Meridian Energy Customhouse Quay blog

Part 1: NZGBC gets the green light

14 September 2015, by Dean Croucher

TwentyTwo has recently renewed its commitment as a member of the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC). And since World Green Building Week is all set for 21-27 September, we’re marking the occasion with a series of three blogs over three weeks to highlight NZGBC’s role in working to improve the quality and sustainability of NZ properties, as well as our involvement over the years.

Here in Part 1, we introduce NZGBC and outline TwentyTwo’s early connections with the Council through to our renewed commitment today.

Part 2 takes an historical approach focusing on NZGBC’s story and our experience of tenant/end user perspectives over the years.

The final Part 3 looks at the future of NZGBC and what it offers organisations. We’ll look at the roles of NABERSNZ – a scheme that measures and rates the energy performance of NZ’s office buildings – and the Performance Leasing Guide, recently launched to encourage tenants and landlords to join forces to create better performing and more energy efficient buildings.

The NZGBC was established in July 2005 and became a member of the World Green Building Council in 2006 – making it only the sixth GBC in the world at the time and signaling the beginning of the end for ‘greenwash’ in NZ.

A not-for-profit, industry organisation, NZGBC strives to create healthier, more resilient cities and communities by improving the quality and sustainability of NZ’s homes, schools and workplaces. It does this by:

  • Promoting the benefits of sustainable buildings by creating a common language and demonstrating the value
  • Assisting the property and construction sector to acquire the skills and knowledge to be able to deliver a sustainable built environment
  • Motivating and rewarding the sustainable development and operation of buildings across New Zealand

At TwentyTwo, we’re proud to have played a small role in the evolution of green buildings and sustainability in NZ in a number of ways. First, former Director Peter Dow was instrumental in establishing the NZGBC and was also the Establishment Chair in 2005/2006. Our Wellington office was also home to NZGBC at the outset and, as a company, we helped with the establishment effort through gifting Peter’s time, as well as donating the support of a part-time administrator during the initial 12 months before Jane Henley, the inaugural CE, was appointed.

Since then, and as part of our roles on various projects, we have encouraged our clients to think about sustainability. The most notable project was Meridian Energy's new Wellington office at 33 Customhouse Quay completed in 2007. Around 2005, we were engaged to help Meridian consider its Wellington office requirements and, as part of the engagement process, we identified a link between Meridian's brand (about sustainable energy) and sustainable buildings.

We also identified that Wellington Waterfront was planning on building a new ‘sustainable’ building on the waterfront. This led Meridian to fully embracing the green building concept and committing to a new green building – the first 5-Star Green Star Office Building in NZ and a landmark that has become synonymous with sustainability. 

In light of the now tangible efficiencies and performance improvements available to our clients through green building practices, TwentyTwo has renewed its commitment to NZGBC through our membership. 

NZGBC will be celebrating World Green Building Week with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Find out more about these events.

...

About the author

Loves anything blue. Avoids routine and making plans. Dreams of playing golf on the senior tour. Should have been a chef or writer. Fond of chardonnay and food (any kind).

Dean is one of NZ's leading property advisers with 25+ years’ consulting experience acting for major tenants and owner-occupiers. He specialises in property strategy, tenant representation, project leadership and major transactions. He also continues to provide peer review advice across all major projects.

Other posts by this author...

12 September 2017

We are hiring a Marketing Communications Coordinator

Marketing Communications Coordinator (Part Time/Wellington or Auckland based). TwentyTwo is a leading professional services practice providing strategic property advice to government and corporate clients, from offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Read more...

07 April 2017

TwentyTwo appointed to five categories of Government Property Panel

TwentyTwo has recently been appointed to the Government Property Panel, an appointment that recognises our deep understanding and experience of working for the main Crown/Government agencies over the last 27 years.

Read more...

21 December 2016

Advocating for the Tenant at PINZ Government Property Event

At the recent Property Institute Government Property event in Wellington, TwentyTwo’s Dean Croucher joined David White from Government Property Group, Peter Dow (deputising for an unwell Maurice Clark) and Steve Maitland from Colliers to discuss...

Read more...

07 December 2016

Team TwentyTwo's Xmas parade

Team TwentyTwo celebrated the end of another fantastic year last weekend by heading up to Auckland to see Coldplay live at Mt Smart Stadium! The previous night, our team got together for a few quiet red...

Read more...

21 November 2016

Auckland CBD transformation takes shape

Major transformation of the Auckland CBD continues at pace with the demolition of the former Downtown Shopping Centre now complete (above left).

Read more...

02 November 2016

We're hiring! Full-time Property Consultant in Auckland

We are seeking outstanding professionals to join a growing team, making a difference to businesses around the country.

Read more...

08 September 2016

TwentyTwo's Paul Mautz is Property Advisor of the Year

Paul Mautz, Associate Principal at TwentyTwo, is the inaugural winner of the Property Institute of New Zealand's Property Advisor of the Year award.

Read more...

14 August 2016

Creative thinking delivers value for Commerce Commission

Faced with a rapidly growing Auckland team and a new strategic focus on Auckland, the Commerce Commission had to make a choice about exiting early from a lease and relocating within the CBD.

Read more...

