berg (Building Environmental Scientist, BRANZ) will present on 'Life cycle carbon in buildings: what is it, why is it important, where is it being used internationally, how can it be accurately calculated in NZ, what is a good result, and where does the NOW Home sit in terms of NZ carbon budget?'

And more! More details will be posted on as the programme is firmed up.

The Eco Design Advisor conference provides a unique perspective and is highly valued as a multi-disciplinary forum for sharing research, policy, case studies, innovative ideas, and best practice. Professional development for architects and designers, builders, building industry, community housing organisations, council staff, home assessors and advisors, and sustainability experts. NZRAB is offering 80 CPD points (40 per day). ADNZ is offering design and practice management points - see the FAQ for details.

The Eco Design Advisors offer discounted rates to certified Home Performance Advisors, council staff, and tertiary students. Contact the Conference Organiser - - for more information.





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