What happened in #WGBW2018, report that makes the green case for healthcare buildings in NZ, Beca building wins across Asia-Pacific.

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Whakahou mai te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Crowd-sourcing, climate, Katowice – and World Green Building Week

It was great to see so many New Zealanders gather throughout World Green Building Week and to feel the growing momentum behind Kiwis like you and me who want better homes and buildings. The week saw a huge number of events going on domestically and globally around the built environment. And even though we had loads happening already, we also managed to release a new report examining the huge benefits that greening New Zealand’s healthcare buildings will bring to Kiwis. Read more


WGBW2018 - it's a wrap

Hundreds of you took part in World Green Building Week events online and across the nation. Huge thanks to all those who held their own events or assisted with ours. If you'd like to watch one of the great presentations again, or catch one you missed, then you can see the speaker slides here.

Aorangi House bags top award

Congratulations to Beca, whose Aorangi House in Wellington was called a ‘well-deserved winner’, and a ‘stellar example’ of a green building, taking out top spot at the World Green Building Council's Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards in September. Read more.

World leading house in East Auckland

The Durbin's Beachlands home has gained a world leading Homestar Built rating, adding an extra two stars to their original design. To find out about this exemplar home read more.

Pricing review for Homestar

New certification fees for Homestar projects were introduced in June. Under the new pricing, NZGBC members can claim a discount. Read more.

The sustainable future we want

It was a privilege to celebrate a decade with our Green Star Accredited Professionals last week. Here are their thoughts about the future of the built environment. Read more.

Auckland Climate Action Plan

There's still time to take part in Auckland Council's climate challenge and help with its action plan with #ClimateAKL. Voting on ideas opens next week. See suggestions around Healthy, Resilient Buildings, Places and Spaces. Read more.

Sustainable products new to NZ

CircuitBac Green backing with Interface Carpet Tile provides environmental surety. This bio-based backing absorbs more carbon than it emits during its production. Product has been awarded its own EPD. Sustainable credentials are extended with TacTiles glue-free installation.

Ecoglo NZBC Compliant Photoluminescent Exit Signage - Architectural Solutions: Cost-Effective, Failsafe, Sustainable

Palettone PUR - spectacularly colourful new homogeneous flooring collection from Polyflor

Research and reports

The case for sustainable healthcare, the New Zealand Green Building Council and the Green Building Council Australia

Cost of Homestar report for New Zealand Green Building Council, Rawlinsons

External events

2018 GRESB Real Estate Results, Auckland, 10 October

FSC Friday - Join our friends at FSC to celebrate on 12 October

Construction Rocks, Auckland, 7-8 November


Good news for healthcare

This newly released guide sets the compelling reasons why certified green buildings are a must for healthcare. Endorsed by leading medical staff and the Minister for Climate Change, the guide is set to inform decision making for the future of health buildings in New Zealand. Read the report and register for the upcoming Plugged In webinar on healthcare.

What is liveability?

Is 'liveability' an objective or subjective concept? Can it be measured? How does it affect our daily lives? Green Star - Communities offers a useful blueprint to incorporate liveability into new developments. Read more

Global report shows massive opportunity in climate economy

US$26 trillion could be added to the world economy by 2030 by tackling climate change says the latest report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Read more

Two important dates!

The call for nominations for the board will be sent to your NZGBC Key Person next week in preparation for the NZGBC AGM will be held in Auckland on 22 November. Exercise your rights to nominate for the board by 24 October and save the AGM date 22 November.

Final days for 'Home is...' photo competition

There's still time to take part in our 'Home is...' photo competition. Your photo will be judged by leading architectural photographer Patrick Reynolds. Open to all tertiary students and NZGBC Future Thinkers. Money prizes! Until 10 October. See criteria.

Green Star buildings in New Zealand are more productive

It's not just the buildings that are more efficient but their occupants too, according to this recent article published in Stuff that draws from the experience of Precinct Properties and data collected by Colliers. Read more

Nice to meet you

There was lots of interest in NABERSNZ and Green Star Performance at Facilities Integrate last week. If you'd like a consultation about either of these rating tools contact nabersnz@nzgbc.org.nz

Welcome new members

European Modular HomesFoodstuffs New Zealand LtdBarfoot and ThompsonFisher & PaykelHG Engineering SolutionsLand HomesRinnai

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioners: Joe Plamus | John Amaya | Kristen Webster | Kun Tao | Louisa Yu | Mark Bonser | Shane Phillips | Tessa Meyer

GSAP Performance: Anthony BroatchBrittany GrieveKimberley WhynnChris MillsTom Scheirlinck