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.
Our largest event of the year, the Green Property Summit, was a great success. Tony Malkin set the cat amongst the pigeons with his energy efficiency focus, but criticism of 'green bling', provoking debate and dividing the audience. A great mix of engaging speakers, and the latest from Jane (our previous CEO), helped to make the day a stimulating and inspiring day.
As I write this, New Zealand is still coming to terms with the devastating events in Christchurch. My original commentary for this column about the New Zealand green building market and our latest initiatives no longer sits comfortably.
Instead, on behalf of my team and the Board here at NZGBC, I would like to extend our condolences and concern to our Christchurch members, your families, friends and colleagues. You have been constantly in our thoughts these last four days, and we realise we can’t begin to imagine what you are going through.
NZGBC and Christchurch City Council have this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to fast-track consents for commercial buildings that register for Green Star certification and provide a letter of commitment to achieving 60% of the energy score within their Green Star rating. This agreement marks a landmark decision by Christchurch City Council. It is the first of its kind in New Zealand and an exciting development from a Council that has already shown commitment to leadership with sustainable buildings and energy reduction with their 6 Green Star certified HQ. We hope this will significantly impact the opportunity for building green in Christchurch.
Homestar Launches to the Public: Monday 8 November
After many months of hard work, Homestar™ is being launched by the Minister of Building and Construction, Maurice Williamson, on Monday 8 November in Wellington. NZGBC and its joint venture partners, Beacon Pathway and BRANZ, are delighted to have reached this point. If you haven't had a chance to take the beta test, the website (www.homestar.org.nz) will be going live at 4pm on Monday.