24 Sep 2018
Ara will also showcase a range of sustainable projects at the event, from beeswax wrap making to sustainable fashion, which illustrate the institute’s sustainability journey through operations, curriculum development and community leadership.
Designers Jasmax will run a public tour of Kahukura, is one of the greenest buildings of the Christchurch rebuild, at Green Campus day tomorrow.
The Kahukura tour is one highlight of the event. When Ara opened the new Jasmax-designed three storey, 6,500m2 building in August 2017 it was hailed as one of the greenest buildings in the Christchurch rebuild. Kahukura, the engineering and architectural studies facility, subsequently won a Learning Environments Australasia Excellence award, Property Council NZ Best in Category + Excellence awards and a NZ Commercial Project Gold award.
Timber is becoming more popular globally and Kahukura is one of this country’s earliest completed examples of multi-storey timber structural designs. The facade is CNC-routed cross laminated timber (CLT) internally and glassfibre reinforced concrete (GRC) cladding. Along with carbon storing timber, Kahukura features 400 solar electric panels generating around 70% of energy needs and water harvesting. The building inspires students who are learning about engineering and design.
The Ara Sustainability Charter commits the institute to principles for action, such as sustainable operation and graduating students who are leaders in sustainability in their field.
Sustainability projects at Ara’s Green Campus Day