Green Star Building – New Hangar for Air New Zealand

  • Sector: Transport
  • System: zencontrol
  • Status: Under Construction



  • End Client: Air New Zealand
  • Architect: Studio Pacific Architecture
  • Engineer: Aecom
  • Electrical Contractor: Ward Chandler
  • Controls Specialist: Sanjiv Gounder

Air New Zealand are building a 10,000 square metre hangar at its engineering base at Auckland Airport.

It will be the southern hemisphere’s largest single-span timber arch aircraft hangar, built largely from plantation pine sourced from Nelson.

At one and a half times the size of the airline’s largest existing hangar, it will be a 5-6 “green star” building certified by the New Zealand Green Building Council. Green Star is an internationally recognised rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings. Lighting and appropriate controls technology play an important part in the energy saving elements required as part of Green Star eligibility.

Air New Zealand has developed Sustainable Building Guidelines that it applies across all property and infrastructure initiatives.  As well as placing importance on a 5-6 green star rating, Air New Zealand additionally have very specific requirements for its lighting and lighting control system to meet its commitments to security, energy savings and sustainability. Intelligent Environments are thrilled to be contracted to provide a zencontrol lighting management system for this amazing new engineering space.

The lights inside the hangar will be controlled by lux sensing, adjusting the light levels (dimming up and down) as necessary to provide a constant 400 lux within the hangar throughout the day.

All lighting, including emergencies, will be monitored and reported upon. This will enable Air New Zealand to remotely schedule and manage testing and provide reports accordingly.

The Planview software allows facility managers to manage all lighting assets with full live and historical data to keep the building operating at optimum efficiency.

zencontrol will also control the massive internal fans, and will also provide alerts for the sump locations.

Extra security measures ensure that the zencontrol system can only be changed or overridden by those authorised to do so.

Exterior lights are also controlled by daylight sensors, only turning on when daylight drops below a pre-set level.

Construction of the hangar is underway with an anticipated completion in 2025.

More information to come as the project progresses.