Our directory of Superhome participants lists industry professionals and experts who know how to create Superhomes. Of all the things you do, good advice is the key to optimal health and efficiency of your home.
The physical appearance of the home is no guarantee of the performance of a home.
For most people, a home is the biggest investment of their life and 80% of people choose the house they want by looking at a show home (BRANZ research study). Sadly, most new homes built in New Zealand today are built to the lowest standards allowed by law. These houses are prone to being cold, damp, unhealthy, and costly to run.
Get the best advice from people who know how to design and build a Superhome.
TIP: Avoid ‘greenwash’. Eco homes and sustainability are terms gaining popularity in marketing circles. Avoid getting hung up on promises and green logos. Instead, look for a track record of homes built and designed ABOVE the minimum standards.
Finding the best advice is always going to be a challenge, and no system is perfect. However, our list of participants is one place to start.
Find a Superhome designer
Find an architectural designer who is experienced in designing for health, comfort, resilience, and energy efficiency. A good architect will save you thousands of dollars in running costs for your home.
Find a Superhome builder
Find a builder who is experienced in building above the minimum building code with evidence of several homes built to Homestar 6 or better. They should have a genuine interest in energy efficiency including a willingness to learn and make continual improvements.
Find an all in one design and build company
Find companies that can do both design and build. Some will have an in-house architect or draftsman, others will have an external architect or draftsman that they work closely with.
Explore Superhome suppliers
Learn about suppliers that can help you get the most out of your thermal envelope including products to ensure airtightness, fully insulated slabs, heating, uninterrupted insulation in the walls and ceilings, and high performance windows.
Find a Superhome engineer
Explore engineers who are experienced in structural engineering for optimal energy efficiency. Engineers re required for all builds, and it is critical to find professionals who are experienced in working with energy efficient designers and builders.
Find developers specialising in super communities
Developers who have a keen eye for sustainable communities and energy efficient homes.
Find realtors and valuers experienced in valuing and marketing Superhomes
Superhomes are as much as 10% more valuable than those that are not energy efficient. The key is in finding realtors and valuers who know how to value and market energy efficient houses.
Find builders experienced in Super renovations
Renovating your existing home with energy efficient options requires a builder who is experienced in the complexities of renovations and how to get the most out of your thermal envelope while retaining the character of your home.