The New Zealand Green Building Council says the Emissions Trading Scheme is missing a major opportunity to reduce New Zealand’s emissions and the cost burden for New Zealand from the ETS.
In a discussion paper launched to coincide with World Green Building Day (23 September) New Zealand Green Building Council CEO Jane Henley said the building industry can lead in the development of a low carbon economy and decrease the need for offsetting strategies.
It is one thing to design green buildings but do we actually obtain the predicted performance and benefits of the "green design" in practice?
A 1994 US study of 60 commercial buildings found that:
Fairfax Media Business Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers have launched the Sustainable 60, an exciting series designed to share and reward excellence in sustainable business practice in New Zealand.
This series will assist organisations in understanding what sustainability means in business and how it affects the bottom line. Fairfax Media and PricewaterhouseCoopers believe robust, resilient and future-focused companies are essential for New Zealand’s economy, especially in today’s tough market.
Driven by a convergence of public sentiment, legislative pressure and technological advances, the issue of sustainability is becoming ever more prominent in society. Because of the contribution of buildings to carbon emissions, the real estate sector is in the forefront of this shift, with much of the focus on operational energy efficiency and sustainable development: the so-called "green building".