13 December 2011 – The new chair of the New Zealand Green Building Council, Craig Price forecasts continued improvements to the Green Star rating tool in 2012 and beyond to meet industry needs.

Mr Price, regional manager of engineering consultancy group Beca,  says priorities are delivering a commercial building performance tool for the New Zealand market and further establishing the residential tool, Homestar to assess and improve the country’s housing stock

New Zealand has 69 projects certified by Green Star NZ, 16 projects certified by Homestar, and nearly 9,000 homes assessed online.

NZGBC has four new directors. They are:

Lincoln Fraser, development director, Newcrest Group.  He has been responsible for a number of commercial and residential projects including Auckland’s KPMG Centre, Vodafone venue and the 5 Green Star – Office Design certified NZI Centre.

Teena Pennington, director of strategy, planning and urban design, Wellington City Council. Ms Pennington has more than 12 years’ experience in urban planning, planning, urban design and engineering across public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand.

Mary-Jane Daly, executive general manager, State Insurance, IAG.  The company is  committed to building a sustainable business which informs all aspects of  its work,

Simon Wilson, project manager, RDT Pacific.  Mr Wilson has helped NZGBC develop rating tools. His experience includes construction project management across local government, healthcare, commercial and industrial buildings, including the first 4 Green Star certified industrial building – the CourierPost mail centre.