Sustainability at Tākina

Environmental sustainability and resilience are at the heart of the design and construction of Tākina.

Wellington’s sustainable future

Tākina is a landmark for Wellington’s sustainable future. The building has achieved 5 Green Star certification, representing New Zealand excellence for environmental sustainability.

The use of sustainable materials, initiatives to reduce energy and water use, and the inclusion of renewable energy capability will result in a 60 percent reduction in energy use and a 66 percent reduction in operational carbon emissions, when benchmarked against a comparable new build.

The building is designed to operate efficiently at all levels of use – from large conferences, to smaller events.

Its central city location maximises opportunities for active, eco-friendly transportation, such as walking, cycling, or e-scooters.

Features includes:

  • enhanced thermal insulation and high-performance double glazing using SEFAR technology, for improved thermal comfort and energy efficiency
  • rainwater harvesting system (30,000 litres) for toilet flushing and evaporative cooling to reduce water consumption by 30 percent
  • adaptable and demand-controlled air conditioning system reducing energy use
  • predominantly heat pump heating to reduce reliance on fossil fuels
  • post-occupancy energy optimisation systems to monitor and fine tune energy usage
  • future proofing to accommodate on-site renewable energy generation via solar array
  • the use of environmentally preferable materials for improved indoor air quality
  • timber materials sourced from sustainable forestry
  • display screens communicating real-time building sustainability metrics such as water and energy consumption, as well as carbon emissions.