Sustainable Design

Jasmax are industry leaders in sustainable design. We understand this holistic term to include social, economic, environmental, material and cultural measures. Jasmax are founding sponsors of New Zealand Green Building Council and also piloted the Living Building Challenge in New Zealand.


Te Kura Whare

Watch the story of New Zealand's first Living Building Challenge project

High Performing Sustainable Assets

Our portfolio includes approximately 20% of all Green rated projects in New Zealand including New Zealand’s first and highest performing NZGBC 5.5 Star Greenstar building, the NZI Centre in Auckland. 

Jasmax have also designed NZGBC 5 Star Greenstar certified schools such as Ormiston Senior College, Pegasus Primary School, Stonefields School and Golden Sands School. 

When working with longstanding clients such as AUT, Jasmax have been able to significantly refine building performance. For example, AUT Business School was ground-breaking for AUT when it opened in 2002. It uses 140kWh/sqm/year. Mana Hauora, completed in 2017, is now through a combination of design and tuning one of Australasia’s most efficient tertiary education buildings consuming just 65kWh/sqm/year.

Jasmax are currently designing a 4-storey LVL timber framed teaching building, A1, on AUT’s Akoranga Campus with a performance target rating of 60kWh/sqm/year. It will include a wide range of active and passive design strategies to help AUT meet its goal of becoming the most energy efficient University in the southern hemisphere.

Regenerative Design Frameworks

What differentiates regenerative design frameworks is the intention to radiate value from development and contribute to the regeneration of the natural environment and communities. It is a process to build understanding, positive relationships and sustain the vision and energy required to enact deep, far-reaching change over time - especially when this requires the support of multiple organisations and many people. 

Through exploring relationships and inter-dependencies between owners, users, neighbours, stakeholders, mana whenua and community groups in workshop series, a regenerative consultation process can help realise the fullest potential of a project and become a catalyst for change.

Regenerative thinking often underpins Living Building Challenge projects such as Te Kura Whare for Ngāi Tūhoe.

Innovation in Timber Design

A critical aspect of meeting Aotearoa New Zealand’s Zero Carbon 2050 target, will be mobilising the wider design and construction industry around advanced timber construction systems. Jasmax are targeting timber primary structures as a means to reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases.

Innovative multi-storey timber design projects include Ara Kahukura, Canterbury University's Beatrice Tinsley Building currently under construction, Arvida Park Lane Retirement Village, Merchant Quarter Apartments, and AUT A1. When complete in 2020, Arvida Park Lane Retirement Village will be New Zealand’s largest CLT building.

Alternative Housing, Liveable Cities

Jasmax are exploring the potential of alternative building technologies and also investigating alternative funding and ownership models for housing that operate successfully in Europe and Australia. We are focused on establishing relationships with clients and investors interested in developing high quality medium to high density housing models that we believe are needed to transform New Zealand cities.

Green Urban Infrastructure

Connecting with the beauty and might of nature is fundamental to the experience of being human. We believe nature and wildness belongs in cities. 

Christchurch’s new Accessible City walking, cycling and public transport infrastructure design is designed to stimulate investment and confidence in the rebuild of the city centre using landscape and infrastructure design at an attractor. 

New Zealand’s largest infrastructure project, City Rail Link, (CRL) has set a target of zero waste to landfill and has already received two awards, the 2018 Deloitte Energy Excellence Award’s Large Energy User Initiative of the Year and the 2018 Sustainable Business Network’s Supreme Award - the NZI Transforming New Zealand Award. Both these are ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Design ratings awarded by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the highest possible achievement.