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Build to rent, sustainable, low carbon communities


The recording of this session is available here.

New Zealand Green Building Council, in conjunction with the Urban Design Forum presents: Build to rent, sustainable, low carbon communities.

Build to rent is increasingly being discussed as one solution to New Zealand’s housing crisis. Join the NZGBC & UDF to discuss how these large residential, high-density developments can be designed to address the housing shortage while deliver sustainable, healthy communities. Urban design and sustainable building professionals challenge build-to-rent as an opportunity for more sustainable neighbourhood development.


Liam McRoberts

Registered Architect

Liam is a Registered Architect with a passion for alternative housing solutions, from tiny homes to Build-To-Rent and everything in-between. During his time at Jasmax, he has worked on multiple Build-To-Rent developments, including the recently completed 26 Aroha, in Sandringham, Auckland.

Lisa Mein

Senior Urban Designer

Lisa is a qualified Urban Designer and Planner with in excess of 25 years’ experience in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland. In 2019, following 15 years’ at Boffa Miskell Ltd, she established her own boutique urban design and planning practice. Over the past two and a half decades her experience has spanned a range of areas from stakeholder and community engagement, master planning, town centre regeneration strategies, through to design guidance and research into medium density residential developments and alternative models of housing.

Jade Kake

Architectural & Urban Designer

Jade Kake (Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa, Te Whakatōhea) is an architectural and urban designer, writer and housing advocate based in Whangārei. She is interested in housing policy and economics, and often provides policy advice and media commentary.

Max Harris

Writer, legal researcher, and campaigner

Max Harris is a writer, legal researcher, and campaigner. Speaking in a personal capacity, he usually splits his time working for ActionStation, providing legal research for barristers, and writing about policy and politics for trade unions and various outlets. He has worked as an economic policy advisor in the UK Parliament, and is author of the book The New Zealand Project and co-author of ‘Transformative Housing Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand

Matt Heal

Property Director @New Ground Capital

Matt leads New Ground’s development management activities. He has a keen interest in creating high quality, medium-density communities. A geographer and urban designer by training, he has led a significant number of major infrastructure and building projects through the planning, design, procurement and construction phases. While Operations Director at Mace Group in the UK, Matt spent over eight years working in senior roles on the largest regeneration project in Europe, the transformation of East London for the 2012 Olympic Games, which was widely received as defining best practice in a range of areas. Since returning to New Zealand in 2013, Matt has worked on some of New Zealand’s largest residential, civic and commercial projects. Matt is now focussed on advancing the future of Build-to-Rent in the New Zealand.


12:00 pm