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CEO update: The green building movement has been getting it wrong. For decades. Here’s why.

What are our buildings for exactly? They are partly about shelter, prestige and functionality, and many other things.They are also about a place where people can productively execute their jobs.

Harvard University research last year outlined that productivity of staff increased by 26% in green verified buildings. Why? Well they outlined that our brains functions at a higher level in better buildings. We process complex problems faster if we have good conditions such as better air quality, decent daylight and sound insulation.

This is important.

In the past the green community has banged on about better design reducing energy use. Opex savings are useful, there are some good savings, but they pale in comparison with benefits for employee well being. Let’s run some numbers. Read full article

NZGBC responds to National’s planning announcement

During the election campaign, the National Party announced plans for new urban planning laws. You can read our response here. And see some media coverage featuring our response here.

Thousands of Kiwis to take part in World Green Building Week

Read our news release about World Green Building Week here, as we expect thousands of New Zealanders to take part in a host of events across the country.

15 ways to celebrate green!

You can celebrate World Green Building Week from anywhere. Post a simple message about what you want in a building or join a tour in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Hamilton. Find out what's going on and how you can be part of the action. #WGBW2017

Sign up for NABERSNZ free feasibility assessment

Following last year's success this funding and support initiative is open again for owners and tenants of commercial office space. The free feasibility assessment can reduce the cost of your first NABERSNZ rating. Apply now

AGM - save the date

The NZGBC AGM will be held in Auckland on 7 December. Call for nominations for the board will be sent to your NZGBC Key Person in October. Save the date 7 December.

Where we've been and where we're going

A year into the role of CEO, Andrew Eagles talks to Architecture Now about NZGBC's recent achievements, the hurdles to higher sustainable standards and what green building means in New Zealand. Read article

Global news

Worldwide momentum towards low carbon emissions from buildings

Leaders from business, government and the third sector convened in New York for Climate Week NYC 18 September

UK Energy Research Council report states British homes could cost-effectively halve energy demand by 2035

Industry events

Visit us at Facilities Integrate Auckland 2017, Auckland 27 - 28 September

Innovatek Changing Perceptions of Timber Conference 2017, Rotorua 27-28 September

Zero Carbon buildings by 2050 - what does this mean?

Our industry panel discussion will be trying to find answers to this question on Tuesday night. If you can't be there in person, join our live stream. Register to attend in person or register for our live stream. Auckland, Tuesday 26 September

Heroes unmasked – global webinars for World Green Building Week

For a truly global perspective, join this World Green Building Council webinar, Advancing Net Zero - Heroes Unmasked. This webinar will inform participants about the #OurHeroIsZero campaign. NZDT 9pm Wednesday 27 Sept and 6am Thursday 28 Sept. Email NZGBC to participate

Newly certified projects

There are two new Green Star certifications in Christchurch. The Christchurch Bus Interchange is the first rebuild anchor project to be Green Star certified, and Te Ututī is part of the Pita Te Hori Centre. Read more about these projects and join the Pita Te Hori Centre tour on Wednesday 27 Sept.

Generating power from waste

NZGBC were at Waste Management's Redvale landfill site last month to see how the site turns waste to electricity and to learn about plans to improve sites across the country. Thanks to our hosts for an enlightening visit.

Urgent need to curb construction waste

Radio New Zealand has been investigating the topic of construction waste. Listen to the piece. Innovative solutions to this problem are being explored such as NZIOB Excellence Award Winner and Victoria University student Ged Finch's wasteless prefabricated concept. The NZGBC were interviewed on Newshub about this

We're hiring new staff!

NZGBC is not all about buildings, we're about people too. If you'd like to work with us see our current job vacancies and student internships.

Welcome to our new members

Waterless | R K Construction Ltd | Esjay Builders | Energy Alternatives | Seaview Cottage Construction | Bunnings | NZ Foam Ltd | Freedom Homes

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioners: Anne Staub | Duncan Munro | Michael White | Shamus O'Halloran | Toto Vu-Duc | Warren Cate

Green Star Accredited Professionals: Anita McKinlay | Danny Lee | Elijah May | James Kendall | Oliver Pedersen | Paul Chapman

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