Air New Zealand Logistics Building

03 August 2020

The recently completed Inflight Logistics Warehouse at Auckland Airport houses the in-flight distribution operations, engineering maintenance, overflow aircraft spares, and other general storage for Air New Zealand.

The facility consists of warehouse storage, workspace for processing inwards/outwards goods, and a covered canopy for loading/unloading trucks.

Designed to offer the best possible efficiencies, the design required detailed assessments and computer modelling of daylighting, energy performance, and airflow analysis throughout.

The building is naturally ventilated with operable louvres at low levels in the walls and 14 roof mounted ventilators to help with air movement. Clear roofing allows daylight throughout the building, reducing the need for electric lighting. All water systems are sub-metered.

Project Team

Building owner

Air New Zealand Limited


Eclipse Architecture

Project Manager


Service Engineer


Quantity surveyor


Main contractor

Cook Brothers Construction


Ben Masters, Anthony Gates - Beca

The key sustainable features of the building include:

  • Naturally ventilated space with operable louvres for temperature control and outdoor air.
  • Significant daylight provided via transparent roofing materials to reduce electrical lighting during the day. Efficient LED electric lighting is controlled with photoelectric sensors to make use of daylight when available; infrequently occupied spaces have occupancy sensors with run-on timers.
  • Submetering of electrical (lighting, power, mechanical systems) and water systems which is monitored via the BMS.
  • Water efficient tapware and fixtures.
  • Rainwater harvesting used for toilet flushing.

The following sustainable features have been recognized under its Green Star rating:

  • Enhanced Commissioning and Environmental Management practices adopted
  • 3 tonnes of construction waste by weight diverted from landfill (>70% of construction waste recycled)
  • Adoption of formal Environmental Management System during construction and operation of the building.
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Good levels of daylighting
  • Good lighting levels in industrial areas
  • LED Lighting throughout
  • Respite space with indoor and outdoor facilities
  • Predicted energy consumption and GHG emissions significantly lower than a standard industrial building
  • Energy saving lighting control design including switching zones and occupant detection
  • Car park minimisation
  • Proximity to public transport facilities
  • Reduced potable water consumption
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Efficient sanitary fittings and fixtures
  • Water metering / water monitoring throughout
  • Reduced environmental impact applied coatings
  • Low VOC applied coatings, adhesives and sealants and wall linings
  • Recycling waste storage area