Transforming the NZ building industry

Healthy, energy efficient homes for all Kiwis


The Superhome Movement operates as a not-for profit organisation with a number of key activities centred around education and lobbying to support change in the New Zealand building industry. We need support from industry, academia, government, and the public. Get involved now and help us make a real difference in raising standards for healthier, more energy efficient homes.

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Why do we need the movement?

Raising the standard for healthier, energy efficient homes

NZ's building standards are 20 years behind

Almost all houses built today are built to the minimum standard allowed by law (equivalent to a Homestar rating of 3). This is well below what is acceptable by other developed countries where minimum standards are around Homestar rating of 6 or above.

The result is that most kiwis will end up living in cold damp houses that are unhealthy and costly to run due to inefficient design, building, and poor quality building materials. Respiratory diseases are directly linked to cold, damp, and mouldy homes. NZ has the highest childhood asthma rate in the world with 30% of our 7 year olds having asthma. Additionally, we have the highest mortality rate from asthma of all high-income countries.

we need better building standards to protect our health and future

We need better building standards to support the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders, now and in the future. The Superhome Movement is dedicated to driving that change. We are a non-profit, industry-led group creating transformative change in the New Zealand building industry through education, supporting good business, and lobbying for change. Our goal is to raise standards so that all new homes are healthier and more energy efficient, while also promoting environmental, economic, and socially sustainable practices. 

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How to create a Superhome

Key points about creating healthy, energy efficient homes. Coming Soon!

  • Home Orientation

    Design orientated for correct solar gain shading optimised to prevent overheating

  • Insulation

    High performance thermal envelope insulation continuous without thermal bridges

  • Windows

    Windows high spec and recessed in wall low E double glazing with a non-conductive thermal spacer

  • Foundations

    Foundations fully edge insulated, with no thermal bridging, and an insulated floor

  • Heating

    Energy efficient heating, such as hydronic underfloor that is solar powered

  • Ventilation

    Heat/energy recovery ventilation to eliminate moisture and improve health

  • Airtightness

    Airtight construction and building materials to minimise heat loss and eliminate moisture and mold in the walls

  • Moisture Control

    Use water efficient fittings and appliances. Remove moisture at source, such as bathroom/kitchen extraction

  • Rainwater Harvesting

    Rainwater harvesting for use in gardens and as greywater

  • Energy

    Use renewable energy sources with energy efficient fittings and appliances, and automated smart controls to restrict energy use to times when it is needed

  • Sustainable Materials

    Use ethically sourced, sustainable products such as those that are environmentally certified.

  • Sustainable Construction

    Sustainable building methods help minimse waste and ensure the home is resilient and future focused

  • Landscaping

    Minimise your carbon footprint by having food producing plants and native landscaping

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Superhome Experts

Find people who know how to create Superhomes

Setting a new standard

Energy efficiency should not be a niche market in the building industry, it should be a minimum standard of practice for all homes built in New Zealand. The Superhome Movement aims to raise standards so that all new homes are healthier and more energy efficient.


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