World Green Building week 2015 - wrap up

16 November 2015

Late September 2015 saw us celebrate the annual World Green Building Week – with an action-packed programme across three cities.

We were particularly delighted this year to partner with the Auckland branch of the NZIA to align with Auckland Architecture Week, as well as with Auckland Council through the popular Auckland Conversations event. What did we get up to? Here’s a snapshot…

Tuesday 22 Sept, Wellington – we hosted a tour of the award-winning Green Star retrofit at 15 Stout Street, the headquarters of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Around 40 people came to hear from architect Ralph Roberts from Warren and Mahoney and enjoy the drinks – thanks to our generous sponsor McKee Fehl.

Wednesday 23 Sept, Auckland – around 400 people attended the Auckland Conversation event focused on public spaces and liveability, with an inspiring talk on the Philharmonie de Paris from NZGBC member Chris Day of Marshall Day Acoustics. We were updated on Auckland Council’s important public life survey and work on the future Aotea Precinct, with a panel discussion featuring NZGBC chief executive Alex Cutler.

Thursday 24 Sept, Christchurch – New Zealand’s first completed 10 Homestar rated home was the venue for our Christchurch event. Around 60 people were given a guided tour through the remarkable home at Church Square, hosted by designer and Homestar Assessor Bob Burnett.

Saturday 26 September, Auckland – green architecture in downtown Auckland was in focus for a beautiful spring stroll through the CBD, accompanied by expert commentary from NZGBC staff on notable Green Star projects. Co-hosted by the NZIA as part of Auckland Architecture Week, the tour attracted 50 people and included an insight into our own 5 Green Star rated office.

Sunday 27 September, Auckland – teaming up again with the NZIA, supported screenings of two local films with a focus on sustainable building: A Place to Call Home about state housing, and Ever the Land about the Tuhoe’s living building project.