Wellington | Building for Climate Change in the Property Sector

5:30pm Thursday, 11 February 2021
7:30pm Thursday, 11 February 2021
Stephenson & Turner
Level 2, 158 Victoria Street Te Aro
Wellington , Wellington 6011
New Zealand


Join Property Council Wellington members for a presentation on the recent Building for Climate Change recommendations from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). Hear from Louise Tong, General Manager Sustainable Finance, BNZ for an insight into sustainable finance initiatives. Then gain an understanding of the tools and initiatives presently available from Karl Wakelin, of Stephenson & Turner, and hear from Elrond Burrell, Principal Advisor, Architecture and Design at MBIE, who will present on the recommendations.

This event will explore:

  • Details of the Government’s Building for Climate Change Programme, and future implications for the commercial building sector
  • Sustainability and climate change considerations in the property sector and implications on access and availability of financing and credit risk evaluation.
  • Access needed to new products, skills, and incentives in order to adopt the guidelines.

Kindly sponsored by Resene and Stephenson & Turner.

This event is a must for anyone interested in the implications of the Government's carbon-neutral pledge.


Elrond Burrell

Principal Advisor, Architecture and Design in the Systems and Strategy and Performance team, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Elrond is leading the Building for Climate Change programme’s operational efficiency framework. He is passionate about improving people’s quality of life, health and environmental impact through beautiful, sustainable, high-performance architecture.

An alumni of a Victoria University of Wellington (B.Arch, First Class Honours) and University of Westminster (London), Elrond is a registered Architect (UK) and certified Passive House designer. He has over two decades of experience in the industry, including projects in the UK, North America, Australia and NZ. He was instrumental in the design and delivery of some of the UK’s largest Passive House apartment buildings and social housing, and several Passive House schools.

Elrond is also the chair of the board of Passive House Institute New Zealand (PHINZ) and director of VIA architecture Ltd, specialising in Passive House and low-carbon architecture.


Louise Tong

General Manager, Sustainable Finance, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Bank of New Zealand

Louise has over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry in New Zealand, principally in corporate finance and financial markets. In her current role, she is responsible for supporting Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) customers to build and invest in a sustainable economy by allocating capital in a way that drives a positive social, economic and environmental impacts.

Prior to joining BNZ in May 2020, Louise worked for eight years in the energy sector for Contact Energy, where she held various responsibilities across funding, liquidity, financial market risks, technical accounting, credit and tax.

In 2017, Louise finalised Contact’s NZ$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) green borrowing programme – the first green certification completed by a New Zealand issuer and the largest-ever single green certification by the Climate Bonds Initiative. In late 2019, Contact entered into a $50 million Sustainability Linked Loan, one of the first of its kind in New Zealand.

Since 2013, Louise has been on the board of INFINZ, a member based industry body for professionals working and participating in New Zealand's wholesale finance and capital markets. Louise was appointed Chair of INFINZ in December 2018.

Louise has also held a position as an independent member of Auckland Council’s Treasury Management Steering Group, overseeing the treasury function whose responsibilities include the management of the Council’s circa $8 billion debt portfolio.

Louise holds a degree with Honours in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury and a Masters in Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington.


Karl Wakelin

Associate Principal / Building Performance Manager, Stephenson & Turner

Growing up building houses, Karl has a deep understanding of the built environment.  With a Building Science degree and 11 years of experience working in the green building industry, Karl has broad expertise in thermal envelope design, energy and thermal analysis, Energy Codes, Green rating systems and buildability assessments. He has returned to S&T after an extended period working overseas working in Europe and the US. During his time in the US, Karl worked as a Green Building Consultant for Thornton Tomasetti in San Francisco where he gained invaluable experience working on many different building types targeting high levels of performance and green building certifications.

His role at S&T is to improve and provide support in achieving better building performance outcomes – improving energy efficiency, comfort, carbon impacts and material selection. He works closely with project Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Clients and Contractors.

Additionally, within the S&T National Offices Karl provides training and education of staff to improve their overall sustainability knowledge and expertise.


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Ticket price

 Member  $45.00

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Nicole Ramage

Regional Manager

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  • Victoria street is a main artillery road for public transport for details visit Metlink,
  • On street parking is available on Victoria, Dixon and Willis Street surrounding the office.
  • Please note that the event will start promptly at 5.45pm. We ask all attendees to please arrive early to allow time for you to register your attendance and find your seat.
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