A big announcement to start the year, NZ's first certified Green Star Communities, and tell us what you think in our member survey.

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Whakahou mai e te Tumuaki | Update from Andrew

And we're off!

Climate change will make disasters like the bushfires in Australia worse, scientists have warned. And, with the built environment responsible for 20 percent of New Zealand’s carbon footprint, it’s vital that we continue to build on the recent gains we have made, together, to make our buildings cleaner, greener, better places for people. Read more.

Government infrastructure plans

What are the wins for buildings in last week's announcement, and how does it connect with our Zero Carbon Road Map for Aotearoa's Buildings? Read more.

Homestar 7 and 8 for Halsey Street

Congratulations to Willis Bond & Co and all those involved for achieving great Homestar ratings for their latest luxury apartment project in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter. Read more.

Homestar for Kāinga Ora McLennan 

These Papakura homes hit the highest Homestar points for minimising construction landfill waste. Read more.

Welcome to the team

Jennifer Whittle is bringing new perspectives to the NZGBC leadership team. As Director of Communication and Engagement she will be honing how we present externally as well as how we care for our members. To find out what motivates her read more.

Next generation Green Star

Our Australian counterparts are now inviting feedback on the future look of the Green Star suite of tools. We have no current plans to adopt the next version as we've recently brought in Green Star Design and As Built, but do encourage you to view their proposals before the feedback process ends on 28 February. Read more.

Sustainable products available in New Zealand

DimondĀ® Roofing have received GreenTag ™ GreenRate™ Level A certification, the top tier rating for this globally recognised eco-label, for all ColorCoteĀ® roll formed roofing products

COLORSTEELĀ® contributes to a number of credits within the Green Star and Homestar rating tools

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' high efficiency, commercial air-to-water heat pump Q-ton, utilises environmentally-friendly CO2 refrigerant, and emits up to 74% less emissions than a standard gas boiler.

Eight stunning Italian Tile Ranges ready for Homestar & Green Star points accumulation, from The Tile Depot, with documentation ready to download thanks to Envirospec, or contact carleen@tiledepot.co.nz

Seeking sustainability superstars

If you know any budding green building champions, or are interested yourself, share this short video from last year's winner and read how to enter.

BIM is good for green building assessment 

Whilst New Zealand is moving towards its 2050 challenge of achieving net zero carbon buildings, it is vital to highlight tools and methods that assist in achieving that goal and investigate their integration potential. Read more.

Our fabulous interns

It wouldn't be summer without our amazing interns. This year has been no exception. Find out who they are and how they've spent their time at NZGBC here.

Are we on the right track?

If you haven't already done so, please put 10 minutes aside today to tell us what you think in our member survey. Start survey here.

Waste levies 

We supports the Ministry for the Environment's landfill levy proposals, but reckon they should go further. Read more.

First Green Star Communities in New Zealand

Two Panuku neighbourhoods have achieved a 5 star Green Star - Communities rating. Rewarded for exceptional masterplanning, they have plans to roll out more across Auckland. Read more.

Housing summit 2020

Join our MC Nadine Higgins at the housing event of the year. Take advantage of early bird member rates, or book a group table for you and your guests. Learn more.

Carbon, energy performance, Christchurch 

If these topics interest you, join us at the NZGBC/CIBSE evening presenting the Zero Carbon Road Map for Aotearoa's Buildings alongside Steve Hennessey, NABERS guru, talking about what is happening in the sphere of energy performance on 27 February. Register here.

Newly registered projects

Green Star hits the regions: a wine research hub in Blenheim and new hospital build for Taranaki. Read more.

Welcome new members

Charlotte Saunders ArchitectAutomated Building Services LtdLOXA Design LtdBSM Group ArchitectsVeros Property ServicesAP Design LtdPortal StudioMidCentral District Health BoardJacobsNelson City CouncilCain Built LtdRegional Facilities AucklandStevens Lawson Architects LtdProjectus LtdBy2 Architecture LtdTurner Road Architecture LtdNigel RyeRawlinsons LtdDasso GroupTricia Love Consultants LtdMetra Panel Systems LtdTuatara Structures

External events

Keystone Trust are seeking mentors, find out how you can get involved in this valuable mentoring programme supporting young entrants to the property industry.

Women4Climate: Climate Migration Survey Research, University of Auckland welcomes your input to this important topic

Property Industry Awards 2020 nominations are open until Friday 7 February, celebrate your sustainable building!

WorldGBC news

World Green Building Council joins United Nations Global Compact

Big step-up in ambition needed to put buildings and construction on track to meet Paris Agreement goals, warns Global ABC report

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

For a direct answer call Andrew Eagles on 09 951 0744, every first Wednesday of the month (today!) between 2.30-5 pm.

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