New Zealand public housing pilot to be presented at United Nations Climate Change Conference

A new innovative pilot public housing project by Kāinga Ora tackling climate change in the built environment will be presented on the global stage at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26).

Ngā Kāinga Anamata, which means ‘houses of the future’, is a sustainable development project aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry in New Zealand. The project has been selected as one of 17 initiatives worldwide to be exhibited in the COP26 virtual pavilion “Build Better Now” from October 31st.

The project will provide 30 new homes in five three-storey apartment buildings in Glendowie, Auckland. Each nearly identical building will use a different construction technology1, allowing information on sustainability to be gathered across a range of building materials and systems.

Kāinga Ora’s commercial director Matt Noyes said Ngā Kāinga Anamata is firmly focused on meeting the government’s carbon emissions targets, with significant benefits for occupants.

“The buildings will result in significantly reduced carbon and energy emissions; achieve both the Passive House standard and net zero energy, ”he says.

“By focusing on the trifecta of using low carbon materials, energy efficient operational solutions and local renewable energy production, we have succeeded in reducing life cycle carbon emissions to a fraction. of what they are in a house traditionally built in New Zealand. Building and monitoring these buildings will now help us understand the overall cost and benefits of low carbon social housing, and share our knowledge with industry.

“It is important to note that the individuals and whānau who will live in these houses will benefit from an efficient, thermally comfortable and healthy house, and a real solution to energy poverty. “

Kāinga Ora Board Chairman Vui Mark Gosche said global recognition of industry-leading development is important to Kāinga Ora.

“Build Better Now” involved a rigorous selection process, and successful projects are those that have an immediate positive impact on the planet and people’s lives. As a major real estate developer and owner of public housing, these results are of crucial importance to Kāinga Ora, ”he said.

“Ngā Kāinga Anamata seeks to resolve many underlying issues with the housing sector in Aotearoa and is the start of a national response to climate change mitigation in the built environment.

“The homes we build today will set the course for our carbon emissions for decades to come. We must be part of the solution, driving innovation and transformation now to ensure good health and climate security for future generations. “

Ngā Kāinga Anamata also aims to address holistic environmental and sustainability challenges, including water scarcity, construction and demolition waste, and biodiversity loss by actively protecting, restoring and supporting local ecosystems. . The planned native biodiversity corridors and large pockets of regenerated native forest will provide a network of plant life supporting insects, birds and other animals so that they can coexist and thrive with the new development.

Kāinga Ora has already committed to the performance standard of achieving a 6 Homestar rating on all new builds, and Ngā Kāinga Anamata is on track to achieve 9 Homestar.

Ngā Kāinga Anamata is expected to start construction from early to mid-2022, this public housing development will meet the targets of MBIE’s climate change construction program, reaching the proposed final operational efficiency ceiling for 2030 by 2024; six years ahead of expectations.

The “Build Better Now” virtual pavilion is a series of free and open virtual exhibitions and events highlighting the role of the built environment in tackling climate and biodiversity / ecological crises. It will be live from October 31st on

For more information on Ngā Kāinga Anamata, see


1 The five construction materials used are: solid wood / cross-laminated timber (CLT); light wood frame (LTF); precast concrete; thin gauge steel and a CLT / LTF hybrid.

Project details:

  • 5 x three floors with no elevator, each using a different construction method
  • 30 two-bedroom houses in total
  • Each building will meet the Passive House standard and will be net zero energy consumption
  • Planned construction period: Q1 2022 to mid-2024
  • 3 other buildings not part of the R&D project will also be built as part of the development

Project partners

  • New Zealand Building Research Association (BRANZ)
  • Context Architects – Architects
  • Robert Bird Group – Structural Engineers
  • Aurecon – Service Engineers & Passive House Designer
  • Resilio Studio – Landscape architects
  • Ortus International – Quantity controllers
  • Sustainable engineering – NZ Passive House Certifiers
  • Revolve – Photovoltaic systems designers
  • Marshall Day – Acoustic Engineers
  • Holmes Fire – Fire Protection Consultants

COP26 “Building better now”
Live: October 31 – November 12, 2021
Social networks: @buildbetter_now | #build better now
Press contact: ING Media | [email protected]

Build better now at the virtual pavilion of the built environment of COP26

Build Better Now is a collaborative project co-owned by over 100 partner organizations from the built environment sector, for which UKGBC acts as the secretariat. This coalition has come together to ensure that the sector’s key role in addressing climate and ecological emergencies is brought to the fore – ahead, during and well beyond COP26.

The virtual pavilion aims to showcase the relationship between the built environment and climate change, both as part of the problem and part of the solution. It will feature an exhibition of exemplary global projects and locations, in a bespoke virtual reality (VR) space, as well as a wide range of events and downloadable content – to include keynotes, panel discussions and more. This year, for the first time, COP26 will offer a day dedicated to the built environment.

To enable maximum participation from around the world, Build Better Now at the COP26 Virtual Built Environment Pavilion will be hosted online from October 31 to November 12, 2021 and will be open to all.


MBIE is developing proposals to define required levels of energy efficiency and interior environmental qualities for new buildings to reduce carbon emissions from New Zealand homes and buildings while making them healthier, warmer, drier and more. more suited to a changing climate, which would make developments like Ngā Kāinga Anamata the norm from 2030.

Developed specifically to align, accelerate industry adoption and delivery of the MBIE Building for Climate Change program, Homestar Version 5 has also adopted many of the
Principles and Methods of Passive House Standard. In this way, the two are complementary, meaning that buildings such as Ngā Kāinga Anamata that meet the Certified Passive House standard are accepted as best practice for many requirements of Homestar version 5.

The passive house standard originated in Germany. It is internationally recognized as a benchmark for best practices in low energy consumption, indoor environmental quality and sanitary performance, especially when applied to social housing.

New Zealand currently has around 61 certified passive houses with more in the works. The Passive House Institute NZ, Te Tōpūtanga o te Whare Korou ki Aotearoa has a list of certified passive houses on their website:

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