Old or Green? Is the Greenest Building an Old Building?

Old or Green? Is the Greenest Building an Old Building?

What are the environmental, health, and comfort benefits from improving older houses rather than building new ones? Older NZ houses can be cold and damp, but does this mean that they have no value and should be demolished to be replaced by new buildings?

Using a selection of older New Zealand and international houses, this talk will explore the life cycle environmental costs and benefits of making older houses energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable.

Brenda and Robert Vale are internationally renown architects, writers, and thinkers. Winners of the United Nations Global 500 Award for Environmental Achievement in 1994, they are authors of numerous books including The Autonomous House, Green Architecture, The New Autonomous House, and Time to Eat the Dog?


No booking is required.

Location: Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Contact: wgtn@historicplacesaotearoa.org.nz

Historic Places Wellington

Historic Places Wellington Incorporated (HPW) is a membership not-for-profit organisation which promotes the identification, protection, and conservation of historic places in the Wellington region, for the benefit of all. We work to inform, advise, and educate on the significance of historic heritage. We recognise the environmental benefit of re-use over recycling, and renovation over demolition. Our Home Restorers Group supports the on-going maintenance, restoration, and regeneration of 19th and 20th century Wellington houses. For more information see our website.

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