Helping construction get greener

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Posted 9 July, 2024
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Andrew Eagles, CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council

Recently, Queenstown Lakes District Council launched its climate action plan including the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 44% by 2030. Across Aotearoa New Zealand, the building sector contributes 20% of our emissions. To support these businesses and organisations in the Lakes District to meet these goals, Wao Aotearoa formed The Better Building Working Group in 2018.

The Better Building Working Group vision is partnership and collaboration with the sector and it is excited to bring to Queenstown the CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), Andrew Eagles, to an evening discussion that’s open to the public and industry for only $5. Eagles and an expert panel will discuss key elements and global drivers for change and the steps we can all take to deliver a built environment that delivers a better future for Aotearoa.

Discussions will include:

  • The builders and architects leading with great projects
  • The uptake of green verified homes and buildings that is increasing with schemes such as NABERS, Homestar and Green Star which has seen a five-fold increase in the last four years
  • Sustainable finance which is coming to the fore providing lower interest development finance and mortgages for buildings that are verified as green
  • Listed property firms that are leading with lower carbon buildings and reducing the impact of their existing stock
  • Government has also signalled that regulatory change is coming

The way we build our buildings and homes is five times our carbon budget at present. We are sending tonnes of waste to our landfills with every build, and we are missing great opportunities to improve health and well-being.

Wao’s Better Building Working Group invites the construction industry and interested locals to hear from Andrew Eagles at what is sure to be an industry-leading discussion that’s not to be missed. Tickets are $5 (+ booking fees from Humanitix).

When: Tuesday, 16 July, 5pm - 6.30pm
Where: Canyon Brewing, 1 Arthurs Point Road, Queenstown


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