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2020 Vision for a 2030 Reality

21 Sep 20

On 9 September, over 150 delegates joined the 2020 ANZ Virtual Seminardelivered online and live for the first time across Australia and New Zealand. In keeping with the net-zero carbon theme, the online format allowed CIBSE ANZ to keep its carbon footprint as close to zero as possible.
Titled a 2020 Vision for a 2030 Reality, the event was developed to inspire, and provide built environment professionals with the information and tools needed to deliver net-zero and regenerative buildings.
The speakers helping us to navigate this maze came from a diverse range of backgrounds. From engineers and architects to academics and regulators, it was clear from the outset that the challenges are myriad, and the opportunities immense.
How are we to adapt our thinking in the next decade to deliver the best buildings that exceeds today’s expectations and tomorrow’s requirements? The variety of content provided in the seminar provided stimulating ideas to guide this thought process.
The event opened with a powerful Powhiri (Maori welcome) by Were Maiava that thanked our ancestors for their wisdom and the presenters for their time to pass on their messages.  This was followed by a wonderful presentation by Michael Hromek who described the delicate balance between the traditional and modern approaches to buildings and how we can integrate these requirements.  Four keywords from Michael resonated throughout all of the presentations: Understanding, Honour, Integrity and Resilience.
Mary Casey then continued with the theme of integration by explaining the need to think differently if we are to be kind to nature with our future buildings.  Move from the realm of scarcity (consuming resources) to abundance (working with nature to grow together). 

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