The spotlight is firmly on sustainable design this week, thanks to World Green Building Week, spearheaded locally by the New Zealand Green Building Council and 90 Green Building Councils.
From September 17-21, they aim to increase awareness about the role that a sustainable built environment plays in decreasing the global carbon footprint, saving money, creating jobs and improving lives.
On September 20, the NZGBC will host a discussion for industry members around the transition from greening buildings to whole communities at Hobsonville Point, an urban development with a sustainability framework on the former Hobsonville air base in Auckland.
Chief executive Alex Cutler says the focus of this year’s awareness week will be on communities, highlighting the important role green buildings play in conserving resources and providing healthier, more efficient working and living environments for communities and neighbourhoods. Green buildings, she says, will play a key role in helping deliver the vision for the new community at Hobsonville Point.
Another key area of focus is the rebuild in Christchurch, where the organisation has been working closely with Christchurch City Council and the building industry to promote the vision of a green city with the help of green building rating tools.
The NZGBC is a not-for-profit industry organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of green buildings by setting standards of best practice through its Green Star and Homestar rating tools and providing education and training for all areas of the building industry.
It's now also investigating the need for a Green Star Communities rating tool, which would assess the sustainability of new communities, neighbourhoods and precincts.