Earth Building Developments in New Zealand
Wednesday 20 July 2022
Presented by Hugh Morris, Honorary Academic, University of Auckland
Abstract: About 1/3 of the world’s population live in highly sustainable forms of earth construction but it needs to be more earthquake resistant and more widely adopted in the developed world along with other low energy, low carbon natural construction such as straw bale. In this presentation Hugh Morris covered: ➢ Examples of modern earth buildings ➢ Recent developments in NZ Standards (2020 editions), including adjustments to meet requirements for insulation and seismic resistance, inclusion of straw bale buildings, and the citation process. ➢ The performance of NZ earth and straw bale buildings in the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes. ➢ An overview of research behind earth and straw bale performance. ➢ Comments on the carbon and energy performance of modern earth buildings.
A recording of the talk is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtY7L_WUIwA
Good Intentions - Reviewing the Government's new Emissions Reduction Plan
Panel Discussion Wednesday 15 June 2022.
New Zealand's first emissions reduction plan was released by the Ministry for the Environment on 16 May 2022. An expert panel offered its reaction and comments on the government's emission reduction targets and on the policies and strategies to reduce emissions for sectors such as transport, energy, waste, building construction and agriculture. Challenges lie ahead if we are to make an appropriate contribution to global efforts to limit temperature rise to 1.5C.
A recording of the talk is at https://youtu.be/omPg8chnQZk