NZIA Sustainability Conversation

  • NZ Institute of Architects, Level 5 Zurich House, 21 Queen Street Auckland

Designing Net Zero Energy Homes in New Zealand

What does it mean to design a Net Zero Energy home in New Zealand?

As part of World Green Building Week, the NZIA Environmental Issues Group with the support of NZGBC is exploring what it takes to design and build a Net Zero Energy home in our own back yard.

Experts will discuss the challenges of designing Net Zero Energy and low impact houses, looking at case studies both internationally and locally.

Designing net zero energy homes bring about a new set of challenges in working with new building tools and technologies, dealing with issues that had previously been outside the scope of consideration in conventional designs.

Join NZIA for this conversation and discuss how we can challenge our design thinking to create homes that have a very low impact on our natural environment. Find out what it means to design and deliver a Net Zero Energy home in New Zealand.


Alec Couchman, Director at Brewer Davidson. Brewer Davidson, who are industry leaders in sustainable design and consulting have recently completed the first Net Zero-Energy Certified Passive-House building in Canterbury as part of the Christchurch re-build. Other recently completed projects also include Hingaia School, the first 5 Green Star build rated school in New Zealand which employs a number of sustainable features, including potable water recycling.

Alec is a Green Building Council of Australia Assessor, Green Star NZ Assessor, Director NZ Architects Co-operative Society and NZ Green Building Council Faculty Member.

Further presenters to be announced

Presentations followed by drinks & light refreshments.

Please register by emailing Linda Sun, NZIA on