Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Do or do not. There is no try

The Building for Climate Change public consultation kicked off on Monday. It’s hugely more important than words like ‘consultation’ and ‘frameworks’ make it appear. It’s a once in a generation programme to transform the building sector, and slash the climate change pollution emitted by our sector.

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You can transform the building sector, and slash emissions now

Together with you, we've been demanding improvements to the New Zealand building code for years. MBIE has now launched their first two frameworks around how the building and construction sector can reduce embodied carbon, and increase the operational efficiency of buildings. If you want our buildings to be better, healthier places, then you should read them in full, and have your say by 30 September.

Industrial buildings worth billions could become stranded assets, warns our new report

Green Star in focus: The case for sustainable industrial buildings published by New Zealand Green Building Council and Green Building Council of Australia, warns of the increasing risk of significant industrial assets becoming stranded if they can’t show that they are low or zero carbon.

Carbon, streamlining, education, performance, and carbon: your feedback on Homestar 

Thanks to everyone who shared their knowledge, expertise and experience with us in our recent Homestar consultation. It was, by a large margin, the most successful consultation we’ve ever run, and your feedback will help us to refine and improve Homestar, and will inform the changes we make for the new version.

News update

World Green Building Week 2020

Join thousands of New Zealanders this September as we celebrate World Green Building Week with a series of thought provoking events, tackling big, topical  issues. Our sector has a key role to play in tackling era-defining problems. And that’s what makes this year’s World Green Building Week so vital. If you are planning your own event, be sure to let us know, and do use our creative resources found on the event page.

Te Reo Māori in the built environment 

To celebrate Te Wiki o Te Teo Māori join us online as we bring together an expert panel to discuss how we can all embed Māori design and language in our built environment.

Our super popular training courses are moving online

The Green Star Practitioner online course is now live and available for you anytime, from anywhere in Aotearoa. This follows the Homestar Practitioner online course, which became available in July. And we’ve prepared a free introduction module to the Green Star Practitioner course.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 targets set out in these UN Goals are not far away. Homestar and Green Star both contribute to the goals.

Green Star team shuffle

A huge thanks to Fatma Abdelaal for stepping in to do an amazing job over this busy and complicated year. She is returning to University of Canterbury to complete her PhD studies. We are delighted to welcome Ting Li back to the Green Star team as manager for commercial buildings, which she says is "easier than managing babies at home".

Research grant for healthy homes

An important new research programme has received a major grant from the Health Research Council to work on interventions that will help all New Zealanders live in warm, dry, mould-free and safe homes.

Mott MacDonald signs global net-zero carbon commitment

The global engineering, management, and development consulting firm is one of 100 businesses, organisations and governments from around the world committed to net zero carbon buildings by 2030. Warner Brunton writes about what this commitment means here in Aotearoa.

Fonterra Centre gains new Green Star certification

A Green Star interiors certification goes beyond the base building and verifies the sustainability of the space where your employees spend much of their time. Fonterra moved from five work sites to one to house 1400 employees. Congratulations to all the project teams involved.

Reducing construction industry landfill waste

NZGBC members GIB® and Green Gorilla have collaborated on a simple way to improve waste diversion on construction sites in the Auckland region

Newly registered project

A two level existing office on Great South Road is to be refurbished including new facade and services.

NAWIC Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for next year's National Association of Women in Construction awards. This is a fantastic opportunity to recognise your best workers.

Climate change + business conference

The 2020 Climate Change + Business Conference will explore the extent to which businesses, policy-makers, and civil society have seized the opportunity to transform our future. NZGBC members get a 10% discount.

Welcome new members

Healthy Homes New Zealand - Central Environmental Ltd - Symonite Panels Ltd - Sagacity Homes Ltd - New Dimension Architecture Ltd - Tarzan Design Ltd - Oxycom New Zealand WarmWindows Cavalier Bremworth Ltd - Enveloped - Insulation Concepts Ltd

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioner Laurence Hayden - Zhen Xiong Chen 

Green Star Accredited Professional Adam Pugh - Gokul Saravanan - Joanne Brown - Nick Morris - Simon Jury - Will Bowler 

Homestar Practitioner Dusky Stowers-Nigro  - Leighton Fletcher  - Scott Bristow - Haylee Brown - Jasper Ha - Judith Taylor  - Adam Fleming  - Louis Ayoola  

Got a question or suggestion?

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