Benefits of a sustainable office
There is a range of environmental, social and business benefits for creating a sustainable workplace, including:
- more comfortable
- more natural light
- cleaner air
- increased productivity.
- more durable, which means occupancy is longer
- can be a valuable marketing tool for potential customers, employees, and investors.
Make your building greener
If you own a business and are either thinking of moving your office, upgrading, or building a new one, starting early in the planning process is key to making your building as green as possible.
At the start of your planning process
Here are ways to decrease carbon:
- LCAQuick is a life cycle assessment tool that helps architects, designers and structural engineers make sustainable design decisions. It evaluates the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a building design.
- Free BRANZ - CO2NSTRUCT tool provides values for construction materials. Can be used alongside the LCAquick tool as part of the New Zealand ‘whole-building whole-of-life framework’.
- Reducing carbon emissions in building and construction process is a framework to create more sustainable buildings.
Check your building
- Check your environmental performance with Green Star, a rating system for design, construction, operation, fit-out, and developments.
- Living Building Challenge focuses on maximising the positive impacts of a building on our environment.
- Passive House NZ helps achieve healthy and efficient buildings, from site location to material use. This is for residential and commercial buildings, including new builds and retrofits.
- Find eco-friendly products and materials for green homes and businesses: Environmental Choice - product guide.
Changes to the building code
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is working on a programme to reduce carbon emissions across the building sector.
This programme will focus on the:
- operational energy of a building
- embodied carbon used in construction and refurbishment.
These changes in the building sector will start from 2021/2022.
Find more information about what you can do now at MBIE – Building for Climate Change.
Construction and demolition waste
Avoiding waste when building saves time, money and reduces your carbon footprint.
Projects over two million dollars need to submit a waste management plan before construction begins.
Construction and demolition waste planning
Find out more: BRANZ - Reducing building material wastes
Funding for high-performance buildings
Wellington City Council offers a 50% remission on development contribution fees.
This is for eligible commercial and mixed-use buildings that achieve a Greenstar 5 rating (section 2.6.5 of the Development contributions policy, page 17).
Contact the Development Contributions Officer at the start of your project to ensure it meets the requirements.