The upper North Island is in severe drought as schools close due to lack of water, whole towns run dry and some households have to wait weeks or months for water tanker deliveries. The lower South Island has experienced terrible flooding, jeopardising homes, businesses and farms, while tourism to some of our greatest attractions has been rendered impossible due to slips. Australia is still smouldering from the longest and most intense fire season seen yet. The World Economic Forum in Davos declares for the first time ever that the five biggest challenges facing the world economy are all climate-related.
We are told frequently and very vocally by all the leading scientists on the planet that we have 10 years to make a decisive impact on carbon emissions to ameliorate the climate crisis.
Presumably, these clear signals of the climate crisis are resulting in assertive action by all professionals designing and constructing our future homes and buildings. This is happening in some instances, for example, all the buildings in the Wynyard Quarter have been engineered by Mott Macdonald to be completely free from burning natural gas for space heating and water heating. As well as their professional work Mott Macdonald are critically looking inward with a global commitment of net-zero carbon emissions for the company by the end of THIS YEAR. They have already reduced their carbon emissions since 2016 by 25%.
I’ve heard talk that another of the largest engineering companies in NZ is making a commitment not to design in any gas infrastructure for heating or hot water into buildings unless specifically directed to by their customers.
Understandably the conversations with these clients may be challenging at times. Nowhere near as hard as the conversations with people living on a planet that is 3 degrees or more hotter, with wilder weather than we could ever imagine.
These leaders illustrate the fact that solutions for removing fossil fuels from our buildings for space and water heating, especially those currently being designed, are straightforward, well understood and immediately available. This is equally relevant to individual homes, many of which currently have diesel or gas systems.
Many solutions exist. Many people have the necessary energy and expertise. Many people make lighter work of the challenges we face together. This is why we make these efforts. This is how we achieve the outcomes.
He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.
If you are considering sustainable solutions for heating homes, buildings and hot water, contact Marcus to discuss requirements, and discover the most effective solution for your project.