International plaudits for Panuku community plans
14 June 2018
redevelopment agency, Panuku Development Auckland, has won international endorsement
for its approach to large-scale development projects.
Green Building Council of Australia today confirmed that Panuku has been
pre-awarded credits under Green Star – Communities, in recognition of its
practice across all development areas. Panuku is now well positioned to have specific
sites independently certified by the Australian and New Zealand Green Building
Councils, under the Green Star - Communities rating tool.
Star - Communities is an international rating tool to guide best practice
sustainable precinct planning and delivery. It takes into account a range of
social, economic and environmental factors at the master-planning stage to
create liveable, healthy, resilient communities. Certifying projects to a Green
Star standard means that they have been independently assessed as best practice
(4 stars), national excellence (5 stars) or world leading (6 stars).
is the first organisation globally to achieve this innovative ‘volume’ approach
to assessing standard policies, standards and procedures under Green Star- Communities.
The assessment covers excellence in design, planning, community engagement and
its approach to site development.
also a first in New Zealand, where Green Star - Communities has not yet been
formally applied to any areas.
Madew, GBCA Chief Executive, said: ‘This innovation in the use of Green Star –
Communities is a terrific example of how our tools can adapt and deliver
solutions in a wide variety of contexts, not only in Australia but
Panuku has achieved through its collaboration with us, is to apply the Green
Star - Communities rating tool in a highly strategic way that embeds leading
sustainability principles and practices at scale and from the very outset of
relevant Green Star credits on a standard basis across all Panuku’s areas sends
a really strong signal about the future sustainability of these parts of
Auckland and puts these projects on a clear path to future Green Star
now, a Green Star rating has only been awarded to individual buildings in New
MacDonald, Chief Executive of Panuku Development Auckland, said: ‘Panuku is
charged with the regeneration of 12 significant locations across Auckland,
creating new neighbourhoods and communities that need to be fit for the future.
We strive to ensure that these places are planned and developed sustainably.
Green Star - Communities is an international benchmark that proves we’re doing
the fundamentals well. This is an important endorsement of our practice that
gives confidence to Aucklanders, and to our partners and developers, that we’re
doing the right things to create healthy, resilient neighbourhoods.’
Eagles, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council said: ‘Panuku
has already shown industry leadership by setting standards for sustainable
homes. This takes that approach wider, and ensures that the neighbourhoods that
these homes are in will be healthy and fit for the future. This is also a great
trans-Tasman collaboration, as we’ve successfully adapted the Green Star- Communities
tool for the local context. We’re very much looking forward to seeing which
Auckland communities will be the first to get a Green Star rating.’