Worthwhile training course: next week!

12 March 2021 by Jason Quinn

I highly recommend attending the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors’ training day in Auckland on 20 March.

You’ll hear about Kāinga Ora moving to low carbon building at scale, MBIE’s Building for Climate Change programme and see the latest on the High Performance Construction Detail Handbook. I promise it’ll be PH through and through.

All the details, including how to register, are in the email I’ve copied below:


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NZIBS March Training Day – EARLY BIRD extending !

** Good Afternoon

GREAT NEWS – early bird registration is still OPEN !

We have experienced so much over the past year with Covid, we have some great news for those still wanting to register for our March Training Day – we are extending early bird registration!  Come and join us – it will be a wonderful opportunity to get together and hear excellent speakers and topics.


You can register via the NZIBS website at https://www.buildingsurveyors.co.nz/training-and-events/mtd-2021/

Our Agenda information is as follows :



In a Climate Emergency


** Date:      Saturday, 20th March 2021

Venue:       Villa Maria Winery in Auckland

Time:          8.30 am to 5.00 pm


Welcome from the NZIBS President, Heather Crilly then introductions by MC – Richard Cakar

Opening from key note speaker, Dr Rod Carr, Chairperson of the NZ Climate Change Commission (via Zoom) – The climate is changing and so must we

Challenging the Paradigm, a Green Star journey – Oliver Shaw, Development Manager, Property Division, Woolworths New Zealand

MBIE’s Building for Climate Change Programme – Elrond Burrell, Principal Advisor, Architecture & Design, MBIE

In July 2020, MBIE launched the Building for Climate Change programme and then in August 2020 published two Framework documents for consultation as part of the programme: Transforming Operational Efficiency and Whole-of-Life Embodied Carbon Emissions Reduction. These two documents set out how MBIE proposes to transform the approach the building sector takes to building and construction related carbon emissions. Elrond will give an overview of the programme and go through the two frameworks and what they mean for the industry.

Kāinga Ora: Building well at scale and at pace in a Climate Emergency – Brian Berg, Carbon Neutral Housing Lead, Kāinga Ora

Time, cost, and quality are the triple constraints all building projects must balance, but what about when you have to balance constructing almost 14,000 new homes in a 4 year national programme during a climate emergency?  This requires doing things differently during building design, construction and the operational lifetime of buildings – considering the needs now and into the future.  This presentation covers the start of this journey for Kāinga Ora, presenting an overview of who Kāinga Ora is, the industry transformation Kāinga Ora is trying to achieve, and what we as an industry can all be doing to decarbonise and improve the sustainability of new residential construction right now.

Passive House & High-Performance Construction Details  – Elrond Burrell, Board Chair of Passive House Institute New Zealand

A brief overview of the Passive House standard and an introduction to the forthcoming PHINZ publication “High-Performance Construction Details Handbook”. The handbook, funded by The Building Research Levy, PHINZ and Sustainable Engineering, has been developed based on consented details used in Passive House projects across Aotearoa NZ alongside typical construction details for comparison.

Respond Architects – Case Study: Takapuna Grammar School- Heritage, remediation & sustainability – Natasha Cockerell, Director and Registered Architect, Respond Architects

The Takapuna Grammar School Grade A Heritage listed Main Block and Hall was the subject of a major redevelopment project spanning 7 years and including extensive seismic strengthening, significant external envelope remediation, heritage restoration, full internal upgrade and modernisation. This case study will address the challenges, the technical details, sustainable features and the innovation required to successfully deliver the project and allow this important piece of architectural to be preserved and be transformed into a comfortable modern learning environment.

Business Sustainability 101 – Michael LeRoy-Dyson, Associate Director, Deloitte

An introduction to the broader aspects of sustainability and how they relate to today’s business environment.  We will explore the base principles of sustainability, how they can add value to business and look at some examples of business sustainability in action in NZ.

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