Tackling Polluting Products and Materials

Tackling Polluting Products and Materials

This event is in partnership with NZGBC.

5:00pm: Networking & refreshments
5:30pm: Start
7:00pm: Finish

Our built environment in Aotearoa has to go zero carbon by 2050 – throughout the entire lifecycle, from construction, raw material extraction, the manufacture of products such as steel and concrete used to make our buildings, and the energy used for things like heating and lighting.

Not all of the solutions to get our built environment to zero carbon will be easy. They may involve difficult challenges. But we have to accept those challenges, and deploy solutions quickly.

During World Green Building Week this September, NZGBC will be hosting a series of nationwide crunch debates tackling these tough issues head on.

This event in Auckland will focus on reducing pollution from product and materials, including concrete and steel, in buildings and infrastructure.

Your host for the evening will be international business journalist Rod Oram who will be joined by a panel of experts.

Thanks to #WGBW2019 National Sponsors:  



Plan your trip and bike to the event! Look for the Bike Auckland stand at the main entrance on Queen Street. Bike valet service with secure free bike parking for the duration of the event will be provided for your convenience.
Thank you for easing congestion, reducing emissions and freeing up space in our city! 


Rod Oram

Business Journalist

Business journalist Rod Oram contributes weekly to Newsroom, Nine to Noon, and Newstalk ZB. He is a public speaker on deep sustainability, business, economics, and innovation. Rod is a member of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, which brings together people from here and abroad who seek to contribute to global change from Aotearoa.In Citigroup’s annual global journalism awards, Rod was the winner in 2019 in the General Business category in the Australia and NZ region for his columns in Newsroom on Fonterra; and he was the NZ Journalist of the year.In the New Zealand Shareholders’ Association Business Journalism Awards, Rod won the Business Commentary category in 2018 and 2020 for his Newsroom columns.Rod was a founding trustee and the second chairman of Ākina Foundation, which helps social enterprises develop their business models in areas of sustainability. He remains actively involved with the foundation and the ventures it supports.In 2016, Bridget Williams Books published Rod’s most recent book, Three Cities: Seeking Hope in the Anthropocene, details at bwb.co.nz/books/three-cities

Helen Jenkins

General Manager, Sustainability - Fletcher Building

Helen is a sustainability professional specialising in carbon reduction and sustainability in the infrastructure and building products sector. She is an advocate for embedding carbon reduction initiatives within existing business strategies. For the past ten years Helen has worked in the road, rail and utilities sectors to improve resource efficiency and reduce carbon emissions on major infrastructure projects with climate leading organisations such as Network Rail and Anglian Water in the UK and Auckland Airport, and prior to that worked as a process improvement engineer in the manufacturing industry. As head of sustainability for Fletcher Building, her major focus is working with experts across the business to improve the sustainability of building materials and reduce carbon emissions.

Jeff Vickers

Technical Director at thinkstep ANZ

Jeff has been embedding sustainability thinking within organisations for over a decade, working across sustainability assessment, strategy and innovation. He is an expert in assessing complex product life cycles ranging from buildings to agriculture, transport to electronics. He has worked with organisations such as Fletcher Building, New Zealand Steel, Downer, Lendlease and the European Commission. As part of thinkstep’s continuing drive to help make complex sustainability topics accessible, Jeff co-authored two recent whitepapers: The carbon footprint of New Zealand’s built environment and Under construction. He sits on the Green Building Council of Australia’s LCA Expert Panel and holds a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering focused on design for sustainability.

Sally Grey

Manager Premium, Building Consents at Auckland Council

Sally is a manager with Building Consents at Auckland Council. Sally came to Building Consents through managing the weathertight litigation for many years and before that was in-house legal counsel for several Auckland companies. Sally’s premium team, amongst other things, assist with consenting strategy and progress through the construction process for large and high value or high profile developments.

Shawn McIsaac

Director & Senior Building Enclosure Engineer at Oculus Ltd

Shawn McIsaac, CPEng is a senior building enclosure engineer specialising in the evaluation and design of window, wall, and roof systems on buildings of all types. His expertise includes façade elements such as windows and claddings but also includes roofs, below-grade waterproofing, decks, and balconies. His experience means he can consult on all the elements of the building enclosure that separate the inside from outside environment. He also incorporates thermal, air, solar and acoustic performance into his consulting work meaning buildings he works on are healthy, warm and dry. He has more than 8 years of overseas experience designing enclosure systems in similar climates and seismic zones and has been working in NZ since 2016.

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