The New Zealand Green Building Council has awarded the Geyser building a 6 Green Star rating, only the second building in the country to achieve this benchmark after the Christchurch Civic Centre. The rating indicates that the building has attained the highest standards for sustainable design. NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler says it’s not just about reducing costs through energy efficiency. “Businesses here will be making a statement about their commitment to staff, customers and the planet,” says Cutler. “Much of the focus of green buildings is on benefits such as energy and water savings but just as important is the quality of the working and living environment.” According to Cutler, over 600,000m2 across the country have already been certified with their matrix and all schools are now required to get a 5 Green Star rating. Ms Cutler says that international research shows improving the quality of the workplace boosts productivity and reduces sick days.