BASE, BETTER, BEST format.
We are keeping things straightforward to follow and easy to implement. A SUPERHOME is a home that at least meets or exceeds the “BETTER” or “BEST” requirements of Healthy home design guide. A HEALTHY HOME is defined as one that at least meets or exceeds the minimum “BASE” standards in this document.
The Healthy home design guide is intended to ensure that projects are planned, designed and executed on the basis of super standards, design principles, aesthetics, function and universal design. This is intended as an industry reference document. The online version of the Healthy Home Design Guide is a living document and will be updated regularly to reflect improved technology and methods.
SUPERHOMES should be created by a project team with ideally at least two Superhome movement participants. Designer and Builder https://www.superhome.co.nz/who/
Superhome participants are knowledgeable innovators engaged in appropriate Continued Professional Development (CPD). As a result, standards, methods and techniques are continually evolving and improving.
A systems thinking approach is applied with holistic integrated design-driven thinking. An important focus is the design standards that are deficient in the New Zealand Building industry. The guide provides alternative solutions to the sub-optimal building code acceptable solutions.
Our homes significantly influence our health and wellbeing and this can be in a positive or negative way. People often spend 80% to 90% of the time in their home. Especially older people and the very young. Therefore it is important the home provides the best possible living environment, so it protects and nurtures the body and mind; a place where a family can live salubriously, and flourish and be successful. To achieve this, a home should be well designed and built to stand strong, be resilient, durable, efficient in size and cost, while being kind to both its family and environment.