Golden opportunity to make our homes better, hidden building pollution exposed, Housing Summit 2018, and more

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Whakahou mai te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Join a three-pronged attack on poor homes

The Government’s commitment to KiwiBuild and their rhetoric around improving health and wellbeing, a swiftly building momentum amongst the industry, and a loud, far-reaching national conversation bemoaning the state of our homes and the damage they are doing to New Zealanders’ health are the trifecta of forces that have created a huge chance for us to make our homes better.

Now it’s time for us all to deliver. It’s time for change. It’s time for those of us who want Kiwis to live in warm, dry homes to do more than talk. It’s time to act. Read how


Meet the speakers - Housing Summit 2018

Matt Petersen, chief architect of the groundbreaking Sustainable City pLAn is just one of the sustainability rock stars on the programme. Don't miss Housing Summit 2018, 20 June.

Time to renew - membership 2018

If you are the key person for your membership account and haven't received a renewal invoice, check with your accounts team. All members renewing by 30 June go in the draw for a $500 voucher to put toward NZGBC activities in 2018. If you can't find your invoice ask Susan

Supertour of Christchurch Superhomes

NZGBC has teamed up with the Superhome Movement and Christchurch City Council this year to add a Homestar twist to the phenomenally successful Superhome tours. Read more

Newly certified Green Star - a factory and a church

The fourth Green Star built certification in the exemplar Eastfield Development and a first Green Star Design rating for Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. Congratulations to both! Read more

Newly registered projects

Three Green Star and two Homestar projects. Read more

Product news

Australia gives green light for ECNZ specification

Green Building Council of Australia has agreed to recognise Environmental Choice NZ product certifications to contribute towards Green Star projects in Australia. This is a big win for NZ product suppliers. Read more

Green Tag is Platinum PhD for Autex

Long time NZGBC supporter, Autex Industries, has achieved Green Tag Platinum PhD certification across their interior acoustic and Green Stuf® ranges. Good news for anyone specifying for Green Star or Homestar projects. Read more

Sustainable products new to NZ

Evaporative cooling tower biological control can now be achieved without the need for toxic biocides. CataGreenTM maintains HVAC legionella and HCC counts well below mandated target levels, by 2Plus

Polyflor NZ launches spectacularly colourful new homogeneous flooring collection, Palettone PUR

If you would like to see your new product here email Susan


Report: Hidden building pollution exposed

Much more must be done to tackle the amount of climate change pollution produced by New Zealand’s built environment, suggests a new report by independent sustainability consultants thinkstep. Read more

Beyond the building boundary

Carbon content, infrastructure, health, safety and modern slavery... are just some ways buildings impact beyond their immediate boundary. Our special projects manager, Andrea Davison urges us to look beyond the boundary as we design, build and use our buildings. Read more

Britomart on track with performance

Britomart is home to some of Auckland’s oldest buildings, and Britomart Group have always had sustainability at their heart, making their registration for Green Star Performance an easy decision. Read more

Aorangi House shaves another 20% off energy

This Green Star refurbished building has improved its NABERSNZ base building rating from 5 to 5.5 stars. To find out about this and claim your free NABERSNZ feasibility check by end June, read more.

NZGBC Future Thinkers presents...

All recent graduates and current students are invited to attend an evening with Olivia Leal-Walker on 19 June, hosted by Warren & Mahoney and Mott MacDonald at their 5 Star office building in Auckland. Young, vibrant and making a difference, Olivia is Australia's Future Green Leader and sustainability coordinator at Frasers Property. Spread the word

Green Room wrap, presenter's perspective

Cameron Perkins from Panuku Development was new to the Green Room this year. As a speaker in all three of the autumn series, he took a moment to share his observations. Read more

Welcome new members

And welcome back to some

Craft Homes | EcoWindows Hamilton | Greenstone Group | JLL | Ethos Homes | Metlifecare | Tile Warehouse | Stellaria | MacPherson Architecture | DLP Construction

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Daniel Brazier | Nicolau Domingues | Pierre van Tonder | Peter Wolfkamp

Research and reports

Doing right by planet and people: The Business Case for Health and Wellbeing in Green Building, WorldGBC - this important report brings together 11 case studies from around the world

The circular economy opportunity for Auckland and how business can realise it, Sustainable Business Network - showing how Auckland could be $8.8 billion better off in 2030 if the city makes the transition to a circular economy.

External events

Prefab NZ invites you to login for Innovation Bites tomorrow 31 May at 12.15pm. PrefabNZ CEO, Pamela Bell, will be in discussion with Mike Fox of EasyBuild on topics ranging from consenting at scale to innovation in construction. Register here with unlock code: BITES2018.