Sustainable Building Symposium – registrations close Friday

SHAC 2009 – Invitation

All welcome

Registrations are open for the Sustainable Habitat Challenge 09 Symposium in Dunedin, 19-21 November.

Hear insights from leading practitioners and learn how SHAC teams rose to their challenge to create “simple, adaptable, efficient, affordable” – that is – more sustainable homes.

Open lectures with sustainable housing visionary Lawrence McIntyre, energy and environmental systems engineer Susan Krumdieck, designer/maker David Trubridge and architect David Strachan.

SHAC team presentations, with guest lectures from Department of Building and Housing chief architect Duncan Joiner, and Beacon Pathway manager Nick Collins.

DINNER AND AWARDS CEREMONY, then Taking it Forward. SHAC participants and others share their learnings and consider the next steps for sustainable building. Join this diverse group of builders, architects, engineers, designers and others as they come together to share ideas and experiences.

Register now by signing up to at or email for more information.

REGISTER BY FRIDAY 6 November 2009, for catering purposes.

Only $90 for conference and Friday dinner and awards. See

The Symposium qualifies for NZIA CPD points:
Keynote Lecture 10 points [Thursday evening]
Team Presentations 30 points [Friday]
Workshop 25 points [Saturday]

What is more sustainable building?
The teams have their ideas:

TEAM CANTERBURY – New timber-framed home. Less glass, ceiling-height doorways and smart lighting – engineers and builders join forces to make better use of conventional building techniques. Affordability is key.

WHAREUKU – New 3-bedroom earthen house. Embracing the philosophies of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and “sweat equity”, Whareuku has created a low-cost, flax-fibre reinforced earthen housing solution for rural Māori communities.

TE HIRA WHANAU BACH 101 – Retrofit bach. This modern refit of a classic bach emphasises recycling and a low-energy, do-it-yourself lifestyle to recapture the simple beauty of Kiwi holidays.

TEAM CENTRAL OTAGO – New straw bale home. High-spec straw bale eco home for Finnish client. Maximizing the use of natural, renewable and salvaged materials.

TEAM HOUSEWISE – Retrofit state house. Demonstrates a sustainable renovations package for upgrading Housing New Zealand properties. Includes family-friendly ideas designed by the home’s tenant. To be monitored over the following year.

UNITEC ECOCRIB – New build bach and interiors (design only). From cladding to furniture and light fittings – product designers and builders collaborate to design an efficient, healthy bach-style home.

TEAM WAIKATO – New build timber-panel sleepout. Adding on? Add in! A relocatable one-bedroom energy-efficient unit home adds value to backyards.

TEAM DUNEDIN – New timber-framed home. This stylish home is “normal” as possible. Proof that more sustainable living is within everyone’s reach today.


Please invite your colleagues and staff.

Tim Bishop
Otago Polytechnic
021 705346

Post by Elizabeth Kerr


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8 responses to “Sustainable Building Symposium – registrations close Friday

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 11 Nov 2009
    Polytech house shows sustainable way forward
    By Allison Rudd

    On a cold day, the Otago Polytechnic’s sustainable house is the place to be. Built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, its warmth-retention features include windows with gas-filled double glazed panels and double thickness frames, extra insulation, thermal curtaining and a large heat pump.
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    • Elizabeth

      This comment isn’t about putting a stadium in your backyard.

      I wonder how many people know Dunedin’s aluminium house in Kinvig St, Andersons Bay – a design gem. Very different to this ‘sustainable’ house in Kanazawa, Japan.

      ### Dezeen November 14th, 2009 12:09AM
      A-ring by Atelier Tekuto
      By Rose Etherington
      Tokyo architects Atelier Tekuto have completed a prefabricated aluminium house in Kanazawa, Japan.
      Since November 2005, Yasuhiro Yamashita/Atelier Tekuto, together with about 20 universities and companies, have been working on the Aluminum House Project. Its aim is to develop next-generation houses that coexist symbiotically with the environment. The project has focused on developing a single piece of aluminum that would be able to serve various functions at once – structure, ventilation, lighting and household fixtures.
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      • Elizabeth

        Try this for size:

        ### CBS News Nov. 17, 2009
        Energy Dept. Walks The Walk With Smart Building
        Energy Dept. Leads By Example, Erects Colo. Building That Uses As Much Energy As It Creates

        GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) – Homes and office buildings consume three-quarters of U.S. electricity, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wants to lower that figure by erecting what it believes will be the largest “net-zero” energy building in the world – one that produces as much power onsite as it uses.
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        • Elizabeth

          “. . . there is something special about it being 3degC outside in the middle of winter and 24degC inside and not having any heating on.”

          ### ODT Online Sat, 21 Nov 2009
          Couple set efficiency standard with low-energy home
          By Allison Rudd
          Many people like the idea of building a low-energy house to keep their heating costs and power bills down; Golden Bay couple Lawrence and Antje McIntyre have gone the whole way and actually built one.
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          ### ODT Online Sat, 21/11/2009 – 3:53pm.
          Comment by Mark McLeod on Another green solution for the wealthy
          Choosing to build a low energy home has little to do with bravery. The extra expense simply isn’t an option for many people. “Green” building solutions that only the wealthy or seriously indebted can embrace are not going to help society as a whole or the environment. Enough with the building competitions and TV programs lavishing praise on architectural extravagance and high priced visions of “green”.
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        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Sat, 21/11/2009 – 5:37pm.
          Comment by tzmtzm on Teams showing more sustainable building possible for many
          Providing sustainable housing for everyone means providing more efficient, quality housing for each market segment. Lawrence spoke at Otago Polytechnic’s Sustainable Habitat Challenge symposium. The challenge had tertiary teams designing and building more sustainable homes. Seven homes were built. The Challenge has shown that there are many good approaches to more sustainable building appropriate for different tastes and circumstances. See details and plans at -Tim
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        • Elizabeth

          Sustainable Habitat Challenge Winners Inspire Better Living

          Detailed reports on team designs, useful to designers, architects, and engineers are available at the team pages on the website. A short book describing the teams’ homes and methods is available for download or order at A documentary is underway and will be available on DVD soon.

          -Tim Bishop, SHAC 09 National Coordinator
          0800 SHAC 09
          021 705 346

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Mon, 30 Nov 2009
          Happiness is a warm house
          By John Lewis
          At $176,000, Frazer Clement’s new house is a bargain. The Waikouaiti 70-year-old bought the Otago Polytechnic’s sustainable house at an auction run by Metro Realty on Saturday.
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        • Elizabeth

          ### Channel 9 NewsNovember 30, 2009 – 7:58pm
          Fundraiser house goes under the hammer
          A house, built by students from Otago Polytechnic as a fundraiser, went under the hammer on Saturday raising some serious dollars for local charities. About 200 people came to check out New Zealand’s newest transportable, sustainable home.

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