CategoryBuilt Environment

Community Solar Unlocks the Abundant Renewable Energy for Everyone

New York has recently announced its largest community solar project is now on line. This investment in sustainability and the future has made clean, locally generated solar available to renters, homeowners, low-income residents, schools, and businesses alike. The same will soon be happening in New Zealand, writes solarcity CEO Andrew Booth. The global shift to renewable energy is picking up...

The Case for Cities Tackling Climate Change and Health

This year the world has, more than ever before, begun to feel the impact of climate change. Driving that, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for the first time passed the 410 parts per million mark at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. Disappointingly, we are also seeing an upturn in projected global carbon emissions, coming after a period of three years of flat emissions. Locally, the Ministry for...

Solar as a Service – Save the Planet and Cash

The second in a series of profiles of New Zealand business leaders utilising technological solutions for a zero-emission future, Pure Advantage and Westpac highlight business leaders taking that leap and look into what it might take to finance the transition as well as the resultant opportunities of a Net Zero NZ.  Andy Booth didn’t pull any punches when a recent court decision went against...

Certifying quality buildings – a transformative opportunity

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 Christchurch rebuild and earthquake strengthening, Auckland’s construction boom and housing supply issues: it’s an exciting, intense time to be in the building industry. Yet among the headlines lies an immense opportunity that many...

Optimised Engineered Lumber – OEL™ Reengineering the Built Environment

In my previous article I made the case for the significant advantages that engineered wood products (EWP) from a plantation grown forest brings.  Wood is a spectacular and clever evolutionary wonder, where trees use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into a trunk that is simultaneously light, flexible and strong.  Strong enough for a tree to hold many tons high enough to be above its neighbour...

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