RCP was proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2018 NZ Green Building Council Housing Summit held on Wednesday this week. Members of the RCP team attended alongside leaders from the residential housing sector, to focus on tangible ways to improve housing for today and future generations.
“RCP has many clients who are committed to using more sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction techniques to create warm, dry, healthy homes,” says RCP Senior Associate Matt Murphy, “however it was disappointing to hear that NZ lags well behind countries like Australia, the UK and parts of the US, particularly in the area of thermal compliance.
“What we need to realise is that the building code is most certainly the floor, and not the ceiling. The industry needs to strive to do better, however it seems regulation may be required to ensure all homes meet global best practice standards in this area.”
The KiwiBuild programme’s integration with the Homestar rating system was also a major focus of the Summit.
“This project is the biggest government-led housing programme since the 30s & 40s, so it’s got to be done right. It was heartening to hear the government is aiming to deliver a Homestar rating of 8 as standard in all KiwiBuild homes by 2024, as they head towards a Zero Carbon goal by 2027,” says Murphy.
“Homestar is a great rating system but the industry needs to be supported to incentivise the building of rated homes outside the KiwiBuild programme too. This could be realised by fast-tracking and streamlining consenting processes and providing incentives or grants to remove any financial barriers. Green mortgages and shared ownership models are other ideas gaining traction to support more environmentally friendly and sustainable building practices.”
For more information on RCP’s environmental commitment visit www.rcp.co.nz/environment
For more information about NZGBC and Homestar visit www.nzgbc.org.nz