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‘Right House’ opens doors for homeowners

MEDIA RELEASE
28 February 2008


‘Right House’ opens doors for energy-conscious homeowners

A new subsidiary of Meridian Energy, Right House Ltd, is set to offer New Zealanders the first “one stop shop” for creating an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient home.

With three branches launching in the coming weeks, Right House will provide customised solutions for people building, renovating or upgrading their homes to maximise their comfort and minimise their energy usage.

Right House consultants analyse plans for home building projects and create a free recommended solution that integrates the house’s aspect, design, systems and products to achieve the greatest comfort and energy-efficiency.

Right House then installs the specified products and systems, delivering a start-to-finish service for building an energy-efficient home.

Right House CEO, Hamish Sisson, says the idea for the company arose out of research by Meridian Energy that identified comfort and energy-efficiency as key concerns for homeowners.

“There’s been a growing awareness of the importance of energy-efficient homes over the past few years, but also a lot of confusion over what you need to do to actually achieve it. Right House solves this problem by overseeing the entire project and sourcing the right products and systems from the myriad of ‘green’ products out there, and delivering you a personalised solution,” says Mr Sisson.

Right House’s first ‘Solutions Centre’ will officially open its doors to the public next week in Christchurch (6 March). Other centres will open in Botany Downs and Albany in Auckland over the following fortnight.

The company has already received an enthusiastic response from the New Zealand Green Building Council, which is introducing a ‘Green Star’ rating system for homes.

Patrick Fontein, Chairman of the Green Building Council says that Right House is a much needed service for consumers that will change the way New Zealanders build their homes.

“We commend Meridian Energy for taking the initiative to provide this service for New Zealanders and encourage people to make use of it to help build comfortable homes that will also build a cleaner environment for future generations,” says Mr Fontein.

Mr Fontein, also Managing Director of Kensington Properties, is engaging the services of Right House for all new houses that are built on his company’s development in Orewa, called Kensington Park.

“The assurance that Right House will provide for home buyers seeking a comfortable, energy-efficient house is compelling. We saw their service offering and knew we wanted every new house in Kensington Park to be a Right House.”

An advertising and marketing programme is already underway to promote Right House, including a giant billboard on the corner of the Westfield precinct in downtown Auckland. A television advertising campaign will begin in March.

Over the next few years further Solutions Centres are scheduled to open throughout New Zealand. The Right House head office in Wellington will also be able to give consultations.

For more information about Right House, visit www.righthouse.co.nz


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