In mid-2020 the Transformation Plan was expanded to include a new workstream to focus on improving environmental sustainability, and supporting the construction sector to prepare for changes to the way we build due to climate change.

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act puts the spotlight even more firmly on the construction sector to determine what its contribution to New Zealand's zero carbon by 2050 should be.

The Accord recognises there are significant opportunities and challenges for the construction sector when it comes to its environmental impacts.

We are creating a roadmap for how the built environment and construction sector can contribute to Aotearoa New Zealand's climate and other environmental aspirations. The roadmap will help everyone in the sector to understand their role, contribution and the shifts that are needed. It will also identify the actions the Accord will focus on over the short term.

The Environment workstream will also focus on understanding and aligning the other significant and positive work underway within the sector to improve environmental performance, including the Government's Building for Climate Change programme.

This workstream is being led and supported by BRANZ's Chief Executive Officer, Chelydra Percy.

Programme timeline

Date Programme 
March 2021 Issues and opportunities paper completed
July 2021 Accord Environment Workstream initiatives developed
Last updated: 16 February 2021