Christchurch Agency for Energy

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CAfE is the official energy agency for Christchurch. We are committed to developing Christchurch as an energy-smart city.

Christchurch Energy Grant

Tue, 13/08/2013 - 11:58am -- admin

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The Christchurch Agency for Energy has established a $1.8 million fund to encourage the use of renewable energy and advanced energy efficiency measures in the central city rebuild.

Developers of buildings inside the four avenues can apply to the Christchurch Energy Grants Scheme to help meet the cost of technology to implement measures such as photovoltaic cells for electricity generation or drawing artesian water from beneath the city for heat exchange systems.

Eligible developments must be private sector developments with a building floor area of at least 1000 square metres. The grant will cover up to 30 per cent of capital plant costs, to a maximum of $300,000 per project. The Christchurch City Council will administer the fund on behalf of the energy agency trustees.

If you are interested in the Christchurch Energy Grant go to: for more information.


Wed, 14/08/2013 - 4:17pm -- rory

The Energyfirst grant provides up to $5,000 of free expert energy advice for your building project (over 500sqm). The scheme, delivered in partnership with EECA, is offering grants for developers in Christchurch to have their building concept plans reviewed by an energy efficiency design expert.

The service is 100% funded up to maximum levels depending on the size of the building. There are top-ups for larger buildings for energy modelling.
For more information and to apply, visit:

Target Sustainability - Commercial Building Design Consultancy

Mon, 05/11/2012 - 1:02pm -- sam

Energy Efficiency - Renewable Energy - Waste Reduction - Water Efficiency

The Christchurch City Council Target Sustainability Services offer selected developers of new commercial builds free consultancy advice on their concept designs in regards to:

  • Design for practical waste and recyclables collection from within the building
  • Waste reduction during construction and Water efficiency

New Energy Grants for the Christchurch Rebuild (Media Release)

Wed, 14/08/2013 - 4:51pm -- rory

The Christchurch Agency for Energy has established a $1.8 million fund in a bid to reduce carbon emissions by encouraging sustainable energy initiatives in the city rebuild.

Developers of buildings inside the four avenues can apply to the Christchurch Energy Grants Scheme to help meet the cost of technology that uses renewable sources of energy. Energy efficiency measures in new or renovated buildings that go well beyond minimum building code standards will also be eligible. The grants are for private sector developments of at least 1000 square metres and will cover up to 30 per cent of plant costs, up to a maximum of $300,000 per project.  The Christchurch City Council will administer the fund on behalf of the energy agency.

Christchurch – Build Back Smarter guides

Mon, 02/07/2012 - 4:15pm -- sam

Christchurch – Build Back Smarter guides have been published by Beacon pathways.

Beacon has developed guides to building back smarter for Christchurch residents. These have been produced by Christchurch City Council and are being distributed to Christchurch residents. Christchurch earthquake repairs and rebuilds provide an opportunity for residents to go a step further and consider improving their home’s comfort and efficiency.

Beacon Pathway – improving homes in Canterbury

Mon, 12/11/2012 - 4:59pm -- sam

Beacon Pathway is an Incorporated Society committed to transforming New Zealand's homes and neighbourhoods. Based in Auckland, the group has a strong interest in the Canterbury rebuild, and sees the opportunity to create a stronger, more sustainable city which is made up of high performing homes, sustainable neighbourhoods and a vibrant city centre.


The CAfE Annual Report for 2011/12 is online.

Wed, 15/05/2013 - 3:41pm -- sam

The Annual Report provides an overview of the many initiatives we have undertaken during the year and looks ahead to 2012-2013 as we continue to raise awareness, work towards improving energy efficiency, and promote the use of renewable energy in Christchurch.  In addition, it demonstrates that we are always working to strengthen and extend the many partnerships we have in the energy sector and in Christchurch.
View the report as a PDF.

The CAfE team have been amazed looking back at the list of initiatives we have worked on and achieved in a very busy and active year. The Chairman and CEO's introduction begins:

"The 2011/12 year has been a productive and challenging year for the Christchurch Agency for Energy. Three weeks after the Agency was registered, the first of the earthquake sequences struck the city, turning Christchurch's priorities upside down...and our priorities changed with them."

