New Zealand wants to overhaul the way buildings are constructed


The city of Wellington, New Zealand, at night.

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The New Zealand government unveiled plans for a program which aims to tackle greenhouse gas emissions in the building and construction sector, and potentially futureproofs the built environment against the impacts of climate change.

Initially, the Building for Climate Change program will focus on the expansion of “insulation and glazing requirements in new homes” with the aim of boosting buildings’ warmth, dryness and ventilation. These initiatives are slated for consultation at the start of next year.

In a statement issued Friday, Jenny Salesa, the country’s minister for building and construction, said the scheme would…


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