Auckland 2023

20-21 Jun, Tue–Wed 10am–5pm, Auckland Showgrounds

Seminar Series

Attend the Facilities Integrate Seminar Series for free to up-skill and expand your knowledge on topics showcasing the latest trends and insights. The Facilities Integrate Seminar Series is a hub of knowledge on key topics and issues critical to people who design, construct and manage New Zealand’s buildings and facilities. This is your opportunity to absorb all the knowledge of leading industry experts via panel discussions, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities. All under the one roof and all absolutely free. There's no catch!



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Navigating better Māori design integration within our built environment

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Tuesday 20 June

Huia Reriti, Debbie Tikau & Peter Townsend (Moderator) - Navigating better Māori design integration within our built environment

15 NZRAB CPD points apply

Debbie Tikao and Huia Reriti will take us through a must-attend kōrero and journey with the Matapopore Charitable Trust – sensitively weaving the cultural design integration process with an array of emotive stakeholders and artists into better rebuild outcomes for Canterbury post earthquakes.

The Matapopore Charitable Trust was established by Ngāi Tūāhuriri to work with Ōtākaro Ltd, Regenerate Christchurch and Christchurch City Council (CCC) to provide cultural advice on Ngāi Tūāhuriri /Ngāi Tahu values, narratives and aspirations, and to weave these into the fabric of the anchor projects and other projects associated with the recovery of greater Christchurch. Ngāi Tūāhuriri is the local Ngāi Tahu sub-tribe (hapū) that holds mana whenua (traditional rights and responsibilities) over the Christchurch CBD.

Continuing at the cutting edge of cultural design integration, Debbie Tikao will also share a Q&A with the audience on recent developments with respect to the built environment industry that aim to assist a new generation of architects, designers and builders to better partner with iwi / hapū to achieve outcomes which reflect our dual histories and world views.

Peter Townsend from Townsend Architects will generously mediate this highly anticipated session.

The BCI Construction League: Insights from New Zealand’s Top Builders & Industry Experts – Panel Discussion

 10 NZRAB CPD points apply

Join some of New Zealand's leading construction firms as they weigh in on the construction market outlook for New Zealand, and challenges and opportunities for the year ahead.

With a focus on multi-residential and community, our panellists will discuss the future of these sectors, where are the pain points and what are the opportunities to add value to our society and the fabric of our urban environments. 

We’ll discuss:

  • Construction in NZ: changes on the horizon 
  • Development growth: the influence of regulatory and economic factors
  • Build-to-rent: is it here to stay?
  • Natural disasters and severe weather events: shaping NZ’s future construction landscape
  • Looking ahead: the industry’s biggest opportunities in 2023
James Powers & Denise Martin - The good, the bad and the future of the H1 changes

Join us for an informative session on the latest H1 changes, including the new acceptable solutions and verification methods. There are more climate zones, higher insulation requirements for both commercial and residential developments & crucially higher window R value requirements. We'll be answering questions like; what are the good and the not-so-good revisions? How can we implement the changes without breaking the bank? We'll also explore future developments in this ever-evolving field. 

Breaking the barriers, women in the industry

How can we collectively attract, support and retain women in our industries to address the urgent skills and labour shortage and ensure future productivity and prosperity? Aspects of this presentation will cover: 1. Why do we need to attract women? 2. Showcasing the amazing women in our industries 3. What can employers do to attract more women?

Fire Safety, Reflecting on the Future - Chris Mak, Ed Claridge, Carol Caldwell and Samantha McNaughton (Moderator)

The panel will discuss the importance of all of the stages of the building lifecycle, from the need to get it right from the start, from the infrastructure that goes into the ground (water) and roads built (to get fire trucks there), to design, construction/installation, maintenance and management (including the vulnerability of occupants etc.). They will discuss some of the big issues of the importance of product compliance, why managing and maintaining buildings is essential and all the steps in between. Holistic fire safety is important, and everyone has a part to play, from the person on the end of a mastic gun to the manager of the building doing weekly checks of the fire doors and daily checks of the escape routes. Future challenges, such as intensification and emerging risks, such as energy storage systems, must be predicted.

Jason Howden - Coordination and Collaboration in the Age of AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating every sector, and the construction industry stands at the threshold of this transformation. The capabilities of AI extend from automating routine tasks to enhancing strategic planning, from accelerating learning to driving efficient execution, touching every stage from pre-construction design to post-construction maintenance.

