Ingo Ratsdorf

BE Arch. Reg. Architect NZ & DE, Building Biologist IBN & BBE

Summary

I am a registered architect, engineer and building biologist with a passion for sustainability, not only in architecture but in a much broader sense.

My knowledge in ecology, physics and life cycle assessment allows me to develop sustainable procurement and company policies as well as procedures and frameworks.

My company, envirology, provides me with the required research background.

I have always spent much time outdoors, however my passion for sustainable design was triggered whilst studying architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Frankfurt, Germany where I developed a special interest in building physics and ecology which I further expanded throughout my career.
Due to involvement in heritage projects back in Germany, I developed a broad knowledge of traditional building techniques which have provided me with a unique insight into modern ecological design principles.

I love hands-on building, particularly with timber, clay and lime.
Am a big fan of Life Cycle Assessment, open source software, hiking, mountaineering and scouting.

I love my family, the passive solar house we mostly built ourselves and the village we are living in.
Our whole family strives to live conscious, consume as little resources as possible and be careful with the products we are buying. We buy organic (not only the food), have own chicken, fruit trees and veggie patch, use LED lights and drive two Toyota Prii.

Sustainability is however not about buying organic or having a solar hot water panel. It’s about a different mindset.
I am educating staff and clients on that matter in an attempt to achieve true sustainability. Not by add-ons, but by creating a deeper understanding of the issues and ultimately a change in behaviour.

Specialties: Life Cycle Assessment, Eco Impact Assessment, Building Material studies and selection, Sustainability, Research


Experience

Registered Architect & Building Biologist

Babbage Consultants Limited

March 2017 – Present (6 months)

Project Architect, BIM Manager

Trustee

Building Biology and Ecology Institute

December 2015 – Present (1 year 9 months)Auckland, New Zealand

Trustee member of the Building Biology and Ecology Institute
Supporting the Institute and growing the awareness relating to building biology matters.

Want to know more about building biology:
http://www.bbe.org.nz/about/
http://www.envirology.co.nz/building-biology/

IT Administrator

Envirology Ltd.

June 2012 – Present (5 years 3 months)

Administering Linux office server and devices, server security, email server, groupware suite and file server, all based on open source.
Continuing to contribute to open source projects like Tine20 and KDE, in particular CalDAV and CardDAV components.
Integration of Thunderbird, Cal/CardDAVSync, Sogo and Outlook CalDavSynchronizer into Tine20 groupware. Writing, extending and creating converters for EmClient, CalDavSync, CalDavSynchronizer to Tine20.

Director

Envirology Ltd.

November 2006 – Present (10 years 10 months)

Founding director of Envirology Ltd., a sustainable architecture consulting company

Researches into the impact of various construction methods and materials on the environment.

Registered Architect & Building Biologist

Fat Parrot Architecture

March 2017 (11 months)

Auckland, New Zealand

Project Architect

Key Projects:
– Pinehurst School College Building 4
– Acacia Cove Retirement Village Villas and Apartments

Registered Architect & Building Biologist

Babbage Consultants Ltd.

March 2005 – May 2016 (11 years 3 months)

Sustainability manager developing sustainable procurement and company policies as well as procedures, frameworks and knowledge transfer methods to staff, due to the exceptional knowledge in ecology, physics and life cycle assessment.

Successfully led the company to CarboNZero certification.

Key player in a dedicated school design team, responsible for all project phases including site observation, workload balancing between draftspersons and supervision, realising cost effective and high quality education facilities using modern materials for future-proof classrooms.

Conference speaker and company internal CPD and movie presentations on sustainability matters for staff.

Key projects:
* Green bay High School Performing Arts Centre
* Otahuhu Technology Block
* Henderson High School Science Block
* Spencer on Byron highrise weathertightness
* Settlers Albany retirement Village Block J-K
* 13-15 Domain Road multi-residential / mixed use development

Director

architektur & design

June 2002 – March 2005 (2 years 10 months)

Residential and commercial architecture for own clients, as well as on contract basis for various architecture offices.

Development of a broad knowledge of traditional building techniques which have provided a unique insight into modern ecological design principles.

Specialised in health care projects: planning and construction, project supervision of retirement homes.

Architect (Contract)

Dieter Schaarschmidt

October 2001 – December 2002 (1 year 3 months)

Diverse tasks: planning and building retirement homes and healthcare centres.
Most work in the health sector, planning and supervising retirement homes.
CAD-drafting, presentations, 3d-modelling, construction site management, submissions and checking of offers and invoices, webdesign and -programming, IT-support.

Architectural Graduate

Heiko Schmidt

July 2001 – September 2001 (3 months)

AD-drafts and presentations of commercial building projects, submissions and checking of offers.

