New Zealand Post’s Green Mail Centre

New Zealand Post Chairman Rt Hon Jim Bolger will officially open the new Waikato Mail Centre in Hamilton on Monday June 25. The building’s green design features helped its commendation at the 2006 Govt3 Awards aimed at helping central government agencies take practical action to become more sustainable.

These features include sustainably sourced timber, environmentally friendly paint and rainwater harvesting.

New Zealand Post Group Chief Executive John Allen says opting for this style of design was an easy decision to make.

“Sustainability is all about considering the impacts of the actions and decisions you make today on the people and environment of tomorrow.

“Three years ago we had the chance to incorporate these design features and put them at the forefront of our planning rather than just see them as a final add-on.

“At New Zealand Post we constantly strive to work smarter and more efficiently as well as to be a great place to work.

“Choosing sustainable building designs fits those goals and allows us to contribute positively towards the future of our business, our staff and our customers.”

NZ Post also plans to open a sustainably designed mail centre in Christchurch this year and in Auckland next year.

Building features:
Solar water heating
Environmentally friendly paint systems
Carpet and ceiling tiles with a high re-cycled material content
Energy Star appliances
Low energy bulbs
Lighting zones taking advantage of natural lighting and operational times
Rainwater harvesting for toilets
Sustainable sourced timber (Radiata Pine)
Permeable paving
Indigenous planting – Griselinia littoralis (NZ Privet)

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