World Green Building Week in September; five certify Green Star; Auckland looking for waste savers; Masterspec simplifies specification; next Waikato meeting

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Update from CEO: World Green Building Week approaches as sector and suppliers salute new housing standard

World Green Building Week kicks off on 25 September. What better way to lead up to WGBW than by successfully launching the brand spanking new version of Homestar® around Aotearoa in the last few weeks? Read more

WGWB2017 #OurHeroIsZero

Climate change is here, right now. And, as a member of NZGBC, you’re part of the fight against it. Buildings account for over one-third of the world’s climate change pollution, which is why green buildings are so important. Green buildings use clean energy, and are highly efficient, so we’re going to celebrate them during World Green Building Week kicking off on 25 September. See line up of our #WGBW2017 activities.

Creating big change with NABERSNZ

Here's a useful video introducing NABERSNZ ratings which are used to measure the energy efficiency of commercial office buildings in New Zealand. Video

Green Star Performance official launch

Green Star Performance is the tool that measures performance of existing buildings. Here's an intro video and fuller description. Be one of the first to learn how this tool will improve buildings in NZ; save the date 8.30am-2.30pm, 20 October, in Auckland. Christchurch and Wellington dates to follow.

Newly certified Green Star

This month saw five new Green Star certifications across the country, in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Congratulations to everyone involved. More detail

Green building specs made simple

On-line specifying tool Masterspec NZ's new systems make it easier to specify Homestar and Green Star projects. Read more or contact our technical coordinators to see how your products align with rating tools.

NZGBC in the regions

James Woods, Technical Coordinator at NZGBC is now responsible for Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton. For your upcoming projects or other NZGBC matters, talk to James.

Don't miss Green Speak Waikato in September

This last Green Speak Waikato of the year features Andrew Eagles presenting new tools to improve existing buildings and homes, a tour of Green Star targeting Rototuna School with explanation by project leaders Amanda Bryan and Jacqui Hudson and more. 28 September, register here

Homestar® launch videos now online

If you missed the Homestar® launch you can catch up on slideshows and videos here.

Sustainable products new to NZ

Apricus Solar Hot Water Live Monitoring for business clients and homeowners. Newly available, this technology offers live, online monitoring and data collection.

Reports and research

Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Talking about net zero

With an 80% renewable energy grid, New Zealand is in a better position that many countries to achieve the WorldGBC goal of all buildings to be net zero energy by 2050. Our invited panel of industry leaders and experts will discuss why this is important and how we can meet this goal. Read the WorldGBC report and Register for this free discussion 26 September, Auckland

NAWIC spotlights outstanding women

NZGBC applauds our member & supporting industry organisations represented at the recent Hays National Association of Women in Construction Excellence Awards. Special congratulations to our very own board member Prof Robyn Phipps of Massey University. See the winners

Waste minimisation and innovation fund

Auckland Council's fund for innovation around waste is taking applications in September. A grant can be useful for project teams seeking to reach Homestar and Green Star's challenging waste goals of 90% diversion from landfill. About the grants.

Free spaces at regions seminar

BRANZ are touring their popular seminar on ventilation and bracing around the country. We have four complimentary registrations to give away to NZGBC members. First in first served, email Amy

New comms manager at NZGBC

We welcome Niall Bennett this month as our new communications manager. He brings many years of experience from UK and NZ to this role. Contact Niall to share your company stories.

Spreading the word

NZGBC's Sam Archer was a panelist at the Building State of the Nation Summit, part of the NZ Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) annual summit at Vodafone Events Centre last month. We welcome opportunities such as this to reach new and interested audiences. Read more

One to watch in Queenstown

As more new Homestar homes enter the market we're starting to see resales. Listings such as this home at Jack's Point are successfully using Homestar as a sales feature and a way to talk about the value of home performance. Watch video

Retail interior outfitters take note

The Retail Interior Association Red Awards have introduced Sustainability as part of the judging criteria. NZGBC applauds the inclusion that fits well with the current Green Star tools now suited to retail interiors. Red Awards

Welcome new members

Lightex LED Light Specialists | ANZ bank | Alaska Interiors | Nest Homes | Ovaboard NZ | Harmonic Architecture | Ekopaints | Fantech | Tall Wood | Apricus NZ Solar Hot Water | NAI Harcourts (BCRE Ltd) | Lautrec Technology Group | Transparency Consulting | NZ Metal Roofing Manufacturers Association

Congratulations newly qualified professionals

Homestar Assessor: Rob d'Auvergne

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