Member News January 2016

25 January 2016

Update from Alex: NZGBC advisory group launches

Governance changes mean a new advisory group at NZGBC - you can get involved. Read more

Goodman’s VXV Precinct achieves two Green Star ratings

The first two Green Star ratings have been awarded in Auckland’s VXV Precinct, a joint venture between Goodman and Fletcher Building. The new HQs for Fonterra and Datacom have both rated 5 Green Star, making it the first project to have Green Star credits pre-approved across a precinct. Read more

2016 Sustainable Housing Summit looks at scale

Achieving quality and sustainability in a climate of intense demand pressure, will be a key theme of the 2016 Sustainable Housing Summit, in Auckland and Christchurch on 15 and 17 June. Confirmed topics include Australian ethical development model Nightingale, positive energy housing in Scandinavia and a US view of sustainable neighbourhoods. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, to find out more contact our events team.

New Act to place obligations on landlords

Proposed changes to the Residential Tenancy Act will require insulation and smoke alarms to make rental properties healthier. Submissions are still open on the proposed regulations – find out more and read NZGBC’s response to the draft legislation.

Auckland joins C40

Congratulations to the city for being the first member city in New Zealand. Read about what this means for Auckland and watch this video about how C40 green city, Portland Oregon, is winning through green building.

Awards season – time for green buildings to shine

Nominations are currently open for a slew of awards that give outstanding sustainable design the chance to be recognised.

  • The 2016 Property Industry Awards include a category for green building (previously entered projects may apply again).
  • The EECA Awards reward energy efficiency and renewables, and include a new category for professionals.
  • The Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Award is open to projects of all sizes across the region. Inaugural winner Phil Smith who designed the 6 Green Star Te Mirumiru, is one of this year’s judges. Entries must be endorsed by the NZGBC – please contact us if you think you have a worthy project.

Good news for students

NZGBC student membership is now open to ALL tertiary students studying in New Zealand and FREE to students attending NZGBC member universities. Read more or email membership.

Green Star project registration

93 Cambridge Terrace (Building 1)

Welcome to our new members

Batchelar McDougall Consulting

Massey University


Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

See details on our Accredited Professionals Directory

Homestar Practitioners Sandra Davies, Julia Walker, Ursula Dougherty, Martin Barry, Ayla Jordan

Green Star Accredited Professionals Stephen Kleehammer, Shaun Mitchell, John Green, Fearghal McGuinness, Lyndon Evans

NABERSNZ Practitioners Lee Ann Durbin, Graham Russell, Ting Li

Around the globe

Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction launched at COP21

In case you missed this landmark event, Buildings Day at COP21 brought together a truly global agreement to work towards drastically reducing the carbon emissions created by the built environment. Read more about this and also the summary released by World Green Building Council (pdf).

More reasons to build green

This two minute video summarizes what is worrying business most in the Global Risks Report 2016.