The stats on building pollution, three great panel discussions, bring on World Green Building Week.

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Whakahou mai te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Cars, collaboration, and call me!

One million cars belch out a lot of climate change pollution. And constructing and renovating buildings in Aotearoa pumps out a similar amount – a whopping three million tonnes of carbon every year. That was one of the key findings in a much-publicised report we launched recently. Read more


Three great panel discussions

A series of nationwide debates tackling the tough issues to get to zero carbon, will kick off at the Parliament Buildings this World Green Building Week. We will be examining product life-cycles and the carbon content of buildings. Free entry. Tickets are moving fast. Read more and register.

Fletcher Building commits to 30% emissions reduction

The company outlines plans to reach its carbon reduction target across its activities by 2030. Read more,

New to the team

Rachel Lee is our new client and office administrator, also known as the people wrangler. Ecology scientist and soccer star, she can help connect you with the right person.

#BuildingLife photo competition

Time to check your smartphone camera settings, and get creative… entries are open for the 4th annual World Green Building Week Photographic Competition 2019. Over $2000 in cash up for grabs. Entries close 30 September. Read more.

Webinar midday today!

Daiman Otto will be discussing disruption and digital transformation – changing the game to building in Aoteaora. Register here.

Show off your campus

Here's an excuse to celebrate sustainability initiatives on your campus, in big way or a tiny way on 24 September. Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability are coordinating Green Campus Day with support from NZGBC. Find out how to take part.

Health and housing in Aoteaora

Future Thinkers in Wellington have teamed up with Sustainability Trust to host this informative seminar on 29 August. For current students, and graduates who finished their degree in the last four years. And there's just a few spaces left. More and register

Reminder: Green Star V3 last registration date

Green Star Design & As Built NZ is designed for any typology and will supersede the need for Green Star Custom tools. Last date for registration under V3 is 31 October 2019. About Green Star.

Stay up-to-date with our news digest

In case you missed it our latest news digest is here. You can stay up with all the latest green building news via LinkedIn.


Hidden emissions of buildings report

Construction in New Zealand could slash emissions by over one million tonnes of carbon every year, says this new report by thinkstep, which encourages key stake-holders to work with their material suppliers to collectively decarbonise our buildings. Read report.

Ministry of Health recommends Green Star

"All new builds, fit-outs and renovations should use a certified sustainability rating system such as Green Star, which ‘designs in’ efficiencies and healthy buildings" is a clear message of the recent MOH Guide to Sustainability in the Health Sector. Read report.

Architects declare in New Zealand

Following on from declarations by UK and Australian architects, New Zealand architects have come together to declare a climate emergency within their discipline. Read more and sign up.

Global carbon counter

The dynamic counter now showing on our homepage is a useful check on world CO2 ppm. Currently displaying in red at 17% above the 350ppm "safe level"... See here.

First Wednesdays open line

Andrew is blocking out 2.30pm until 5pm on the first Wednesday of every month especially to hear from you. Bring suggestions, thoughts, feedback on our work. Call him direct on 09 9510744.

Newly registered projects

Two new built ratings being targeted by Ngai Tahu Property in Christchurch and Argosy Properties in Wellington. Read more.

Welcome new members

Gerard RoofsUniversal HomesBEOMeta ArchitectsManukau Institute of TechnologyEco Pod ConceptsThermakraftChartered Building ConsultantsSilk Impex

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar Practitioners Daniel Moriarty | Glen Phillips | Hayden Swan | Hilaire Cornelius | Lauren Burger | Letitia Feldon | Nicholas Wienand |

Homestar Assessors Alice Gironella | Amy Cumming | Beth Chaney | Brett Todd | Jenni Snowdon

External events and consultation

Invitation to consult on new Australian Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Air conditioners over 65kW) Determination 2019. Deadline is 4 September. These regulations will affect New Zealand products. Read more.

New Zealand Sustainable Development Goals Summit 2019 | Accelerated Action Together 2 September 2019, University of Auckland

CIBSE Auckland | IoT – The Neurology of Building Operations 17 September 2019, Beca, Auckland; use promocode NZGBCguest for $50 discount.

Convergence for a Carbon Transition 2020-2030 Lead the Transition to a Low Carbon Future, 21-22 November 2019, Auckland - AUT | Wellington - Victoria University | Christchurch - University of Canterbury View workshop flyer and programme pdf