Sustainable design for low carbon architecture

Sustainable design for low carbon architecture

Building a climate safe house is about more than bricks and mortar.  To be responsible, we need sustainable, low carbon housing options.  According to Weihong Li, in the Science Direct article Sustainable Design for Low Carbon Architecture, sustainability requires consideration of four elements: low carbon economy, society, natural environment and architecture.  Weihong Li identifies severalRead more about Sustainable design for low carbon architecture[…]

Climate-ready infrastructure

Climate-ready infrastructure

The challenges we face planning climate-safe housing, apply also to the infrastructure on which our communities depend.  This article from The Conversation, What is Climate-Ready Infrastructure  introduces some of the issues (and some promising innovations) faced when building infrastructure that is resilient and climate-ready.  The bottom line is that we cannot plan our future infrastructure,Read more about Climate-ready infrastructure[…]

Top line Formance building technology for Climate Safe House project

Top line Formance building technology for Climate Safe House project

Christchurch based Formance limited has joined the Climate Safe House project and will supply the SIPS panels to be used in construction. The Formance Structural Insulated Panel System (SIPS) is the New Zealand certified version of the popular SIP from North America, with very high insulation value and able to be rapidly constructed, while allowingRead more about Top line Formance building technology for Climate Safe House project[…]

Fulton Hogan comes on board with practical assistance.

Fulton Hogan comes on board with practical assistance.

Fulton Hogan Dunedin has joined the Climate Safe House project with a commitment to assist with the transportation of our relocatable prototype climate safe house from its construction site at the Otago Polytechic to its foundations in Blueskin Bay. One of the design requirements for the Climate Safe House is that it be readily movableRead more about Fulton Hogan comes on board with practical assistance.[…]

Climate Safe Housing can help New Zealand’s affordable housing shortage

Climate Safe Housing can help New Zealand’s affordable housing shortage

We’ve got to be a lot smarter in our new builds, not only for affordable ‘Kiwi Build’, but also for climate safe housing.  In this RNZ interview Auckland housing strategist Leonie Freeman identifies the need to break down silos, build collaboration so the “whole sector group can work together to sort out […] blockages”.  ThisRead more about Climate Safe Housing can help New Zealand’s affordable housing shortage[…]

The hard conversations, the difficult decisions…

The hard conversations, the difficult decisions…

Climate change and associated sea level rise is going to challenge us with some very difficult decisions.  “We have to decide which areas we are going to protect, and which areas we’re going to have to retreat from,” said Dr Jim Salinger in an interview on “the Project” recently. This fraught choice (protect/retreat) was aRead more about The hard conversations, the difficult decisions…[…]

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