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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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