Transforming the NZ building industry

Healthy, energy efficient homes for all Kiwis

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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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Tour some of NZ’s most healthy and energy efficient homes. National tours in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, and Otago.

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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!


  • Design

    A Superhome design provides you a superior living environment for the life of the home and savings from day one. What makes a superior design and how to avoid faulty design.

  • Foundations

    SuperFloor... Slab fully insulated edge with no thermal bridging.
    Suspended floors fully insulated floor systems, airtight and resilient.

  • Walls and Panels

    SuperWall high-performance wall systems and Panels. EcoPanel and Cross Laminated timber (CLT) floors and roofs. Rapid construction, weather-tight, resilient and efficient

  • Windows

    Windows are the greatest heat loss. SuperWindow recessed windows provide huge energy and comfort benefit and eliminate condensation causing weeping windows etc.

  • Insulation

    Super- insulation reduces heat loss (and gain) with higher levels of insulation and airtightness, along with minimising thermal bridging to create a superior thermal envelope.

  • Ventilation

    Proper ventilation is critical for health, safety, and comfort but also for the durability and longevity and protection of the building from decay.
    A whole building integrated design system thinking approach is required.

  • Airtightness

    Airtight construction and building materials to minimise heat loss and eliminate moisture and mold in the wall and roof assembies etc...

  • Heating

    Energy efficient heating, such as hydronic underfloor that is solar powered and integrated with hot water heating is a super efficient option

  • Water

    All Superhomes have rainwater harvesting. Some also have greywater recycling. Use water efficient taps and fittings and energy drains.

  • 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

  • Solar Power

    Every two minutes the sun gives the earth more energy than is used annually. Solar works best when integrated into the design to either be used while generated or stored.

  • Sustainable Materials

    Use ethically sourced, sustainable products that are environmentally certified. Avoid red-listed and toxic materials and coatings etc

  • 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

  • Home Orientation

    Design orientated for correct solar gain shading optimised to prevent overheating

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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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