News digest: Big milestone for green building, history is made with Zero Carbon Bill, over 300,000 homes affected by damp

Monday 11 November 2019

There are now more than 100,000 commercial developments around the world certified by the LEED green building rating system, the climate emergency presents major new challenges for architects, New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Bill receives unanimous support and will become law, scientists warn of untold suffering due to the climate crisis, and more than 300,000 New Zealand homes are affected by damp. These stories and more in our regular round up of green building and climate change news from here and around the world.

Green banking, building and our board ballot

Wednesday 6 November 2019

What a month! There seems to have been a flurry of activity in our space – we're dealing with a mountain of new Green Star and Homestar registrations. There has also been an influx of green finance announcements which point to a wave of future sustainable opportunities.

Major $300 million hospital build aims for Green Star

Thursday 31 October 2019

A new $300 million hospital wing is aiming for 5 Green Star - answering health officials calls for more sustainable buildings and paving the way for other health projects. The Taranaki District Health Board has received Government funding for a new acute hospital on its Taranaki Base Hospital campus.Expected to be completed in 2023, the building will host the DHB’s Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Laboratory, Radiology and Maternity services.It means lower running costs for the DHB, lower emissions, a better place for patients and staff, and a brighter future for Aotearoa.

Health and Wellbeing in the office with Hire Plants

Monday 4 November 2019

Hire Plants have been part of NZGBC since 2015. Over that time they have been generously stocking and maintaining our office forest without charge. As well as supplying and maintaining your workplace greenery, they are also a great source of plants for special events, giving a luscious boost to our trade fair stands, events and conferences. Lucia Gardner, Head of Sales and Marketing, explains why more greenery is good for the office.