Sustainable/ affordable building for Northland

Northland is not like Europe, North America or Asia. The climate is different, the people have different housing requirements. Yet, we still build in an American style one-off housing style in Northland.
Should we consider designing and building houses which meet our socio-economic and climatic environment?
Should we look at evaluating different types of building methods like

Should we consider different building principles more suited to our Northland environment

  • Passive Housing
  • Using local materials
  • Utilizing local talent
We plan  to run a competition for sustainable building design and built SB-Prize in Northland in 2019.
In November 2016 we were fortunate to host Wolfgang Kessling from Transsolar.
Wolfgang Kessling
Fifth Kiwi Innovator Series  with  Dr Wolfgang Kessling.

Wolfgang is a global expert on sustainable and affordable building. He is a physicist and climate engineer based in  Munich, Germany. Wolfgang is a principal of Transsolar and is frequently lecturing on sustainable design. His project and research work focuses on high comfort – low energy buildings and design for outdoor comfort in urban settings. In Asia he was involved in the design of the first Zero Energy Office in Malaysia and in the climate and energy concepts for the cooled conservatories at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. He has been invited as a TedX speaker in Doha.

Wolfgang will hold two interactive workshops which will include an overview of building principles, living comfort, materials and global best practice.

When: 2. Nov 10:00 – 12:00
Where: AUT City Campus, Building WF, Level 5, Room WF503
Corner Wakefield St/ Mayoral Drive, Auckland CBD


When: 3. Nov 10:00 – 14:00
Where: 51 Raumanga Valley Rd
Interactive Learning Centre 
at NorthTec, Whangarei

Please join us with Wolfgang this week and RSVP to this email.

To get the best from this workshop:
Bring a summary of your own sustainable house design and real project(s)
What materials could be used in Northland – pros and cons
What are regulatory impediments and opportunities
What houses do you like and why e.g. passive houses
What are designs you don’t like and why
What would be great sustainable & affordable designs for Northland

Please come with lots of questions.

Also don’t forget to earmark the 24. Nov 3pm at 116 Bank St, Whangarei, for the the sixth Kiwi Innovator Series with Dee & Steve West, founders of Serato Music Software and – electric vehicle fast charging network.


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