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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

Forests, whether of native or introduced species, whether in public or private ownership, whether large…
March 19, 2021

Case Study: Innovating Affordable Housing for the Community

Nicola Patrick talks with GM Dominic Foote The following Case Study featuring Dominic Foote forms one…
November 20, 2018

Own Your Own

The following provocation by Paul Gilberd forms one part of Financing the Future, our mixed-content and…
November 20, 2018

Certifying quality buildings – a transformative opportunity

The buildings in which we live, work and play have rarely come under such intense…
February 9, 2017


This year during Global Entrepreneurship Week, in the spirit of celebrating all that New Zealand…
November 16, 2016


“It all began because I wanted a hot shower when I came in from the…
July 19, 2016

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

Our homes are important to us. Be it owned or rented our home is where…
June 9, 2016

Making Kiwi Homes Warmer, Healthier and Better for the Planet

In the fifth in a series of profiles of New Zealanders championing sustainability, Kiwibank and…
April 5, 2016
Te Uru Taumatua

Healthy Living

When is it that we forgot about nature? Increasing evidence shows that natural materials, both…
August 27, 2015

Open Source Housing

Open source. It’s a concept from the world of software development, where programmers often collaborate…
June 23, 2015

Manchester Street

A red brick heritage wall once dominated the street frontage at 399 Manchester Street, in…
June 10, 2015
Panel production in process at Huber & Sohn (German manufacturer). Source: BRANZ:

An idea whose time has come

In a factory at Rolleston, near Christchurch, the future of the way we build houses…
April 14, 2015

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