Adaptation: building climate resilience

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The Building for Climate Change programme is leading the building and construction sector's approach to climate adaptation.


As a result of climate change, many areas in New Zealand are already experiencing more extreme and more frequent weather events. This is only expected to continue. The Building for Climate Change programme is leading the building and construction sector's approach to adaptation and will be introducing measures to increase the climate resilience of New Zealand's buildings.

The programme contributes to New Zealand's National Adaptation Plan that is set to be published in August of 2022.

Adapting to climate change in New Zealand –

Adaptation – Building and construction sector

The Building for Climate Change Programme's approach to adaptation focusses on two key principles:

  • The right buildings – ensuring building standards take into account our future climate (e.g. wind pressures and rainfall intensity)
  • In the right place – not building inappropriately in areas where climate change hazards are likely (e.g. subject to extreme flooding).

The Ministry for the Environment is consulting on the draft National Adaptation Plan between 27 April 2022 and 3 June 2022. The plan will set out the Government's strategy and actions to respond to the risks presented by climate change.

MBIE, as the building regulator, co-leads the 'Homes, Buildings and Places' chapter of the National Adaptation Plan alongside the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development.

We want homes, buildings, and places to be resilient to climate change, allowing communities to thrive. Through the National Adaptation Plan, we're working on initial actions to:

  • Better understand climate hazards, including updating data projecting future climate conditions for particular locations.
  • Review current regulations to see if changes are needed to strengthen requirements or standards for different building typologies or locations.
  • Develop property level risk assessments and tools and provide better information to people to help them understand and plan for climate risks.

We're also taking the long-term view and expect to have additional actions to strengthen building resilience over coming years.

Read more about the proposed actions | Draft National Adaptation Plan document –

Give your feedback to help inform the draft National Adaption Plan –

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