Delivering the social benefits of sustainable infrastructure

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Richard Anderson


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Motueka Public Library in the Tasman District and Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth took home Resene Green Building Property Awards for Excellence at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards held in Auckland last month.

The new purpose–built 1,100 square metre Motueka Public Library – Te Noninga Kumu replaced the previous library which was grossly undersized to meet the population it serves.

Sustainable construction was implemented right from the start.

The new facility was built with almost 100 percent timber and minimal use of steel, and concrete.

An automated lighting control system, mixed mode (passive and active air-conditioning) with automatic window actuators, rainwater-collecting tank, a soak-pit to dispose of any onsite stormwater overflowing from the collection tank, and a 100KWp solar power system was installed complete with battery storage.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Bevan Hartley said, “Projects like the Motueka Public Library do not come around very often. This is a relatively small building, but its impact upon the local community is immeasurable.”

Te Huhi Raupō at Taranaki Base Hospital brings a holistic shift to the care of dialysis patients and their whānau.

The 806 square metre outpatient clinic is climate-conscious and shifts the expectations of what is possible in healthcare.

The single-level, accessible and passively orientated building spans a valley between the hospital and a residential street.

It provides 12 dialysis treatment chairs, consultation and support spaces and a reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

The design features locally sourced mass timber structure, solar panels, and reclaimed timber cladding, and is a global leader in Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certifications for healthcare buildings.

It creates an optimal environment for patient wellbeing with ocean views, natural daylight and careful consideration of privacy, air quality, acoustic and thermal performance.

Rider Levett Bucknall Director Richard Anderson said,

Te Huhi Raupō is an exemplary building taking an extraordinary step towards future sustainable healthcare and a decarbonised built environment in Aotearoa. It has been a pleasure to help deliver New Zealand’s first sustainable, Green Star-rated public healthcare project and to create a positive environment within the budget prescribed.

Hosted by Property Council New Zealand with the support of Principal Sponsor Rider Levett Bucknall, the Property Industry Awards is the most prestigious property awards programme in New Zealand, celebrating excellence in design and innovation in the built environment for over 20 years.

Rider Levett Bucknall in Auckland Managing Director Steve Gracey said, “It has been RLB’s great privilege to play a role honouring the extraordinary achievements of our industry’s true gamechangers. Congratulations to the 2023 winners for being part of a world-class showcase of purpose-driven spaces.”

Whakamihi to all the winners