Update from Alex

27 January 2016

Member News - January 2016

NZGBC advisory group launches

Welcome back after a hopefully restful and refreshing break!

It feels like 2016 has started with a hiss and a roar for us at the NZGBC. We have started implementing the governance changes voted through at last year’s AGM – including a smaller, more strategic Board.

We’re now ready to issue the invitation to members to get involved in our new Advisory Group. This group will draw on the talents of a wide range of members, to support the NZGBC management in various ways. We’re delighted that Board member Simon Wilson of RDT Pacific has agreed to chair the group initially, to ensure connection to the Board.

We have created Terms of Reference that outline the role and objectives of the Advisory Group, and describes the kind of attributes we are looking for in nominees. If you are interested and feel you have something to offer, please read the terms of reference in detail, and submit one A4 page outlining which of the objectives you could contribute to, and how you meet the attributes. Please email these to me directly by close of business on Friday 12th February 2016.

Over the Christmas break we have also reorganised internally and can announce that we are seeking a Director of Rating Tools. This senior (second in command) role is responsible for leading NZGBC’s influence on New Zealand’s built environment value chain, through the successful operation and evolution of our suite of sustainability rating tools. We are seeking a leader with business development experience, great technical expertise and direct knowledge of rating tools – somebody who can see the big picture but also chase the details when necessary. We are also opening a position for a Marketing Manager. Both job details can be viewed on our website.

We also start the year with a large global goal in mind. Following the historic Paris Agreement at COP21 - limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels - 2016 will be the year that New Zealand (along with the rest of the world) needs to take a great step forward, employing courage and fresh thinking. In terms of our collective progress in influencing the built environment, we need to furnish you with the right information and tools. We need to inspire you with stories of how others have done it, and assist you in pushing change in your organisations. The status quo will not achieve the 2 degree limit. Adapting our business models and how we deliver the built environment will be critical if we are to honour the Paris Agreement.

We’d love to help you think creatively – let us know how we can help.