New Zealand has committed to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 and must move urgently to reach this target. The building and construction sector is responsible for 20% of our carbon emissions, so will play a critical role in achieving this goal.
This book presents local and international examples of best practices to reduce carbon emissions in the construction and operation of residential and commercial buildings. It draws on knowledge from a wide range of experts, including researchers, economists, scientists, unionists, engineering consultants, community groups and policy advisors.
Mobilising the building sector to reduce carbon emissions will create exciting opportunities. The workforce must be upskilled. Building sector policies need to be clear, targeted, monitored and enforced. This book shows how all stakeholders can proactively play their part – politicians, policy advisors, central and local government, Crown companies, iwi, community trusts, homeowners, landlords and tenants. New Zealand needs sector champions willing to step out from doing ‘business-as-usual’. Above all, we need to ensure our buildings keep contributing to our health and wellbeing while we urgently cut the sector’s emissions.
Other books in the Sustainable Cities series:
- Homes People Can Afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand
- Sizing up the City: Urban form and transport in New Zealand
- Tāone Tupu Ora: Indigenous knowledge and sustainable urban design
- Growth Misconduct: Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification
- Drivers of Urban Change
- Do Damp & Mould Matter? Health impacts of leaky homes