This survey report discusses the unique perspectives of the workplace by generation. Now a survey like this, sorting through generalizations by age group, is nothing new, but some of the questions asked are.
The environmental benefits from building green are beyond dispute. Internationally it has been proven that green buildings deliver a suite of compelling economic and social benefits that conventional buildings do not. New Zealand is now moving in this direction with an expanding stock of green buildings.Studies have identified that industry take up of certified green building ratings can be hampered by a lack of clear information on the business case for green buildings.
An organisation set up to promote sustainable construction in America's Northwest has produced a 'top ten' list of emerging trends it claims will become increasingly important through 2010 and beyond.
The Earth Advantage Institute, which works with the construction sector to promote sustainable homes, says green building was a bright spot in 2009 in what was an otherwise lackluster year for the industry. Its future-gazing predicts the following growth areas in the US, many of which are relevant far beyond American shores (even across the Pacific):
Results of the 2009 CoreNet Global and Jones Lang LaSalle global survey on Corporate Real Estate and sustainability are now available.
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".