Green road trip finds practical pointers and tips
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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