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Tuesday 7 March 2023

Building Momentum #53 | March 2023

If we go about slashing climate change emissions with the same urgency and community spirit as we did when faced with the impacts of climate change, we can make a huge difference. Climate change is real, it’s here, and we’re running out of time to not just put barriers in place to protect ourselves from it, but to reduce the need for those barriers in the first place...

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Tuesday 31 January 2023

Building Momentum #52 | January 2023

There's a lot to look forward to in 2023. I'm excited and optimistic about the year ahead. With your support and mahi, we can absolutely make some significant progress towards making all homes and buildings in Aotearoa green and sustainable, making healthier, happier New Zealanders...

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Wednesday 30 November 2022

Building Momentum #51 | November 2022

While there’s a few frantic weeks left before our office closes, our recent AGM has me in reflection mode already. It’s been a massive year for us as an organisation, for New Zealand generally, and importantly, for the direction we’re taking to address climate change. Now that we’re almost finished the year, it means we have just seven years to act before 2030 – a line in the sand for many climate commitments and sustainability goals. The clock is ticking, seven years is not a long time...

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Monday 31 October 2022

Building Momentum #50 | October 2022

This month we’ve launched several key updates and we're inviting your feedback. The first is an approach to measuring embodied carbon we’ve developed alongside thinkstep-anz. This is a ground-breaking piece of work that looks to establish a common methodology and scope for our sector to measure and reduce embodied carbon. The second key update is the launch of our first consultation on Green Star Buildings. This is the next major step for Green Star in New Zealand, and we’ll be looking to transition to it from Green Star Design & As Built in 2023

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Friday 30 September 2022

Building Momentum #49 | September 2022

Amidst the panoply of presentations, the keen conversations, and the forging of friendships, three key themes chimed loudly throughout the day at the packed Housing Summit held just days ago. These themes were repeated by several speakers, and echoed outside the main room over coffee by the hundreds of healthy home advocates in attendance

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Wednesday 31 August 2022

Building Momentum #48 | August 2022

Not for the first time this winter, New Zealand’s electricity supply struggled to keep up with demand. Transpower yet again announced to generators that power cuts were at risk unless supply was increased. Driving the demand on cold winter mornings and evenings are thousands of poorly insulated homes, forced to crank up the heating to levels that would be unnecessary with decent insulation

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Thursday 28 July 2022

Building Momentum #47 |July 2022

The new National Adaptation Plan highlights not only the need to consider how we’re building and planning our towns and cities for climate change, but it helps further invigorate the efforts we’re making to tackle our sector’s contribution to the climate crisis.

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Thursday 30 June 2022

Building Momentum #46 | June 2022

Another winter showcasing our cold, unhealthy homes

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Thursday 26 May 2022

Building Momentum #45 | May 2022

Could New Zealand’s next election be a climate election? watch back the Green Star launch event

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Thursday 28 April 2022

Building Momentum #44 | April 2022

Green light for updated Green Star and our IPCC report response 

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Thursday 24 March 2022

Building Momentum #43 | March 2022

A huge year for local government in Aotearoa and meet our growing team!

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Thursday 24 February 2022

Building Momentum #42 | February 2022

Having an impact on climate impacts and new carbon calculators for Home star

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Monday 13 December 2021

Building Momentum #41 | December 2021

Glance the new BRI Research Winery and Green Star is booming

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Monday 8 November 2021

Building Momentum #40 | November 2021

Green kiwi homes showcased on the world stage and Cop26 update

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Thursday 28 October 2021

Building Momentum #39 | October 2021

Crunch climate talks and Green Star update.

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Monday 13 September 2021

Building Momentum #38 | September 2021

Action on carbon, Green Star governance, Highest yet in 6 Green Star Design rating.

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Monday 9 August 2021

Building Momentum #37 | August 2021

Our new Homestar v5 has launched this week, and we showcase the 5 Green Star Design rated window manufacturing facility in the Waikato.

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Monday 12 July 2021

Building Momentum #36 | July 2021

A great year for green buildings, Healthy Home Standards are in effect, and welcome Matthew Cutler-Welsh to the team.

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Monday 14 June 2021

Building Momentum #35 | June 2021

Social infrastructure, bank backing for Homestar, and more Green Star projects.

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Thursday 13 May 2021

Building Momentum #34 | May 2021

A successful Green Property Summit but still heaps to do; urban strategist named Future Thinker of the Year; NZ's first carbonzero building operations certification.

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Thursday 1 April 2021

Building Momentum #33 | April 2021

Holding the policymakers to account, New cohort of Future Thinkers stake their claim, Time to book for Green Property Summit.

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Thursday 4 March 2021

Building Momentum #32 | March 2021

Still time to enter Future Thinker of the Year awards; Homestar V5 draft technical manual ready to view; introducing the Green Property Summit lineup.

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Thursday 4 February 2021

Building Momentum #31 | February 2021

Climate Change Commission, have they got it wrong on buildings? Canterbury District Health dig Green Star; dine out with this year's Member Survey.

