Emergencies and submissions, Latest project news, Have your say on construction and demolition waste. 

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Whakahou mai te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Emergencies, emissions and submissions

Across Aotearoa around a dozen councils have now declared a climate change emergency, including Nelson, Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin, Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Queenstown. The Pope’s joined in too, declaring a global climate emergency. There’s a real momentum amongst New Zealanders urging our government and councils our businesses, and our whole country, to tackle climate change now. And buildings have a prime part to play. Read more.


Zero Carbon Bill submission

We've made a submission on the Zero Carbon Bill asking for a building, construction and property industry expert to be included in the climate change commission. Read more.

First Green Star Design hotel

The Hotel Britomart is the first hotel in New Zealand to achieve a Green Star Design rating. Huge congratulations to Cooper and Co and all those involved including Norman Disney & Young and Xigo! Read more

Member close-up: Apricus Eco-Energy

Renowned for innovative and highly sustainable hot water systems, practical solutions to achieve a low carbon future drive this organisation. Read more.

Metlifecare expands Homestar portfolio

With the Orchards already certified, Greenwich Gardens has recently received Homestar 6 ratings on its latest development. Read more.

Outperforming itself - Mason Bros building

True to its ‘Excellence and Best in Category’ at the recent PCNZ RLB Property Industry Awards, the Mason Bros building once more proves the worth of truly good design and building management. Read more.

Green Speak Waikato returns

Mix and mingle with the green building gurus of the Waikato, hear about new projects and the latest on the Net Zero Carbon standard. More and register.

Clear your diary for World Green Building Week

Save the last week of September to celebrate our great green buildings during World Green Building Week. Keep a track of what is happening nationally and add your own actions here.

Global news

When Alexandria met Greta

This remarkable conversation between a US congresswoman and a Swedish schoolgirl is a great read and a call to us all to take a lead in climate change. Photograph: Stephen Voss, Anna Schori/The Guardian Read article.

How a 6-star green building becomes its own teaching resource

The Tyree Energy Technology Building at UNSW Sydney not only provides a sustainable, healthy space, but hard data, making it a great resource for researchers and academics. Read The Fifth Estate report.


Membership renewal

Thanks to all who have supported green buildings in Aotearoa and renewed your membership this year. If you haven't yet done so, do please make sure you do so by the end of July to enjoy events and training discounts, member communications, and more. Any queries contact Susan.

Tackling construction and demolition waste

New initiatives by Auckland Council and government-backed ECNZ are set to address our excessive levels of construction waste in landfill sites. Kate Boylan, NZGBC Future Thinker of the Year and Sustainability Engineer, talks through what is underway. Read more.

Meet the team: Eleanor

You might have met Eleanor in her work with the technical team. From summer intern to permanent employee at NZGBC, she's about to take her role home to Wellington . Read more.

Newly registered projects

First multi-use hotel/commercial building to register with Design and As Built in New Zealand. Read more.

In the news

Did you catch us in the news last week? We were interviewed for RNZ’s Checkpoint and TVNZ’s One News.

Welcome to our new members!

GreenBridgeNZ LivingGeorge Walkers Office FurnitureIPT ProjectsFirst Principles Architects and InteriorsAtkinson Harwood ArchitectureOneHausCook Islands Investment CorporationPowercore ElectricalPreconMorton Property GroupHallmark HomesImmaculate ConstructionemhTradeJohn Thompson Builders

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar Practitioners Catherine McGregorHarley CollettIsiah ReynoldsJackie PittmanKhan MohammadMike RoulstonNatasha MurrellOrnela PriottiRichard HardingSimone Rebello

Homestar Practitioners (Warren and Mahoney in-house) Annabel FraserCampbell Sutherland | Chris Yandle | Fiona ShortIan AdamsonJesse AllelyMarie-Clare HendersonMichael SmithTao Shen | Tim Holmes | Tomasz Gibowicz

Events, awards, mentorship programme and consultation

2019 NAWIC Excellence Awards partnered with BCITO, entry closing date Friday, 12 July 2019 at 9pm

Women4Climate Auckland Mentorship Programme 2019application closing date Sunday, 28 July at 12pm (GMT)

Sustainable Development Goal Summit 2019, 2 September 2019, University of Auckland early bird closes 19 July

The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust Draft Construction Waste Specification open for comment until 13 August 2019

Time to celebrate

Matariki is a time to gather with family and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. Te Papa has some great ideas here to mark the season, or you could take part in Auckland's huge Matariki Festival. The team here is celebrating together with a Matariki morning tea.