Naylor Love has made a genuine and profound commitment to be the leader in sustainable construction practices and the champion of sustainable construction products in New Zealand.

Sustainability in business has three key aspects: commercial, social and environmental. We’ve spent the past couple of years focusing on commercial sustainability in the challenging New Zealand construction sector by developing our risk management processes and social sustainability by reinforcing our health, safety, training and wellbeing programs. We now have a central role in leading national industry change in both areas through Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) and the Vertical Construction Leaders Group (VCLG).

Naylor Love is recognised as a leader in engineered timber construction and as a champion of this exciting renewable product, but we’re at the beginning of our journey in environmental sustainability and reduction of carbon emissions. We’ve made great start by joining the Climate Leaders Coalition and the Sustainable Business Council, and by signing up with Enviro-Mark to gain CEMARS certification.

The six key sustainability pillars in our long-term strategic plan are to become the leader in:

1. Design management, including sustainable buildings

With our design management team involved right from the outset, we bring our specialist knowledge of sustainable construction methods and materials to build in the most efficient, sustainable way possible.

2. Championing environmentally sustainable construction practices and products, particularly engineered timber

Engineered timber products such as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) are one of the most exciting products we’ve seen in over a century of commercial construction.

They’re beautiful, sustainable, perform brilliantly and naturally lend themselves to efficient off-site manufacture and modular construction methods which reduce waste and save time.

We can also help you to assess whether an existing building can be renovated and re-used.

3. Supply of warm, dry, sustainable and affordable social housing

Naylor Love has been involved in large-scale housing projects for almost 100 years, with Love Construction winning a contract to build 70 dwellings for railways staff in Otira and Arthurs Pass in 1922. Our first social housing project was in 1937, when we built 38 state houses in Dunedin. We did some pioneering work with modular dwellings in the 1950’s, building prefabricated houses around Otago for rabbit boards and as farm cottages.

We think that our expertise and experience in commercial construction has a lot to offer to the social housing sphere, and we’re actively pursuing opportunities in this area.

4. Innovation through investment in research and the search for new ideas, products and methodologies

We work closely with suppliers and consultants to identify and assess new building technologies, systems, methodologies and products, and invest in testing and developing them where we see a real opportunity for progress. Over 100 years in commercial construction have taught us to never stop looking forward!

5. Focussing on our people; their personal development, wellbeing and work-life balance

We’ve got a great team of over 500 hard-working professionals with an incredible range of experience and expertise. They all have opportunities for on-going professional development, access to a generous company health scheme and wellbeing programmes, and numerous chances to contribute their ideas and give feedback.

Our people are passionate about construction, and we’re dedicated to ensuring their health, safety and wellbeing.

6. Developing the best teams and innovative supply chain models to transform both Naylor Love and our industry

We’ve built strong relationships with our clients, consultants, suppliers and subcontractors, and we’re committed to fostering their sustainability as well as our own. Our leadership roles in the Construction Health and Safety New Zealand (CHASNZ) and the Vertical Construction Leaders Group (VCLG) are a cornerstone to this.

Some of our completed engineered timber projects:

Some of our innovative building reuse projects:

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