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Whakahou mai te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Better communities, proven

Communities have to be well built, well designed places. Between us, as the thousands of New Zealanders who want our buildings to be better, we have the expertise, knowledge, and passion to build communities fit for Kiwis. New Zealand needs us, together, working in collaboration for a better, greener built environment. Read more.


We need your help

In 2019, New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Act will become law, a Climate Change Commission will be established, the coalition government will unveil their first wellbeing budget. The next few months are going to be mammoth, and we need you to help guide our work throughout this hugely important year. And you might win a $500 wellbeing spa package.  Start survey.

Have you booked your space?

The Green Property Summit is our biennial event co-hosted alongside Property Council NZ. Bringing the best and brightest from around the world, plus a sense check of what is going on in Aotearoa, don't miss this meeting of who's who in the green building sector. 11 April. Register here. Early bird rates still apply.

Green Star conference centre for Wellington

Wellington City councillors have agreed to fund the new conference centre, and to ensure it's Green Star rated. The detailed design is to be completed by March 2019 for completion in 2022. Image: Studio Pacific Architecture. Read Stuff article.

Tune into Green Star case study... Mason Bros Building

This month's free PluggedIn webinar features the recently certified 6 Green Star Built Mason Brothers Building in Wynyard Quarter. Warner Brunton of Mott MacDonald NZ will present a summary of the sustainability features of this project. 27 February. Register here.

Jane Henley back in town

It was only a brief visit, but NZGBC caught up with our founding CEO. Now working for the World Bank following her successful years heading the WorldGBC, Jane shared some useful insights. Read more.

NABERSNZ certification boom

Dozens of certifications in recent months shows the growing influence and awareness of energy efficiency tool NABERSNZ. Read more.

Members leading sustainability: Many happy returns!

It’s 15 years since Resene introduced the PaintWise programme. Now millions of packs of paint have been saved from landfill. Time to salute this home grown initiative.  Read more.

Sustainable product spot

The Glazing Selector tool by Viridian Glass will help contribute to a better built environment if used by the right decision-makers. Each solution features 6 star WEERS rating and low-E glass, with various options of comfort and protection from the outside elements.

The Showerexenergy drain heat recovery system recycles energy from warm waste water to heat incoming water, saving dollars on your power bill. To claim your $50 NZGBC member discount for Homestar or Green Star projects email

Global news

Tallest timber tower opens in Brisbane and Aurecon moves in - Archdaily

Scotland on target for net zero by 2045 Sparsely populated and largely agricultural, Scotland has many similarities to NZ, except they have a plan - Treehugger

Research and reports

A guide to healthier homes and a healthier planet, WorldGBC, December 2018

GRESB Resilience Report - recommendations for Investors and Real Asset Companies, GRESB, December 2018


NZGBC Green Star Manager - are you passionate about green buildings and experienced in the Green Star tool? Apply here before Wednesday 20 February.

WorldGBC Board of Directors - nominations close 31 March.

WorldGBC Asia Pacific Network Regional Chair or Vice Chair, use your expert knowledge and experience to influence the region - nominations close 31 March.

EECA Board of Directors, MBIE is seeking experienced leaders and/ or directors looking for an opportunity to add to the future of energy efficiency and conservation in New Zealand.


New corporate sponsors

Contact Energy and Viridian Glass have shown their support for improving New Zealand’s homes and buildings by becoming corporate sponsors of the New Zealand Green Building Council. Read more.

Future Thinker of the Year 2019 open for nominations

This year we are seeking a very special person young person to champion sustainability in the built environment. If you know a passionate and talented newcomer who would thrive in this role, still studying or within four years from graduation, encourage them by 28 February, to apply here.

Carbon neutral standards on track

We’ve recently teamed up with Enviro-Mark Solutions to create a new standard for net zero carbon emissions in operation for buildings by mid 2019. Read more.

HomeFit certifications coming through

Holiday season saw plenty of New Zealanders trying out the HomeFit free online check. A Wellington property investor talks to Eion Scott about why his homes are certified HomeFit. Read more.

Building at scale? Volume certification makes Homestar simple

If you design and/or build a large number of houses based on standardized blueprints across multiple developments or subdivisions, we have a useful new pathway to certify them under Homestar. Read more.

Getting the balance right

Andrea Davison, our Technical Manager for Green Star and Green Star trainer, is heading off fresh challenges after six great years. A regular contributor to Building Momentum we asked for her parting thoughts. (We'll miss you Andrea!) Read more.

Newly certified Green Star

Great news for the BNZ Centre Christchurch project team. Read more.

Newly registered projects

Office/ distribution centre at Auckland Airport. Read more.

Welcome new members

Habitat for HumanityMetalsNZKiwiz Comfort Energy SolutionsDVS Home VentilationGreen Start NZStop Digging NZ Ltd

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

GSAP v3 Campbell WilliamsonDominic PlumeDivya PurushothamEdwin IpsenJisun MoJosh StevensLouisa ViallTessa KingsburyThanh NguyenTom SchimanskiHoria Grecu

GSAP Performance Anthony BroatchBrittany GrieveKimberley WhynnChris MillsTom Scheirlinck

Homestar Assessors Adrian LupuAlec CouchmanCheryl SwainstonGavin FergusonHayden FaheyLin TranLouelle BotesNathan VeeversRome Smit

NABERSNZ Trainee Assessors Hong LeeJulia ThompsonMatt BlackwellRik RanfordTania Coelho

External events

FMANZ Webinar The coming revolution for existing buildings: An introduction to the Sustainability Building Manual 27 February 12.30pm - 1pm

GRESB information session - hosted by NZGBC, Auckland, 13 March

Prefab NZ CoLab Auckland, 13-15 March

Superhome February events

Transform - Leading a sustainable built environment Green Building Council of Australia's top event. Member rates for NZGBC members  Sydney, 19-20 March

The Liveability Challenge global call for submissions for solutions to energy and circular economy challenges for tropical environments is open from 10 Jan to 5 Apr 2019

Happy Chinese New Year! Best wishes for the year of golden pig!