Yet, the construction industry is often characterized by a certain reluctance to adopt new technologies. How can we overcome this inertia and empower you to identify the AI tools that will drive the success of your company and teams? As the Chief Innovation Officer for Revizto, Jason will be addressing this crucial question.

In this dynamic and engaging session, we will explore the transformative role of AI in construction coordination. We will demonstrate how advanced collaboration platforms can streamline design coordination, minimize errors, and foster effective communication among all project stakeholders. Our journey will encompass real-time clash detection and digital collaboration strategies, culminating in a vision of the future where AI seamlessly integrates into your project delivery solutions.

Whether you're at the beginning of your digital transformation journey or seeking to enhance your existing strategies, this presentation will provide invaluable insights and practical tools for your success. By joining us at BuildNZ, you'll gain a competitive edge, learning how to harness the power of AI to optimize efficiency and productivity across all facets of the design and construction process.

Don't miss this opportunity to future-proof your projects and your company. Discover the revolution that AI can bring to your construction processes, improving outcomes and boosting profitability. Step into the future of construction with us at BuildNZ.


Wednesday 21 June

Jo Duggan, Jack Crutzen, Jason Happy, Tracy Carlin & Lyle Williams - Navigating the Present and Shaping the Future: Challenges and Professionalisation in FM

This dynamic panel aims to explore the current challenges faced by facility managers (FMs) and how they can proactively address them while focusing on the future of the profession.

During the discussion, each panel member will bring their unique perspective and insights to the table. Provide valuable insights into the expectations of executives from FMs, offering a strategic viewpoint. The panel will delve into timely and relevant questions, offering practical advice and strategies to navigate the numerous present challenges effectively and pave the way for the ongoing professionalisation of the FM field and its important role in the built environment.

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and be part of an enlightening conversation that will explore the shape of the future of FM.

Jack Crutzen - Is your FM approach future proof?

If we believe economist and some journalists, our New Zealand economy has to brace for a recession. Facilities managers have battled Covid, the increasing cost of living, labour and material supply shortages and spiralling interest rates. This brings many challenges as well as opportunities in the current NZ FM market. Jack will provide an overview on what’s going to impact FM operations in the next few years as well as how FM managers can provide value to their business. Jack will present on a FM maturity review approach which will give insight in your FM capability at present and potential actions to improve and ensure FM is an enabler of business success. Jack also will present on some FM operational models to consider to support that transition.

Lisa Clephane & Devin Glennie - Building product information requirements

New regulations for building product information will commence on 11 December 2023. The new regulations have been made to provide building product users with information about how building products contribute to compliance with the Building Code. They place obligations on Aotearoa, New Zealand-based manufacturers, importers, retailers, and distributors. The regulations will commence on 11 December 2023, by which time manufacturers and importers must meet their obligations. The regulations apply to designated building products manufactured in, or imported into, Aotearoa, New Zealand, on or after 11 December 2023

Matthew Cutler-Welsh - What the Building Code is not doing for you or your clients

The real change to the New Zealand construction industry is coming in the form of MBIE’s Building for Climate Change framework. Homestar and the work of the Green Building Council are helping to prepare for this by focusing on the technical understanding and design solutions for all the current gaps in the New Zealand Building Code. These gaps exist, even with the current updates to H1, and in fact, some of the moisture issues may get worse with more insulation if no consideration is given to proper ventilation. This presentation will look at how to mitigate risks associated with internal moisture (E3), ventilation (G4) and interior environment (G5) when implementing updates to H1. We will also cover some of the other ‘black holes’ of the building code and some of the emerging tools, calculators and terminology you need to know in order to design and build the healthy, efficient and low-carbon homes that Kiwis need.

Nassim Lalehzari - Building a Strong Foundation: Navigating Immigration for New Zealand's Construction Industry Success

With skilled worker shortages impacting the building and construction industry, more businesses are seeking overseas talent. Nassim will guide BuildNZ 2023 attendees through the process of successfully recruiting and retaining workers amidst new immigration changes. She will provide insights on the latest updates to regulations surrounding Accreditation, Job Checks, the Accredited Employer Work Visa, and settlement. Discover how to proactively plan for upcoming changes and maximize your opportunities for commercial success in the New Zealand building and construction industry. With Nassim's expertise, your business can navigate immigration regulatory changes and requirements with confidence, ensuring a strong and skilled workforce for the future.

Chris Vorster - Safety in Design through BIM

Using BIM technology and workflows to identify and manage safety in design issues. Saving lives through smarter techniques including AR and VR site training, hazard identification and logging using a federated digital model.