New Zealand

South Island
New Zealand


Carbon NeutralLocalLow CarbonRegenerativeRenewable EnergySustainable Materials



May 3, 2020

We combine natural low tech, local materials with high tech scientific design and construction principles, creating an eco home in every sense is our ethos. We are building professionals who delight in the synergy of natural, low tech materials and high tech, science-based design and construction methods. Having worked in the ‘natural’ ‘eco’ ‘sustainable’ ‘green’ design and construction fields for more than 15 years, we have concluded that the most sustainable buildings use virtually no energy in use and ‘embody’ as few resources in their construction as possible.

Many ‘eco’ building methods actually use incredibly energy intensive and toxic materials in their make up, claiming to be eco because the resulting buildings use very little energy to heat. On the other side of the spectrum, those advocating natural materials such as straw, timber and earth sacrifice energy efficiency in use by prioritising low embodied energy materials. Hiberna provides a full service, from concept and planning, through design and analysis, to building and finishing.

Things of note

Local materials and services for local people. Good quality buildings don’t have to cost the earth. All this is possible with non toxic, low embodied energy materials. Everyone deserves to live, work and play in a warm, comfortable and healthy building. Buildings need to be functional, but they should also feed the soul. A building project is a huge investment. Choose quality over quantity.


Our principles of low impact, comfort and delight guide all our design and construction practices. Ask us for more information and explore our site.

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