Providing independent information and links to guidelines and tools to help design and construct sustainable buildings.
Eco Design Advisors
This free service is available from eight councils. The advisors provide information about energy and water use and materials on house building projects.
They have access to a large number of specialist design assistance tools, assessment methods and information – all for free.
The service is open to both homeowners and building professionals working on home building projects. If you are an architect, you have the option of gaining 10 CPD credits for a 2 hour visit. You can meet advisors in council offices, or they can make site visits. The Eco Design Advisor website also has a range of videos and fact sheets.
The service is currently only available to those living within these council areas: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Kapiti Coast, Hutt City, Nelson and Dunedin.
However, short phone and email consultations are available in Upper Hutt City, Wellington City, and Christchurch City. The EDA website has contact details.
The EDA service is an initiative of BRANZ Ltd. For more information go to www.ecodesignadvisor.org.nz
The 2019 Eco Design Adviser Conference is being held 24–25 October in Auckland. You can find more information here.
Updated: 18 September 2019