09 May 2016

Procurement solution fuels major step towards biodiesel in NZ

Z Energy’s customers in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty will soon be able to fill their tanks with ‘Z Bio D’ – a sustainable diesel which will be manufactured at its new bio-fuel...

Read more...

31 March 2016

Wellington Airport runway extension – unleashing potential

We're passionate about the success of Wellington and its contribution to the economy. Our business contributes to that success by helping organisations make better property decisions that help them unleash their potential.

Read more...

21 January 2016

Rise of the independent – why independence is better

Independence was a founding principle for TwentyTwo because we believed it was a critical differentiator that mattered to clients.Today, in our sector, we think it matters even more.

Read more...

18 December 2015

After a big year, a big day out

It's been fantastic year for TwentyTwo thanks to our hard working and talented team.So we decided to celebrate and reflect with a big day out.It was a cracker.

Read more...

15 December 2015

22 = 25

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time for some reflection.It’s been a year of positive change and big progress for TwentyTwo.

Read more...

28 September 2015

Part 3: A journey from greenwash to best practice

In Part 3 of a series of blogs on the New Zealand Green Building Council, we review the future of NZGBC and what it offers organisations, particularly tenants and owner-occupiers…The NZGBC is 10 years...

Read more...

22 September 2015

Part 2: NZGBC builds on firm foundations

Following Part 1 published last week where we introduced the NZGBC and outlined our early involvement and renewed commitment to the Council, Part 2 gives a brief history, along with our experience of tenant/end...

Read more...

24 August 2015

Wellington projects make progress

Great to see some real progress on site last week with two of our projects… Cuba Central On Monday morning, I attended the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony for Cuba Central – the new Creative Technologies and Arts Centre being developed by Willis Bond for WelTec and Whitireia.

Read more...

18 August 2015

TwentyFive years of disruption for TwentyTwo

‘Disruption’ is a buzzword in the business world at present and, here at TwentyTwo, we also talk about being disruptive.About being a challenger brand.Challenging convention.

Read more...

12 August 2015

David Lambie joins TwentyTwo

Well-known and respected property adviser David Lambie has joined TwentyTwo as a Principal and Director.

Read more...

29 July 2015

Take it from the top

A recent issue of boardroom, the IOD’s bi-monthly magazine that keeps members informed of relevant governance and business issues, includes a feature written by Managing Partner Dean Croucher.

Read more...

16 June 2015

New Tenant Briefs page outlines client requirements

A key part of our unique end-to-end process is to intimately understand each property market and ensure our clients have visibility on the the widest range of accommodation and property options.

Read more...

15 June 2015

Independent advisers vs leasing brokers: Who gets you a better deal?

As a tenant thinking about leasing new premises, you have an important decision to make.Do you:.

Read more...

15 June 2015

People aren't your biggest cost – premises are!

A few months ago, I was taken back by a statement made by an industry insider – "people aren't your biggest cost – premises are".

Read more...

04 June 2015

Corenet Auckland Symposium 4

This is the last of my four blogs about the Corenet Auckland Symposium - Location, Location, Location that I attended in June.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Another great new signing!

TwentyTwo is delighted to announce our new 2014-15 season player partnership with Andrew Durante, Captain and No.

Read more...

04 June 2015

TwentyTwo appointed to advise Callaghan Innovation

TwentyTwo has been appointed to undertake a National Property Strategy for Callaghan Innovation.This work will involve some more detailed planning for their Gracefield Site.

Read more...

04 June 2015

TwentyTwo appointed to advise NZQA

TwentyTwo has also been appointed to help NZ Qualifications Authority make better use of their premises in Wellington.

Read more...

04 June 2015

TwentyTwo's workplace makeover

Following our re-brand in 2012, we decided to take some of our own medicine! To align with our strategic intent and values, Duncan and Dean developed a 'brief' in the same way we do with clients.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Phoenix Sponsorship Launch

On 24 September a number of clients joined us to celebrate the start of our sponsorship for the 2014/2015 season with Andrew Durante, Captain of the world famous Wellington Phoenix! Andrew was a real hit and...

Read more...

04 June 2015

Shaping our city skylines: Part One – Wellington

There’s a lot of positive news and activity at the moment across our three major cities, particularly in the commercial property space.

Read more...

04 June 2015

National Property Strategies: Observations from the frontline

We've completed quite a bit of work over the last 18 months helping Government Agencies with their Property Strategies.Together, we've learnt some good things which we've outlined here.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Thanks for your support this year – have a great Christmas

It's been another great year for TwentyTwo with fantastic projects and the start of a promising relationship with Exis Global Tenant Representation.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Office moves for the better

Office moves for the better is an interesting article by the UK's Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on the roles and responsibilities around workplace procurement and design.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Conflicts of interest – a “spreading cancer in corporate real estate”

A robust, well-researched white paper released by Gail Corder Fischer of US tenant representation business Fischer explains how corporate tenants might be “leaving more money than they realise on the table when they place their property portfolios in the hands of large real estate brokerages that serve multiple stakeholders”.

Read more...

04 June 2015

Workplace design and productivity: are they inextricably linked?

In a recent rummage through some old research papers, we unearthed a brilliant paper from the RICS Property in the Economy Series entitled 'Workplace Design and Productivity: Are They Inextricably Linked?'.

Read more...