Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

What does the new government mean for green building?

We’re yet to get into full reflection mode – that’ll come next month, but it’s safe to say 2020 has been huge, and 2021 is looking set to be even bigger as momentum builds and so does the urgency for action. 

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Government commits to NABERSNZ

From 1 January 2021, NABERSNZ will be compulsory for all Government agencies who occupy single-tenant, co-tenanted, or co-located government offices. AND the ratings must be disclosed. Image by McKee Fehl.

New Zealand's first Green Star hotel opens its doors

Congratulations to our friends at Cooper and Company and Britomart Group on the opening of The Hotel Britomart. The hotel has been awarded a Green Star Design rating - recognising the project’s stellar approach to sustainable design.

The latest on Homestar v5

Together with our advisory groups, the team is working hard to create the latest version of our residential green rating tool. Find out how the process is progressing.

News update

Meet our board nominees

The next three years are crucial as we transition to a low carbon economy and drastically reduce our environmental impact. The board plays a vital role in NZGBC's strategic focus. Ballot forms for this year's board election have been sent to your key membership person, and must be returned by Friday 20 November to count.  

Green Star Communities – coming soon to a neighbourhood near you?

Fostering strong communities and creating liveable spaces is key to a low-carbon, healthy society, and something NZGBC is passionate about. That is why we’ve adopted a way of helping city planners, developers and communities from our mates over at the Green Building Council in Australia.

Get your entries in for our annual photo competition

With just a few days to go, make sure you've entered your best images showing off what makes your community great. With up to $500 in Photo Warehouse vouchers to be won - you don't miss out! Entries close midnight Sunday 8 November.

Webinars for project managers and for product suppliers


Environmental Product Declaration and their role in Green Buildings - Thinkstep and Firth Concrete discuss EPDs - 12pm Wednesday 11 November 

The Fourth Dimension - David Fullbrook of eCubed quizzes an expert panel on how project managers can best influence the environmental side of projects - 11.30am Friday 13 November

Summer break at NZGBC and 2020 project submission deadlines 

The NZGBC office will be closed 23 December  - 11 January. 

Here's a reminder of the project submission deadlines for 2020. 

Homestar -  1 December 2020 for return by 23 December. Expect submissions made 1 to 23 December to be returned by the end January 2021.

Green Star - submissions by 13 November for processing by 23 December.

NABERSNZ - submissions by 20 November, to allow payment of certification fee in the next pay run.

Shout out for curtains

If you are renovating homes or hotels, Wellington Sustainability Trust curtain bank would love the old drapes. 

Tūranga library celebrates 5 Green Star rating

Find out more about Tūranga, Christchurch’s flagship central library- New Zealand's first Green Star rated library

HomeFit marks second birthday

As well as helping homeowners, renters, landlords, and buyers - HomeFit is providing us with a valuable and growing set of data. Here is what over 45,000 online checks tell us about the state of housing in Aotearoa.

Healthy Homes Standards deadline

From 1 December 2020, a compliance statement must be included in most new or renewed tenancy agreements. HomeFit assessors nationwide are helping landlords and property managers get their portfolios up to scratch.

Save the date - Green Property Summit 2021

The biennial Green Property Summit is the only event in New Zealand dedicated to sustainability in the built environment. Hosted by NZGBC in collaboration with Property Council New Zealand, be sure to save the date: 6 May at Aotea Centre, Auckland. 

Networking in the capital

Save the date for the end of year drinks hosted at Stephenson and Turner with our Future Thinker of the Year Tessa Meyer. 

8 December 2020. Registrations open next week.

External events

Climate Change + Business conference, Aotea Centre, Auckland - 11 - 12 November

Aotearoa SDG Summit Series - See The Change Online Hui 1 - 19 November, 6.30pm

Building Circularity: Why our Renaissance needs to be a perfect circle - 24 November 2020 Virtual Doors open 9 am for 10 am – 4 pm AEDT

Convergence for a carbon transition 2020-2030 - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and online - Thursday 26 November

Around the globe

Biggest overhaul to Green Star since its inception launched in Australia - The Fifth Estate

159,000 square feet of Cross Laminate Timber, Spokane, Washington - Treehugger

Welcome new members

Metrotile - Harrison Lane - Healthy Homes Centre Limited - Modulo Limited - Unitec New Zealand Ltd - Way2Smart Limited - Smart Living Spaces Design Limited - Ministry for the Environment - Metro Performance Glass

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioner Ian Howard - Jack Quarterman - Jason Cho - Saber Salehirad - Stewart Findlay - Georgina Kirk - Carl Newman

Homestar Practitioner Kevin Palmer - John Hillary - Jack Stewart - Takeshi Kominami - Lucy Bromley - Yashasvi Sharma - Krupa Patel - Mark Flewellen

Homestar Assesor Sophie Giles - Montaine Gru - Rob Meneses - Peter Quenault - Ben Russell - Ke Zhou - Terry Huo - Judith Taylor - Leslie Lewis -Ziwei Zhao

Got a question or suggestion?

Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749 

  each first Wednesday of the month 2.30-5 pm