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Southland Energy Conference - October 4th

posted Sep 24, 2012, 2:08 PM by ema-1 ema-1
Registration fee for this event is $60 per person (10% discount for registrations received before 13 September or multiple registrations per organistion). Registrations close on Thursday 27 September 2012.

Opportunities for Southland buildings
Steve Canny, Venture Southland
Putting best practice energy generation from overseas into the local climate.
Debunking the myths that it won’t work in Southland.

What makes a sustainable home?
Nick Collins, Director Beacon Pathway
What makes a sustainable home, and what unique challenges are there for Southland?

Looking back, to find the way forward
Nigel Isaacs, Victoria University School of Architecture, Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ)
Currently lecturing at Victoria University School of Architecture, Nigel also has an extensive background in building research and is a Principal Scientist at BRANZ. Nigel's current research is focused on the how, why, where and when of energy and water use in nonresidential buildings, the Building Energy End-use Study. Previous research has included the Household Energy End-use Project (HEEP), which monitored all fuels (electricity, natural gas, LPG, wood, coal, oil, etc) and energy services (room temperatures, hot water, appliances, etc) in 400 randomly selected houses throughout New Zealand – large and small cities, urban and rural, North and South Islands from Kaikohe to Invercargill. Nigel also teaches, researches and broadcasts on the history of building technology.

From looking back at the history of building technologies in New Zealand, and where we are now, hear about where we could be heading, and what we can do now to prepare.

Share the grid! Selling your own electricity – opportunities and challenges
Introduction: Peter Doidge (Meridian) Moderator: Nick Collins (Beacon Pathway)
Panel Discussion: Jason Franklin (Powernet), Shane Tansley (Tansley Electrical), Peter Doidge (Meridian) 

Is anyone already selling energy back to the grid in Southland? What are the opportunities and challenges in more of us doing it?

Assistance for your project
The Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority
EECA have a range of programmes and grants. Learn about what kinds of assistance are available to your building project:
- fuel switching – wood energy                          - dairy shed heat recovery programme 
- building design programme                             - commercial building grants, project grants
Alistair Adam, Venture Southland

You’ve got a great building product idea… so now what? 
Overview of the Ministry of Science and Innovation funding, expert advice, and business planning services. 

Fundamentals of heating and cooling
Arthur Williamson, University of Canterbury
Insulation, heat exchangers, double glazing, passive solar gain. Learn the basic principles that will enable you to assess where your energy investment should be focused.

Local Government’s role in sustainable buildings
Nick Collins, Beacon Pathway
There is a cycle of blame that occurs in the building industry for why we don’t have sustainable buildings. What role can local government play in breaking this cycle?

Energy Efficiency in dairy sheds
Robin McNeill, Venture Southland
In 2008 a number of audits on dairy farms were undertaken by Venture Southland. Fonterra have also been involved in a separate audit programme to look at how dairy farms can save money on electricity. What were the findings and how are they relevant to dairy farms today?

Design specifications for the future
Verney Ryan, Beacon Pathway
Passivhaus, Zero Energy homes, LED lighting, ground source heat pumps, solar PV… technology and pricing are moving quickly. How do these influence a design? What should be in design specifications for buildings in Southland if we are future proofing them?

Local council initiatives in other regions
Lois Easton, Beacon Pathway
Join us for a whiplash tour around the country looking at best practice examples of how local government has attempted to encourage sustainable buildings elsewhere. How well might some of these initiatives work in Southland?

The well designed dairy shed 
Robin McNeill, Venture Southland 
There are many limitations to retrofitting an existing dairy shed for energy efficiency. If you were given an opportunity to start over and design your dairy shed for maximum efficiency – what would it look like?

Prefab building opportunities
Michael Cambridge, Organic Building and PrefabNZ
Prefabrication is a key part of modern and energy efficient housing overseas, including advanced engineered timber products. What is the level of prefab uptake in New Zealand and how is this changing? How could it change with the Christchurch demand for housing, and what are the opportunities for Southland businesses to get involved?

Identifying barriers and priority areas for sustainable buildings in Southland
Verney Ryan, Beacon Pathway
Explore some of the issues that councils have on their high priority list. What are your ideas for how these can be addressed? 

Biodigestors on dairy farms
Stephan Heubeck, NIWA

In a waste to energy research report, biodigestors were identified as an opportunity for dairy farms. The technology is available, and it makes sense to use this resource – so what are the barriers? How could we get a demonstration pilot in 

Saving energy in your workplace or community facility building
Ewan Gebbie, Chief Executive Officer EMANZ
Advice from an authority on energy management / energy efficiency opportunities in commercial buildings. The Energy Management Association of New Zealand (EMANZ) provides their top tips for Southland buildings. 

Performance rating systems: why we need them and how they work.
Matthew Cutler-Welsh, Green Building Council
Homestar rating system, Greenstar ratings, and by March 2013 NABERS will be operating. How can rating tools help building owners and the community.

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