Daily Archives: November 8, 2011

Retrofitting commercial buildings

The process is starting in Dunedin’s CBD…

### idealog.co.nz 2 November 2011 at 10:12 am
Sustain
Why the retrofit market is the key to green growth
By Deirdre Robert
There are any number of ways to stimulate the green job market, but the World Economic Forum reckons investing in energy efficient upgrades for existing commercial buildings is a sure fire approach. It’s released a report on the subject entitled, A Profitable and Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance and Investing in Commercial Real Estate.

On a visit to New Zealand in March this year, “environment capitalist” Anthony Malkin, of New York City and Empire State Building fame, offered some advice to John Key. Malkin maintained that dollars spent on building retrofits have a payback that, when seen in terms of local employment and benefits, arguably outweigh investment in new energy creation projects. A $200 million wind farm, for example, requires technology to be imported and the taxpayer dollar goes offshore.
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Christchurch: new temporary stadium

### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
New stadium for Canterbury
By Claire Trevett – New Zealand Herald

Construction will begin next week and is due to end by March next year in time for the 2012 Super Rugby season.

A new temporary rugby stadium in Christchurch to provide a home ground for test matches and local sports teams will be ready for the 2012 Super Rugby season. The AMI Stadium and the stands at Rugby League Park were damaged in the February earthquake. The new stadium will be on the site of Rugby League Park, where the current stands have to be demolished.
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Development contributions

### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
Development debate
By David Loughrey

Development contributions are fees levelled on property developers to pay for infrastructure required by subdivisions, such as water and wastewater, roads and reserves. Under proposed changes, developments placing additional demand on infrastructure could attract extra charges.

The Dunedin City Council will sit on November 22 to consider what Mayor Dave Cull said was a complex issue – a charge on developers opponents say could kill development in Dunedin. The council yesterday ended a three-day hearing on the issue that raised a host of legal and philosophical questions, and highlighted many areas where more work needed to be done.
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### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
Heavyweight attack on plan
By David Loughrey

Lawyer Phil Page, for CIDA, Cranbrook Properties and Balmoral Investments, said there was a legal prohibition on “double dipping”, with the Forsyth Barr Stadium providing a good example. It was paid for through council company dividends, made up for by rates. It could not be charged for again through development contributions, something Mr Page said was “a key issue here”.

The group opposing a new charge on developers in Dunedin wheeled out its big guns yesterday, with a parade of lawyers, valuers, tax specialists, planners and builders to argue against the charge from every possible angle. The Construction Industry and Developers Association (CIDA), set up to oppose the draft development contributions policy, took up most of the third and final day of hearings on the issue.
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23.3.11 Dunedin City Council’s rock and its hard place

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