National Science Challenge – Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities

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An introduction to the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge with Director Ruth Berry.

Housing is a fundamental human need. Every person is involved in housing, but we have needs and wants beyond simply a roof over our heads. A home should nurture and protect us. It should be hospitable. It should be dry, warm and insulated to keep us healthy. It should have clean air and sunlight. And it should be part of a community or built environment that also nurtures and protects us. However, there are significant difficulties in New Zealand’s built environment which the BBHTC Challenge seeks to address. These issues include our housing supply, housing affordability, the quality of our housing, and the vulnerabilities and underperformance of some of our urban environments.