Media Releases

​NZGBC celebrates a decade of quality building – so what’s changed?

Thursday 24 November 2016

Building green has entered the mainstream in New Zealand. As the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) marks its 10th anniversary, it’s clear that incorporating sustainability into buildings is becoming standard business practice.

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A revamped 70s office block in downtown Auckland ramps up massive energy savings

Monday 26 September 2016

While a soaring state-of-the-art glass façade at Zurich House is eye catching, the building’s energy performance is the current show stealer.

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Three sustainable builds showcased in ratings announced for World Green Building Week

Monday 26 September 2016

A central Auckland office building and a Northland kura kaupapa have achieved ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star ratings, and eight Housing New Zealand homes have achieved high Homestar ratings, in time to celebrate World Green Building Week 2016.

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Auckland food warehouse shortlisted for international building award

Thursday 15 September 2016

A food warehouse in Mt Wellington, Auckland, has been named a finalist in the 2016 World Green Building Council’s Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards.

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Free events highlight benefits of sustainable buildings during World Green Building Week

Tuesday 30 August 2016

Green buildings can reduce our emissions, save energy and water, and create more liveable communities – and next month Kiwis will discover how, as some of New Zealand’s most sustainable buildings throw open their doors during World Green Building Week (September 26–October 2).

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205 Queen Street achieves ‘excellent’ NABERSNZ rating

Friday 26 August 2016

The landmark two-tower complex at 205 Queen Street, Auckland has achieved an ‘excellent’ 4-star NABERSNZ rating for energy efficiency.

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Homestar certifies high sustainability of homes on The Block NZ

Monday 22 August 2016

All four homes on popular TV3 renovation show The Block NZ received high Homestar ratings at the end of the series – proving that incorporating sustainability in a Kiwi home renovation is both achievable and desirable.

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New Kathmandu HQ achieves ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star rating

Monday 15 August 2016

Papa Kainga, Kathmandu’s new Christchurch headquarters, has made the city’s innovation precinct even greener – the new building has just achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating for efficiency and sustainability.

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New Zealand Green Building Council announces new chief executive

Monday 8 August 2016

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Eagles to the position of Chief Executive.

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IAG and Goodman first to achieve market leading whole building energy performance in New Zealand

Monday 1 August, 2016

IAG and Goodman are the first to achieve a 5 star NABERSNZ whole building rating for their Christchurch office at 14 Show Place, Addington.

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NZGBC reacts to Unitary Plan recommendations on density and Homestar

Wednesday 27 July, 2016

The Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendation to significantly increase housing density in Auckland’s central suburbs is key to Auckland’s future and should be applauded, says the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

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Vodafone’s new Christchurch home achieves ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star rating

Wednesday 27 July, 2016

The InnoV8 building has become the first in Christchurch’s growing Innovation Precinct to achieve a Green Star rating – meaning Vodafone will benefit from its sustainable, energy-efficient design.

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NZGBC benchmarks its office performance with ‘excellent’ NABERSNZ rating

Thursday 30 June 2016

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has achieved a 4.5 NABERSNZ Tenant rating for its Auckland office, proving once again a commitment to the rating programmes they offer.

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Te Puni Kokiri House wins EECA Award, with 4.5 NABERSNZ RATING

Wednesday 25 May 2016

A $7.9m improvement in value, and a 30% reduction in energy use, recently saw a historic Wellington office landmark take out a major prize in the country’s largest energy awards scheme.

With its 4.5 NABERSNZ energy efficiency rating, Te Puni Kokiri House’s win at the prestigious EECA Awards on May 18th demonstrates that even New Zealand’s oldest heritage buildings can get a new lease of life and be transformed into high performing green buildings, when comprehensive energy efficiency ratings are used.

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NZGBC supports idea of New Zealand Housing Strategy, stages housing summit in June

Tuesday 24 May 2016

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has added its voice to the call for a nationwide housing strategy – and they’re holding a Sustainable Housing Summit next month that will bring together industry leaders to discuss the critical challenges and opportunities facing housing in New Zealand.

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Kiwi innovators and advocates join strong speaker line-up at 2016 Sustainable Housing Summit

FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016

The people behind some of this country’s smartest building solutions and urban regeneration projects will share their ideas at next month’s Sustainable Housing Summit (Auckland, June 15; Christchurch, June 17).

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NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler announces her resignation

Friday 29 April 2016

New Zealand Green Building Council’s chief executive, Alex Cutler, has announced that she will leave the organisation later this year. She has been in the role since May 2010.

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Christchurch house joins ranks of top Homestar homes

Friday 22 April 2016

A second home at Christchurch’s Church Square has achieved the highest Homestar rating possible – 10 Homestar Built – for sustainability and energy efficiency, thanks in part to its compact, smart design and a high-performance thermal envelope.

