Climate change has big implications for the building industry. It has been estimated that buildings are directly and indirectly responsible for up to 20% of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions.
The goal of the BRANZ Transition to zero-carbon programme is that by 2050, the building and construction industry is delivering net-zero carbon buildings in an affordable way.
To provide research support for an industry-led transition to a zero-carbon built environment:
Collaborative evidenced-based approach
Engagement with stakeholders identified a number of key needs:
A collaborative programme approach is necessary because:
The programme moves from evidence to pathways to solutions:
Dr Casimir MacGregor - Programme Leader
Casimir MacGregor is a senior social scientist at BRANZ. His research includes regulatory responses to the role of buildings in mitigating and adapting to climate change (with MBIE), an energy epidemiology of health settings, and a new study (with University of Otago Business School) on how industry is preparing for climate change.
Dr David Dowdell - Programme Science Leader
David Dowdell is a Principal Scientist at BRANZ. His key areas of research interest include the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) to building design and construction and supply chain traceability of construction products.
Programme Advisory Group: The programme will be supported by a Programme Advisory Group with two sub-groups:
Invitation to collaborate
BRANZ is working with partners from across New Zealand but we need to grow capability and connections:Invitation to collaborate
BRANZ would like to hear from stakeholders - including universities, industry and other research providers - around what could be done in partnership to support capability growth. This could include (but should not be limited to) support with joint-curriculum development or student scholarships. We would also welcome new ways to collaborate, including with industry.