We’ve kicked off the year with two knowledge hours. Here’s our wrap-up if you’ve missed either.
Flexible working through Technology enabled Shared Accommodation (TeSA)
Russell Pratt joined us from Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to share some information around TeSA and its capabilities.
TeSA allows staff from multiple agencies working in shared accommodations to access and share resources and services. This means that people can walk into any TeSA supported building and feel immediately at home with the technology. In essence they will have the same user experience as they would in their home agency.
Most impressively, DIA has created an “Identity Broker” component to TeSA. This system seamlessly determines which agency a user works for, and directly passes the user to that network. This creates cost savings for agencies as expensive security-authentication networks and infrastructure don’t need to be duplicated.
COVID has shown how vital it is to set up regional hubs and change the way we think about our working environments. TeSA’s services offer a solution to many of the questions around how to make this work.
We’ve been piloting TeSA at Pastoral House since December 2020 and it is due to start at 8 Willis Street later in 2022.
Reducing carbon with Green Star
Brad Crowly and Peter Taylor joined us to talk about Green Star and their work with Antarctica New Zealand.
Green Star is a tool designed to ensure all new buildings are built to international best standard codes and requires all projects to meet at least a 5-star rating. The tool also covers 9 out of 17 sustainable goals issued by the United Nations for building green.
Green Star buildings have been found to improve productivity and reduce sick leave in employees by creating more comfortable and healthier working environments.
A true test of Green Star can be seen in how it was used in the Antarctica Scott Base project, where a bespoke version was set up for the building of the new base.
You don’t have to work in Antarctica to enjoy the benefits of Green Star. It’s already here and available to agencies!
Future Knowledge Hours
We’re always on the lookout for ideas on future knowledge hours. If you have any topics you’d like to hear about or present on, email us.