Advocacy & submissions


Our vision is for all homes and buildings in Aotearoa to be green and sustainable, making healthier, happier New Zealanders. For that to happen we need leadership and action to change how we design and build our homes, buildings and communities. 

Representing more than 500 organisations and companies who believe in a better built Aotearoa, we present submissions on key policy, advocate for regulatory and industry-wide change, and support New Zealand on its path to a low carbon future.

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Auckland Council - Draft Contributions Policy 2022 Variation A

Read our feedback to Auckland Council on proposed changes to the city's developer contributions policy

Proposed Changes to New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme – Limit and Price Control Settings for Units 2022

Read our feedback to the Ministry for the Environment

Commerce Commission: Residential building supplies market study 

Read our feedback on the draft report on competition in the residential building supplies market

Te Hau mārohi ki anamata — Towards a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy—Aotearoa New Zealand’s First Emissions Reduction Plan

Read our submission to the Environment Select Committee on the emissions budgets published in 2022 and the first emissions reduction plan

Building Code update: Transition period for the energy efficiency of housing

Read our submission on MBIE's proposal to delay the introduction of the important H1 insulation improvements to the Building Code

Draft National Adaptation Plan consultation

Read our submission on the Draft National Adaptation Plan to Te Manatū Mō Te Taiao - Ministry for the Environment..

Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1 - Strategy and metrics and targets consultation

Read our submission to the External Reporting Board (XRB) for stakeholder input on Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1 (NZ CS 1) - Strategy and Metrics and Targets consultation.

Letter to Government Ministers - Keep our homes warm

The New Zealand Green Building Council is concerned by MBIE consulting around delaying the implementation of the H1 insulation improvements to the Building Code.

Joint letter to Government Ministers

Dozens of leading organisations in Aotearoa have jointly signed a letter calling on Government to adopt the Climate Change Commission’s recommendation “to have, by 31 December 2022, implemented measures to improve the energy performance of existing buildings, such as mandating participation in energy performance programmes.”

Emissions Reduction Plan

Read our submission to the Ministry for the Environment on Te hau mārohi ki anamata | Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future

Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1 - Climate Related Financial Disclosures

Read our submission to the External Reporting Board (XRB) for Stakeholder Input on Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standard 1 (NZ CS 1) – Climate Related Financial Disclosures for the Governance and Risk Management Consultation Document

Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

Read our submission to the Environment Select Committee on proposed changes to the RMA.

Reducing construction and demolition waste

Read our submission to the Environment Select Committee into its briefing on reducing construction and demolition waste going to landfill

RMA reform: Submission on the inquiry into the Natural and Built Environments Bill

Read our submission to the Environment Select Committee into its inquiry into the the proposed Natural and Built Environments Bill.

Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development

Read our submission on the proposed long-term vision for our housing and urban development system, and the Government's plans to work with others to make it happen.

He Tūāpapa ki te Ora, Infrastructure for a Better Future

Read our submission to the Aotearoa New Zealand Infrastructure Strategy consultation

Building Code update 2021, operating protocols: NZGBC submission

Read our response to the Building Code proposals put forward by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

    Letter to James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change

    Read a letter from over 50 organisations urging James Shaw, co-leader of the Greens and Minister for Climate Change, to deliver on a key election promise on green government buildings.

    Climate Change Commission: NZGBC submission on advice to government

    The Climate Change Commission has released its first package of advice to government on how to reach net-zero by 2050.

    Building for Climate Change: NZGBC submission to MBIE

    The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has launched its Building for Climate Change proposals. It's promising once in a generation reform, something we as a sector can help make happen.

    A Green Recovery after COVID-19

    Kick-starting a just transition with healthy homes, providing a multibillion dollar economic boost.

    Fixing our woeful Building Code: An NZGBC wishlist

    New Zealand’s Building Code is forever being criticised and complained about, so much so you wonder why nothing has changed. It has not evolved fast enough, and fails to provide New Zealanders with warm, dry, and sustainable places to live and work. Here we lay out the main areas that need to be changed.

    Reducing waste: a more effective landfill levy

    NZGBC submission on the Ministry for Environment's proposal to increase the landfill levy and apply it to more landfill types.

    Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland Climate Action Framework

    NZGBC submission on Auckland Council's draft Climate Action Framework which will inform actions for Council and its council-controlled organisations.

    Zero Carbon Bill

    NZGBC submission to the Environment Committee on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.

    Productivity Commission draft report on transitioning to a low carbon economy

    NZGBC response to the draft paper in which we call on the Productivity Commission to recognise the importance of putting energy efficiency first, and consider other regulatory drivers such as improving the Building Code and energy labels for reducing the demand for energy in New Zealand. 

    Ten steps councils can take for a resilient low carbon future

    Policy Plan for the Built Environment 2017

    NZGBC launched a new policy paper 'A policy plan for the built environment' at the Green Property Summit 2017. The policy paper sets out how the sector and Government can work together to improve buildings for New Zealanders.

    New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy 2017-2022

    The New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy guides New Zealand’s energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives as well as the work of EECA. Here is the NZGBC Submission to the draft 2017-2022 strategy.

    Residential Tenancies Act Amendment Bill

    NZGBC response to the draft legislation for changes to the Residential Tenancy Act requiring insulation and smoke alarms to make rental properties healthier.

    Auckland Council

    Submissions and feedback on the Council's Unitary Plan provisions.