What does green really mean?

First published in Waikato Business News Oct 2022.

We have a problem in the construction industry.  It’s estimated construction and demolition waste make up to 50% of all landfill waste in New Zealand.  And the construction industry accounts for approximately 20% of our carbon emissions.  Yet we still have a shortage, particularly of affordable housing in Aotearoa.

We can’t stop building houses, but we have less than a decade to make significant reductions in our carbon emissions in order to limit global warming to an extent that the planet remains liveable for humans.  The time for talking, for conferences and webinars and, somewhat ironically, for writing articles, is long past. 

More than ever, we need architects to step up and show that we can build homes without damaging our ultimate home – the planet. 

Read the full article here.


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