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Whakahou mai e te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Green banking, building and our board ballot

What a month! There seems to have been a flurry of activity in our space – we're dealing with a mountain of new Green Star and Homestar registrations. There has also been an influx of green finance announcements which point to a wave of future sustainable opportunities. Read more


Meet the nominees

Election year, the zero carbon bill ... this is a critical year for NZGBC and our Board keep us on the right course. Every member organisation has a vote, and the ballot form has been sent to your key person. Vote now! See who is standing.

Precinct bags another Green Star Built

The Built rating has been finalised for Precinct's successful co-working space. Read more.

First 6 Green Star Design for Mansons

Congratulations to Mansons TCLM as they forge ahead with their commitment to build all new buildings to the world leadership standard of 6 Green Star. Read more.

Newly registered projects

Between them Precinct Properties, Mansons TCLM and Willis Bond have registered seven new Green Star builds this month. Read more.

#Building Life photography winners

Congratulations to Max Kostuik Warren for taking first place open category in the WGBW Photo Competition, and Jarem Cabamongan first place student. Thanks to Westpac for providing the prizes. See finalist entries here.

Dancing pot plants

Hire Plants have been in the business of supplying and maintaining indoor greenery for 40 years. They know how to integrate biophilic design and pot plants into your Green Star project too. Read more.

New faces at NZGBC

A big welcome to Fatma Abdelaal and Tom Furley who have recently joined the team. Best of luck to Joanne Duggan for her exciting new role at NZIA. Read more.

Don't miss this month

Future Thinkers Pōneke | Beyond the Build: Energy & End of Life, Wellington TONIGHT, for young professionals and students.

Plugged In Webinar. Utilise sustainable procurement through facilities maintenance contracts; Duncan Munro, Energy & Sustainability Specialist, Auckland Council. Midday, 27 November 2019.

AGM and Member Drinks 2019, hosted by Precinct Properties NZ, Auckland, 28 November 4.30pm

Housing Summit 2020. Pre-registration open for the next year's most important housing summit.

But wait, there's more...

Big thanks from Habitat from Humanity and Sustainable Coastlines to the World Green Building Week event attendees who voted these two organisations as recipients of $400 donations each in lieu of speaker gifts.

Over the Edge for Wishes - Kia kaha to all those brave abseilers descending the NZGBC office building next week. You can abseil too or make a donation to Make a Wish Foundation.

Member stories

We're always keen to hear how you are contributing to sustainability. If you have any news or ideas to share contact our communications team.


Major hospital building Green Star

The Taranaki District Health Board new hospital wing is aiming for 5 Green Star, answering health officials calls for more sustainable buildings and paving the way for other health projects. Read more.

Our poor statistics

The latest report from Stats NZ is shocking but, sadly, not surprising. There are still too many unhealthy homes across Aotearoa. Read Stats NZ report.

Meet Mr Humfreez

How a wooden sheep at ANZ Bank is helping spread the message about healthy homes and the uptake of Homestar and HomeFit. Read more.

Bupa walks the talk with Homestar

Foxbridge Retirement Village at Te Rapa, Hamilton is the first of a new generation of Bupa developments certifying to Homestar. Read more.

HomeFit has Healthy Home Standards covered

As an added benefit for landlords and property managers, you can use your HomeFit certificate to show the home complies with the Healthy Homes Standards. Read more.

Products for the zero carbon economy

Good news for Green Star, Homestar and zero carbon building projects: Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association have published EPDs for wood products. Read more.

Welcome new members

Bossley ArchitectsDonnell and Day Architecture LtdConstrukt AssociatesJames Mackay Builders Ltd Method RecyclingG2 StudioChristchurch International AirportTotal Property ServicesEco Efficient Lighting LtdBragato Research Institute

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar assessor: Terry FrancisAlun CarterElla MarshallNick DayWarren HoltThomas HumeCharmaine HylandLijie ZhuCharvi ButailKathryn Mead

NABERNZ practitioner: Frank BranscombeMichelle LeadbetterKate BoylanRachel BeerEleanor ChristodoulouKassandra MenziesHaley JonesWarren CateGrant BurnsOlivia Winn

NZGBC news digest

For the best round up of international and local green building news. Read more.

Need to talk green buildings? Got a suggestion or question?

Then call our chief executive Andrew direct on 09 951 0744, every first Wednesday of the month between 2.30-5 pm.