Big hitters join the Board of the NZ Green Building Council

07 April 2017

The New Zealand Green Building Council is delighted to announce the election of four new board members: Anna Palairet, General Manager, Property and Infrastructure at Air New Zealand; Robyn Phipps, Professor in Construction School of Engineering and Advanced Technology at Massey University; Brendon Dwyer, Operations Manager Buildings Services at Beca; and Patrick Clifford, Director at Architectus.

NZGBC Chair Mary-Jane Daly says the board members are joining at an exciting time. NZGBC is experiencing an increase in membership and uptake of the rating tools.

“It’s a seminal moment for the New Zealand property sector. More people are realising the importance of verification of quality standards through Green Star, Homestar and NABERSNZ.

I’m pleased to be welcoming Anna, Robyn, Brendon and Patrick to the Board of Directors. Their experience, expertise and commitment to the development and adoption of sustainable green buildings in New Zealand will serve the NZGBC and the member groups we represent well.”

NZGBC CEO Andrew Eagles says it’s exciting to welcome Robyn Phipps as a board representative focused on housing quality. “Homestar registrations have climbed from 600 to 6,700 in the last 18 months. Robyn will help ensure Homestar continues to grow in market share.”

Notes to editors:

Anna Palairet comes from a commercial background joining Air New Zealand in 2006 and becoming Head of Procurement in 2012. She was appointed GM Property and Infrastructure in 2015 and embarked on a transformation program refocusing property as a key enabler in employee and customer engagement. The development of Sustainable Building Guidelines in 2016 is keeping sustainability at the core of Air New Zealand’s workplaces and building practices. Anna joins the board as Occupier Industry Group Director.

Robyn Phipps is the Director of Construction programmes and Cluster Leader of the Built Environment staff at Massey University. Robyn has expertise in the design and management of healthy buildings, indoor air quality, heating and ventilation. She joins the board as Research & Policy Industry Group Director.

Brendon Dwyer is the Operations Manager - Building Services at Beca, responsible for a team of over 250 building services engineers Trans-Tasman. He brings a strong sustainability pedigree from his 6 years UK experience in sustainable design and has advised a number of NZ’s leading corporate tenants on embedding sustainability outcomes in major lease commitments across the country. He joins the board as Independent Director.

Patrick Clifford has been responsible for the design leadership of all major projects by Architectus Auckland. He was awarded the NZIA Gold Medal in 2014, the highest honour awarded to an individual in NZ architecture, in recognition of his contribution to the body of work produced by Architectus. He joins the board representing the Consultants industry group.

The members join Chair Mary-Jane Daly, who is also Independent Director of Kiwi Property Group Ltd, Airways Corporation of New Zealand, Cigna, and a Commissioner on the Earthquake Commission; Gail Calder, General Manager, Property & Facilities at Fonterra; Gary Walker, Executive General Manager of Hawkins Construction; and Steve Aschebrock, Director and Owner at Inzide Commercial Ltd.