Whakahou mai e te tumuaki | Update from Andrew

Green Star, Homestar and reducing carbon pollution

Building only to the pretty woeful Building Code is increasingly being seen as unacceptable, especially given the role we all must play in leading the path to a cleaner, less polluted, zero carbon Aotearoa.

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Advocacy update and comment on IPCC Report AR6 

Read the latest on our advocacy work, and what the latest IPCC report means for our role in the journey to a greener, healthier Aotearoa.

What are we doing about embodied carbon?

In the latest version of Homestar we have made a few key changes to support our building industry to deliver the homes that Kiwis deserve, Aotearoa needs, and that climate action demands.

News update

Homestar version 5 is live and online

The most ambitious update for our green home rating scheme. Thanks to all who have been involved in the webinars and online training. Given current restrictions, we're rescheduling the Homestar v5 events. In the meantime, you can watch webinar recordings and see answers to FAQs here. Homestar Practitioner training is also available online.

Homestar and Passive House: Complementing a warm, efficient, sustainable home

Those already looking to get ahead of this challenge are using the likes of Homestar and Passive House to do it, and we’re excited that these are both in a strong position to lead New Zealand’s industry to a lower-carbon future.

More staff, less energy. Consecutive NABERSNZ ratings a winner for NDY tenancy

With NABERSNZ ratings dating back to 2016, Norman Disney & Young’s Wellington office demonstrates what’s possible with back-to-back tenancy ratings reflecting constant improvement and a reduction in energy use

Welcome to our new research and policy advisor

We’re very excited to welcome Kathleen Bell who will be advising us on all things research and policy. This is a key time for climate action, and we’re thrilled to have Kathleen on the team as we navigate and advocate for meaningful change.

Hunt on to find and fund large-scale mass timber buildings 

Design funding is now available for qualifying yet-to-be-built wooden buildings as part of a partnership between the Ministry of Primary Industries and Red Stag.  

Applications now open for two technical internships

We have two paid summer internship positions now open. These roles run for three months from around November to February/March. We are looking for students or recent graduates, who will either be in the third or the fourth year of engineering, building sciences, architecture or a similar degree, or have just graduated. If you are interested, please see more information here.

Green Star governance: meet our advisory committee and expert reference panels

Green Star is regularly reviewed and challenged to give our members and their clients the confidence that they are working to the highest possible standards for sustainability.

University of Auckland project receives highest-ever Green Star Design score 

The Social Sciences Building has been awarded 93 points by the NZGBC, achieving a 6 Green Star Design rating. This is the highest score awarded since the inception of the rating, putting the building in the ‘world leadership’ category.

Kāinga Ora taking action

“Working together with our partners, we aim to ensure our homes are not only sustainable in how they are built, but also in terms of how we remove them when they are no longer fit for purpose.”

Newly registered projects

The use of Green Star Design & As-Built is growing with three health park projects, office and industrial projects.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Here at NZGBC, we're trying to incorporate Māori language, terminology and tikanga Māori in our work. With Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori just around the corner, we challenge you, your whānau and your workplace to do so as well! How you do it is up to you, but you can get started by learning some common Te reo phrases or downloading the ‘Te Wiki o te Reo Māori’ music playlist on Spotify.

    CIBSE ANZ Seminar Series 2021

    The 2021 CIBSE ANZ Seminar Series has started this week on 7 September. The program will be broken into five weekly two-hour sessions delivered live and online. Survival of the Fittest – Resilience now and into the future will examine future trends in healthy building design and operation whilst also providing flexible working spaces for the future. Use code ''NZGBCSurvival2021" for members $70 off .

    External events

    Māori Language Moment, 14 September

    Levers for Change series,
    16 September

    The Property Conference, 23 September

    Welcome new members

    OneFrame Ltd - Bassett- Smith Architecture -  Peter Swan Limited -  Rockstead Construction Ltd - PDA Architects - PAG Assets (Real Estate) Ltd -  CONTEXT Arch - Oakmont Homes - New Ground Capital - Southern Cross Healthcare -  R K Construction - Mike Greer Developments

    Got a question or suggestion?

    Call Andrew Eagles direct on 09 951 0749 

    each first Wednesday of the month 2.30 - 5.00 pm