Philippa Howden-Chapman, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Cities, discusses the introduction of a Warrant of Fitness for rental housing as a way to improve the quality of homes in New Zealand.
We held a lunchtime seminar with Eric Martinot, author of the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report, a pioneering synthesis of the full range of credible possibilities for the future of renewable energy. View the presentation:
Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman and Guy Salmon, both researchers leading our Resilient Urban Futures programme, were part of the panel of global experts who advised on this assessment of the city’s environmental performance. See the results:
One in three New Zealanders can’t afford to heat their homes properly in winter, a survey shows. Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman said the results were in line with the University of Otago’s research. “Should we have standards for renting homes? I think we should. Why are so many people living in so many homes that are cold and damp?”
University of Otago Wellington has made comments on the city’s Draft Annual Plan. Under our proposal, the city’s main shopping area could become the country’s first smokefree streets.