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NZGBC appoints new director for Homestar

NZGBC appoints new director for Homestar

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has appointed Krista Ferguson as its new director for Homestar, with responsibility for leading the strategic direction and managing the delivery of the Homestar rating tool to New Zealand. Ms Ferguson was educated in New Zealand, and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Her career has spanned charities, Crown agencies and local government entities overseas and in New Zealand, including chief executive roles for the New Zeala...
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Christchurch green rebuild tool draws on local expertise

The New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) has announced the members of an advisory group of local industry specialists helping to shape a new green rebuild assessment tool for Christchurch that meets the needs of central city property owners, tenants and residents. Developed by the NZGBC in partnership with Christchurch City Council (CCC) and with the support of Beca as primary sponsor (technical), Warren & Mahoney and the Sustainable Steel Council, the tool is a critical first ste...
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Office building wins sustainability award

Peddle Thorp Architects has won the 2011 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for its work revitalising the multi-storey office building at 21 Queen Street, Auckland, preserving its concrete frame and core while creating vibrant and thoroughly modern spaces inside and out. The award, presented at the ninth International Symposium on High Performance Concrete Design in Rotorua, recognised the “reuse – reduce” strategies adopted by the project principals. This strategy en...
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Meridian First Light eco-house shows way forward for NZ homes

NZ homes wasting energy and susceptible to respiratory illness Warm dry homes needn’t be a luxury — it is possible to build houses that are not only stylish, energy efficient, and cheap to run, but are also affordable, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) chief executive Mike Underhill says. “The Meridian First Light eco-house project, led by a team from Victoria University, is an opportunity to see what is possible to achieve in sustainable housing, using th...
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Architect: ‘Commercial and sustainable can go hand in hand’

Architect: ‘Commercial and sustainable can go hand in hand’

Peddle Thorp Architects’ recent success at the 2011 New Zealand Architecture Awards highlights a significant shift in thinking taking place in international commercial architecture. The Auckland-based firm has picked up national awards in two separate categories for the refurbished office tower project at 21 Queen Street in Auckland. The highly acclaimed work has won Commercial and Sustainable Architecture Awards, which reflects the project’s excellence in resolving what might be co...
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Green Property Summit heralds next frontier for commercial property

Around 200 construction industry specialists gathered at the third Green Property Summit in Auckland last month to hear about market-leading green property initiatives from New Zealand, Australia and beyond. Anthony Malkin of Malkin Holdings, owner of New York’s iconic Empire State Building, set the tone for the day when he detailed the economic returns that prompted the company to undertake one of the world’s most ambitious energy-saving retrofits of a commercial building. New...
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'Plyscrapers' could become popular

Plyscrapers — high-rise wooden office towers — could become more popular after the Christchurch earthquake. Property Council chief executive Connal Townsend has returned from the Green Cities conference in Melbourne where he said an address was given on the prospect of wooden structures becoming more prevalent, partly in a drive to offset carbon dioxide emissions from concrete. Wooden structures have also been cited as standing up better during an earthquake. Most new houses are...
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English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

English couple begins the Queenstown sustainable eco-home revolution

Multi award-winning Registered Master Builders construction company Rilean Construction has recently sold its first energy efficient sustainable Evolution Series home, just weeks after launching the concept in Queenstown. First to sign on the dotted line for an eco-home to be built at their Mystery Grove property in Lake Hayes was English couple Mark and Jackie Burston, who recently moved to the resort from Wellington. They chose to build a 175sq m, three-bedroom, two-bathroom, two living ...
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