Building for a sustainable future at South Island show


Building professionals interested in finding out more about building for the future and practical solutions to green building issues should take a look at Southern Build this winter.
Southern Build, which takes place at the Westpac Arena in Christchurch on 13 – 14 August, has attracted much interest from exhibitors who want to emphasise the sustainable and green qualities of their products, and seminar presenters advising on current and future challenges, including those around quality and green building concerns.

Show organiser Rachel Hobbs says builders, designers and other tradespeople are interested in viable solutions for the here and now, in terms of sustainable building practices, as well as getting inspiration for the future.

Among those seminar speakers helping building professionals look ahead by giving inspirational and practical advice very much rooted in the present are RMBF chief executive Pieter Burghout, Future Proof Building’s Jamie Fear, Ian Alexander from the BCITO and Certified Builders Association NZ chief executive Derek Baxter.

Other topics under discussion include NZ Challenges to Keep Houses Warmer, Thermal Efficiency and Changes to H1, Sustainable and Renewable Energy for the Future and Weathertightness.

Heating companies are well represented among the many exhibitors keen to promote their green credentials. One of these is Central Heating NZ who will be exhibiting their cost effective, eco heating solutions that use geothermal, biomass and bio diesel heat sources.

Warmup New Zealand will be displaying their Marmox Insulation Board, a relatively new product to the New Zealand market that significantly improves the energy efficiency and effectiveness of under-tile heating systems.

Proudly displaying the green credentials of their product is Aquatherm. They will be exhibiting their fusiotherm-pipe system for potable water.
Green in colour for its environmental status, it is PVC-free and a fully recyclable, Greenpeace-approved, environmental choice product.

Other companies offering sustainable solutions and innovative building practices include Cupolex Building Systems.
They will be exhibiting the latest technology in manufacturing concrete slab construction plus releasing a new, unique, structural dome flooring system made from recycled plastic.


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