Industry experts add weight to green building board

By Wright Communications

Shane Brealey (NZ Strong), Gail Calder (Z Energy), Mark Fraser (Hobsonville Land) and Ian Wheeler (Auckland Council) make up the board of 12 directors which governs the not-for-profit, industry organisation dedicated to accelerating the development and adoption of green buildings in New Zealand through setting best practice standards and providing education and training.

Four of the current 12 board members were farewelled at the meeting, including Brent Mettrick (Stonewood Homes), who served a six-year tenure, Peter Gomm (Mainzeal), Teena Pennington (Wellington City Council) and Mary Jane Daly (IAG).

Chairman Craig Price says: "The four outgoing board members have been hugely supportive of NZGBC's work and have made significant contributions."

Price says he is proud of the way the organisation has responded positively amid recent ongoing market challenges faced by the building construction sector.

"NZGBC delivered well on our key strategic priorities during the year, including assisting the Canterbury earthquake rebuild to include sustainable buildings, growing Homestar market presence, streamlining Green Star tools, introducing the NABERSNZ energy performance rating tool to New Zealand, and prioritising members. "

Price says looking ahead there are indicators of a more optimistic market with a range of opportunities. "Encouragingly there is a strong sense of the relevance and importance of green buildings as key to a sustainable future. The launch of the IPD/PCNZ Green Property Index last week confirms the value that certification provides to green buildings and in Canterbury, there is an unprecedented opportunity to progress the implementation of green building priorities for the industry to take a significant step forward."

Price says NZGBC's management and board have worked closely to develop clear priorities to take the organisation forward.

"The year ahead will see the development of a sustainable business model, a growing membership base, more effort ensuring NZGBC exerts influence on the Canterbury rebuild and the public launch of the NABERSNZ tool in collaboration with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)," he says.

Price thanked the NZGBC board members for their ongoing contribution and praised the efforts of NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler and her wider team, saying: "It is their dedication that produces the outcomes the organisation has delivered over the past year."


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