News digest: New Zealand announces its first ever climate action plan, Canada promotes timber skyscrapers, steel sector facing ‘vicious cocktail of climate impacts’

Wednesday 7 August 2019

The building industry is not yet responding to the demand for green buildings, a 24-storey building in New York has been built to meet Passive House criteria, green banks are on the rise as cities look for ways to fund essential work to prevent climate change, more than 2150 public homes have been built in New Zealand in the past year but that’s still well short of demand, and our government announces its Climate Action Plan to move to a low emissions economy. These stories and more in our regular round up of green building and climate change news from here and around the world.

Bike parks and showers. Do we really need them?

Monday 29 July 2019

As more people opt for alternative ways to get from place to place, building managers and contractors need to consider the long-term implications of including and improving end-of-trip facilities. By incorporating better facilities, there can be direct economic and health benefits to both the individual and the community. Here's a quick review of the benefits.

Tracking our carbon footprint

Tuesday 30 July 2019

“If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it” goes the saying. We’re taking steps to track our carbon footprint, and putting a number on our pollution.

EcoSoft floor tiles reducing plastic waste

Tuesday 30 July 2019

With a backing made from 80% post-consumer plastic bottles and 5% post-industrial PET, EcoSoft has diverted over 700 million PET bottles from landfill and oceans since its creation and has a target of over 1 billion plastic bottles by 2025. Floorspace Ltd introduces its new product range.

Humanitarian Engineering with Engineers Without Borders NZ

Monday 29 July 2019

NZGBC intern Alejandro R. Ruck Vega finds out that Engineers Without Borders NZ is not a "service club that encourages you to take vacations to other countries, making you look good to your employer/ uni while doing it".