Sustainability and resilience

Improve sustainability and resilience

New Zealand’s built environment life cycle (whole-of-life carbon cycle) contributes up to 20% of our national carbon footprint and the built environment has its part to play in reducing this.

There are also ongoing issues across the country with seismic resilience and meeting the cost of seismic strengthening.

Greater incentives and clear guidance from Government to encourage investment in properties and developments that are resilient and sustainable is required. We call on the Government to collaborate with the property industry to set a clear path towards reducing emissions and improving seismic reliance alongside nationally consistent energy efficiency benchmarks for the built environment.

Topics include:
  • Built environment emissions
  • Seismic strengthening


  • Government to collaborate with property industry to set a clear path towards reducing the emissions of the built environment.
  • Introduce targeted incentives for buildings that invest in energy efficiency and clean energy.
  • Work with the private sector to collect data in order to set nationally consistent and achievable energy efficiency benchmarks for the operation of buildings.
  • Mandate the advertisement of energy efficiency ratings on the lease or sale of the building.
  • Introduce tax deductions for the costs of seismic strengthening.

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The Environment and Sustainability Taskforce aims to improve the sustainability and resilience of our buildings through policy incentives and legislative reform.

Property Council is honoured to work with members from across the property spectrum on this important issue, including:

  • Jerome Partington, Jasmax
  • John Schellekens, PWC
  • Annabell Chartres, PWC
  • Brendon Dwyer, Beca
  • Paul Jurasovich, Jasmax
  • Brian Squair, Chow:Hill
  • Simon Wilson, RDT Pacific
  • Simon Taylor, Cosgroves Ltd
  • Vanessa Carswell, Jasmax
  • Sarah Beale, PFI
  • Simi Mukherjee, PMG Holdings
  • Saatyesh Bhana, Argosy
  • Anna Allen, KiwiRail
  • Linda Trainer, Kiwi Property
  • Olga Druzhinina, Development Advisory Services Limited
  • David Snelling, Argosy
  • Trevor Wairepo, Kiwi Property
  • Lizzy Pearson, Rau Paenga Limited
  • Sarah Delamore, Jasmax
  • Sharyn Bramwell, Stride Property
  • Lizzi Whaley, Spaceworks Interior Architecture
  • Frederik Cornu, WSP New Zealand
  • Regan Butler, Grant Thornton
  • Janine Carson, Grant Thornton
  • Michael Worth, Grant Thornton
  • Jayesh Parekh, Tāmaki Regeneration Co
  • Michael Mason, Warren and Mahoney
  • Graeme Finlay, Warren and Mahoney
  • Fiona Short, Warren and Mahoney
  • Craig Cliff, University of Otago
  • Matt Wickham, Metlifecare
  • Tom Slade, Goodman
  • Sabrina Jereb, RLB
  • Alice Couchman, Metlifecare
  • Brad Nichols, Robert Bird Group
  • Paul Spurdle, Veros
  • Stephen Cornwall, Veros
  • Danica Holgado, Colliers
  • Caitlin Pemberton, Tāmaki Regeneration Co
  • Elliot Ingram, Tactical Group
  • Abbey Pickering, Northwest Healthcare Properties
  • Clare Soloman, Northwest Healthcare Properties
  • Parrys Raines, Blackstone Group
  • Aimee Baker, JLL
  • Clive Chapman, Pacific Environments NZ Ltd
  • Tane Pratt, Pacific Environments NZ Ltd
  • Phillip Howard, Pacific Environments NZ Ltd
  • Richard Forbes, Beca
  • Pat Gavaghan, Hugh Green Group

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For further information or to get involved, contact:
Sandamali Ambepitiya

Advocacy Advisor