Member News April 2016

26 April 2016

Update from Alex: Joining the opportunity leaders

Last Friday, when Paula Bennett signed the Paris agreement on climate change, it marked the beginning of a significant shift for New Zealand. She stated, “New Zealand is absolutely committed to reducing our emissions and to achieving the ambitious target we set before Paris..." Read more

Innovation Series: learn from the experts

Our new monthly breakfast series focuses on how to make the most of Green Star's Innovation Challenges. Industry experts will give more detail about how project teams can apply the challenges to projects, and the benefits of doing so. Read more and register

Last chance for early-bird rates for Sustainable Housing Summit

Join our local and international guest speakers as they address the thorny issues surrounding the creation of resilient, liveable homes and communities in New Zealand. Register now for Auckland, 15 June, and Christchurch, 17 June.

Double NABERSNZ ratings for NDY

The engineering consultancy has pinned its sustainability colours to the mast, by achieving NABERSNZ ratings for its two offices in Auckland and Wellington. Read more

Introducing our finalists

Green Star projects and NZGBC members make the prestigious EECA awards shortlist. Read more

MAT-6 Timber credit – send us your feedback

After listening to your views about the difficulty of achieving the MAT-6 credit within Green Star v3, and noting a new scheme in the market, we've decided to make some changes. Check out the proposed changes before Friday 20 May 2016, and send in your feedback.

Membership renewals 2016-2017

Over the past year, we've seen substantial growth in green building across the country – and momentum shows no signs of slowing. Keep an eye out for your member renewal invoice at the end of May for uninterrupted NZGBC membership. Enquiries to the membership team.

Green light for Manukau transformation

Panuku Development has confirmed the project area for the Manukau transformation, covering 600ha and including the whole centre, the Manukau Sports Bowl and the Wiri suburban neighbourhood to the south. Read more

Apply now!

Use your skills to make a difference with New Zealand Green Building Council. We have an opening for a new Technical Co-ordinator.

Things to value

AECOM's recent sustainability report is driven by the principle that sustainability is as integral to business as profit – and outlines what they've achieved over the past year. Read more

Curious to know what your NABERSNZ rating might be?

We'll be exhibiting at the FM Summit on May 4 and 5, at Villa Maria Estate. All you need to bring along is your 12-month energy invoices, NET Lettable Area and lease agreement to carry out the self-assessment. Plus one lucky participant will go in the draw to win a lovely hamper. See you there!

Green Room - meet, mingle and learn..

..about Water recycling at the Oceanwide Centre in San Francisco, the sustainable features of London’s iconic City Hall, and (Christchurch event only) how closing the loop between design and build improved the performance of the iconic 1940s Te Puni Kokiri House. See full details and register Wellington 19 May and Christchurch 25 May.

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Around the globe

South Australia lured by zero carbon housing standard

Research shows overwhelming economic return for such a move. Read more

External events

Construction Rocks NZ 2016 – Don't miss the construction event of the year on 12 May, at The Studio, K' Road, Auckland. Great bands, great craic, and raising funds for Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust. Organised by WSP Parsons-Brinckerhoff. Buy tickets

Exemplar homes open to view in Christchurch – Industry tours are being run throughout May. Visit and talk with the designers and builders of seven of New Zealand's most sustainable homes.

EnergyManager professional training – This EMANZ course is designed to help facilities managers develop skills to lead significant energy management programmes. June, Wellington.