Research and reports

New Zealand Publications

Transition to a low-carbon economy for New Zealand, The Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, April 2016

Climate Change Mitigation Options for New Zealand: Buildings summary, The Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, April 2016

Strategic review of New Zealand's Green Building Market, NZGBC, September 2015

Strategic Review New Zealand 2015

In 2014/15 the NZGBC undertook a wide-ranging research project to inform its strategic direction and update industry on the current state of green building practice and perception in New Zealand. This report is a result of that research, drawing on in-depth interviews with industry professionals as well as a quantitative survey. The report sets out key themes and concerns for the green building sector, and sets out the strategic direction for NZGBC’s response.

Results from a Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Pre-Test , He Kainga Oranga University of Otago , May 2014

Results from a Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Pre-Test

In 2013, representatives from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin councils agreed to test a draft methodology for a housing Warrant of Fitness (WOF) checklist. A checklist was identified as a key factor in improving the health and safety of occupants, particularly children, from poorer households who are living in sub-optimal housing conditions. The checklist was created through collaboration between the University of Otago and the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), in consultation with other organisations, and then tested – these are the results, published in May 2014.

Homestar Cost-Scoring Appraisal for Christchurch City Council District Plan Revision 0.1 , Jasmax and Rawlinsons, December2013

Homestar Cost-Scoring Appraisal for Christchurch City Council

This 2013 study, by architects Jasmax and quantity surveyors Rawlinsons, examined potential cost and specification implications associated with building 5, 6 and 7 Homestar homes. They found there is little or no barrier to building 6 Homestar homes; required changes in design and specification can be achieved using widely available products and without major changes to construction methods.

Homestar Case Study Cost Benefit Analysis , Ecubed Building Workshop , March 2013

Homestar Case Study Cost Benefit Analysis

This 2013 study, carried out by environmental consultancy eCubed, analysed the energy and water savings achieved in homes rated 5, 6 and 7 Homestar. It also looked at the increased market value of high Homestar-rated houses.

Homestar Cost-Scoring Appraisal for Auckland Council Draft Unitary Plan , Jasmax and Rawlinsons, February 2013

Homestar Cost-Scoring Appraisal for Auckland Council

This 2013 study, by architects Jasmax and quantity surveyors Rawlinsons, examined potential cost and specification implications associated with building 5, 6 and 7 Homestar homes. They found there is little or no barrier to building 6 Homestar homes, as specified in the Proposed Unitary Plan; required changes in design and specification can be achieved using widely available products and without major changes to construction methods.

Global Publications

Building the Business Case: Health Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices, WorldGBC, October 2016

BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE: Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Green Offices

This World Green Building Council report, shows the global momentum behind green buildings that are healthy and marks a significant milestone in our Better Places for People campaign.

Green Star Financial Transparency , Green Building Council of Australia, July 2016

Research Paper: Green Star Financial Transparency

Building green has always been seen as a premium, costly exercise, but is it? Released in June 2016, GBCA conducted research to start conversation and encourage projects to take up the Financial Transparency Innovation Challenge.

Health Wellbeing & Productivity in Retail: The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit , UKGBC, February 2016

Better places for people

This report is an output of WorldGBC’s Better Places for People campaign. It is the result of a task group process that has been led by the UK Green Building Council, drawing on leadership from member companies in the UK and on international leadership from a global retail group.

World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth, Dodge Data & Analytics/ United Technologies Corp, World GBC, February 2016

World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth

Released in mid-February 2016, this worldwide study canvassed more than 1000 survey participants from 69 countries about the future of green building. It found that global green building is expected to double by 2018, and provides data to support green-building development in developed and developing countries. The study was conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics and United Technologies Corporation, and the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) was a research partner.

The Business Case for Green Building , WorldGBC, 2013

The business case for green building

A review of the costs and benefits for developers, investors and occupants

World Green Building Councils new comprehensive report highlights the large number of compelling benefits green buildings bestow on different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.