Update from Alex: Powering positive change

28 May 2016

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to have heads down and tails up – but here at NZGBC we’ve recently been reflecting on big-picture progress across the built environment. What got us thinking was the theme of next month’s World Green Building Week: Powering Positive Change. There’s undoubtedly plenty of positive change afoot in New Zealand. At Auckland Unitary Plan hearings this month, panel members are considering whether a minimum 6 Homestar will be mandatory for residential developments. In Tauranga and Christchurch, developers have proved it’s worthwhile aiming for the top – two 10 Homestar homes opened their doors this month and are attracting much interest from industry, media and the public. The Queenstown Lakes District Council is including incentives for Homestarrated development in its Proposed District Plan, soon to be notified. And coming soon is the new and revised Homestar v3, tailored for multi-unit projects – please check out the pilot manual on our website and provide feedback. We’ve had a strong response to the launch of Green Star v3, with good numbers at refresher training. Our upcoming Innovation workshops will explore the possibilities of the new Green Star Innovation Challenges, designed to reward initiatives that offer environmental, social and economic sustainability benefits – and that help to actively take the message of green building further. In other Green Star news, recent registrations include two extensive refurbishments in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct. It’s exciting to see that precinct taking shape; Waterfront Auckland is undoubtedly in the vanguard of sustainable development. So as we approach World Green Building Week (September 21-27), there’s a lot of positive change to be excited about. This annual week is a chance for us to offer inspiring, informative events – mostly free – to our members as a thank-you for your support and enthusiasm. We’re showcasing green building achievements through tours, talks and film screenings, some in conjunction with the NZIA and Auckland Architecture Week. Be sure to check out the varied programme on offer and join us for some fun events next month. We’re making great progress, but there’s still a lot of ground to cover. Let’s keep the momentum going.

Warm regards, Alex