Who we are

Being safe, healthy and happy, wherever you are in Aotearoa. That’s what the New Zealand Green Building Council is working to achieve.

All New Zealanders deserve to be safe, healthy and happy in our beautiful country – at home, at school, at work. Everywhere.

But millions of us are not healthy and happy, simply because our buildings are not good enough.

Too many homes are damp, and cold. Too many of our tamariki are sick because of where they live.

And it’s not just our homes that aren’t good enough.

New Zealand businesses are losing money because their buildings are inefficient, pushing up their monthly bills, and pushing down their staff productivity, wellbeing and retention. That’s bad news for business owners, the people who work there, and the New Zealand economy.

The poor state of our buildings is stopping all New Zealanders from being safe, healthy and happy.

But this is changing. Hundreds of Kiwi businesses are making their buildings better, thanks to independent and expert technical standards provided by the New Zealand Green Building Council. And tens of thousands of new family homes are now set to be safer, healthier, happier places to be, after being built better.

At the New Zealand Green Building Council, we’re a team of people who are passionate advocates for better buildings, because we know that better buildings mean healthier, happier Kiwis.

We do this by working alongside politicians, industry and other businesses to bring change. And, because we care and we’re independent, we’re unafraid to speak truthfully and frankly to those who hold powerful positions.

We also run trusted, robust authentication schemes, such as Homestar and Green Star, that highlight the many buildings that have proven their healthy, safe credentials. And we provide education too for hundreds of New Zealanders every year keen to learn about the technical aspects behind better buildings.

Now green buildings are building momentum. Thousands of better buildings are being constructed, backed by billions of dollars. And those businesses involved, and the Kiwis living and working in these buildings, are healthier and happier.

New Zealanders want all of our buildings to be happy, healthy places. For our children. For our businesses. For our whānau. For our environment, so we can breathe fresh air and swim in unpolluted water.

Looking after what’s indoors, helps look after the great New Zealand outdoors, and provide a clean, healthy and happy legacy for our children, for our mokopuna, for generations to come.