Building a Better New Zealand

It’s been recognised that a ‘successful and innovative’ building industry is very important to New Zealand. Defining and achieving this amidst the backdrop of a Christchurch rebuild and 40% population growth in Auckland, is the subject of the Building a Better New Zealand conference.

The Building a Better New Zealand Conference will take place on 3rd – 5th of September 2014 in Auckland. Submissions for abstracts will now be accepted up until March 9th 2014.

I caught up with one of the organisers, Lois Easton to find out some of the background and to ask who should attend and why home builders and designers might be interested.

Lois Easton

Lois Easton
Lois Easton is Sustainable Homes Research Team Leader for Beacon Pathway Incorporated

Lois Easton is an environmental scientist and has worked on many research and ‘real’ projects for Beacon Pathway Incorporated. Lois has extensive and first hand experience of the many shortcomings of New Zealand’s housing stock. As part of Beacon, Lois has also been involved in some new build projects. So Lois is very familiar with looking at better ways of building homes, and the dire need for it in New Zealand.

Who’s Behind Building a Better New Zealand?

The conference is being put together by:

These organisations are also key players in the New Zealand Building Research Strategy. This is a roadmap for the building sector and will be one of the guiding documents for the conference.

For more information about the conference include contact details, check out their website.

Are you interested in attending? Leave a comment below and tell my why you think this is or isn’t important.

Book Recommendation

Something a little different this week from Lois…

The Left Hand of Darkness

Other links mentioned in the show

  • Elrond Burrell

    I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, but that is a very good book recommendation! 🙂

    • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

      Good to hear. Might have to read it myself.

  • Elrond Burrell

    I’ve listened to the podcast now, sounds like a valuable conference, I just hope BRANZ keeps an open mind about what is possible in NZ.

    • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

      Thanks Elrond. Yes, it should be a great event. That reminds me, I must work on my submission!

  • PJC

    The conference sounds great, just have to convince the boss to send me. As far as NZs tallest building, I’ll believe it when they break ground, they’ve been trying to build on that site for years and have been through so many plans, but you are right that it would be nice to see such a prominent building be green…. dreams of all of us