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Thursday 3 December 2020

Building Momentum #30 | December 2020

Govt declares climate emergency - Major retailer commits to Green Star - NZGBC team wishes all our members and their families a happy holiday celebration, Mā te wā

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Thursday 5 November 2020

Building Momentum #29 | November 2020

Find out what promises the Government have made for green buildings; there's been a big boost for NABERSNZ; end of the year AGM and member drinks

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Thursday 8 October 2020

Building Momentum #28 | October 2020

Climate and the election promises, Risk reporting a catalyst for change, Dust off your SLR it's photo competition time, Vote!

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Wednesday 9 September 2020

Building Momentum #27 | September 2020

Time to submit on the new building code, World Green Building Week is packed with inspiration, Green Star training now available online

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Wednesday 5 August 2020

Building Momentum #26 | August 2020

It's happening in Aotearoa and across the world, Scott Base poised for Green Star upgrade, Hutt City shows the way

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Monday 6 July 2020

Building Momentum #25 | July 2020

Is 'Building for Climate Change' the good news we've been waiting for; Consultation underway for next generation Homestar; It's membership renewal time.

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Tuesday 9 June 2020

Building Momentum #24 | June 2020

Government announces on greener homes; Britomart shines with performance rating; Great Green Star results for Te Urutī.

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Thursday 30 April 2020

Building Momentum #23 | May 2020

Talking with the Government, a new Future Thinker of the Year, what you told us, still more green projects.

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Friday 3 April 2020

Building Momentum #22 | April 2020

We’re all in this together. Business as usual but not as we knew it.

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Tuesday 3 March 2020

Building Momentum #21 | March 2020

Advocacy wins for better buildings, Member Survey last call, Housing Summit programme, Future Thinker of the Year entries closing soon.

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Wednesday 5 February 2020

Building Momentum #20 | February 2020

A big announcement to start the year, NZ's first certified Green Star Communities, and tell us what you think in our member survey.

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Thursday 5 December 2019

Building Momentum #19 | December 2019

A very successful year, Lincoln leads on transition from fossil fuels, meet our new Chair and Board election results.

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Thursday 7 November 2019

Building Momentum #18 | November 2019

Non-stop action on the Green Star front; use your member rights at this month's AGM; 2019 winning photos.

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Monday 7 October 2019

Building Momentum #17 | October 2019

Zero Carbon Road Map for Aotearoa's buildings; best World Green Building Week ever; Projects and membership reflect growing call for a better future.

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Wednesday 4 September 2019

Building Momentum #16 | September 2019

The stats on building pollution, three great panel discussions, bring on World Green Building Week.

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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Building Momentum #15 | August 2019

Big news for NABERSNZ, World Green Building Week talks to low carbon, the sense of end-of-trip facilities.

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Saturday 6 July 2019

Building Momentum #14 | July 2019

Emergencies and submissions, Latest project news, Have your say on construction and demolition waste.

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Wednesday 5 June 2019

Building Momentum #13 | June 2019

The budget and the zero-carbon bill, Net zero road show, You told us. Member survey feedback.

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Friday 17 May 2019

Building Momentum #12 | May 2019

Summit round up, carbon standard your feedback please, Design and As Built latest.

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Tuesday 16 April 2019

Building Momentum #11 | April 2019

Gearing up to calculate the carbon, Future Thinkers show their strengths, member stories.

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Tuesday 12 March 2019

Building Momentum #10 | March 2019

Green Property Summit early bird rates still on, new Board appointee, Green Star reaches a milestone.

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Monday 4 March 2019

Building Momentum #9 | February 2019

Better communities, we need your help, update on carbon neutral standards for buildings.

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Tuesday 18 December 2018

Building Momentum #8 | December 2018

What is HomeFit? new Green Star buildings push the bar, winning SNUG designs annouced.

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Tuesday 6 November 2018

Building Momentum #7 | November 2018

Get the story right, massive energy gains for Aurora, we want honest Green Star feedback, showcase your building at Green Property Summit.

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Friday 5 October 2018

Building Momentum #6 | October 2018

What happened in #WGBW2018, report that makes the green case for healthcare buildings in NZ, Beca building wins across Asia-Pacific.

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Friday 31 August 2018

Building Momentum #5 | September 2018

A decade of GSAPs in New Zealand, be part of the action in World Green Building Week, and why Eagles is jumping off a building.

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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Building Momentum #4 | August 2018

Diversity high on the agenda, three top asks, members make green building finals.

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Thursday 28 June 2018

Building Momentum #3 | July 2018

Poi, the Prime Minister, and a challenge worth fighting for.

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Tuesday 5 June 2018

Building Momentum #2 | June 2018

Golden opportunity to make our homes better | hidden building pollution exposed | Housing Summit 2018 and more.

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Friday 27 April 2018

Building Momentum #1 | May 2018

Meeting the ministers | Housing Summit 2018 on June 20 | feeding back on the member survey.

