Chapter 4

Wynyard Quarter: a sustainable neighbourhood

Wynyard Quarter: a sustainable neighbourhood - Wynyard Quarter

Sustainability is an essential part of creating a healthy neighbourhood in Wynyard Quarter.

For people living and working here, it means homes and offices that are water and energy efficient. In fact, Wynyard Quarter has the highest sustainability standards of any precinct in Tāmaki Makaurau / New Zealand.

We require homes built in Wynyard Quarter to have at least a 7 Homestar rating and all buildings to be a minimum of 5 Green Star rating.

What does all this mean? Homestar is Aotearoa New Zealand’s rating tool for housing sustainability, with above-Building Code standards for insulation, ventilation, warmth and efficiency. Green Star is an internationally-recognised sustainability rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fitout and communities.

These strict standards mean that residents and businesses can be sure that their homes and offices are healthy – warm, dry, better places to be.

To make it easier for people to live sustainably, we’re making it simple for people to separate organic waste, recycling and other waste. Perhaps most challenging of all, it’s shifting people from using vehicles to moving around by walking, cycling and using public transport.

Eke Panuku sustainability aspirations and commitments for Wynyard Quarter are set out in the Sustainable Development Framework 2013. This document:

  • Guides development to help create a resilient community.
  • Establishes sustainability targets against which we measure progress and success.

We’ve established Wynyard Quarter Smart, an interactive, online tool that visualises how we’re tracking against our sustainability targets.