Special Edition PHN Presents: Warm Climate Resilience: the rise and Rise of Passivhaus Down Under
We often hear that ‘Passivhaus is for cold climates’ or that ‘we don’t need that in our ‘mild climates.’ So why are so many large-scale Passivhaus buildings by notable architects springing up across Australia and New Zealand? The growth of large-scale Passivhaus buildings happening across Australia and New Zealand in the commercial and educational sector is highlighting features of the Passivhaus approach that make it so appropriate in warm climates: heat-wave resilience, added protection from smoke during fire events and a more rigorous approach to condensation and mold prevention are just three key benefits being delivered by Passive House buildings in warmer climates (on top of expected energy efficiency, comfort and health outcomes). Join us in welcoming Australian visitor, Chris Nunn, to learn more about the growth of Passive House buildings across Australia and New Zealand.
Chris Nunn is Head of Platform Operations and ESG Investing at AMP Capital Real Estate. Chris is responsible for the creation of a new ESG-oriented real estate investment product, as well as oversight of the Sustainability, Health & Safety, Research and Operations teams. AMP Capital is one of the largest direct real estate fund managers in the Asia-Pacific with more than AUD $23 billion in assets under management, consisting of approximately 80 shopping centers, offices, and industrial assets located mainly in Australia and NZ. Chris has 22 years of experience in sustainability with expertise in environmental law, sustainability consultancy, green building design and operations, sustainability rating systems, corporate sustainability strategy, and reporting. Chris was a Board Director of the Australian Passive House Association from 2016 and Chair from 2017 through to 2021 and is a passionate advocate of PassivHaus, which extends to having built a PassivHaus Premium home for himself and his family.