Building a Better Way
As design director of SGA, Dave has more than 30 years experience in the fields of building, interiors, teaching and architecture. Dave has a Master of Architecture Degree in Sustainable Design from the University of Auckland and is a graduate of the Newcastle University Glenn Murcutt Master class. Enthusiasm, energy and experience are brought to the practice through Dave’s commitment to creating an innovative contemporary, sustainable architecture, appropriate to New Zealand and its unique landscape. Dave created a series of more sustainable designs for Lockwood Homes.
As General Manager for Beacon Pathway Ltd (Beacon), a research
consortium focusing on sustainable housing, Nick Collins brings not
only twenty years experience in the building and construction
industry, but also in-depth knowledge
of the latest building research.
Nick has headed Beacon since 2004, responsible for developing a clear Strategic Plan focused on the key priorities to bring about sustainability in the residential built environment. Major projects underway include: building 100 NOW Homes® in partnership with group builder to drive uptake of sustainable new homes; and the NOW Home® Renovation project focusing on improving New Zealand’s existing housing stock. Nick works with stakeholders from central and local government, industry, infrastructure and consumer groups to facilitate and encourage wider change.
Originally a geographer, with an MA (Hons) from Canterbury
University, Nick has worked largely in the building products
market, in companies such as Pryda Reid, Auckland Brick and Tile,
and Monier Bricks. During this time he was instrumental in the
setting up of a National Trade Training Qualification for roof
tilers. In the mid 1990’s he returned to the University of Auckland
to complete an MBA to develop his financial / commercial
Nick was invited to contribute to Auckland City Council’s Mayoral Sustainability Taskforce in 2006, and oversaw the development of a web-based guide to sustainable building (www.smarterhomes.org.nz) for the Ministry for the Environment.
Born and raised in Invercargill
Attended Otago University: Degree in Politics
Worked as self-employed contractor and free-lance writer/broadcaster for some 25 years.
MAJOR INTEREST AREAS
• Housing, renovation, building, design
• Wine appreciation and NZ viticultural areas
TV, RADIO & VIDEO PRESENTATION
• Programmes presented Renovators, Open Home, Town and Country, Maggies Garden Show, Home Front, Master Builders House of the Year, Home and Entertaining House of Year, 5 O’Clock with Jude, Placemakers Home Front.
• 3 year stint on DIY talk back radio.
• Writes and presents commentaries for documentaries, and corporate and informational video presentations on wide range of topics.
• Numerous seminars at Home & garden XPOs.
• Wrote and presented 5 series of Placemakers Roadshow seminars on changes impacting the building industry.
• MC at many conferences and seminars
• Dinner speaking engagements
Since completion of his engineering degree, Nigel has worked in
energy research. His work
experience includes the running of his own research consultancy and research for Members of Parliament. Nigel worked on contract for BRANZ in 1982 undertaking a study of thermal insulation in houses.
Nigel has lectured and presented extensively throughout New
Zealand, and internationally. He has appeared on television and
presented three building science related radio series on National
Radio. He is a Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of
Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. Nigel has
particular research interest in:
· Energy in Buildings - data collection and analysis, experimental investigations, presentations and policy advice on: housing, offices, schools, hotels, hospitals
· Energy Efficient Buildings: Analysis, modelling, design support
· Renewable Energy: Solar water heating, passive solar design, wind and policy issues
· Thermal Insulation - in-situ measurement, calculation
· Building Energy Code - technical support for revision of New Zealand Building Code
· Building Evaluation - work undertaken on hospitals, courts, banks, offices. Assisted in the development of “Building Quality Assessment” sold in New Zealand, Australia and United Kingdom Health and Buildings - sick building investigations,
healthy housing research
· History of building technology – as well as lecturing he has a regular series in BRANZ’s BUILD magazine and had an 8 week radio series on Radio NZ National.