These days it should be a matter of good practice to design buildings that are as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient as possible, because as we all know, New Zealand has certainly had its fair share of shoddy buildings.
The New Zealand Green Building Council’s (NZGBC) Green Star rating system goes some way to promoting sustainable building practices, and although it was first introduced into New Zealand in 2007, “firsts” in the rating system are still popping up.
BNZ’s Harbour Quays office in Wellington is the latest to fall into this category, with the building’s fit-out receiving the country’s first 6 Green Star Office Interiors 2009 from the building council. The Office Interiors 2009 rating tool assesses the environmental attributes of new office fit-outs in New Zealand and encourages the development of workplaces that are healthy, efficient and environmentally sustainable.
BNZ’s offices in Auckland’s Deloitte Centre and Quay Park already have a five star version of the rating, with the three fit-outs coming courtesy a design team that includes Jasmax architects and engineering firm Beca.
Commenting on the accreditation, NZGBC chief executive Alex Cutler says achieving this level of sustainable design is beneficial to both the environment and employees.
“With staff costs significantly outweighing all other costs during the lifetime of a building, investing in healthier, productivity-enhancing workplaces makes sound financial sense.”
BNZ’s Harbour Quay building also won three awards at the 2009 Wellington Architecture awards in the commercial, sustainable and interior architecture categories.
In 2009, Patterson Architects’ Geyser building was the first in the country to be accredited with a 6 Green Star Office Design certification, and earlier this year, Ormiston Senior College became the first school in New Zealand to achieve a 5 Green Star Education Design 2009 rating.