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(NZ) New Builds set to Pay for Climate Change

16 May 2023

Plans to cap climate pollution from new buildings – Both residential and commercial new builds would be subject to proposed regulations of climate pollution in the construction and operation of buildings, Newsroom reports. The Government is forging ahead with plans to cap greenhouse gas emissions involved in the construction of new buildings, according to an official briefing. In 2022, Building and Construction Minister Megan Woods was advised on the process to introduce requirements to measure, report and ultimately cap the climate pollution from buildings.

The proposed regulations, officials within the Building for Climate Change programme said, would only apply to new buildings rather than require retrofits of existing ones. Houses and commercial buildings like offices would both be subject to the standards, though they may face different timelines and requirements.

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