Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Green government building news to round off the year

Rounding off a busy year for green buildings, the government has announced that it will become carbon-neutral by 2025, including public sector buildings.

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Top stories

Government aims to be carbon neutral by 2025  

Government announced plans to get carbon pollution out of public sector buildings. But was it good enough? Read our response.

Countdown commits to Green Star

Supermarket operator Countdown is building the first Green Star-rated supermarket in New Zealand and has made a commitment to 4 Green Star design and as-built ratings for all its future new developments and by 2025 to lift that to 5 stars. Article courtesy of Stuff

Praise for Christchurch’s latest green church

The post-quake rebuild of St Patrick’s Catholic Church has been awarded a 4 Green Star rating for its eco-smart design. Propelled by the diocese’s green agenda, Green Star was centre stage in the design phase that involved close collaboration with the church community.

News update

AGM a welcome chance to get together 

Guest appearances from Argosy Properties and Future Thinker of the Year Tessa Meyer livened up this year's AGM. We all enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with the industry's greenest and best at Bayleys House.

Winning shots

This year’s photo competition focused on healthy, resilient communities. Our team of 5 million has adapted to change, and embraced the importance of having a safe, comfortable place to live, the strength of strong neighbourhoods, community and green spaces, and the ability for our whanau, friends and colleagues to support one another.

Green Star inspires tenants

Embracing the sustainability advantages of their new 6 Green Star Design office space, new tenants Kiwibank are getting creative. Article courtesy of the Spinoff.

New technology: QOROX® prints concrete in Hamilton and Auckland

Thanks Wafaey Swelim for inspiring us all with his new concrete printer in Hamilton and Auckland. Article courtesy of the Spinoff.

External events and research

The role of LCA in designing zero carbon buildings 

Thinkstep presents Jasmax’s Jerome Partington and eToolLCD’s Maryia Perthen to discuss how the environmental consequences of design choices can be tested, understood, and refined with LCA and eToolLCD Webinar: 3pm 10 December 2020.

Autodesk and Dodge Data & Analytics global BIM survey 2020 This survey is seeking information on benefits and barriers to adoption, how, why and by whom BIM is being used. Your contribution will help to improve the adoption of BIM worldwide. 12-15 minutes to complete, survey closes 31 January 2021.

Future Thinkers in action in 2020

Not deterred by the impact of Covid-19 this year's Future Thinkers have been sharing their talents and making connections with NZGBC members. Their accomplishments have also been gaining national and international recognition. Tessa Meyer continues to be a stellar ambassador for this increasingly established group of young thought leaders.

Supreme Award for Stride Property's Waste Management green headquarters

Showcased in the Green Speak Waikato webinar in April, this building not only took out the green building award, but also claimed the supreme award at the Property Industry Awards last month. Huge congratulations to the long list of NZGBC members who collaborated on this iconic building. 

Tui's nest 

This home has been awarded an impressive 8 Homestar rating, however owner Simon Wilson says the focus wasn’t on a specific number but on achieving great outcomes.

Wellington Green Speak

Come along to our capital city end of year get-together at S&T next week. A great chance to meet other members and hear about the latest green building news and views. 5.30-8pm 8 December, S&T, Wellington

Better buildings for 2030 and beyond 

The biennial Green Property Summit is back for 2021. Hosted by NZGBC in collaboration with Property Council New Zealand, be sure to Save the Date: 6 May at Aotea Centre, Auckland.

Welcome new members

EA Architects Studio - BC Design Studio Ltd - Ecopoint LED Lighting- James Kirkpatrick Ltd - Plan for Tomorrow Ltd - Brothers Construction Group Ltd - Ecolink Projects Ltd - Aupurit Plumbing Systems Ltd - Environment Canterbury Regional Council - Property for Industry Ltd - QOROX® - Knight Associates - Seed Property - Ecoconstruction Ltd 

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Green Star Practitioner Ye Ma - Courtenay Tom - Anahi Maturana Contti

Green Star Accredited Professional Richard Forbes Stewart Findlay Tessa Meyer Timothy Howarth - Carolyn Savage Stuart Smith Tanya Syddall 

Homestar Practitioner Bo Wang Fred Lu  Samantha Rei  Stephanie Murphy - Phillip Tai -  Andy Reynolds Jack Steele Tania Hannaford

Questions and suggestions?

Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749 

  each first Wednesday of the month 2.30-5 pm