Green Star Performance off to a flying start, time to discuss the building code, happy holidays!

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CEO update: It’s about improving productivity and health of occupants and increasing savings for the industry

I hope 2017 has been kind to you. From my first year in the role I really appreciate all those that have provided input, sat on working groups, advocated and continued to champion verifying the quality of buildings and homes.

Twelve months ago, in the members’ survey, you asked us to focus on two key items: influencing policy makers and delivering more practical lower cost tools. I’d like to provide a bit of an update on how we have sought to deliver on that for you. Read more

CEO's release joint statement about energy standards

A powerful coalition of over 20 New Zealand business leaders, whose organisations are worth billions of dollars, this week made a landmark commitment to tackle energy efficiency - calling for the new Government to do more to encourage all businesses to do the same. Read more

Top stars for Auckland revamp

Auckland Council's Albert Street office refit deservedly earned a 6 Green Star interior's rating, proving world leadership, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, and raising the bar on improving our existing building stock. Find out about the performance savings in this One News report.

Encouraging news for better building code

Phil Twyford expects Labour's KiwiBuild to be built above current Building Code standards, and says there will soon be a review of the code. We're getting quoted in the media on this (and other stories!) and ready to lend a hand. Read more

More than ever, the time for action is now

That was the message NZGBC member Simon Wilson of RDT Pacific brought back from WorldGBC Congress in Jaipur. He dropped by to tell us what he learned about the determination of WorldGBC to achieve zero building emissions. You can see Simon's slides and also register for World GBC Congress 2018 in Toronto 3-7 June.

Useful resource

Use these colourful graphics to explain how buildings can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the path to low carbon across the built environment, offices and homes. Download

Ting is on leave, welcome Anna

The fabulous Ting Li is taking a few months off to bring a new baby into the world. Your projects are safe with Anna Lin, James Woods and the rest of the technical team. Best of luck Ting!

How leaky is your home?

Alexander & Co are seeking volunteers to take part in a study of air leakage in new houses built after 2010. This is especially useful for those planning to renovate using Homestar. Houses are required for testing in December. For details contact William Turner at or 0277007757.

Sustainable products new to NZ

Forman Building Systems has released two new acoustic ceiling tile products - Armstrong Ultima+ and Armstrong Perla OP DB providing high sound absorption for reduced reverberation and quieter spaces with GreenTag™ and more eco-labels. Both products contribute well to Green Star.

Global news

The role of buildings at COP23 - World GBC talks details

Research and reports

Visit tomorrowland: Buildings for a sustainable future - The Fifth Estate overview of where the built environment is heading in Australia, relevant for NZ.

Global study on impact of offices on employee productivity and health launched by Harvard University

Green is go for Performance

Yesterday over 180 people gathered to mark our launch of a major new initiative to improve the nation's buildings. Green Star Performance rates existing building stock and is expected to contribute to significant savings across water, energy and waste in the New Zealand property sector. If you missed the event, you can join today's webinar at midday. A video of the launch will be released in December.

Voting and AGM

There's just a few more hours before the close of board voting on 1 December. Each member organisation has one vote. Here are the Ballot form and AGM notifications. The AGM and end of year drinks is a great place to meet your fellow members, NZGBC board and staff and celebrate a cracker of a year, register here.

EECA funds energy advice and metering

To find out more about the financial support on offer including contributions to assist your office NABERSNZ rating, read about EECA business funding.

New NABERSNZ rating

Congratulations to Argosy Property for their achievement of 4 star "excellent performance" whole building NABERSNZ rating of Te Puni Kōkiri House. The rating was conducted by Patrick Arnold of Ecubed.

Newly certified project

Congratulations to the team at Mansons TCLM for the 5 Green Star design certification of 46 Sale Street. Read more

High resale value for Homestar home

This Jack's Point Homestar 6 home recently resold for a higher value than its non-certified neighbours. Read the facts

Watercare welcomes NZGBC

We all benefited from the in-depth presentation about the challenges of supplying clean water across the region. Thank you to Roseline Klein, Sustainability Manager at Watercare Auckland, for hosting NZGBC staff. Read Watercare's water efficiency strategy.

Welcome to our new members

APS | Methven | Otago Polytechnic | Carters | Ports of Auckland | Goodison Architecture | Fairview Building Services | Paint Plus Colour Systems | Ata Touch | NZ Defence Force | Eco-Logical Architecture | Junk Run

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star practitioners: Andrew Ford | Artur Szewczyk | Eddie Moore | Joel Buckingham | Mario Mohareb | Micky Sutinovski | Zeph Patterson

GSAP Performance: Anita Milne | Amanda Bryan | Adam Benli | Paul Chapman

NABERSNZ Practitioners: Adrienne Jobson | Amy Rodden | Dharmesh Nanu | Elliot Oliver | Hong Lee | Jill Derrington | Kurt Mills | Paul Ross | Sarah Lloyd | Trent McDonald

Homestar Assessors: Rochelle Wood | Patrick Arnold | Annabelle Numaguchi | Joy Ye Zhang | Jessamine Fraser | Karen Malcolm | Angela Xiao

Christmas opening hours and submission dates

The NZGBC office will be closed from lunchtime on 22 December and reopen on Monday 8 January 2018. To receive a response on projects this year please note these submission dates:

  • Green Star submissions - 29 November
  • Homestar submissions - 8 December
  • NABERSNZ submissions - 8 December

Have a relaxing holiday break, and thank you again for your input and support over 2017.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors

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