Sustainable Home Advice

Get a free visit from the Eco Design Advisor to find out sustainable building practices and available grants.

Our free sustainable home advice service provides independent impartial information on sustainable, intelligent and sensible residential building practices and is available to all Kāpiti residents including home owners, families renting, community groups, designers/architects and trades people.

We visit you and review your home, proposed alterations or new home plans.

The service offers advice on:

  • creating warmer drier healthier homes
  • reducing home energy bills
  • increasing insulation
  • home design and layout
  • site selection and orientation
  • passive heating and cooling
  • reducing energy usage
  • improving indoor air quality
  • efficient water usage
  • best material selection
  • minimising waste
  • upgrading your existing home

All consultations are free. If you know of someone who would benefit from this service, get in touch.

Home Visits

Bring your ideas and suggestions along and we'll help you look at options to make the most of your home and its surroundings.  The sooner we can talk about the possibilities available, the better decisions you’ll make about your family home.

New Homes

Lots of sustainable design ideas can be easily incorporated into the design of your new home.  Typically, these are at little extra cost, and will have a huge impact over the lifespan of your building.

Existing Homes

By upgrading your existing home you can make your home warmer and drier and help improve the health of your family.  There are plenty of no or low cost things you can do to reduce your power bills.  These will reduce you impact on the environment and could even increase the resale value of you house.

Phone Consultations

If you have some specific questions on one or two aspects of your home or live outside the Kāpiti area - you can ring for a short consultation.


The Eco Design Advisor is available to do presentations on healthy homes to larger groups throughout the Wellington Region.  Bring your questions along and meet him at your home, office, building site or the Council Offices on 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.

What people say about our service......

"Excellent advice: Raised issues I had not considered on many aspects of our new home design" - Allen Taylor, new home owner

"Thanks so much for the time you spent looking at my cottage and the suggestions you made. It is great to have an independent view, and a list of priorities" - J Williams, existing home owner

"Richard visited my home and suggested several ways to improve the efficiency of my home. All these improvements have saved money and improved the living conditions in my home" - Jenny Rowan.

Help make your home drier and warmer with tips from our video


Useful links

Eco Design Advisors
Helping create smarter homes...for you and the environment

Heat Smart: Warm Up New Zealand
Government grants scheme for roof and floor insulation and clean heating

Greater Wellington Regional Council
Householder loan offer for Heat Smart programme

BRANZ: Building Research Association of New Zealand
This independent eco design service is a good resource for the construction industry

Smarter Homes
This website has lots of great information to help you create healthy affordable homes

Level website
Developed for the construction industry, this site has lots of information about how to design and build homes that have less impact on the environement and are healthier, more comfortable and have lower running costs.

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