NZDF produces Sustainable Infrastructure Standards

November 18 2020

NZDF is taking steps to reduce its energy, water, waste and emissions footprint through the development of new ground breaking Sustainable Infrastructure Standards [PDF, 1.2 MB] –Taumata Whakapūmau Taiao. The Standards, which come into effect on 1 March 2021 will underpin all planning, design, delivery, operation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure on the Defence Estate.

NZDF manages the third largest area of Crown land in New Zealand.  The 81,000 hectare estate is home to nine camps and bases and two main training areas and supports around 15,000 people.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Standards combine user requirements, engineering and science-based principles to reduce operating costs, increase user satisfaction, improve environmental performance and enhance social and cultural wellbeing.

From March 2021 NZDF will require a Sustainable Design Report at each project stage that confirms the requirements are, or will be, met. 

The new standards support Tuku Iho, NZDF’s commitment to pass on what it has received in at least as good as, if not better, condition than we received it.

“We, as Defence Estate and Infrastructure, want to start and lead positive change both in the building and infrastructure industry and its supply chains. We want to reduce Defence’s demand on essential energy, water and waste infrastructure. We also want to future-proof the value of the Defence estate,“ says Mark Brunton, Head of Defence Estate and Infrastructure.

“A building generally has a 50 to 100 year life span, the cost of running and maintaining it will overshadow the initial costs of construction.  That’s why it’s important to make sure that our successors in 100 years from now thank us for what we build on the Defence Estate today.”

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