Architectural Graduate

Dieter Schaarschmidt

May 2001 – July 2001 (3 months)

AD-drafting, presentations, 3d-modelling

Architectural Graduate

Franz Arnold Geimer, Architect

March 2001 – July 2001 (5 months)

CAD-drafting, drawings, presentations, 3d-modelling


Certifications

Blower Door Workshop

ProClima Nz Ltd.

February 2013

Green Star Accredited Professional

Green Building Council of New Zealand

May 2009

Registered Architect

New Zealand Registered Architects Board, License 3604

November 2008

BRANZ Passive Design

BRANZ

September 2008

BRANZ Energy

BRANZ

May 2008

BRANZ LCA

BRANZ

March 2007

Building Biologist

Building Biology Institute Neubeuern, Germany

2007

Registered Architect

Architects Board Rhineland Palatinate, Germany, License 16719

January 2004

Lime – Binder between Tradition and Innovation

Villa Salzburg, Institute for Building Heritage (Technical University Desden)

May 2003

Slate Design Basics

Rathschek Slate, Germany

April 2003

Building Physics (Insulation, Moisture, Humidity, Sound, Fire)

Trade Association Koblenz, Germany

February 2003

Basics of Building Heritage

Trade Association Koblenz, Germany

December 2002

Diploma in architectural engineering

University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt/M, Germany

2000

Sandford Leadership Skills Training Course

Scouting New Zealand

April 2014 

Safety Training

Scouting New Zealand

June 2012

Scouts advanced professional development course (SAPD)

Scouting New Zealand

April 2013


Volunteer Experience & Causes

Scout Leader

Scouting New Zealand

February 2014 – Present (3 years 7 months)

Love to be actively engaged in scouting and give kids the chance to learn some life skills and contribute to their community.
Specialising in hiking, fire making and open fire cooking.

Scout Cub Leader

Scouting New Zealand

July 2010 – February 2014 (3 years 8 months)

Love to be actively engaged in scouting and give kids the chance to learn some life skills and contribute to their community.
Specialising in hiking, fire making and open fire cooking.


Causes I care about

Children

Education

Environment

Human Rights


Organizations

EBANZ – Earth Building Association of New Zealand

Starting January 2009

Promoting the Art and Science of Earth and Natural Building

NZIA – New Zealand Institute of Architects

Starting November 2008

The New Zealand Institute of Architects is a professional body representing more than ninety percent of all registered architects in New Zealand. In addition to supporting our members with a range of services, we are committed to promoting and celebrating outstanding architecture in New Zealand, and to creating greater awareness of the values and benefits that architecture brings to our built environments today and for generations to come.

LCANZ – Lifecycle Association of New Zealand

January 2010 – June 2013

One of my big interests is LCA. Many people have big claims about the greenness of their products but only very few can back it up with data. LCA is the way to go, if performed correctly.

Scouting New Zealand

Scout Leader

Starting July 2010

We equip young people aged 6 to 26 with life skills of problem-solving, teamwork, citizenship, and healthy living; and provide them with access to a large range of outdoor activities including our specialised caving, photography, flying, canoe and snow schools.

Tine20 Groupware

Developer (spare time)

Starting October 2013

Tine 2.0org groupware is an open source project with email, calendar, contact management, CRM, sales and phone components based on PHP, ExtJS and Zend Framework.


Skills

Architecture

Feasibility Studies

Architectural Design

Revit

Sustainability

Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Design

Energy Efficiency

Research

WUFI

SimaPro

LCA

NIST BEES

Life Cycle Assessment

Sustainability assessments


Courses

Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main

Structural Engineering

Building Physics

Design

Modelling

CAD

Construction Technology

Building Services

Architectural Design

Auckland University

Practice Management

Law

Building Biology Institute Neubeuren

Building Biology


Publications

Living in the light

AucklandToday

September 2008

A short summary focusing on the design principles of our own family home.

Authors:

Ingo Ratsdorf

Neuseeland “gruen” aber nicht unbedingt “gruen”

Institut fuer Baubiologie, Neubeuern, Germany

September 2006

An article about NZ’s philosophy of being “green”. Green in terms of landscape certainly yes, in terms of greenness in ecology – certainly not.

Authors:

Ingo Ratsdorf


Education

Building Biology Institute Neubeuren

Building Biologist, Building Biology, Certified Building Biologist IBN (Germany) and BBE (New Zealand)

2005 – 2007

Started the course in Germany and sat the exam at the Auckland Branch of the BBE.

Auckland University

Practice Management and Law

2006 – 2006

Studied practice management and law

Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main

Dimploma in Engineering in Architecture, Architecture

1996 – 2001

Studied architecture and architectural engineering for 5 years covering all aspects of architectural design, building services, structural engineering, building physics and town planning.

Activities and Societies: Did a presentation on nuclear fusion…


Languages

German

Native or bilingual proficiency

English

Full professional proficiency

French

Limited working proficiency

Swedish

Elementary proficiency