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Take the Living Buildings challenge with green guru Jason F. McLennan

Take the Living Buildings challenge with green guru Jason F. McLennan

Global green expert Jason F. McLennan is in Auckland next month to lead a workshop on green building.

McLennan, one of the most sought after speakers in the North American green building scene, will lead the six-hour Understanding the Living Building Challenge workshop on September 3.

Attendees will be green building leaders in their community: design professionals, contractors, developers, owners, government officials and employees of public agencies. In short, anyone and everyone who can impact the development of the built environment.

The US-based author of the Living Building Challenge and CEO of International Living Futures Institute is here to present at a series of events including an all-day workshop and a free evening public lecture as part of Auckland Council’s Auckland Conversations series. The visit is being hosted by Jasmax with Auckland Council, Kiwi construction company Arrow International, Unitec and Waterfront Auckland.

He will be leading a Design Charette (already fully booked) which will open with the dialogue ‘What does Auckland Waterfront development look like as a fully sustainable city?'

Homes and neighbourhoods that are built to Living Building standards are triple net zero (energy, water, waste) – aiming to not only make no impact on their environment, but to actually give back to the world around them.

Although no projects in New Zealand currently meet these standards, Jerome Partington, sustainability manager for architectural design firm Jasmax, believes the Living Building principles are a benchmark for all sustainable building projects.

Says Partington: “The Living Building Challenge is much, much more than building green. It describes the end game, the ultimate vision of where we want to get to. Jason is an agent for transformational change; he’s written the programme and is going to share it with Auckland during his visit – we just need to act on it.”

What: Understanding the Living Building Challenge

When: September 3

Where: University of Auckland