Member News February 2016

24 February 2016

Update from Alex:

We take stock five years into the rebuild, and examine the latest worldwide green building trends. Read more.

Green Star firsts in health and industrial buildings

It's been a great month for Green Star – Whangarei notched up its first Green Star building (Northland DHB's new office), and Ceres Organics became the first Green Star-certified food distribution centre in NZ. Read more about the projects on Stuff and our website.

Vancouver green champion features at summit

We're excited to welcome Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer as the keynote speaker at our Sustainable Housing Summit in June. She will share the Canadian city's experiences as it works towards its vision of becoming the greenest city on earth. Read more about Andrea and all our speakers and register for the summit in Auckland and Christchurch. Early bird rates for members and student members apply until 31 March.

Need to understand more about NABERSNZ?

What are the top eight things project teams should know about designing for a good NABERSNZ rating? Read our LinkedIn page to find out. NZGBC can also tailor in-house NABERSNZ courses to suit your needs - contact the education team for more.

Residential Tenancies Act Amendment Bill

The proposed Residential Tenancies Regulations will create new requirements for insulation and smoke alarms. The NZGBC submitted on the proposed legislation – read our submission.

Wanted: affordable home builders

Hobsonville Land Company is seeking bids from innovative companies for the development of 10 affordable homes at Hobsonville Point. If your company is interested in exploring this opportunity please email for the information pack. Bids must be received by 11 March.

Homestar - another 10 for Christchurch

The dust has only recently settled on New Zealand’s first completed 10 Homestar home, and this week NZGBC certified a second 10 Homestar Built rating in the Addington development in Christchurch. Read more.

Homestar V3 Refresher is now online

All Homestar professionals looking to update their qualifications can buy the Version 3 Refresher Recorded Webinar online. View this and other training videos available on our website.

Project registrations

Green Star: Site 10, Kumutoto Lane, Wellington

Homestar: Flo Apartments, 40-42 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland More details

Member Drinks and Products Showcase – Christchurch

Our first Member Drinks and Products Showcase for 2016 is in Christchurch. Learn about products that will enhance your sustainable building project and catch up with other NZGBC members. Save the date: 20 April. More details.

Get your music on

Construction Rocks is back for 2016. To enter your band in the challenge, contact Graham at WSP.

Welcome to our new members

Exergy New Zealand

SCE Stone and Design

Wavefront Planning and Design (Samoa)

Pioneer Energy

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar Practitioners Jess Clarkin, Bruce Hurrell, Mitchell Coll, Logan Townsend

Green Star Accredited Professionals Scott Wilsher, Lyndon Evans

Around the globe

Adapting global climate models to help cities

100 Resilient Cities is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Read more about this, and see how Green Star is encouraging resilience in buildings through its Innovation Challenges.

Australia: commercial building disclosure extends to smaller buildings

What this means for improving sustainability outcomes in the mid-tier office market. Read more.

NZ intelligence welcomed for global study

NZGBC members can have their say in a survey for the Smart Market Report on the design and construction of healthy buildings. Join the survey.

Recent research and reports

World Green Building Trends 2016

Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Retail – The Impact of Green Buildings on People and Profit