Our team

PHINZ Exec and board members

Amy Tankard

Amy has a strong leadership and HR background. She believes it’s imperative that we raise expectations of how our buildings perform – all New Zealanders deserve to inhabit healthy and comfortable spaces. And that Passive House can and should become the norm in Aotearoa NZ.

Elrond Burrell
Acting Chair, Board Member

Elrond is an Architect & certified Passive House designer. He is passionate about improving people’s quality of life, health and environmental impact by designing beautiful, sustainable, high-performance architecture. He is a frequent keynote presenter and lecturer on Passive House.

Priscila Besen
Secretary, Board Member

Priscila is a Brazilian architect with a background in thermal comfort and energy efficiency research. She completed a Master of Architecture in Sustainable Design at the University of Auckland, with a research focus on the ongoing performance of Passive Houses built in New Zealand.

Guy Shaw
Treasurer, Board Member

Guy is an architectural designer based in Wellington. He has worked extensively on Passive House projects in the UK and NZ.

Kara Rosemeier
Board Member

Kara leads the Passive House Academy New Zealand and teaches building science. She has been the director of an engineering consultancy, advised federal state government in Germany on matters of building energy efficiency, supported private clients on Passive House design, and supervised hundreds of retrofit projects. She holds a PhD in domestic air quality and ventilation, a Masters in Planning Practice (Hons) and a Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) in Architecture.

Mei-Ling Lee
Board Member
Mei Ling is an interior designer, award winning Book Designer and Artist.
She believes now is the time to grow an awareness of the importance of high performing Passive House buildings.
Nick Manarangi
Board Member
Ngā Puhi, Te Waiariki, Ngāti Te Reinga, Ngāti Makea
Nick returned in 2015 to Auckland after 10 years abroad. His first winter he noticed how poorly built NZ homes were to other countries in terms of warmth, which lead to him to becoming an advocate for better building standards and joining the team. Nick dreams of an Aotearoa where every home is warm, dry and healthy.
Glenn Harley
Board Member

Glenn is a Trade Qualified Carpenter.
For 15 years Glenn’s company, Harley Builders, specialised in high performance
homes, including Straw Bale and four Certified Passive houses.
Glenn would like to see better housing for all people of Aotearoa.

Amanda Lowe

Amanda has Degrees in both Marketing and Psychology with experience in circular economy business and a former life of running teams on superyachts in the Northern Hemisphere. She is passionate about sustainable living and the urgent need to raise our standard of building practice to enable better environmental and health outcomes.