New tool brings low carbon practices to more buildings
EECA today congratulates the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) on the launch of Green Star Performance, a new tool to assess the operational performance of all types of existing buildings.
“This is a great opportunity to bring the benefits of lower carbon, productive practices to a wide range of buildings and their occupants, including offices, retail centres, hospitals, public buildings, hotels,” says Gary Walker, account director at the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The tool rates entire buildings across nine categories that contribute to the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants.
Energy performance is a key category worth up to 23 points out of 100. “This recognises the impact energy use has on the everyday wellbeing of people, communities and the environment, as well as the business bottom line,” says Gary.
The other categories are management, indoor environment quality, transport, water, materials, land use & ecology, emissions and innovation.
The NABERSNZ tool, run by NZGBC on behalf of EECA, will be used to measure and rate the energy performance of office buildings going for a Green Star Performance rating.
NABERSNZ continues to be available as a stand-alone tool to rate and improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand’s office buildings. Free feasibility assessments are available to owners and tenants considering undertaking a NABERSNZ rating, to assess their building’s readiness to get started.
Contact the New Zealand Green Building Council for more information on both tools.