Last month I promised to let you know about Consense (conference of the German Sustainable Building Council, recently held alongside the World Green Building Congress in Stuttgart, Germany).
I recently attended this year’s World Green Building Congress, in Stuttgart, Germany, held alongside the host country’s annual conference, in this case the German Sustainable Building Council’s Consense.
It’s been a hard but remarkable year, with budgets being tightly held and no clear signal from central government that green building is on the agenda (but it doesn’t appear to be entirely off the agenda either). The good news is that this hasn’t stopped our strong supporters from continuing to develop, build and operate green buildings.
We are delighted to announce to you that New Zealand’s building owners and tenants will soon be able to benchmark the energy performance of their office premises, with the introduction of NZ NABERS (National Australian Built Environmental Ratings Scheme) into the New Zealand market later this year.
We’ve reached the crunch point with BASE (Building a Sustainable Environment), the tool we have been developing for the Christchurch rebuild. Our submission to CERA is in, we have been engaging (and continue to) with numerous different stakeholder groups across Christchurch and we have started industry training to get ready. We’re now awaiting Gerry Brownlee’s decision as to whether BASE gets the green light or not.
With the re-election of John Key’s National Party back into government, the prospect for green building on central government’s agenda doesn’t bode well and needs to change.
On a global level, and increasingly at a national level, cities and the actions of local government are leading the way in taking action to address sustainability issues. Cities are in a unique position and collectively are having a significant global impact.
Many of you will know we launched the Homestar online tool in November 2010.
One of the things that struck me at the Christchurch Expo a couple of weeks ago, was that even though people might disagree on this or that building, what sculpture to have and where, there was remarkable unanimity about the essence of the kind of city people want to live in.