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Green Star projects & NZGBC members make prestigious Awards shortlist

Thursday 7 April 2016

Some outstanding examples of sustainability in property – including prominent members of the New Zealand Green Building Council – have been shortlisted in the 2016 EECA Awards, it was announced yesterday.

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Norman Disney & Young achieves double NABERSNZ ratings for NZ tenancies

Monday 4 April, 2016

Engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young (NDY) has pinned its sustainability colours to the mast, by achieving NABERSNZ ratings for its two offices in Auckland and Wellington.

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Canadian sustainability champion heads powerful speaker line-up at 2016 Sustainable Housing Summit

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Andrea Reimer, the deputy mayor who’s helping transform Vancouver into one of the greenest cities in the world, will share lessons learned and inspiring ideas at the Sustainable Housing Summit (Auckland, June 15; Christchurch, June 17).

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Metlifecare retirement villas achieve 6 Homestar Built rating

Tuesday 1 March 2016

The first two stages of Metlifecare’s Greenwich Gardens retirement village, in Auckland’s Unsworth Heights, have achieved 6 Homestar Built ratings for energy efficiency and sustainability.

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Northland District Health Board building achieves Whangarei’s first Green Star rating

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Northland District Health Board’s new office has become the first building in Whangarei to achieve a Green Star rating for its sustainable and energy-efficient building design.

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Ceres Organics gains first 5 Green Star rating for a food warehouse

Wednesday 3 February 2016

A warehouse complex in Mt Wellington, Auckland has become the first building of its type in New Zealand to gain a Green Star rating.

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Auckland’s VXV Precinct achieves double Green Star ratings

Friday 22 January 2016

Two buildings in Auckland’s VXV Precinct have achieved 5 Green Star Design ratings, denoting ‘New Zealand excellence’ for sustainability.

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UniMed Building achieves BASE rating for sustainability

Monday 7 December 2015

Christchurch’s UniMed Building on Gloucester Street has achieved a rating under BASE, the local rating scheme for sustainable design and construction.

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New Zealand Green Building Council welcomes new Chair

Thursday 3 December, 2015

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) is delighted to announce that Mary-Jane Daly was elected as new Chair last night.

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NZGBC members celebrated at Sustainable Business Network Awards

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Two members of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) were recognised for environmental leadership at the annual NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards earlier this evening.

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New Homestar to help boost apartments’ sustainability

Thursday 12 November 2015

A new version of Homestar aims to make it easier for apartment buyers to gauge the health and efficiency of their homes.

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Wynyard Central apartments set new sustainability standard with unprecedented Homestar rating

Thursday 29 October 2015

This week Wynyard Central became the first large-scale multi-unit residential development to achieve a Homestar Design rating for sustainability and energy efficiency.

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Focusing on building sustainability during World Green Building Week

Friday 11 September 2015

Some of New Zealand’s most sustainable buildings will be in the spotlight this month with a series of free events to celebrate World Green Building Week (September 21-27).

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Doors wide open at New Zealand’s first 10 Homestar Built home

Friday 7 August 2015

The first home to achieve a 10 Homestar Built rating has opened its doors in Christchurch – and developer and architectural designer Bob Burnett plans to share the design and build information with anyone who wants to create their own sustainable home.

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Innovation takes centre stage in updated Green Star rating tool

Friday 31 July 2015

Social and financial innovations in commercial building will now be recognised alongside environmental initiatives in the updated Green Star v3 rating tool, launched last night in Auckland.

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Duncan Cotterill Plaza achieves Christchurch’s first BASE rating

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Christchurch’s Duncan Cotterill Plaza is the first building in the city to achieve a rating under BASE (Building a Sustainable Environment) – the sustainability tool developed specially for the rebuild.

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New tool aims to transform New Zealand’s commercial leasing

Tuesday 30 June 2015

A new resource launched tonight encourages tenants and landlords to join forces to create better performing, more energy efficient buildings.

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Awly shows Christchurch leadership with 5 Green Star rating

Wednesday 17 June 2015

The new Awly Investments’ development in central Christchurch has achieved a 5 Green Star Design rating – the first building in the city post-quakes to attain the rating.

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Home Health Check Month helps Kiwis stay warm and save money

Monday 25 May 2015

It’s easy to make your home warmer, healthier and more energy efficient during the cold winter months – and some quick fixes won’t cost you a cent.

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BNZ tops off innovative office with ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star rating

Thursday 14 May 2015

Innovative design and exemplary waste minimisation has helped BNZ achieve a 5 Green Star Office Interiors rating for the two newest floors of its central Auckland office.

