Green road trip finds prac­ti­cal point­ers and tips

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

A trip to Tau­ranga by Mata­mata-Pi­ako dis­trict coun­cil­lors and staff along with mem­bers of Tran­si­tion Mata­mata – to tour and learn about green build­ing com­plexes – was de­scribed as an ex­cel­lent fact-find­ing mis­sion by mayor Jan Barnes.

Crs Leonie Tisch, Gary Stan­ley and Bob McGrail were on the tour, along with the coun­cil’s cus­tomer ser­vices su­per­vi­sor Ta­nia Scott.

Ju­lian Ma­son and Gord Ste­wart rep­re­sented Tran­si­tion Mata­mata.

With the po­ten­tial ren­o­va­tion or re­build of the Memo­rial Cen­tre, li­brary and area of­fices (and support for the planned Te Aroha events cen­tre), dis­trict coun­cil­lors and staff were treated to a wealth of in­for­ma­tion and ideas on sus­tain­able build­ing de­sign and op­er­a­tions dur­ing the four site vis­its.

The tour in­cluded the of­fice wing of FIL’s head­quar­ters and plant, the ASB Arena, Pa­pamoa Li­brary and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, and the greenstar rated of­fices of Sharp Tud­hope Lawyers.

All the build­ings in­clude fea­tures that re­duce re­source use, cut op­er­at­ing costs and pro­vide a healthy en­vi­ron­ment for those who use them.

Ar­chi­tects from Ma­trixx Con­sul­tants and Jas­max, an en­gi­neer­ing spe­cial­ist with Beca and a sus­tain­abil­ity con­sul­tant from Eco­Ef­fect – all in­volved in the de­sign/ build of one or more of the sites – pro­vided prac­ti­cal ad­vice to the coun­cil as they em­bark on their own build­ing projects.

A land­scape spe­cial­ist with Boffa Miskell of­fered in­sights on that im­por­tant area.

Tau­ranga City Coun­cil staff in­volved with the tours at the arena and li­brary of­fered in­valu­able tips to the coun­cil on the de­sign/ build process and on op­er­at­ing build­ings for ef­fi­ciency and econ­omy.

‘‘There were many prac­ti­cal point­ers shared and good business prac­tice and en­vi­ron­men­tal so­lu­tions were dis­cussed and noted,’’ Barnes said in sum­ming up the day.

The Green Build­ings Road Trip, as it was dubbed, was a true co-oper­a­tive ef­fort by the coun­cil and Tran­si­tion Mata­mata.

The support from Stan­ley Group was ap­pre­ci­ated.

Its in­volve­ment helped to make it all pos­si­ble – in­clud­ing a won­der­ful sand­wiches and slices lunch catered by Work­mans Cafe which was en­joyed dur­ing a mid­day break at the Pa­pamoa Li­brary.

– Tran­si­tion Mata­mata is a non-profit com­mu­nity group pro­mot­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­able liv­ing, and a strong and re­silient lo­cal econ­omy.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Ben Troughton on 888 7111, Melody Priest on 888 6788 or Gord Ste­wart on 880 9335.

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