Commercial and Business Services

Any modern organisation recognises the importance of sustainability and resilience to their bottom line, but does your organisation have a concrete plan and policies in place to help you respond to the particular opportunities and challenges of doing business in a modern world where...

  • ethical and sustainable living is front of mind for many consumers?
  • climate change is accepted by most people? 
  • a natural disaster or utility outage causing disruption to your business could happen at any time?

Does your team need training to understand the importance of sustainability to your conscious customers? Do you have Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plans in place, and does everyone know everything they need to know? Is everyone prepared to enact these plans at the drop of a pin? 

Contact us to help - we have a range of options to help any organisation and solutions can be tailored to any sized budget.

Building or Developing?

At Sustain & Enable, we specialize in designing and building healthy, efficient, accessible, low-waste, sustainable homes. Our team of impartial expert advisers can help guide you through the process of building a sustainable home that meets your needs. Whether you're a homeowner or a builder, we work with you to achieve a minimum sustainability rating that aligns with your goals.

Our approach is to make the process of building sustainable homes simple and easy. We collaborate with builders, architects, and other professionals to ensure that your project meets the highest standards of sustainability, while also delivering comfort, functionality, and style. We also offer educational resources and guidance to help you keep your home and the people you care about healthy. Contact us today to learn more about our services or download our Building or Developing Brochure to discover how we can help you bring your sustainable home project to life.

The Benefits of Sustainable Homes for Homeowners

Sustain & Enable is your partner in designing and building sustainable, energy-efficient commercial properties. We understand that as a business owner or developer, you need a building that not only meets your needs but also aligns with your sustainability goals. Our team of expert advisors can guide you through the design and construction process, ensuring that your property meets the highest standards for sustainability, accessibility, and efficiency. Our independent ratings provide assurance to potential buyers and tenants that your property is both sustainable and cost-effective. At Sustain & Enable, we make the process of building or developing a sustainable property simple and straightforward. We work with builders, architects, and other professionals to ensure that your project meets your sustainability goals and budget.

Cost: At Sustain & Enable, we understand that sustainable homes must be not only cheaper to operate but also affordable. Our team helps you make sustainable choices that fit within your budget. We work to maximize value for each project by minimizing waste and development costs while also reducing ongoing energy and water bills. For example, a minimum rated 6 Homestar home in Auckland can be up to 38% more energy-efficient than a home built to code, resulting in significant savings.

How much could you save?: Our sustainable building practices can save you money in various ways, including reduced waste and development costs and lower ongoing energy and water bills. For instance, a minimum rated 6 Homestar home in Auckland could potentially save you up to 38% on energy bills compared to a home built to code.

Benefits: Building sustainable homes with Sustain & Enable provides several benefits. A warm, dry, healthy, efficient, high-performing home is more attractive to rent or buy, increasing marketability. Our early engagement in the building process means that we can help you integrate smart design and sustainability principles cost-effectively. The demand for healthier homes with lower running costs continues to rise, meaning more work for tradespeople capable of delivering these homes. Additionally, new Health and Safety legislation holds homeowners liable for unhealthy, unsafe, or insecure homes. Our team can help you avoid damp, mold, air quality problems, and other safety and security concerns by incorporating good design practices.

Optimize your next building project with healthier homes consulting

As a builder or developer, you want to create homes that are not only beautiful but also healthy and sustainable. That's where Sustain & Enable comes in - our consulting services can help you achieve your goals by providing expert advice on how to optimize your building project for health and sustainability.

Landlords & Property Managers

As a landlord in New Zealand, it is important to ensure that your rental property complies with the latest legislation, including the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act and Healthy Homes Guarantee Standards. Non-compliance can result in significant fines, particularly after the July 1, 2019 or 2021 deadlines. Our team of impartial experts specializes in healthy homes assessments and can provide you with accurate and reliable information to ensure that your rental property meets all necessary standards - so that you don't have to deal with huge fines. Invest now to save money.

Sustain & Enable are Auckland's premier impartial Healthier Home Advisors. We are proud supporters of HomeFit, and proud to have been asked by the NZ Green Building Council to support the development of the tool and training in the second half of 2018, as well as participate in the pilot programme. By the time HomeFit launched in November 2018, we had the largest and most experienced HomeFit Assessor organisation in New Zealand; with 8 Assessors covering homes in Northland, Auckland and Waikato. 

