The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) on Wednesday congratulated New Zealand on attaining its 100th Green Star rating.
Green Star is New Zealand’s national, holistic rating system that certifies the design and construction of sustainable commercial buildings.
WorldGBC Chief Executive Officer, Jane Henley, said that New Zealand’s commercial property sector, in line with the global market, was increasingly recognising that green buildings were not only better for the environment, but also more efficient and resilient assets that were ‘future proofed’ against the risk of early obsolescence.
“Green buildings stack up financially, socially and environmentally. New Zealand’s 100 Green Star projects, including the three impressive buildings just certified, will continue to inspire others to embrace sustainability,” Ms Henley says.
The New Zealand Green Building Council was established in 2006, making it one of just 12 green building councils in the world at the time. Today, there are 100 countries and 27,000 companies driving this business-led movement.
Over the past seven years, the green building market has grown in value from US$10 billion to more than $US85 billion. According to McGraw-Hill Construction, this growth is projected to continue at a rate of around 10 per cent per annum.
“The Asia Pacific region is the world’s largest growth market for green building products and services. As New Zealand companies become expert in green building design and constructions, the opportunities within the global green market will grow exponentially,” Ms Henley concludes.
World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of 100 not-for-profit organisations and 27,000 visionary companies with a single mission: to drive the buildings sector towards sustainability and ensure our buildings deliver their full potential. Green Building Councils work locally to define and deploy best practice in the market, help governments shape policy, and build a culture of cross-sector collaboration. Our collective movement scales the local to the global: protecting the natural environment, enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and whole communities, improving energy security and resource efficiency, and creating green growth and jobs.