Energy efficiency is part of our culture and something we have been incorporating into our builds since 2010. We could go on about the amazing innovations that we offer in green design, or explain our drive to be sustainable not only in our product choices but also in creating future-focused communities, or we could describe the importance of being part of the Superhome Movement – but the simple fact is that all Kiwis deserve a warm, economical, durable, and energy efficient home, and to live in a community that is both financially and socially sustainable. Experience with green building? We got that. Commitment? Absolutely 100%.
We were the first builder in Australasia to build an 8 Home Star rated home, and it remained the highest rated home in New Zealand for 4 years until the first 10 Home Star rated home was created in 2016. Since that first one, we have built four more 8 Home Star rated homes with three more on the go this year!
We are one of the founding participants in the Superhome Movement. Being an active part of the movmement helps us to affect transformative change in the NZ building industry.
Why are we so committed to making changes in the NZ building industry?
- New Zealand’s building standards are more than 20 years behind the rest of the developed world in terms of energy efficient standards. An example: England's 2013 building code stipulates a minimum insulating capacity (U value in W/m2K) for windows is more than double the requirement than New Zealand's current building code.
- The NZ Building Act 2004 is well overdue for an update and was outdated when it was enacted. An example: double glazed windows were produced commercially in the USA in 1945 but only became part of the NZ building standards in 2008....more than 60 years late!
- The current NZ building code is a minimum standard but a staggering 98% of New Zealand homes today are built only to code. This means that almost every kiwi's brand new home will lack airtightness and a fully insulated thermal envelope. The result is winter room temperatures that will almost certainly fall well below the World Health Organization’s minimum temperatures (18-21 C) required for a healthy living environment. This is just not good enough.
- New Zealand has a high rate of excess winter mortality compared with other OECD countries and cold damp houses are the biggest contributor to this. We also have one of the highest childhood asthma rates in the developed world, another problem exacerbated by cold damp houses.
A lot of people talk about making a difference, but for us it’s the highest value we hold. We want to see all kiwis have access to warmer healthier homes.