Amy Tankard Appointed Chief Executive of Passive House Institute New Zealand

The Passive House Institute New Zealand (PHINZ) just announced that Amy Tankard has been appointed the organization’s chief executive. PHINZ board chair Elrond Burrell said that the charitable trust chose Tankard over similarly qualified candidates. In an official statement from PHINZ, he said, “Amy’s long career in leadership and management positions combined with her enthusiasm for and experience with Passive House will be an invaluable asset to our organisation.”

Tankard, who was born in Australia, has held positions at the Unitec Institute of Technology, Foster + Partners, the Institution of Civil Engineers, and James Hardie Building Products.

“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to lead PHINZ and to further the improvement of building practices in Aotearoa,” Tankard said in an official release. “It’s imperative that we raise expectations of how our buildings perform—all New Zealanders deserve to inhabit healthy and comfortable spaces. I believe that the high standard of Passive House can and should become the norm for Kiwis including my young children.”