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Edifice Complex Podcast  #037 – Rochelle Ade – Green Building Certification Is NOT Working

Edifice Complex Podcast #037 – Rochelle Ade – Green Building Certification is NOT Working

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 240).

Our guest this episode is Rochelle Ade, Green Building consultant and PhD candidate talking about applying data and critical thinking to “green building”.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How Green Building certification should be abolished
  • Carbon based metrics distract from the importance or water conservation
  • The state of play in the Australian and New Zealand Green Building markets
  • How does a blind person know they are in a commercial or residential building?

And much more…….

For more information on Rochelle



Rochelle is an engineering graduate and has worked on construction projects both in New Zealand and around the world, primarily as a project manager. Rochelle’s interest in Green Building was sparked at the same time as the formation of the New Zealand Green Building Council in 2007. Rochelle took this passion to the Middle East where she was involved with the establishment of the Emirates Green Building Council while head of sustainability for Bovis Lend Lease.

Rochelle has been engaged with the Green Building movement for over ten years, both in New Zealand and around the world. During that time she has gathered accreditations in LEED, BREEAM, Green Star, Green Star NZ, Passive House and Homestar. Rochelle has a Master’s Degree on the subject of green building, specifically studying if there is any additional cost premium for Green Star certified buildings in Auckland, New Zealand.

Rochelle has worked closely with the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) helping them develop and implement many green building rating tools, including Homestar, NABERS and BASE. Rochelle helped the NZGBC develop and implement the Homestar residential green building rating tool.

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