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Bay of Plenty gets New Zealand’s first ‘perfect 10’ Homestar house

Wednesday 6 May 2015

New Zealand’s most sustainable and energy efficient house will soon be a reality – and it’s in Tauranga.

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Norman Disney & Young achieves ‘excellent’ NABERSNZ rating

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Small changes and a commitment to energy efficiency has enabled Norman Disney & Young (NDY) achieve a 4 Star ‘excellent’ rating for energy use in its downtown Auckland tenancy.

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Christchurch’s Church Square achieves NZ first with 9 Homestar Design rating

Wednesday 29 April 2015

Christchurch will soon boast one of New Zealand’s most sustainable homes, with a house under construction in Addington achieving 9 out of 10 under the Homestar rating system.

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NZGBC showcases sustainability with ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star rating

Wednesday 15 April 2015

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) today achieved a 5 Green Star rating for its own office fit-out – proving that a modest budget is no barrier to sustainability.

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Wynyard Quarter residential precinct targets new sustainability benchmark

Monday 23 March 2015

The path to sustainability is an easier journey if the sustainable behaviours are made easy. That’s the philosophy behind the design of the new residences in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter development.

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Metlifecare achieves Homestar milestone with design rating for retirement apartments

Friday 20 March 2015

A retirement development in Glenfield, Auckland has become the first in New Zealand to achieve Homestar Design ratings on their stage 1 apartments.

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NZI Centre boosts NABERSNZ rating with ‘market leading’ 5.5 stars

Tuesday 17 March 2015

The NZI Centre in Auckland has achieved 5.5 stars out of 6 under the NABERSNZ energy rating scheme – a half star improvement on its previous rating. It is the first building in Auckland to attain the ‘market leading’ score.

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Building performance in spotlight at 2015 Green Property Summit

Friday 27 February 2015

The real-world performance of ‘green’ development will be under the microscope at next month’s Green Property Summit (March 26, Auckland).

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Green Star commissioned for Christchurch anchor projects

Thursday 22 January 2015

Four specially-developed Green Star tools will help ensure major projects in central Christchurch are developed with regard to impact on the environment.

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Kiwis put sun and warmth top of the list when it comes to housing

Wednesday 10 December, 2014

An overwhelming nine out of ten New Zealanders rate good sun and insulation as 'important' or 'very important' when choosing a new home - far outweighing other factors.

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NZGBC welcomes new board members

Thursday 27 November 2014

The New Zealand Green Building Council was pleased to announce its new Board of Directors at today's AGM in Auckland.

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Vodafone and Kathmandu target Green Star in Chch

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Two major developments in central Christchurch are targeting a 5 Green Star certification – denoting 'New Zealand excellence' in sustainability.

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International report finds ‘overwhelming’ evidence linking staff health and productivity to office design

Thursday 25 September 2014

A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) finds 'overwhelming evidence' that office design significantly impacts the health, wellbeing and productivity of staff.

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New Zealand childcare centre scoops global award for building design

Thursday 4 September 2014

A childcare centre in the small Northland town of Kawakawa has beaten more than 50 buildings across the Asia Pacific region to take top honours in the World Green Building Council's regional leadership awards.

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Winners Announced: Asia Pacific Green Leadership Awards

Thursday 4 September 2014

The winners of the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC's) inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards in Green Building have been announced at a gala dinner in Singapore this evening.

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Launch of the Australasian EPD Programme

Tuesday 2 September 2014

The Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) announced today that the Australasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme has been launched at the New Zealand Life Cycle Assessment Conference in Wellington – the first programme of its kind in Australasia.

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Kapiti Civic Building achieves ‘excellent’ energy rating

Tuesday 19 August 2014

Kapiti Coast District Council's refurbished Civic Building in Paraparaumu has been awarded 4.5 stars out of 6 for energy performance under NABERSNZ, the energy rating scheme for office buildings.

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Northland building shortlisted for international award

Tuesday 19 August 2014

An early childhood education centre in Kawakawa, Northland has been named a finalist in the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC's) inaugural Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership Awards.

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Christchurch City Council praised for including sustainable housing in draft plan

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Christchurch homes will be healthier, more efficient and better quality with the inclusion of 6 Homestar as a standard for all new houses, the New Zealand Green Building Council said today.

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Government continues to support Green Star rating for new schools

Monday 30 June 2014

The government's building programme for new schools is breaking fresh ground by ensuring new schools meet environmental building standards, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

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Nick Smith to speak at Sustainable Housing Summit

Thursday 12 June 2014

The New Zealand Green Building Council is delighted to announce that Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith will be providing the opening address at this year's Sustainable Housing Summit in Auckland.

