Keynote Speech 4: Cooling is the new heating: NZ’s self-denial.
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Citation:Byrd, H. (2022, February). Keynote Speech 4: Cooling is the new heating: NZ’s self-denial. Paper presented at the 7th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium 2022, Massey Universityy, Auckland.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/5685
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