Nick MeetenProfessional Member - Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand.
Nick is a mechanical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the following:
- Building services design – HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning), water services, building thermal modelling;
- Wastewater services within urban areas – wastewater treatment and reuse, using wastewater as a source of thermal energy;
- Sustainability – Cities of the future, green building design, sustainable water use; and
- Project management – project scoping, project team assembly, monitoring and managing progress, chairing and managing meetings
Nick’s specialty, an area in which he has built an international reputation, is using the thermal energy capacity of waste water. “At the moment residences and commercial buildings pour huge amounts of energy down the drain (and into the atmosphere). Using that energy makes really good economic and environmental sense.”
He regularly speaks at international conferences, has contributed to reports for the UK Government and UNEP, has published papers on the subject of energy recovery from waste water and in 2002 his design of a low energy retail mall comfort cooling system was the recipient of the New Zealand Energy Conservation Authority Award for Innovation.
Nick’s career has seen him working in both New Zealand and overseas in UK, Spain, Holland and Italy. Most recently he spent from 2010 to 2015 living in Germany leading the expansion of 1000 staff German water technology company HUBER into the urban and buildings environment, again with a strong emphasis on waste water energy recovery and reutilisation.
Like so many Kiwis, Nick felt his roots calling him back to New Zealand and at the beginning of 2015 he joined Smart Alliances, broadening the company’s structural, civil and environmental engineering and resource management scope with the addition of his mechanical and HVAC engineering