First off the blocks for heathier, more energy-efficient housing

July 22nd, 2020

Hutt City Council is the first New Zealand council to include building performance information on properties’ Land Information Memoranda (LIMs). Property owners now have option of having their homes or rental properties’ health, warmth and efficiency assessed, and their buildings’ performance certified on their LIMs. Council’s Director Environmental and Sustainability, Helen Oram, says while this […]


New houses emitting five times too much carbon – study

January 24th, 2020

This story was originally published on  and is republished with permission.  Researchers have calculated how much carbon dioxide a typical new three-bedroom home can afford to emit in its lifetime and still keep the world within 2 degree Celsius warming.The bad news is, New Zealand houses are five times over-budget. The good news is, we can fix it […]


Eco Design Advisor 2018 Customers service survey results

August 23rd, 2019

To evaluate the EDA service, an online survey was sent to people who had undergone a consultation between 2016 and 2018. This report details the results of that survey.


Stay warm and dry: Consumer release a renter’s guide to a warmer home…

July 24th, 2018

Consumers free guide provides advice and tips on what you can do to make your home warmer, cosier and cheaper to heat. We also explain your rights and your landlord’s obligations.


City of polluters: Major changes needed to make Christchurch carbon neutral by 2050

February 1st, 2018

Christchurch has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions of New Zealand’s major cities, but is poised to commit to being carbon neutral by 2050.


Tips and tricks to make your house more sustainable

November 9th, 2017

Eco design Advisor Richard Popenhagen says even small changes can make a big impact on the warmth of your home.


The Dark Side of LED Lightbulbs

November 1st, 2017

“Are there health or environmental concerns with LED lightbulbs, which may soon replace compact fluorescents as the green-friendly light bulb of choice?”


Shared electric cars on the horizon for Christchurch

September 16th, 2017

Christchurch residents will soon be zooming around the city in shareable electric cars 


Cold Kiwi homes ‘a point of shame’

August 24th, 2017

August 24 2017 Ian Mayes loves everything about New Zealand except the way some houses are built. Hamilton City Council’s free eco design


EECA’s home insulation subsidy is now available for low-income home owners!

June 28th, 2017

EECA’s Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme offers grants for insulation retrofits to make homes warmer, drier and healthier.


BRANZ publishes its latest House Condition Survey

April 26th, 2017

This report “House Condition Survey: Comparison of house condition by tenure” provides a snapshop into the state of New Zealand housing at a given point in time.


Many of our curtains have not been correctly hung

March 16th, 2016

Nelson Lebo, EDA at Palmerston North City Council, explains the best way to insulate your home with proper fitting curtains.


Listen to one of our EDAs talk to Jesse Mulligan on RNZ National

February 17th, 2016

Rain may be on the forecast for most of the country today, but the temperatures are still up there, making for hot nights.


Eco Design Advisor service leading to improvements in NZ housing

October 6th, 2015

A survey of 700 users of the Eco Design Advisor service has found New Zealanders are increasingly taking action to make their homes more energy efficient.