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Better building in Wānaka

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Oct, 2019 | By Abby Costen newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

ONE New Zealand is set to survey the public to find out more about the problems and impacts surrounding building work. 

The survey will be used as the basis for the discussion at this year's ‘Better Building' event which forms part of the six-day ONE Summit festival of sustainability.

The Queenstown Lakes District currently has the highest residential growth rate in the country.

Director of DCD Ltd, and one of the speakers at this year's Better Building talks, Dennis Dowling, said, "We need to build homes that offer better comfort and health, use fewer resources and last generations. One of the key challenges to building better performing cost-effective homes is that builders and designers often work independently of one another. Collaboration at the outset yields a superior outcome as each party challenges and influences the other. Designing collaboratively incorporates things like appearance, layout, budget and thermal performance and the homeowner doesn't have to choose one over the other.”

The 2019 speakers line-up also includes Jason Quinn of Sustainable Engineering Ltd, Sam Archer of New Zealand Green Building Council, Regan Burke of Civil Share, Sophie Mander of Queenstown Lake District Council and experienced mental health nurse Sam Hudson, who plan to talk about the solutions that already exist. 

Last year's event inspired a group of local architects, builders, building suppliers and tradies to come together to look at how to make building works more sustainable.

This group has identified three main priorities: building code reform, addressing mental health in the sector and improved material waste management.

According to 2019 BRANZ Report, the building industry has the highest rate of suicide out of any sector in New Zealand. 

Vicki Spearing of ONE New Zealand said,“Building Better is about finding solutions to existing problems and improving on the status quo of designing and building in this region and beyond.”

ONE Summit, Rippon Hall, October 30 and at Hilton Queenstown Resort on October 31. Find out more and buy your tickets at onenewzealand.co.nz. To take part in the survey, go to the @onenewzealandcommunity Facebook page.

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