About Smarter Homes
Smarter Homes exists to provide clear, independent, factual information about sustainable home design, building and lifestyle options. Readers who access this information will be able to make choices that make their homes warmer, drier, healthier, more affordable, more comfortable and kinder to the environment.
The site is aimed at home owners and renters, people looking to buy or build houses, and at building and property professionals who want an overview of smart home and building issues.
Who's behind Smarter Homes?
Smarter Homes is owned by the Building and Housing Group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (formerly the Department of Building and Housing). It was created in a joint initiative by the Department of Building and Housing, the Ministry for the Environment, Consumer, Beacon Pathway Ltd and URS, with assistance from a number of other organisations interested in helping consumers access good quality, reliable and independent information about smart homes.
Any reference to the Department of Building and Housing on this website is legally deemed to mean the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
Smarter Homes is free
All information on this website is provided without charge. Where you are linked to additional information in another resource or website, for which you have to pay, this is made clear.
Smarter Homes isn?t a substitute for professional advice
Smarter Homes is not intended to provide specific information about building projects and building compliance issues. It is not a substitute for specific advice from building industry professionals or legal practitioners. The Department of Building and Housing disclaims any legal liability arising out of the use of the information and advice on this website.
Links to other websites
The fact that this website provides links to other websites does not imply that the Department of Building and Housing approves or endorses any information on those other websites or any views expressed on them.
Where we link to other sites, we clearly say so in the text surrounding the link. Links to document downloads are also clearly indicated. This is a reminder that the Department of Building and Housing has no control over the availability or accuracy of content on linked websites.
At the bottom of each page of Smarter Homes, you'll find a comments feature. Any views expressed in the comments feature are the opinions of the individual who makes the comment. Publication on the site does not imply endorsement by Smarter Homes or its owner.
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