GRI Sustainability Report 2017

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Sarah Rothwell

We’re pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report with you. Email to get your copy.

This report is compiled to report to our partners and stakeholders how we’re tracking against our sustainable and operational performance targets. Every year we set ourselves goals that will help our practice reduce our impact on the planet across three core areas: our designs, our own actions and the education we provide to others.

Of particular note for this year’s GRI Report is a significant achievement: the Living Building Certification of Ngāi Tūhoe’s Te Kura Whare*. This is of significance, not just as a celebration within Jasmax, but for New Zealand. Te Kura Whare is one of only 15 buildings of its type to exist in the world – not to mention the only one of the fifteen outside of the United States. Te Kura Whare is built to the most stringent sustainable design criteria that you can find. It operates on power that it generates itself, and offsets its impacts with strategies including on-site water filtration and community gardens. It’s constructed of all non-toxic materials, most of which were sourced from New Zealand, and a large proportion of which were sourced from within reaching distance of the site. There’s a tremendously powerful community story behind the building too, which was captured in the 2015 docu-film, Ever The Land.

It was a privilege to have worked with Ngāi Tūhoe on this project, and a story that we’re sure we’ll continue to talk about for many years to come.

Find out more about Te Kura Whare and some in progress projects we’re working on too in the Report.

*This was officially announced just after the period for the 2017 Annual GRI Report.

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