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NZGBC members recognised at the EECA Awards

Friday 30 May 2014

The EECA Awards were held this week to celebrate excellence and innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy. It was very pleasing to see so many of NZGBC's members nominated for and winning awards, and several Green Star buildings recognised.

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New NABERSNZ tool shows you how to get to the next level

Tuesday 27 May 2014

So you want to improve an office building's star rating, but you're not sure what it will take to get there?

The New Zealand Green Building Council and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) today launched a new online tool as part of the NABERSNZ programme.




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Updated Green Star tool for schools launched

Thursday 8 May 2014

A revamped Green Star tool for education buildings was unveiled today, making it simpler for many projects to gain ratings for sustainability.

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Affordable, sustainable Hobsonville Pt homes an asset for Auckland

Friday 14 March 2014

The New Zealand Green Building Council today congratulated the Hobsonville Land Company on the opening of three high-quality, affordable homes in the development.

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100th Green Star – three amazing buildings mark milestone for NZ

Friday 28 February 2014

Recently Green Star marked a key milestone, with the 100th project rated.

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WorldGBC hails New Zealand for green building achievements

Wednesday 26 February 2014

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) today congratulated New Zealand for its achievements in the green building sector and for attaining its 100th Green Star rating.

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Christchurch developers urged to consider energy at earliest stage

Thursday 20 February 2014

New commercial buildings in Christchurch must be designed for energy efficiency if they aren't to become obsolete, the New Zealand Green Building Council said today.

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Housing WOFs – field tests to start in five cities

Tuesday 17 December 2013

The first step in a nationwide project aimed at making rental housing safer to live in – especially for children, students and the elderly – is to start with "warrant of fitness" field tests in five cities in January.

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Kiwis falling out of love with the draughty old villa

Tuesday 17 December 2013

New Zealanders increasingly favour modern houses over old character homes, with a rise in those who prefer brand new homes or apartments.

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NZGBC announces new Board and Chair

Monday 2 December 2013

The New Zealand Green Building Council announces its new Board of Directors and a new Chair.

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NZGBC launches new consultancy service

Monday 30 September 2013

Where do you find strategic support to help your business meet emerging sustainability trends?

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Returns 'pay off' for green building

Thursday 26 September 2013

Green buildings provide better investment returns to their owners, the World Green Building Council says.

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Two of New Zealand’s most inspirational buildings open their doors for World Green Building Week

Tuesday 10 September 2013

To celebrate World Green Building Week 2013, two of New Zealand's most sustainably designed and highest-performing buildings are opening free to the public.

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Iconic sustainable building gets ‘market leading’ score for energy use

Monday 9 September 2013

One of New Zealand's most iconic sustainable buildings has achieved a 'market leading' NABERSNZ rating for energy performance.

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Hobsonville Point School flies into future with double 5 Green Star rating

Friday 30 August 2013

Recently awarded a 5 Green Star rating for both design and construction, Hobsonville Point Primary School is innovative, efficient, and the first school in New Zealand to be developed as a public private partnership (PPP).

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Two government agencies get ‘excellent’ energy performance rating

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Two vastly different government sites have raised the bar for public sector energy performance through NABERSNZ™, the office building energy measurement and rating scheme.

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Building cheaply a false economy

Christchurch has a great opportunity to build sustainably for the future - but will we?

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Treasury gets first NABERSNZ rating

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Treasury became the first NABERSNZ-rated organisation this month when it was awarded 3 stars for energy performance (see press release).

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NZ Green Building Council welcomes hot water leaders

Six market leaders in the sustainable water heating industry yesterday became members of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

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First BASE-certified building in Christchurch underway

Monday 1 July 2013

Construction is underway on the first new building in Christchurch to be built according to principles that the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) hopes to become a minimum standard throughout the rebuild.

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Alex Cutler takes the reins at construction council

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Alex Cutler has been elected chairwoman of the 36-member Construction Industry Council, a group that represents most of the country's building trade organisations.

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‘World leading’ Geyser building gets 6 Green Star Built tick from NZ Green Building Council

Monday 24 June 2013

After a three-year journey, the Geyser building has received another jewel in its crown with official notification yesterday from the New Zealand Green Building Council that the project has a 6 Green Star NZ Office Built V1 Certified Rating.

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Defence Force building earns NZ's first 5 Green Star Industrial Built rating

Monday 13 May 2013

A purpose-built building for the Air Force's Maintenance Support Squadron at Ohakea has received New Zealand's first 5 Green Star - Industrial Built rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

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Office building energy rating scheme to add value for tenants and owners

Monday 18 March 2013

Development of an energy measurement and rating scheme that will raise the bar for energy performance in New Zealand office buildings is well underway.

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New report shows cost-effective green building benefits throughout the world

Thursday 7 March 2013

A new comprehensive report, released this week by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlights the large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.

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