Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Celebrating World Environment Day with Government confirming thousands more healthy homes

Today’s World Environment Day, and I’m stoked to share some great news with you all. Just a few moments ago, Megan Woods, the Minister for Housing, announced that all Kāinga Ora homes will be built to at least 6 Homestar. 

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Kāinga Ora commits to 6 Homestar 

Public housing customers will save hundreds in energy bills while living in warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes – that have a smaller impact on the environment – as Kāinga Ora commits to 6 Homestar standards for new builds.

Britomart leads with Green Star Performance rating

In what is the largest portfolio to have gone through the process, Britomart has become one of the first companies in New Zealand to receive a Green Star Performance rating. Kicking things off with an impressive 3 star rating, the team at Britomart have shown excellent commitment to the environment through their portfolio, and have helped us here at the NZGBC improve the process.

The Government's plans for urban development and transport

Hear Phil Twyford next week as he details the Government's plans on the key issues of urban development and transport, and talks about the benefits that Green Star brings to new urban developments such as Drury in south Auckland. Webinar 10 June

News update

Extra month for membership renewals

It's been a tricky few weeks for many, so we've delayed membership renewals by one month giving companies some extra time to organise. If you are your membership Key Person and have not received a communication to check your member details email Susan.

NZGBC new report: A green recovery

Our recently published report contains key recommendations to Government, and shows that improving the health of 120,000 New Zealand homes could give the country a benefit of over $3billion.

NZGBC webinars: in case you missed it

Ahead of this year's Government Budget we invited a group leading thinkers for a panel discussion diving into the big topics of our economic recovery. A recording of the panel is now available. We also hosted Andrew McKenzie, CEO of Kāinga Ora, who joined us to outline the crown agency’s forward programme for urban development and social housing. Catch up on the discussion. These online videos are free for members.

Green Star and highly productive land survey feedback

Thanks to the input of a number of our members and wider stakeholders, we've made some adjustments to the way we treat highly productive land in Green Star.

HomeFit gets training boost during lockdown

As companies seize on the value of HomeFit certification to check compliance of the Healthy Homes Standards, we've had plenty of interest in HomeFit recently. With training available online the HomeFit qualification is now accessible nationwide.

Environmental Product Declaration: a level playing field for construction products

Fletcher Building have teamed up with thinkstep-anz to explain the basics of EPDs and why Fletcher Building has now published nine of them.

Waste Management's first sustainability report

This comprehensive report charts the company's progress against their strategic themes, including how they are working to transform New Zealand to a circular economy and preparing for a low carbon world. Thanks Waste Management for sharing.

Transforming social housing

Five homes now house five families in the first 6 Homestar rated social housing complex developed by Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust (OCHT) in Christchurch.

New Green Star for Pita Te Hori Centre

The Pita Te Hori Centre, recipient of Property Industry Awards in 2018, has now been rewarded with a 5 Green Star certification for its Te Urutī building flanking the Ngā Māra a Te Wera open space in central Christchurch.

Green Star project registrations

Samson Corporation and Mansons TCLM continue to show excellence in high quality low impact builds with these new developments.

Ecoglo declares its products for architects

NZGBC member Ecoglo can now custom manufacture exit signage and emergency visibility products to ‘Declare’ label standards.

Welcome new members

Elroy Group Limited - Air Con New Zealand - Total House New Zealand - Optimal Protocol Ltd - Bright Yellow NZ Ltd - Mitchell Builders - Bbm Construction Ltd - Chilton + Mayne Architecture Ltd - Canterbury District Health Board

Got a question or suggestion?

Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749, each first Wednesday of the month 2.30-5 pm.