Environmental and Accessibility Performance Fund

To encourage economic development and recognise the strategic importance of green star rated buildings and accessible design across newly built and refurbished residential and commercial developments in Wellington.

Fund details

Opening date: 15 August. Once open applications will be accepted any time 
Contact: Policy and Climate Change Team: eapf@wcc.govt.nz
Value: $20 million to allocate until 30 June 2030. Eligible projects are entitled for up to $500,000 (commercial developments) and up to $2 million (residential developments).


About this fund

The Environmental and Accessibility Performance Fund (EAPF) has been established to encourage a greater stock of environmentally sustainable and accessibly designed buildings in Wellington City. The Fund is open for both new builds and refurbishments/ retrofit developments.

The Fund offers financial support to address concerns such as the cost of certification and materials. It is intended to cover a portion of the costs associated with building improvement, to support the broader Council outcomes around health, environment and accessibility.

Eligibility Criteria

Commercial Developments

Commercial developments (new and refurbished buildings) are eligible to apply for environmental sustainability performance funding only.  

There is a maximum of $500,000 per commercial project available.

Successful applications will need to meet all the following criteria:

Eligible for: 

  • $2,500 per 50 sqm, up to a maximum of $250k (retrofits achieving Green Star 4; new builds not eligible).
  • $3,500 per 50 sqm, up to a maximum of $350k (achieving Green Star 5).
  • $5,000 per 50 sqm, up to a maximum of $500k (achieving Green Star 6 or Living Building Challenge).

Residential Developments

Residential developments (new builds and refurbished buildings) are eligible to apply for either or both environmental sustainability performance and accessibility performance criteria. 

Maximum of $2 million per residential project available if meeting both environmental sustainability and accessibility performance criteria.

Environmental Sustainability Performance Criteria 

Successful applications will need to meet all the following criteria:

  • Must be a multi-unit residential development of 10 or more units.
  • No new natural gas connections.
  • Achieve minimum points in Homestar across the ‘Reducing Construction Waste Criteria’ for Minimising, Onsite Sorting, and Waste Diversion categories.
  • Achieve relevant accreditation from Homestar or Living Building Challenge. Certification must be the current version when a building consent is submitted and must be valid within the last six months of final application. 

Eligible for:

  • $10,000 per unit (self-contained residence), up to a maximum of $750k (only for retrofits achieving Homestar 6; new builds not eligible).
  • $15,000 per unit (self-contained residence), up to a maximum of $1M (achieving Homestar 7).
  • $20,000 per unit (self-contained residence), up to maximum of $1.5M (achieving Homestar 8 or higher or Living Building Challenge).
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    Accessibility Performance Criteria 

    Successful applications will need to meet all the following criteria:

    • Must be multi-unit residential development of 10 or more units.
    • Minimum 30% of dwellings (units) must achieve Lifemark 4 or higher certification. Certification must be the current version when a building consent is submitted and must be valid within the last six months of final application.

    Eligible for:

    • $7,500 per unit (self-contained residence), up to a maximum of $500k (achieving Lifemark 4 for at least 30% of units)
    • $15,000 per unit (self-contained residence), up to a maximum of $500k (achieving Lifemark 5 for at least 30% of units)

    Conditions 

    All of the following conditions must be met or the application will not be accepted; 

    • The development must be in Wellington City.
    • The application must be submitted by a legal entity.
    • The following are ineligible: the Crown, state sector organisations, overseas state agencies, community boards, Council-controlled organisations and Council business units.
    • Only one application may be submitted per development.
    • The Council reserves the right to adjust the criteria to manage shifting strategic priorities. Any changes will be communicated on the Council website. Existing EOIs at the time of changes being approved will be honoured.
    • If New Zealand building code standards are increased, the Fund may be closed, or the criteria increased. If the Fund is closed, the Council will honour existing EOI’s that include approved building consent submitted prior to the regulatory changes.

    Application Process

    First, check whether your project meets the above criteria. If you are unsure, contact the Policy Submission mailbox to discuss your project using the details at the top of this page.

    Applications are made on a two-stage process.

    Stage 1: An online Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted to ‘reserve’ the funds. The amount of funding that is reserved is based on the specified criteria you wish to pursue. 

    1. Once the EOI is accepted, applicants will be prompted to log into the application portal system (Fluxx) to confirm that the project and contact details are correct.
    2. Applicants will then sign and return a Terms & Conditions document, which specifies the total amount of reserved funding.
    3. Applicants will then have 6 months to provide both the building consent confirmation and engagement proof with either the New Zealand Green Building Council and/or Lifemark.

    • EOIs can be submitted up to 6 months prior, or within 6 months of lodging a building consent application. The EOI will lapse after 6 months if a building consent has not been submitted.
    • Once the building consent has been approved, it must remain valid. Extensions for building consents can be requested through the normal Council process.
    • The approved EOI will ‘reserve’ the funds for a maximum of 3 years. If a development takes longer than expected, applicants will need to request an extension, which may be approved at the Council’s discretion.

    Stage 2: Final Application must be submitted to receive the funds. This includes:

    • Evidence of Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) and final accreditation certification from either Homestar, Green Star, Living Building Challenge and/ or Lifemark, as outlined in the criteria above. 

    How to Apply 

    You can apply for this fund and check your application status on our Funding Portal once applications open on 15 August.