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NZ Considering Compulsory Office Bldg. Energy Ratings (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-24
The 450 member New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is lobbying the Government for compulsory energy efficiency ratings for commercial buildings, similar an Australian mandate. In 2017, made it compulsory for commercial space of 1000 square metres and more for lease and sale to have an energy efficiency rating.

In New Zealand's building energy ratings are voluntary while neighboring Australia has had a mandatory building energy ratings system since since 2009. A 2015 Australian report -- Commercial Building Disclosure -- estimated $44 million in energy savings and $168 million in energy rating system. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, Stuff, 23 Aug., 2018) Contact: New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz

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Buildings Could Account for 20 pct of NZ's Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2018-05-14
A report from the sustainability consultants thinkstep for the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) notes that buildings could be the source of 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon pollution, which contributes "significantly" to climate change.

According to the report, previous estimates, including a recent report by the Productivity Commission, suggested that buildings were responsible for roughly 5 pct of emissions or less. The new report, however, found buildings could amount to 20 pct of New Zealand's carbon footprint when considering their lifetime "embodied" emissions.

The thinkstep report arrived at the larger figure for the climate emissions of buildings than previous studies using a methodology that allocated emissions to a sector at the point of consumption, rather than production, and because it considers the entire life cycle of buildings, including the extraction of raw materials, material production, the electricity and energy use of the building, and the treatment of construction waste. (Source: New Zealand Green Building Council, NZ Herald, 14 May, 2018) Contact: thinkstep, New Zealand Green Building Council, +64 9 379 3996, www.nzgbc.org.nz; thinkstep, Jeff Vickers, +49 711 34 18 17 0, www.thinkstep.com

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NZ Green Building Council, Superhome Tours Partnering (Int'l)
New Zealand Green Building Council
Date: 2017-09-25
The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) reports it is partnering with the Superhome Tours which showcases sustainable houses by providing popular tours of innovative homes. The agreement will see homes on the Superhome Tours verified under the New Zealand Green Building Council's Homestar certification scheme. Homestar is a national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. (Source: NZ Green Building Council, PR, 25 Sept., 2017) Contact: NZ GBC, Andrew Eagles, CEO, www.nzgbc.org.nz

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