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Challenges for the construction sector and why change is inevitable.

Challenges for the construction sector and why change is inevitable.

Katheren Leitner - Chief Executive Officer at Asthma New Zealand Inc. Matthew Cutler-Welsh - Education Manager at Pro Clima. Monique Surges - Chief Executive Officer at German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Sam Archer - Director of Market Transformation at the New Zealand Green Building Council.


Many new homes built in New Zealand, often only meet the minimum standards of insulation and weather tightness, that are defined in the Building Code. Add to this the major issues with existing houses and their critical need of upgrading. Every fifth house in New Zealand shows a moisture reading that is above the norm. The average inside room temperature of living areas and bedrooms are not complying with what the WHO recommends them to be – all caused by no, or insufficient, thermal breaking in the building structure or no / not sufficient insulation.

We hope to change this - through robust discussion and lobbying from our members in the construction & building sector.

New Zealand doesn’t stand alone when it comes to more efficient and sustainable solutions in buildings across the country. German-New Zealand partnerships in the building sector have already made a difference, which has led to increased building quality, reduced energy costs and lowered the carbon emission levels in New Zealand. However, as we are German, after all, we want perfection! Hence, we need to talk to the industry directly.


Join our session to:

1. Get an update on the latest technology & products from Germany
2. Discuss the biggest differences/challenges between building quality in NZ & Germany
3. Understand how a knowledge transfer can happen between the 2 countries especially with our current boarder situation





Katheren Leitner - Chief Executive Officer at Asthma New Zealand Inc.

Katheren LeitnerWith over 30 years corporate and business ownership experience, Katheren has developed a strong array of leadership, sales, people development, strategy and governance expertise. She is currently the Chief Executive of Asthma NZ and Director of the Performance Improvement Company TrainingPlus. She has local and international corporate experience, and sits on several not-for-profit boards. Katheren has also been involved in the fitness industry for over 3 - decades. Much of what she has learnt about human performance, endurance and mental resilience has come from her involvement as an athlete and coach.


Matthew Cutler-Welsh - Education Manager at Pro Clima

Speaker Bio Matthew Cutler WelshMatthew's mission is to inspire people to make a better place to live. He is currently the Education Manager for Pro Clima (NZ & Australia). Matthew has an Honours Degree in Natural Resources Engineerings and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. He has over 10 years of experience leading residential energy efficiency projects in New Zealand and Australia. In 2016 he joined the Board of the Passive House Institute New Zealand. Prior to training as an engineer, Matthew was an Outward Bound instructor in New Zealand and the US.


Monique Surges - Chief Executive Officer at German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Bio Monique 1Monique Surges is the officially recognised German Trade Representative in New Zealand and holds the title of Chief Executive Officer for the German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. Since its foundation in 1983 the GNZCC has become an important partner in fostering bilateral trade between Germany and New Zealand, with the main objectives being to advise companies in market development and to support them in the initiation of business relations. Monique has also been a member of the supervisory board for BayWA AG since 2015 and is the treasurer of the New Zealand Europe Business Council, an umbrella organisation for all European business associations and councils in New Zealand.


Sam Archer - Director of Market Transformation at the New Zealand Green Building Council

Sam Archer web 125x125Sam Archer is a Sustainability Consultant and Mechanical Engineer with over 18 years experience in the Construction Industry. As Director Market Transformation at the New Zealand Green Building Council, he is responsible for running the sustainability and energy assessment tools - Green Star, Homestar and NABERSNZ.

He has a passion for sustainable housing having spent 6 years creating and managing the sustainability framework for a 3000 home development for the University of Cambridge. Sam also has extensive experience in sustainability and energy strategies, including carbon policy work for UK government, sustainable urban design and low energy and passive building design.

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