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Thursday 29 March 2018

Member News March 2018

Next gen Green Star - consultation is now open; ratings vs home value; reporting from Melbourne Green Cities

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

Member News February 2018

Zero carbon call to action; awards and competitions; free webinar tomorrow on new plans for Green Star.

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Monday 12 February 2018

Member News January 2018

8 steps councils can take, look who's backing building green, top marks in NABERSNZ, your turn to tell us what you want.

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Thursday 30 November 2017

Member News November 2017

Corporates commit to energy standards, Green Star Performance open for business, time to revisit the NZ building code

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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Member News October 2017

New board chair for NZGBC, a message to the minister, Green Star - Performance is poised to change the market

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Friday 29 September 2017

Member News September 2017

World Green Building Week starts today!

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Thursday 31 August 2017

Member News August 2017

World Green Building Week action, new NABERSNZ videos, green specifying made simple

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Monday 31 July 2017

Member News July 2017

Homestar v4 is open for business, check your membership renewal, gearing up for World Green Building Week, cheaper mortgages for sustainable homes?

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Thursday 29 June 2017

Member News June 2017

Supporting Sarah Thomson, Countdown to Homestar v4, Green Star Communities and Performance, Time to renew membership.

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Tuesday 30 May 2017

Member News May 2017

Ruling sees climate risk as responsibility of all companies; time to renew memberships; meet our partners; and Green Star Performance explained.

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Monday 1 May 2017

Member News April 2017

Welcome to new board members, Green is Good, Summit Roundup.

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Monday 27 March 2017

Member News March 2017

Green Property Summit countdown. Is NZ net-zero ready? Outdoor plaques for built ratings.

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Monday 27 February 2017

Member News February 2017

Summit selling fast; show of confidence for NZGBC; how to close the certification deal; working through energy performance with tenants and owners; growing a presence in the Waikato.

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Friday 16 December 2016

Member News January 2017

Action stations in 2017; see who will be at the Green Property Summit '17; LCA/EPD video; Royal Society report backs green building.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Member News November 2016

Our 10-year wins, free NABERSNZ feasibility check, Homestar boost in South Island, important Xmas dates

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Member News October 2016

The growing case for quality buildings, our 10-year party (you're invited!), Homestar and NABERSNZ news, and more

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Monday 26 September 2016

Member News September 2016

Positive change at NZGBC, celebrating Green Building this week, latest Homestar, Green Star and NABERSNZ certifications.

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Friday 26 August 2016

Member News August 2016

An easy guide to measuring business sustainability; Homestar on The Block; NABERSNZ for 205 Queen; Green Star v3.1 manual available to all; and free World Green Building Week events

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Monday 25 July 2016

Member News July 2016

Green Buzz in Christchurch, our reaction to Unitary Plan recommendations, Green Star v3 is live and a new regional event.

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Sunday 26 June 2016

Member News June 2016

World GBC announces net-zero plan, NZGBC's first NABERSNZ rating, Fletcher Living and Green Star Communities and what's new in NZ sustainable building products

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Saturday 28 May 2016

Member News May 2016

Sustainability's role in addressing the housing crisis, members shine at EECA awards, eco-label for NZ Steel and Pacific Steel and a home renovation achieves a 9 Homestar rating.

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Tuesday 26 April 2016

Member News April 2016

Opportunity knocks for green building, timber credit review, last day for Housing Summit early-bird rates and Green Star innovation.

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Thursday 24 March 2016

Member News March 2016

Snapshot from Green Cities 2016, Homestar wins for aged care and multi-unit residential, new NABERSNZ service and looking to celebrate our sustainable building leaders.

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Wednesday 24 February 2016

Member News February 2016

Green Star firsts, your chance to hear a Vancouver sustainability champion, Christchurch milestones and upcoming Member Drinks.

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Monday 25 January 2016

Member News January 2016

Green Star for VXV Precinct, changes on the way for rentals, new advisory group for NZGBC and what COP21 means for buildings

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Monday 30 November 2015

Member News November 2015

Bringing together 31 green building councils from around the world, World Congress is the focal point in the annual calendar for senior leaders to connect, share experiences and consider ideas for the future.

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Friday 30 October 2015

Member News October 2015

The last few months have seen a leap in residential activity – both in terms of opportunities to develop and build, as well as access to information and resources to support doing it well

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Tuesday 29 September 2015

Member News September 2015

Like any organisation, it’s important for the NZGBC to periodically review the environment we’re operating in, and adjust our strategy accordingly.

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Wednesday 26 August 2015

Member News August 2015

Get ready for World Green Building Week, a landmark month for Homestar, and industry news and views.

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Friday 31 July 2015

Member News July 2015

Yesterday marked an important moment for NZGBC – the release of version 3 of Green Star, the biggest review of what has been our flagship tool and brand, since 2009.

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Member News March 2015

Green Property Summit wrap-up, NZ's first 9 Homestar rating, NZI Centre scores 5.5 NABERSNZ stars, and we cover Melbourne’s Green Cities.

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