Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Green Star rating for new schools

Green Star rating for new schools

The government’s building programme for new schools is breaking fresh ground by ensuring new schools meet exacting environmental building standards, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.

“Children are reaping the benefits of learning in classrooms with plenty of natural light and warmth, and featuring energy efficient lighting and heating.

“Additionally, schools with energy efficient lighting and heating benefit from reduced operating costs and long-term maintenance costs,” Ms Kaye says.

Pegasus Bay School north of Christchurch is the first school to generate as much energy as it uses, the result of the installation of solar panels. It opened last week, bringing to 14 the number of state schools in New Zealand that meet Green Star building standards.

“Green Star schools are designed and constructed to use less energy, maintain high indoor air quality, encourage water recycling and efficiency, and improve waste management and recycling,” Ms Kaye says.

The 14 schools are:

• Pegasus Bay School and Clearview Primary in Christchurch;

• Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Hobsonville Point Primary School, Stonefields School, Hingaia Peninsula Primary School, Mission Heights School, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Kotuku, and Ormiston Senior College in Auckland;

• Kimi Ora Naenae Base School , Amesbury School, and Kapi Mana Special Needs School in Wellington;

• Papamoa College in Tauranga; and

• Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa in Northland.

A further four schools opening over the next year will be Green Star rated:

• Halswell School in Christchurch;

• Endeavour Avenue Primary School in Hamilton;

• Ormiston Road Primary School in Auckland; and

• Shotover Primary School in Queenstown.

For more information: www.nzgbc.org.nz/

Media contact: Serene Ambler 027 560 0885

Notes to editors:

What are the features of Green Star buildings?

Green schools are designed and constructed to:

• Use less energy in operation through energy-efficient building design

• Demonstrate high indoor air quality leading to improved learning outcomes

• Eliminate toxic materials from places where children learn and play

• Employ day lighting strategies and improved classroom acoustics

• Conserve fresh drinking water and help manage storm water runoff through the use of rainwater collection

• Decrease the burden on municipal water and wastewater treatment through water recycling and water-efficient appliances and fittings

• Encourage waste management efforts and recycling through separation opportunities to reduce demand on local landfills

• Provide interactive environmental education with an emphasis on sustainability and resource

• Reduce maintenance costs in the long run

What do Green Star building ratings consider?

Green Star ratings consider a number of environmental attributes, including: energy and water use; materials; indoor environment quality; land use and ecology; emissions; transport; and building management including ease of maintenance.

Why use an environmental rating tool?

The rating tool allows the Ministry to determine where its funding will be spent, and provides an independent evaluation of a project’s energy efficiency and sustainability credentials.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Education: Schools Funded To Trial Innovative Approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. “I’m delighted with the quality of the 39 projects that have won funding in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund worth a total of about $2.6 million,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Generation Zero: Skypath Granted Resource Consent

Generation Zero is delighted and relieved that the ‘Skypath’ walking and cycling addition to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Two New Auckland Special Housing Areas

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More>>

ALSO:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news