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Revolutionizing Sustainability with a Green Star Hotel Design in Auckland, New Zealand 

External view of Hotel Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand
Photo courtesy of Petra Leary
Delivering sustainable design solutions, NDY, part of the Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group, transformed Hotel Britomart and Buckland Masonic Building, setting new standards in environmental excellence.


Cooper and Company’s goal was to create a vibrant and sustainable hospitality destination in the Britomart neighborhood of Auckland. They wanted a design that would provide an exceptional guest experience while minimizing environmental impacts and contributing to the surrounding community. Tetra Tech provided design solutions for the 10-story hotel and adjacent historic Buckland Masonic building.


Working closely with Cheshire Architects and Cooper and Company, Tetra Tech incorporated leading-edge technologies and utilized our deep knowledge of sustainable design principles to achieve outstanding environmental performance while maintaining historical integrity of the buildings. Our team carefully integrated energy-efficient systems, optimized space utilization, and implemented resource conservation measures. We strategically positioned building services within the hotel rooms, maximizing ceiling heights and providing guests with a seamless experience.

To align with the project’s sustainability goals, we implemented various initiatives. A significant portion, nearly 80 percent, of the construction and demolition waste was reused or recycled during the two-year build. Additionally, 70 percent of the water used for concrete came from recycled sources. Material selection also played a crucial role, with locally sourced sustainable timber and recycled bricks contributing to the project’s environmental credentials.


Through our innovative design, Hotel Britomart was the first hotel in New Zealand to be awarded 5 Star Green Star certification, setting a new standard for sustainable building. We prioritized guest well-being, resulting in maximum comfort. By adopting resource-efficient practices and reducing waste, the project has significantly minimized its ecological footprint and made a positive contribution to the environment and local community.

Hotel Britomart was the first hotel in New Zealand to be awarded 5 Star Green Star certification.

At a glance


Cooper and Company


Cheshire Architects

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Acoustics, electrical, fire protection, plumbing, lighting design, mechanical, sustainability consulting

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A hotel room at Hotel Britomart with floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to a rooftop outdoor space
Photo courtesy of Samuel Hartnett
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