Construction Sector Accord Webinar

When:  Jul 28, 2021 from 15:00 to 15:45 (NZST)

The construction sector is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, from producing materials, to constructing buildings and the energy used in buildings. The sector needs to play a major part if New Zealand is to reach its climate change goals, including being net zero carbon by 2050.

In this free webinar speakers will discuss a variety of key issues including the New Zealand Government Procurement’s recently published Procurement guide to reducing carbon emissions in building and construction; carbon emissions and the building life cycle; embodied carbon versus operational carbon; reduction targets and sustainable design; and adaptive re-use to drive change.

Listen to experts from government and industry as they share lessons learnt and best practice to improve our sector.

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Richard Stone – Senior Construction Procurement Leader, Construction Sector Accord

Richard will discuss New Zealand Government Procurement’s recently published Procurement guide to reducing carbon emissions in building and construction. The guide was produced in consultation with the Construction Sector Accord, and is a first step towards supporting government agencies to lead the way in reducing carbon emissions generated by the construction of new government buildings.

Katie Symons – Principal Engineering Advisor, Building for Climate Change Programme (MBIE)

The Building for Climate Change Programme aims to drive transformational change in the sector to meet the challenges posed by climate change, and to meet the target of being a net zero emissions nation by 2050. Katie will discuss the programme and its work to increase carbon literacy and develop a methodology for embodied carbon in New Zealand

Chris Scott – Principal Architect, Jasmax

Chris is one of New Zealand’s leading education design specialists and believes the key to reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry is to repurpose existing buildings, rather than build new structures. He will discuss adaptive re-use and measuring carbon in the design phase to achieve net zero carbon targets.

Fiona Short – Sustainability Specialist, Warren and Mahoney Architects

Warren and Mahoney recently launched a three-year PhD study to produce a framework for reducing carbon emissions in the design of buildings. Fiona is a leader in sustainable design thinking and will discuss the research study and how to develop carbon reduction targets.

Lisa Oliver – Project Director, Holmes Consulting

Lisa is an experienced structural engineer with a passion for sustainable design and an expertise in structural timber. She believes that as the impact of embodied carbon is better understood and increases in importance, so does the role of structural engineers in sustainable design. She will discuss how we can reduce embodied carbon in buildings by using low-carbon materials.

Scott Watson - Business Development Director, Naylor Love

Naylor Love were looking for a way to demonstrate the significant carbon savings that can be made by incorporating timber into buildings to clients and architects, so they commissioned a carbon calculator that compares the emissions of different alternatives for a structure. Scott will introduce the calculator and explain why Naylor Love have made it freely available to other industry players on their website.

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