Research

NZGBC Reports

Strategic Review of New Zealand’s Green Building Market – September 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.

World Green Building Council

World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth (PDF)

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

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.

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

OCTOBER 2016

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 Building Council of Australia

Research Paper: Green Star Financial Transparency (July 2016)

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.

Homestar

Homestar Case Study Cost Benefit Analysis (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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.

Homestar Cost-Scoring Appraisal for Christchurch City Council (PDF)

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.

Results from a Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness Pre-Test (PDF)

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.