Dr Rochelle Ade describes herself as a disillusioned former advocate of green building and rating tools. Having worked with the green building movement for over ten years, both in NZ and internationally, Rochelle was excited about the green building world until she commenced her PhD studies. This research led her to conclude that there was actually little proof that green buildings and green building rating tools were delivering buildings that would help save the world.
She now spends her time sharing the knowledge that she’s gathered over the last 15 years through talks including 365 No Bullshit Ways To Save The World and this year’s Live Better with Less series.
In this talk, Rochelle will take you on her journey from being a fully-fledged green rating advocate to new measures that can show how the industry is moving in the right direction.
Having gathered a cornucopia of green building accreditations including LEED, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Star NZ, Passive House and Homestar, Rochelle undertook PhD research that opened her eyes to a view that the industry doesn’t fully understand how to use the ratings to align and deliver the right outcomes. Buildings that are achieving the same ratings are vastly different and meet completely different criteria, so we need to re-focus on what the actual point of a building is: to provide shelter from the elements and then to ensure they are warm, dry and energy-efficient.
We need to make sure we’re getting that right first, which Rochelle would challenge isn’t being accomplished under the current ratings. She therefore challenges the use of the currently offered ratings and suggests the likes of Passive House as a better indication for the industry that we are moving in the right direction.
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