Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

The time is now 

There is an intense urgency to act, and act now. Our sector has a key role to play in delivering a zero carbon Aotearoa. Acting together, we can lead the way to a cleaner, healthier, less polluted nation.

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Thousands of homes to have carbon pollution levels slashed under revamped Homestar green home scheme

Thousands of new New Zealand homes could be built to be much more climate-friendly, as Homestar, the green home certification scheme, relaunches this week. Under the new version of Homestar, all homes aiming for a green home rating will now have to prove they have lower carbon pollution compared to an average new home.  


A window to the future – 5 Green Star rating showcases sustainable industrial design

Last week we were lucky to check out the Profile Group Hautapu Facility as part of our Green Speak Waikato Site Tour. During the evening we were thrilled to have the opportunity to present PGL with the project’s 5 Green Star Design certificate – an excellent achievement for what is a fantastic green project. Check out our full case study to find out more.


News update

Join us for the launch of a major drive for cosy, warm homes.

Celebrate the launch of Homestar v5 at one of the following locations:

Auckland, 17 August - Register here

Hamilton, 26 August  - Register here

Wellington, 31 August  - Register here

Christchurch, 1 September - Register here

Queenstown, 2 September - Register here


New carbon calculators for Homestar

Homestar V5 is the culmination of a huge amount of work from the team as well as extensive input from industry experts. It’s also a reflection of the rapidly increasing demand for carbon accountability. Read more about the new tools


        Framework Guidelines on the right to a decent home in Aotearoa - Human Rights Commission

        Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has this week launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced it will hold a national inquiry into housing. The 48-page guidelines are built on values such as fairness and manaakitanga (respect), the United Nations ‘decency’ housing principles, successive governments’ international promises, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Read their news release here.


        Spreading the word with RMBA

        Over the past weeks, we’ve been working with Registered Master Builders Association across Aotearoa to raise awareness of recent developments in sustainable building and increase understanding of Homestar in raising the standards of our new homes.  


        MIQ group allocation open for construction

        Under Group Allocation you can apply for one of 60 places per month in managed isolation between June and October 2021 if you are a critical construction worker and you meet the eligibility criteria.


        136 Fanshawe Street

        Newly registered 8 story office building in Tāmaki Makaurau.


        World Green Building Week 2021

        Join us in celebrating World Green Building Week this year from the 20th to the 24th of Hepetema/September. World Green Building Week is the world’s largest campaign to accelerate sustainable buildings for everyone, everywhere. This year's theme is #BuildingResilience, watch out for more updates on events and webinars to come!


          Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development 

          Read our submission on the proposed long-term vision for our housing and urban development system, and the Government's plans to work with others to make it happen.


          Government forgoes $6million with green building policy

          Using the Official Information Act, we uncovered a document showing that the Government's decision to enact a less ambitious policy for reducing emissions from buildings could see it lose out on millions of dollars in energy savings and averting tens of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions


          2021 Aotearoa SDG Summit, Ōtautahi

          Under the theme ‘Collaboration for Systemic Change’, the 2021 SDG Summit is a two-day conference combining concurrent sessions, workshopping, activations, creativity, sector-based kōrero, a community feast-style dinner in the central city, and field trips to see the SDGs in action around Greater Christchurch. The Summit will be based from the University of Canterbury campus.


          NZGBC now part of the Christchurch Antarctic Network 

          We are now proud members of the Christchurch Antarctic Network - a platform to tell Antarctic stories and share innovation with International Antarctic Programmes. We have worked with Antarctica New Zealand to build a custom Green Star tool to help create a sustainable redevelopment of Scott Base.


          High-performance homes research - participants needed!

          If you have a 7 Homestar project or above, please get in contact with the research team at VUW - Te Herenga Waka. They are researching the designer expectations and user behaviours of high-performance homes and how this can help improve future designs. Get in contact via email if you have a suitable project!


          External events

          Environmental Defence Society Conference, 4-6 August, Ōtautahi

          Homelessness and Housing in West Auckland Hui 2021, 11 August, Tāmaki Makaurau

          Rethinking Housing, 16-17 August, Tāmaki Makaurau

          Climate Sensitive Towns & Communities, 23-24 August, Te Whanganui-a-Tara

          How was It Built? #2 Scion Innovation Hub, 24 August, Tāmaki Makaurau

          Retail Conference, 2 September, Tāmaki Makaurau

          Future-Fit Aotearoa, 7-9 September, Tāmaki Makaurau


          Welcome new members

          NZ Concrete Structures -  Ekopaints -  Simx Limited -  Guy Evans Architects -  Ministry of Health -  Jagas Paving and Precast -  Novii - Gecko International Limited


          Got a question or suggestion?

          Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749 

          each first Wednesday of the month 2.30 - 5.00 pm