Green Star projects & NZGBC members make prestigious Awards shortlist

07 April 2016

Some outstanding examples of sustainability in property – including prominent members of the New Zealand Green Building Council – have been shortlisted in the 2016 EECA Awards, it was announced yesterday.

The EECA Awards are held two-yearly, and recognise excellence in energy efficiency or renewable energy in business.

The finalists include:

  • Te Puni Kõkiri and Argosy Property – shortlisted in the Public Sector and Small to Medium Energy User categories for the retrofit and ongoing energy management at the Green Star-rated TPK House in Wellington
  • Ceres Organics – shortlisted in the Small to Medium Energy User category for its energy efficient, Green Star-rated warehouse and HQ in Auckland
  • Viv Heslop, Sustainability Manager, Panuku Development Auckland – shortlisted in the Energy Leadership category for individuals, for her work to put low-carbon development plans into action at Wynyard Quarter.
  • Chief Executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, Alex Cutler said the finalists represented a range of sectors – showing that sustainable building could bring benefits across the business community.

    “Argosy and Te Puni Kõkiri have been working together not just on Green Star, but also using NABERSNZ to measure energy use on an on-going basis. Ceres Organics really took a stand by getting a Green Star rated industrial site – one of the first in New Zealand. And at Panuku Development, sustainability is being rolled out across an entire precinct, including using NABERSNZ as a benchmark to meet energy targets. Viv Heslop has been very visible in driving that.”

    A number of NZGBC members are also shortlisted for innovative renewable energy projects:

  • Auckland War Memorial Museum – is generating 60,000 kWh of electricity a year via its photo-voltaic array
  • Christchurch City Council – has installed solar (photo-voltaic) panels on public toilets throughout the area
  • Laminex NZ – is converting sander dust into biofuel via a machine that creates briquettes
  • Pioneer Energy – is working with Hastings District Council to generate renewable electricity from landfill gas.
  • “The EECA Awards are renowned for their rigorous criteria – so making the finals is a big achievement in itself. I’d like to wish all NZGBC members who are finalists the very best of luck, and thank them for shining the spotlight on excellence in sustainable building and energy use,” said Ms Cutler.

    The EECA Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on 18 May. More about the finalists can be read at