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Sustainable building standards for new government owned non-residential buildings

Part of: Property news Procurement news Construction

In support of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP), Cabinet has agreed that procurement mandated agencies use an approved sustainable building rating system for new government owned non-residential buildings from 1 April 2022.

Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash and Climate Change Minister James Shaw made the announcement during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. The Government is committed to ensuring government-owned buildings are designed to reduce embodied and operational carbon and waste, and construction and demolition waste.

The first approved sustainable building rating system is the Green Star Design and As Built (Green Star) and agencies will need to achieve a minimum of a 5 star rating.

This requirement will apply to new government owned non-residential buildings with an estimated capital value of:

  • $25 million and over from 1 April 2022
  • $9 million and over from 1 April 2023.

The CNGP is a long-term work programme that aims for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025. The programme was established to help reduce emissions and support New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy.

Read more about requirements to use an approved sustainable building rating tool.

Building rating systems

Green Star - New Zealand Green Building Council Te Kaunihera Hanganga Tautaiao

Climate standards for new Govt buildings - Beehive.govt.nz

Carbon Neutral Government Programme logo

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