Organisation Category: Construction
Bob has championed energy-efficient, environmentally sound architecture for two decades. His ethos includes creating both beautiful and high performance buildings for better health, comfort and wellbeing. He was the winner of the Sustainability Superstar award at the 2017 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
A certified Homestar Assessor, Bob designed and developed New Zealand’s first 10 star Homestar rated home. After its completion on 4th August 2015, he founded the Superhome Movement, which gained momentum initially in Canterbury and is now gathering traction nationally. A not-for-profit industry led initiative, the Superhome Movement aims to normalise high performance building for New Zealand homes, through open source sharing of new technologies, design innovations and building techniques.
Bob is co-founder of the Quakestar rating system.
Designing better places to live, work and play, that are comfortable, healthy and environmentally sound.
Specialising mainly in residential architecture, Bob has contributed significantly to promoting high performance thermal envelopes to achieve lower running costs along with better health, comfort and wellbeing in New Zealand homes.
Bob founded the Superhome Movement which has a major focus on helping consumers understand where the building code minimum standards sit in terms of health, wellbeing and environmental impact and promoting the benefits of exceeding these.
Another significant aspect of Bob’s ethos is resilience and adapting to New Zealand’s geographical makeup to ensure a sustainable future. Following the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, Bob co-founded the Quakestar rating system. The aim of Quakestar is to improve the management of earthquake risk in the property industry by providing owners, tenants and the public a basic means to distinguish between buildings on the basis of assessed earthquake performance in terms of safety, damage and repair time.
Bob also spends a significant proportion of his time speaking on environmental design and green building to a variety of sectors including industry seminars, public interest groups and tertiary programmes.
Bob initiated the Superhome Movement’s annual Exemplar Homes Tours in partnership with the Christchurch City Council. These tours open up environmentally-minded homes in Christchurch that have low or no power bills, collect and reuse water and use solar energy to power the house (and charge electric cars) to the public every weekend for an entire month. The aim of the tours is to allow people to experience first-hand the warmth, comfort and superior air quality of a variety of homes built to showcase beautiful, sustainable, high performance design by other participants in the Superhome Movement.
Buildings account for 50% of the worlds processed raw materials, more than 40% of energy demand and one third of greenhouse gas emissions. The buildings we build today will impact on generations to come.
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Listing last updated 22/08/2017