Built Environment

The built environment, and the construction and building sector, has an instrumental role to play as Aotearoa moves towards a healthier, zero carbon nation. That’s because our built environment is responsible for 20% of New Zealand’s carbon pollution.

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Andrew Eagles

Advantage champion

Andrew is an economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

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Aotearoa New Zealand needs a National Forest Policy

By Andrew McEwen19th of March 2021

Forests, whether of native or introduced species, whether in public or private ownership, whether large or small, and regardless of the management objectives of the owner, are long-term investments which...
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Case Study: Innovating Affordable Housing for the Community

By Nicola Patrick20th of November 2018

Nicola Patrick talks with GM Dominic Foote The following Case Study featuring Dominic Foote forms one part of Financing the Future, our dynamic content project exploring the market opportunities for impact…

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Own Your Own

By Paul Gilberd20th of November 2018

The following provocation by Paul Gilberd forms one part of Financing the Future, our mixed-content and media project exploring the market opportunities for impact investment in Aotearoa New Zealand. The project…

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Certifying quality buildings – a transformative opportunity

By Andrew Eagles9th of February 2017

The buildings in which we live, work and play have rarely come under such intense scrutiny as they have in the past couple of decades. The leaky homes crisis, the…

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Evident

By Matt Philp16th of November 2016

This year during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in the spirit of celebrating all that New Zealand has to offer, Pure Advantage have teamed up with Kiwi Connect and the Edmund Hillary…

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Plexisun

By Matt Philp19th of July 2016

“It all began because I wanted a hot shower when I came in from the Coromandel surf.” So says Richard Gourley, the man behind the ‘PlexiSun’ solar thermal collector range…

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The Housing Trifecta. Can we have homes that are affordable, healthy and resilient?

By Glenn Murdoch9th of June 2016

Our homes are important to us. Be it owned or rented our home is where we live, love, laugh, play, share and rejoice. It’s where we raise our kids, have…

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Making Kiwi Homes Warmer, Healthier and Better for the Planet

By Linley Boniface5th of April 2016

In the fifth in a series of profiles of New Zealanders championing sustainability, Kiwibank and Pure Advantage talk to public health researcher Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman about using smart housing design…

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Healthy Living

By Daniel Gudsell27th of August 2015

When is it that we forgot about nature? Increasing evidence shows that natural materials, both in and outside your home are better for your health. Health and well-being embraces both…

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Open Source Housing

By Matt Philp23rd of June 2015

Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate to improve code then share the results at no cost. But could the open source…

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Manchester Street

By Matt Philp10th of June 2015

A red brick heritage wall once dominated the street frontage at 399 Manchester Street, in Christchurch. The wall collapsed during the 2011 quake, destroying a piece of Christchurch’s urban history…

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