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This event is in partnership with NZGBC

The built environment in Aotearoa is responsible for belching out around 20% of our climate change emissions. And constructing New Zealand buildings pumps out climate pollution equivalent to one million cars every year. We have to fix that very soon. World Green Building Week in September, will feature a series of nationwide crunch debates tackling these tough issues head on.

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Tackling Polluting Products and Materials

Wednesday 25 September, Auckland Town Hall, Concert Chamber, 5pm

Our built environment in Aotearoa has to go zero carbon by 2050 – throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, raw material extraction, the manufacture of products such as steel and concrete used to make our buildings, and the energy used for things like heating and lighting.


Not all of the solutions to get our built environment to zero carbon will be easy. They may involve difficult challenges. But we have to accept those challenges and deploy solutions quickly.

Join us and a panel of experts while will focus on reducing pollution from products and materials, including concrete and steel, in buildings and infrastructure.

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Your host for the evening is Rod Oram

Rod Oram has 40 years’ experience as an international business journalist. He has worked for various publications in Europe and North America, including the Financial Times of London. Rod and his family emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997.

He contributes weekly to Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a frequent public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, in both NZ and global contexts.



Meet the panellists:

  • Jeff Vickers,? Technical Director at thinkstep ANZ
  • Helen Jenkins, General Manager, Sustainability at Fletcher Building?
  • Shawn McIsaacDirector & Senior Building Enclosure Engineer at Oculus Ltd
  • Sally Grey, Manager Premium, Building Consents at Auckland Council

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Wednesday 25 September 2019

Concert Chamber, Auckland Town Hall

Please use Queen Street entrance

5:00pm: Networking & refreshments
5:30pm: Start
7:00pm: Finish

View the conversation on live stream, listen or download the transcript on the Auckland Conversations website.

Have a question for the panellists?




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Enjoy free valet parking, right at the door!

Look for the Bike Auckland stand at the main entrance on Queen Street. 

Bike valet service with secure bike parking for the duration of the event will be provided for your convenience.



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Auckland Council