Building for carbon zero government requirements

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Buildings – Carbon Neutral Government Programmes

Apricus Eco Hot Water & Heating is helping organisations to find ways to meet the new requirements under the Building for Climate Change programme, Transforming Operational Efficiency framework and the Government Carbon Neutral Programme.  

We are providing technical & engineering consulting, design and delivery of environmentally sustainable heating and hot water systems. These systems are savings the organisations money on operating expenses, are reliable, easy to operate and have very low carbon emissions. At Apricus, because we only offer environmentally sustainable system we are completely focused on our shared carbon zero future and helping organisations to transition from burning fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Building for Climate Change

The Building for Climate Change programme is a long-term work programme run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to reduce emissions from the construction and operation of new buildings.  It also aims to make sure our buildings are prepared for the future effects of climate change. 

Apricus is providing the design, specification and implementation of building services that minimise environmental impacts and operating costs.

Find out more about the MBIE Building for Climate Change Programme

Transforming Operational Efficiency

The Transforming Operational Efficiency framework from MBIE is helping to deliver the state sector Emissions Reduction Plan.  The scope of the Transforming Operational Efficiency framework is to work on reducing emissions directly and indirectly associated with the operation of buildings.  For example, the use of energy for heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, ventilation, appliances, and water use.

Key objectives of the framework are:

  • To reduce energy and water use
  • Improve occupant health and wellbeing

The Transforming Operational Efficiency framework proposes that:

  1. There will be a mandatory Operational Emissions Cap setting out the total allowable annual greenhouse gas emissions per square meter per annum for all new buildings.
    The Operational Emissions Cap will have requirements for fossil fuel combustion, electricity use and water use.
    Electricity use will have requirements for thermal performance, services efficiency and plug loads.
  2. There will be a mandatory Water Use Cap setting out the total allowable potable water use per square meter per annum for all new buildings.
  3. There will be defined Indoor Environmental Quality parameters for all new buildings to comply with.

Apricus provide highly efficient carbon dioxide heat pumps, 100% renewable pellet boilers and solar thermal systems that deliver building heating and hot water systems without using fossil fuels.  These systems can reduce the carbon dioxide emissions for building services by up to 99%, easily delivering on the efficiency and emissions requirements under the mandatory Operational Emissions Cap. 

Download the Framework for Transforming Operational Efficiency

Carbon Neutral Government Programme

The Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP) has been set up to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, specifically within the public sector.

Under the CNGP government agencies are required to:

  • measure, verify and report their greenhouse gas emissions annually
  • set gross emissions reduction targets and longer-term reduction plans
  • introduce a plan to reduce their organisation’s emissions
  • offset remaining gross emissions from 2025 to achieve carbon neutrality

Alongside this the New Zealand Government is committed to making government office buildings energy efficient using NABERSNZ and achieving a target of 100% renewable electricity by 2035.

In addition, all new builds and increasingly existing buildings leased or owned by government agencies will be required to meet carbon reduction goals.

Tools for Measuring and Reducing Your Emissions

To support delivery of the CGNP the Ministry for the Environment provides guidance and tools for measuring, reporting and reducing state sector greenhouse gas emissions, tools for setting emissions reductions targets and information about the state sector decarbonisation fund.

Apricus Delivers on State Sector Decarbonisation

Apricus are delivering multiple projects to reduce the state sectors carbon emissions.  A number of coal boilers in schools have been replaced with pellet boilers using the EECA State Sector Decarbonisation Fund and Ministry of Education Sustainability Contestable Fund.  These pellet boilers have reduced the schools greenhouse emissions for heating by 99% and provided enormous improvements in reliability and health & safety for staff.

Apricus are delivering an EECA funded project at Waikato University, Hamilton where CO2 heat pumps and a pellet boiler are being installed to demonstrate best practice in reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for central heating & hot water.

These projects use the latest technologies from around the globe to reduce emissions in NZ.  Each organisation and site has their specific requirements considered in the design and the projects are delivered using a bit of kiwi ingenuity and flair to keep it all practical and affordable.

You can find EECA State Sector Decarbonisation projects progress to date in this download.

New Zealand government sustainable procurement resources:

Procurement guide to reducing carbon emissions in building and construction
Sustainable Construction – Construction Procurement Guidelines
Whole-of-Life – Construction Procurement Guidelines
Carbon Brief Template – Word
Energy Efficient Buildings Lease and Facilities Management

Apricus Eco endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this blog article is reliable and accurate at the time of publishing, please note that the information detailed can change with the passage of time.