Schools Energy Programme is being piloted in Christchurch

Thu, 23/08/2012 - 8:12am -- sam

Four Christchurch schools have been chosen to pilot a programme to reduce power use and develop energy efficient practices.

The year-long pilot will help schools understand how they use energy and where they can make changes to both equipment and behaviours that will help them reduce their monthly bills.

The four schools have been selected, they are Linwood North, Cashmere High School, Cashmere Primary and Our Lady of Fatima.

C1 Cafe re-opens with a sunny future

Tue, 23/10/2012 - 11:59am -- sam

CAfE is assisting a local espresso cafe to become a site for building owners and busi What is particularly impoprtant about the C1 project is that the building is 1930s and the work is a refit. C1 Cafe is looking at a range of exciting options for energy efficiency in their new High St site in the Old Post Office Building where Alice's in Videoland are located.

Trees for Christchurch offer travellers the chance to offset their carbon emissions

Thu, 25/10/2012 - 10:14am -- sam

CAfE in partnership with Trees for Canterbury (T4C) is offering travellers and others the chance to offset their carbon emissions by donating to have trees planted. Greater numbers of trees will also make Christchurch healtier and greener. Donations can be financial, or by helping with planting at a community planting day. CAfE advertised a community planting as part of EA12 (Energy Awareness 2012) and is happy to promote the 2013 Community Planting Days. On 25 October CAfE and T4C had a small display and collection box for airport visitors to donate to plantings and this will be retried in Show Week, on the 11th of November.  CAfE wishes to thank CIAL, Christchurch International Airport Ltd, for their support. 

Free personalised energy advice is only a phonecall away

Wed, 18/04/2012 - 5:22pm -- rory

The Community Energy Action Energy Advice Service is a free service offering personalised energy advice. If your struggling to pay heating bills, need to know the most cost-effective way to make your house more energy-efficient or are want heating advice. Advice and information provided is practical, provided by local advisers and suitable for all incomes, homeowners and tenants.
For more info go to or phone 0800 388588.

'Green city vision' for the Christchurch central city rebuild

Thu, 22/11/2012 - 7:19pm -- sam

TV3 22/11/12 - A ‘green city vision’ for Christchurch is one step closer as a tailor-made tool for rebuilding in an eco-friendly way is released.
Christchurch City Council (CCC) sustainability advisor Tony Moore says having more eco-friendly buildings in the central city will attract people to the city and make it more ready for the people and challenges of the future.

Government Energy Modelling

Thu, 13/12/2012 - 4:21pm -- sam

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment undertakes New Zealand's Government Energy Modelling and this is reported in the NZ Energy Outlook.  The energy modelling work programme produces projections of future energy supply, demand, prices and emissions. This work provides the background that policymakers, potential investors, stakeholders, and all New Zealanders need to understand the energy issues facing New Zealand.

When decisions are made in the energy industry, they tend to have a long-lasting impact. A plant, a well, or a mine developed today is likely to operate for several decades. In the same way the environmental impact of the decisions we make on energy – such as climate change – will play out over many decades.

Christchurch Central City District Energy Scheme - Background

Wed, 17/08/2011 - 11:53am -- sam

CAfE is investigating New Zealand's first District Energy Scheme allowing heating and cooling to be shared between buildings, making better use of energy.

There are several stages in the process of creating a DES for Christhurch, Expressions of Interest have been sought and received and by the end of October CAfE intends to seek Requests for Proposals (RFPs). The implementation of a district heating and, or cooling scheme is one of the opportunities available for the Central City rebuild following the Christchurch earthquake of 22nd February 2011. A DES commonly serves domestic houses as well as commercial properties. The proposal for a DES is referred to in the Christchurch City Council Central City Plan (

Warm up NZ a white hot success

Tue, 04/12/2012 - 12:00pm -- sam

Warm Up New Zealand meets 188,500 target - Speech from Energy Minister Phil Heatley at Parliamentary celebration.
When the National-led Government came into office it was well known that the country’s housing stock was under par. There was ample and growing evidence that this was impacting on New Zealanders’ health and well-being, not to mention their power bills. Something had to be done, and we did it. The programme, Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart, was agreed with the support of the Green Party. A few months later, the Maori Party also came on board and as a result of an agreement with them to insulate another 8000 low-income homes, our final target for the programme was revised up to 188,500.