By Eco Design Advisor on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 in Event.

It’s clear that climate change is already impacting our houses, whether it’s floods in Matata, storm surges in Hawkes Bay, or coastal erosion in Taranaki. Now hear from some New Zealanders that have been thinking about how our houses need to respond…

Scott Willis, for example, is talking about his community’s work designing a climate safe house. Keynote speaker Dr Janet Stephenson has been looking at houses as an active and flexible part of the electricity grid. And we hear from several speakers who have built their own climate friendly, high performing homes. Lots to inspire and learn!

As well as looking at how we might design for the future, the conference will consider the latest research on climate risk, where houses should be built, and how material choices might improve carbon budgets. There is an emphasis on how councils can respond and bring their communities with them.

Bringing together climate change, housing and energy means this year’s Eco Design Advisor Conference is truly multi disciplinary and useful for people from a wide range of professions.

•Councils – if you’re working in planning, building and consents, community engagement or communications, climate change is going to affect your work. And you get a discounted rate of $100/day!

•Policy makers – if houses need to change, so will our planning rules and building regulations.

•Designers and architects – find out where thinking is about future house design. Professional development points are available from ADNZ and NZIA (see below)

•Anyone giving advice on home performance – some of our thinking has to change to incorporate low carbon messages, find out what it is. Discounted rates for certified Home Performance Advisors.

As well as looking at how we might design for the future, the conference will consider the latest research on climate risk, where houses should be built, and how material choices might improve carbon budgets. There is an emphasis on how councils can respond and bring their communities with them.

The conference will be opened by the Hon Dr Megan Woods, and Dr Janet Stephenson will set the conference looking at how our housing can respond and what is possible in New Zealand.

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