Trail­blazer

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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.

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