The inspiration behind Net Zero Buildings is to recognise the interconnected relationship our built environment plays in supporting communities and the surrounding environment.
Our stylised rainbow - āniwaniwa, has interconnected strands representing that the air, water and land are all connected and continuous in movement. Air is a taonga derived from Ranginui. CO2 has the potential to disrupt the mauri and essentially the life force of all taonga associated with air – the natural environment including plants, wildlife, waterways, and whenua (land).
The āniwaniwa (rainbow) is one of nature’s most beautiful optical phenomenon. Across cultures it represents optimism, enlightenment, balance and positivity; and is seen universally as a symbol of joy, hope and aspiration.
In developing a tool for measuring, managing and certifying carbon neutrality for buildings, it reminds us of our whakapapa, of Te Ao Mārama and tiaki – to care for people and place.