Advocacy wins for better buildings, Member Survey last call, Housing Summit programme, Future Thinker of the Year entries closing soon, 

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Whakahou mai e te tumuaki: update from Andrew 

Teamwork makes the green building dream work

Our main role here at the Green Building Council is to join together everyone in Aotearoa who wants our homes and buildings to be healthier, better, sustainable places in which people can thrive. All our ways of working - from our events, to the green building verification schemes we look after on behalf of you, our members, to our advocacy efforts, which amplify our voices - are intended to forge effective and impactful collaborations and alliances, which ultimately make our buildings better. Read more.



Get ready for the Housing Summit

Clear your calendar for 19 May and book your tickets for the most impactful housing event of the year, with a great line-up. Early-bird rates are available until the end of April, and there's special rates for block bookings. Go to event.


Entries close Sunday!

Future Thinker of the Year is awarded each year to a student or recent graduate who is an environmental superstar. Entries are open until midnight on 8 March. Details here


Welcome to the Board

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Dr. Jeff Samasoni from Kāinga Ora to the NZGBC Board. Jeff's expertise in the housing sector will boost our work in this area. Read more.


Celebrations for Regional Facilities Auckland

"We are excited about our Toitū Carbon Reduce certification and Green Building Council membership - both important steps on our journey to becoming a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly business," said Chris Brooks RFA CEO. Read more.


Take our quick members survey

There's still time to add your feedback to our annual Members Survey. 10 minutes of your time can help the NZGBC team prioritise and plan for your needs as members, and to make our buildings and homes healthier, greener places. Start survey here.


Sustainable products available in New Zealand

Information is provided by NZGBC members

Intuitive, power saving, smart homes. Ata Touch tackles the three main energy users of your home – heating, water heating and lighting – for serious savings on power bills and modern functionality for your lifestyle.

Ecodan QUHZ from Mitsubishi Electric provides domestic hot water up to 70°C using efficient CO2 refrigerant. With high COP and low GWP of 1, it’s the ultimate environmental choice for producing hot water.

New to Ecoglo's Architectural range is the 'Red List Free' Living Building Challenge (LBC) Exit sign - the only exit sign listed on Living Future's Declare database.

New Environmental Choice approved Resene Bio-Cleaner is a quick and easy way to clean surfaces ready for painting, or use it annually for regular maintenance cleaning to give homes and buildings a fresh look by washing away dirt and contaminants that may be present.


Global news

The WorldGBC Board of Directors 2020 call for nominations is now open! They’re looking for professionals to help accelerate worldwide carbon reduction across the entire building sector. Board nominations are due by 31 March 2020. Directors are appointed for a two year term commencing 1 July 2020. Click the link above for more information.

More than just wood
. Lloyd Alter design editor of TreeHugger extolls Sweden's tallest timber structure, that is calculated to use 550 tonnes less CO2 than concrete. 

Monash and Lendlease plan carbon zero construction
article from The Fifth Estate.



Unhealthy homes are an election issue

Half of New Zealanders are more likely to vote for a political party in this year’s general election that promises to ‘significantly and urgently’ improve the unhealthy state of homes in Aotearoa according to our recent Consumerlink poll Read more.


Indigenous representation in the built environment 

Future Thinkers 2020 kicked off with a look at how we can use tikanga maori principles in how we design and build our urban spaces. Respected thought leaders Josephine Clark, Maia Ratana and Elisapeta Heta led the discussion. Read more.


Meridian stands out for efficient energy use

New Zealand’s largest renewable energy company is making great strides in creating energy efficient workplaces with NABERSNZ ratings now for all its main office buildings. Read more.


Carbon road map - update on progress

Released in September 2019, the Zero Carbon Road Map for Aotearoa's Buildings provides a blueprint for the property and construction sector to reach international zero carbon building targets. To see how we are faring, read more.


Green Star for St Mary's

Congratulations to all those involved in this project. It's fantastic to see your Green Star vision come to fruition and great for St. Mary's congregation to know they have a healthy, sustainable building in which to worship. Read more.


Online video - how councils can drive sustainability in homes

Now available on line, Auckland Council's Sustainability Initiatives Team's popular webinar explains how the Council is improving homes and how LIM reports drive up awareness of lower carbon, healthier homes. Watch here.


Welcome new members

UIV LimitedWestside Healthcare LimitedTaupo District CouncilGO Architecture


Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar Assessor Brent Kerapa | Martin Oelosfse | Khiem Du | Roger Charnock | Mana Otai | Linlee Tram | Anjali Pondicherry | Rachel Na Xu | Jodi McIntosh | Michael Wang | David Nutsford | Mike Bonne | Sean Patterson | Mark Rickwood | Ben Jagersma | Wade Mullins | Sarah Murray | Nic Sewell | Dave Harrison | Mahnoosh Dordahan


Events near you

Taupo Dialogue - 13 March, Cheal Consultants, Taupo.

Green Speak Waikato talks waste with the Sustainable Business Network - 19 March, Holmes Consulting, Hamilton


Jobs

Auckland Zoo is hiring a new sustainability advisor. Applications close 7 March.


Got a suggestion or question?

Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0744, each first Wednesday of the month 2.30-5 pm.


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