You can choose to start with an online self check at, or contact us straightaway for an impartial assessment, tailored report, and support to prioritize what to do first to make the home healthier, within your budget. 
We offer discounts for bookings of multiple properties and key clients with bulk bookings. We also offer a buy-one, give one option to help those families most in need who are unable to cover the cost of an assessment upfront.You are welcome to nominate a recipient, or we are able to choose a worthy household for you.

To book an assessment or request more information, please contact us, phone 09 412 2911, or email

Rental Mediation and Tenant Training

Are your tenants looking after your asset? We also provide mediation services as well as in-home tenant education. Find out more by reading our Healthier Rentals Brochure.

Demystifying legislation

As property professionals you have a lot to remember. It’s complex; many related pieces of legislation interact to help set the standard for a home. Impartial, expert advice will reduce your risk. We are experts on how the different forms of legislation interact under the Healthy Homes Guarantee Standards. The Healthy Homes Guarantee Act is designed to make all of these laws work together and clarify what is required for rental properties. It is highly likely that un-rented properties will also be affected in future.

Provide a safer and healthier environment for your tenants with our rental inspection and training programme

As a landlord or property manager, you have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy living environment for your tenants. Our rental inspection and training programme can help you achieve this goal by identifying potential health hazards and providing guidance on how to create a healthier rental environment for your tenants.

Buying or selling property?

Thinking of selling property?: Sustain and Enable do pre-sale checks for vendors so you are aware of any nasty surprises that may reduce the (perceived) value of your home before you put it on the market or settle on a price. Often vendors choose to spend a few hundred dollars on a solution we recommend so they can maximise their sale price. Our report is also a really good sales tool - we are happy to reinspect the property after recommended works have been completed to help you advertise your commitment to health and sustainability to potential new buyers.

Thinking of purchasing property?: How will you know if your new home will be healthy to live in, or your energy bills will be affordable? Sustain and Enable do pre-purchase inspections for buyers to know what they are getting in for before they sign on the dotted line.

Already committed?: Before you move in, now is a great time to confirm if you need to do any minor or major work to the property to create a healthy, livable environment for the occupants! Once furniture and other things are moved in it becomes harder to access some hard to reach places where you may need to do remedial work or retrofitting for energy and water efficiency or moisture control.

Create a healthier and more valuable home with Sustain and Enable

Thinking of selling your property? Or purchasing a new home? Already committed? Our pre-sale and pre-purchase inspections can help you identify any potential health hazards, energy inefficiencies, or moisture control issues that could reduce the (perceived) value of your property. Our reports are also great sales tools, showcasing your commitment to health and sustainability to potential new buyers. Contact us today to book an assessment!


Did You Know? Most NZ Homes Fall Below the World Health Organisation's Minimum Heating Standards

According to the World Health Organisation, a minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees Celsius is required for good health. However, most homes in New Zealand fall at least 2 degrees short of this standard.
This can lead to a range of health issues and discomfort, including respiratory problems, asthma, and increased risk of infection.

Healthy Homes Legislation

There's a lot that your home needs to comply with - our staff are specially trained to give advice, help you navigate and mitigate issues, and our processes are designed in a way where you can trust we have everything covered.

  1. Healthy Homes Standards 2019
  2. Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017
  3. Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2016
  4. Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016
  5. Health and Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016
  6. Health & Safety at Work Act 2015
  7. Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010
  8. NZ Building Code
  9. Building Act 2004
  10. Hazardous Substances & New Organisms Act 1996
  11. Building Regulations 1992 (NZ Building Code, NZBC)
  12. Electricity Act 1992
  13. Resource Management Act 1991
  14. Residential Tenancies Act 1986
  15. Fire Services Act 1975
  16. Health Act 1956
  17. Housing Act 1955
  18. Housing Improvement Regulations 1947

Did You Know: Most New Zealand homes fall below the World Health's MINIMUM heating standards!
According to the World Health Organisation, a minimum indoor temperature of 18 degrees Celsius is required for good health. However, most homes in New Zealand fall at least 2 degrees short of this standard. This can lead to a range of health issues and discomfort, including respiratory problems, asthma, and increased risk of infection.

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