To celebrate World Green Building Week 2013, two of New Zealand’s most sustainably designed, and highest-performing buildings are opening free to the public.
In a first ever two-city Green Building tour, award-winning buildings in Auckland and Christchurch will open for limited, escorted public tours on Saturday 21 September.
Our own Geyser Building, Parnell achieved New Zealand’s first Green Star – Office Design rating. Among its sustainable features is a system that delivers 100% fresh air to occupants and uses state-of-the-art technology to heat and cool the building by trapping warm air between its walls in the winter, while in summer the entire outer skin opens electronically for full ventilation.
Te Hononga, the award-winning Christchurch Civic Centre, is the highest-rated Green Star building in the country, having scored a ‘trifecta’ of 6 Green Star Design, Office and Built ratings.
Places are available on each tour for around 100 members of the public. Two tours will be available between 11am-1.30pm at each centre. To register, visit the NZGBC event page by clicking here.
“These buildings are truly inspirational, and exemplify the very best in green building. Aside from being amazing to be in and around, they cost less to run and deliver better comfort and productivity, and a wonderful space to inhabit, every day,” says New Zealand Green Building Council Chief Executive Alex Cutler.
“The great thing for New Zealanders is that green building is becoming more mainstream, as increasingly developers and owners realise the benefits of building for the future.
“Around New Zealand, there are more than 95 Green Star rated buildings delivering lower costs, higher efficiency and more pleasant environments for owners, tenants and occupants.”
Find out more about The Geyser Building on our blog by clicking here.