Precinct's World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

28 July 2022

Precinct Properties is proud to be the first NZ property owner to commit to the WGBC Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Precinct is proud to announce our commitment to the World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, the first New Zealand property owner to do so.

The commitment calls on the building and construction sector to take action to decarbonise the built environment, inspire others to act and remove barriers to implementation.

We have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions for all buildings under our direct operational control by 2030, and to maximise reductions of embodied carbon emissions at new developments and major upgrades of existing assets, compensating for any remaining residual upfront embodied carbon emissions, by 2030.

Precinct fully supports Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition into a low carbon economy and is committed to creating a more sustainable environment by driving change within the building and construction industry.

“We recognise our role as a long-term owner and developer of real estate, and leader within our sector, and that’s why we are taking an active approach to climate action.” - Richard Hilder, Precinct’s CFO and Sustainability Lead

The Commitment considers the whole lifecycle impact of buildings and will see Precinct improve energy efficiency of existing buildings to reduce carbon intensity and offset residual emissions. This includes:

  • - Target over 60% of the portfolio having at least a best practice (5 star) Green Star rating.
  • - Target 100% of portfolio +4-star NABERSNZ by 2030.
  • - Develop energy efficient buildings through sustainable building design.
  • - Reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or use alternatives by 2030.
  • - Invest in and implement renewable infrastructure where feasible.
  • - Maximise embodied carbon reductions for new developments and major renovations of existing assets by carrying out lifecycle assessments (LCAs) and utilising low carbon design, materials and construction processes.

Under the commitment, Precinct will:

  • - Partner with Toitū Envirocare to measure and verify emissions.
  • - Obtain third party certification; NABERSNZ and Green Star.
  • - Undertake regular energy audits.

Advocating for a low carbon economy will see Precinct partner with New Zealand Green Building Council on current and future carbon legislation (zero carbon) to promote industry-wide environmental practices and promote its net carbon commitment to influence its value chain to reduce carbon intensities.

“An exciting example of this commitment is now visible on Auckland’s downtown waterfront with Precinct’s PwC Tower awarded a 5 Green Star rating this week, representing New Zealand Excellence in sustainable design and construction”

The Commitment has a total of 160 signatories, with 126 businesses and organisations, in 28 cities. The businesses and organisations signed up to the Commitment account for approximately 6.5 million (tCO2e) of portfolio emissions annually and more than $300 billion annual turnover and are already taking significant steps to decarbonise their portfolio operations.

Being able to measure sustainability performance has been a priority for Precinct for several years, applying local and international sustainability benchmarks to its activities. All previously announced certifications and standards including Toitū CarbonZero, GRESB, CDP, MSCI ESG Building Ratings, Green Star and NABERSNZ, can be viewed here.

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