Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Right here, right now

The building and construction sector is playing a key role in boosting the New Zealand economy right now. All of us should feel proud of the part we are playing – a  part that will benefit all New Zealanders.

And now it is time for our sector to play a similar, leading role in driving a greener, healthier, zero carbon Aotearoa, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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Green Property Summit 2021 keynote speakers 

There is no shortage of high profile international presenters at this year's Green Property Summit, hosted by the NZGBC and our mates at Property Council NZ. CEO of the World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, will address the welcome function from London on the eve of the summit, and public health and wellbeing guru Joe Allen will join us direct from Harvard on 6 May. See who else will be there and book your early bird tickets by 18 March.

We're on the search for Future Thinker of the Year 2021

Passionate about sustainable, green building? If you're a student, young professional, activist, researcher or apprentice you could be our next Future Thinker of the Year! Get your entries in before 7 March. Event tickets now available for 14 April, AUT University, Auckland.

Why these landlords are future-proofing their rentals with HomeFit PLUS

Jackie Thomas-Teague and her husband Alister Christie were keen to ensure their rental properties in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Porirua and Levin, some of which are more than 50 years old, are not just up to standard but exceed them. So she called on Healthy Homes assessor Clint Radersma.

News update

New look Homestar final consultation

The new updated Homestar is being launched soon. You can view the draft Technical Manual and supporting documents on our website. And join today's online Homestar V5 Q&A event 4 March at 4 pm.

NZGBC review panels and advisories

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our tools are future fit, we've introduced new advisory panels for Homestar and Green Star. See how these are structured and how you can participate.

Annual member survey - last days

In this rapidly changing world it's essential we check our progress with our members. That's why we're asking as many of you as possible to fill out this year's member survey. You can enter the draw to win vouchers for your local eatery too! Survey closes on 7 March.

For NABERSNZ queries, ask Jack

You may recognise Jack Steele from last month's article on our great summer interns. He has now taken over from the incomparable Vivien Li and is ready to answer all your NABERSNZ and Green Star Performance queries. If you are wondering where Vivien is, she's landed a plum role with one of our key members and is still closely associated with NZGBC. 

Product stewardship

Building Circularity This new publication from The Fifth Estate is a deep dive discussion of the circular economy for building products with experts from Australia, NZ and UK. Available via issuu.

Product Stewardship schemes are recognised under Green Star and Homestar. The Sustainable Business Council offers advice on how to be part of the solution to New Zealand's waste problem. 

Climate Change Commission report submissions soon

The date for submissions on the Climate Change Commission recommendations has been extended to 28 March. Our sector can lead the way to a less polluting, cleaner, healthier, green Aotearoa. Keep an eye out on our website homepage and social media channels in the next few days for information on the NZGBC submission.

Manawatū's highest Homestar rating

Set among native trees planted over the more than 30 years he's owned the site, Roger Clark's goal of building a future-proof, sustainable home has been achieved with an impressive Homestar 8 certified project.

Ecolabels for Green Star and Homestar projects

NZGBC does not certify building materials, but does recognise certain third-party accreditations. The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust explains.

Sustainably sourced engineered wood for a low carbon future - 10 March

Everyone's talking about building with wood as we head towards a low carbon future. But how do you make sure you're sourcing only sustainable timber? Join our next Plugged In Products and Materials webinar for a discussion on this hot topic. 

External events

Carbon Energy Professionals New Zealand (CEP) Conference 2021 - Regenerating New Zealand, Christchurch Town Hall, 26-27 May

Go Green Expo, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland 27-28 March - FREE for limited time

Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series, Be the Change, online hui #2 - 7-9.30pm 25 March

Welcome new members

Phoenix Metal Recyclers - Rogan Nash Architects Ltd - Envoy Ltd - JLL - Inhabit Group - Ryman Healthcare - Soho Group Limited - Arete Architects

Got a question or suggestion?

Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749 

  each first Wednesday of the month 2.30-5 pm