Member News November 2016

29 November 2016

Update from Andrew: Key moments from an amazing week

Sometimes you have to reflect on how lucky you are: meeting inspiring people, creating change and being supported by tremendous groups around the county. This has been an amazing week. Read on

When green is mainstream

Ten years after NZGBC began, a growing number of Kiwis are enjoying the benefits of a greener built environment. So what are the key wins we can all celebrate, and what's our focus from here? Read more

Marking a milestone

Invigorated by WorldGBC chair Tai Lee Siang and entertained by Te Radar, we celebrated our first green decade last week. Thank you to all our members, past and present, for being part of the story! See photos, more soon

FREE NABERSNZ feasibility check – are you eligible?

EECA and NZGBC are offering 60 free assessments to check if commercial office buildings or tenancies are NABERSNZ ready. Find out more and apply

Welcome to Patrick!

Patrick Clifford, director of Auckland architecture firm Architectus, is our newly elected Board Director for the Consultant group. We welcome Patrick and look forward to his insightful contributions to the governance of NZGBC. View our Board

Improving homes in Central Otago

Industry professionals have combined forces to support the Homestar rating system. The Sustainable Homes Organisation (SHO) – Central Otago encourages "comparing homes based on performance, not just aesthetics". Find out more and contact Meet some of the members at NZGBC meet and greet in Queenstown Tue 6 December.

NZGBC's important Christmas dates

The last submission date for processing Green Star and Homestar projects before Christmas is Friday 8 December 2016. Submissions after this date can expect audit comments in late January 2017. For queries outside these dates, the NZGBC office will be open until Friday 23 December and reopen on Monday 9 January 2017.

Make contact with future green leaders

See how we're encouraging the next generation of green building professionals through our updated student placement programme. Find out how you can inspire our student members

Whole-building whole-of-life framework

Now available from BRANZ. We hope to see examples of new buildings incorporating building Life Cycle Assessment soon. See how Green Star v3 rewards LCA through the Material Life-Cycle Impacts Innovation Challenge.

Updated Homestar brochures

These downloadable PDFs explain the why and how of the Homestar rating process: useful for designers, builders and homeowners (includes a Chinese-language version).

Around the globe

What makes a winner?

Floth's head office in Queensland pushed the boundaries to claim the World Green Building Council's Asia Pacific Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award, in the Commercial Category. Read why

Symbiotic design in Taiwan

Vincent Callebaut Architectures has released in-progress images of their Tao Zhu Yin Yuan sustainable tower, under construction in the Xinjin District of Taipei City, Taiwan. The design includes 23,000 trees. Read more

New project registrations

The Catholic Diocese of Christchurch has registered St. Mary's Catholic Church, anticipated to be the first Green Star-rated place of worship in New Zealand. Read more

Welcome to our new members

Weather Tight Solutions

Green Homes NZ

Affin Interiors

Mark Gray Architect

MAW Design


TOA Architects



Ozac Architects

Congratulations to our newly qualified professionals

Homestar Practitioners: Jason Misilei, Jason Twemlow, Katie Hine, Viviane Honigsztejn, Wenwen Liu, Rowland Rich, William Turner, Shawn McIsaac, Peter Grantham, Coby Guo, Jimmy Ho, Gavin Guanxiong Liu, Peter Wang, Angel Hsu

Homestar Assessors: Max Kostiuk-Warren, Rachel Soakell


Wellness in the Workplace – CBRE. Unlocking and explaining the benefits of wellness for staff.

Building the business case for health and wellbeing in buildings – WorldGBC.

Cities of Love: Roadmap for sustaining future cities – by renowned architect/WorldGBC chair Tai Lee Siang, and Valerie Ang. Asking how we can shape cities rather than be shaped by them, this new book provokes discussion growing cities to improve quality of life.