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New Eco Design Advisor in Wanaka

From this month, a new Eco Design Advisor, Ella Walters, will be available in Wanaka to give two hours of free sustainable building advice.

Whether you are building or renovating, a consultation with an Eco Design Advisor could help to improve the health and comfort of your family, save you money on energy and water bills and increasing the resale value of your house. With the added benefit of reducing your impact on the environment. Ella can review your building or renovating plans at any stage of development.

Available to homeowners, designers, builders and trades-people, the service is provided by Sustainable Wanaka and is funded and supported by the Queenstown Lakes District Council, BRANZ Ltd, Building Research, the Ministry for the Environment under their Sustainable Management Fund and EECA.

The Eco Design Advisor (EDA) project was piloted in 2006 after research by BRANZ showed designers and clients were not prompted to consider sustainability; information was scattered and hard to access. Waitakere, Hamilton and Kapiti Coast where the first councils to trial the program which has now extended nationwide with a further five districts coming on board. The Queenstown Lakes District is unique in that the service is provided by two Eco Design Advisors, Ella Walters in Wanaka and Christina Newman in Queenstown. Ella takes over from Jessica Eyers, who has provided the service since 2007 and is giving up the role to go overseas. More information on the project is available on

The Eco Design Advisor project is a free one-stop-shop offering impartial information to help achieve sustainable design outcomes for residential projects. Ella has a wealth of knowledge and access to a range of resources. She can provide tailored advice on insulation, energy efficiency, water conservation, sustainable building materials, passive solar design and building related health issues. Networking with other advisors gives access to a large support network of specialists, design tools, assessment methods, and material information.

Up to two hours advice per project is given on site, at your home or at the Sustainable Wanaka Office on Helwick Street, Wanaka, shorter queries can be answered on the phone – all for free!

To make an appointment and take advantage of this great free service contact her on 443 5057 or 021 031 4258 or email [email protected]

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