8 May 2014 — The New Zealand Green Building Council today [Thursday] launched an updated version of the Green Star tool for education buildings, which it believes will make the process of gaining a rating simpler, particularly for smaller projects.

The review of the tool was funded by the NZ Ministry of Education, which has a policy of giving incentives for seeking a rating to publicly funded school projects in recognition of the positive impact high-performing buildings have on staff and student health and wellbeing, and the benefits sustainability has for asset value.

More than 20 education buildings in New Zealand have been rated under the previous version, which was introduced in 2009, including daycare centres, schools and tertiary institutions.