Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Green buildings firmly on the election agenda

This year, more people than ever before attended our World Green Building Week events, which shows the large and growing momentum behind our movement. This momentum for green buildings and healthy homes is being reflected in the policy announcements of our political parties in the runup to the election, in a way we haven’t seen in previous elections.

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World first: NZ financial sector to report on climate risks

In what is a huge move for New Zealand, banks, asset managers and insurance companies will have to disclose their climate-related risks according to last month's policy announcement. This is a very big deal.

Building for Climate Change: NZGBC submission

The government's Building for Climate Change programme is a huge opportunity to change the Building Code and improve our buildings. So be sure to make a submission on the proposed reforms ahead of the 11 October deadline. If you're looking for inspiration, check out our submission. 

Annual Green Building Photo Competition is now open

During Covid-19 restrictions we all had a stark lesson on adapting to change, embracing the importance of having a safe, comfortable place to live, healthy green spaces, and strong communities to support one another. This year we are looking for images that capture these themes and demonstrate what makes our communities great places to live, work and play. Student and open categories will be judged by award-winning architect Patrick Clifford and acclaimed photographer David St-George. Entries by 1 November 2020.

News update

Board elections and AGM2020

All members are invited to our AGM, to hear about plans, progress, and meet other green building advocates. Nomination packs will be emailed next week to your membership key person with details about board elections. Book your place now at this year's AGM hosted by Bayleys in Auckland on 26 November. 

Government's message to the sector to act on climate

The announcement that 138 Government departments and agencies will have to assess the greenhouse gas emissions from their new building projects sends a strong message to the sector to start acting on climate.

#ActOnClimate catch up on the week's events

You can view all the videos you missed during World Green Building Week 2020 here on YouTube.

Upcoming webinar: choosing an eco label 

In this month's PluggedIn Products and Materials webinar we interview guests from New Zealand Steel and Tasman Insulation (Pink® Batts®). Join us midday on 14 October.

APL focus on thermal window technology

The window joinery company's high performance, well ventilated product ranges are in demand.

Pellet boiler toolkit

Following NZGBC's recent webinar Water heating in homes and buildings, Apricus NZ has developed an excel toolkit to assist with the feasibility of using pellet boilers in commercial and school buildings.  

What does the post-Covid office mean for NABERSNZ and energy efficiency?

The office, as you know it, is dead, we keep being told. If so, what does that mean for energy efficient offices, and for healthy workplaces?

Bumper month for Green Star

SEVEN newly certified Green Star projects this month across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Local hapū delivers residential development with a difference

Blending history with values, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei are creating modern, sustainable homes at Oneoneroa. 

HomeFit online check gains new features  

Refinements to the web app and fee reductions is good news for installers and users.

EPD for Abodo Vulcan Timber

The declaration covers their sawn softwood, surfaced, finger-jointed softwood, and glued-laminated timber (Glulam) products.

In the news - low impact concrete

NZGBC members Neocrete and eHaus have collaborated in this new home build in Tasman District. Article by Stuff.

Other events

Ecovillage webinar by Common Ground Useful round up of eco-villages from around the world.

GBC South Africa's first ever virtual Green Building Convention on 28-30 October 2020 You can access session recordings up to one month after the event.

Go Green Expo! Auckland  31 October - 1 November, Eventfinda Stadium, North Shore 

Go Green Expo! Wellington 7 - 8 November, TSB Arena Free tickets online

Welcome new members

Apollo Projects - Clarke and Haack Construction - Performance Energy & Control Ltd - Ecobuilt Homes Limited - Said Studio - HBCG NZ - JRA Construction Ltd - Latitude Homes - Kiwi Facilities Maintenance Ltd - Topa Electrical 

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioner Riaan Roberts - Emanuele Lisci - Hayden Earl - Stephen Cornwall - Morgan Jones 

Homestar Practitioner Anahi Maturana Contti - Kevin Palmer - Ben Field - Abhimanyu Ramola - Priscila Besen 

Got a question or suggestion?

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