Building for Climate Change in the Real World

14 Apr — 14 Apr 2021
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April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Climate change is the world’s hottest topic right now. Join us this April as Katie Symons of MBIE, Professor Jan Evans-Freeman from UC’s College of Engineering, and Vanessa Carswell of Jasmax share insights into how the property sector can build for climate change in the real world.

First, Katie Symons provides an overview and update on the government’s Building for Climate Change programme. Then, hear how some within New Zealand’s building industry are already working out ways to set and achieve decarbonising targets in real-life projects.
Professor Jan Evans-Freeman chairs UC’s Sustainability Programme and will discuss the university’s strategic thinking behind low-carbon goal setting. Architect Vanessa Carswell will outline Jasmax’s Pathway to Net Zero Carbon Design referencing the innovative Beatrice Tinsley Building (part of UC’s Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre) and how this demonstrates UC’s strategic aims.
  • The Beatrice Tinsley exemplifies the low-carbon power of passive design, pushing the boundaries of multi-storey timber-framed construction in New Zealand through new technology developed at UC
  • Experience this impressive building first hand, and learn what makes it fit for the future
A ‘must go to’ event for anyone interested in the Government’s carbon-reduction initiatives and planned regulatory changes.
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Vanessa Carswell
Architect and Principal, Jasmax
Vanessa is a Registered Architect and co-leads Jasmax’s Christchurch studio. With two decades of experience in New Zealand and the UK, she has led a number of significant built projects. Her passion for sustainable outcomes is exemplified in projects such as Ngāi Tahu’s Pita Te Hori/King Edward Barracks commercial campus, Otago Polytechnic’s masterplan and Trade Training Centre, and whilst in the UK, The Core education facility at the Eden Project. Vanessa is a Green Star Practitioner and has also trained in the ILFI Living Building Challenge.

Professor Jan Evans-Freeman

Pro-Vice Chancellor Engineering, University of Canterbury
Jan joined UC in 2009 and leads the College of Engineering. Prior to this she ran a research centre in Sheffield (UK) and spent 20 years at UMIST (UK) completing a PhD in electronic engineering and then pursuing an academic career. At UC, Jan has led significant growth with responsibility for the College’s 500 academic, research and support staff, and a $115m budget. Recent achievements include the opening of the new School of Product Design in 2018 and leading the rebuild of UC’s four engineering departments including the new, innovative Beatrice Tinsley Building. Jan is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and serves on several national Boards including Engineering NZ.

Katie Symons

Principal Advisor, Engineering, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Katie is a chartered structural engineer in New Zealand and the UK, and has over 15 years’ experience designing building structures in both countries. She has particular expertise in assessing the embodied carbon of buildings and construction materials. Currently, she is works in MBIE’s Building System Performance Branch.
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14 April 2021
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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