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Thousands of Kiwis to Take Part in World Green Building Week

Thousands of Kiwis to Take Part in World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week kicks off on Monday, and the New Zealand Green Building Council have organised a host of events across the country to celebrate.

The green building events include panel discussions in Auckland featuring Air New Zealand, Generation Zero, the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Beca, and Bayleys, a public lecture at Victoria University in Wellington, and green building walking tours around sites including Pita Te Hori Centre in Christchurch, and Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

All of the World Green Building Week events are free and open to everyone. For more details, check out the New Zealand Green Building Council’s website here.

Green buildings have little or no negative impacts, such as pollution or waste, and instead create positive impacts for people’s health, well-being, and our air and water. Green buildings have also been shown to have numerous economic benefits, including increased productivity, less staff sick days, and often fetch better prices when sold.

The New Zealand Green Building Council is hoping to highlight the benefits of buildings which produce no greenhouse gas emissions during World Green Building Week. These buildings are referred to as being net zero carbon buildings, and, around the world, the Green Building Council is pushing for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050.

Andrew Eagles, chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council said: “Too many of New Zealand’s buildings are cold, and mouldy, or unhealthy and inefficient.

“Even the internationally influential OECD say that the New Zealand Building Code lags too far behind most other Western countries. We need to fix this. New Zealanders deserve clean, warm and dry buildings and homes.

“And that’s a great deal of what World Green Building Week is about. It’s about helping us shift to better, brighter buildings, by highlighting the ones we already have. And it’s also about having big conversations about what a shift to zero carbon buildings will look like for New Zealand.

“All the great events in World Green Building Week are free, and open to everyone, and we’re hoping thousands of Kiwis take part.”

The New Zealand Green Building Council is a non-profit organisation that works to ensure all New Zealanders live, work and play in safe, warm, efficient buildings.

Kingspan Insulation NZ have a national and exclusive sponsorship deal with the NZ Green Building Council. The alignment will see the global leader in thermal insulation take a lead role in the upcoming World Green Building Week activities across the country.

The Kingspan Group has a stated aim of net zero energy globally in its operations by 2020. The soon to be certified Australian first, 5 Star Green Star manufacturing facility in Somerton, Australia is indicative of the company's commitment to the green building movement.


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