We have a vision of a world where buildings inspire, enable and celebrate change.

We believe this is the fastest way to create a built environment that exists in balance with the needs of the natural environment, and current and future generations.

Our mission is to make the lessons and resources from leading-edge building projects available to the world so the path towards widespread change is Evident.

In addition to our building automation systems and work on exemplar building projects we achieve that by delivering projects focused on the areas below.


Communication & education campaigns

Communication & education campaigns

Creating a great building won't change the world if its lessons are locked up within its walls, hidden from view.

We ran the two-year communication campaign for the Zero Energy House project - one that included creation of films, articles, stands for public show, and a media campaign to raise awareness. We also established the sustainability communications strategy and plan for the Glenorchy Marketplace, and are currently executing it, creating content for local and international audiences.

We've also delivered communication projects for Auckland Council, writing the Auckland Design Manual's guidance for Developing New Homes in 2014, and in 2015 the Sustainable Home Design Guide.

One area we're exploring with interest at the moment is the development of apps tailored to building users that weave together building performance data and educational material. The aim of these is to deepen the connection between a building and its users, leading to improved user engagement and building performance.

 
Solar consultancy

Solar consultancy

Evident's origin was in telling the story of solar used at the Zero Energy House. We've since heard from hundreds of people at public shows or via the project website that are interested in solar for their own project.

It's been interesting to hear the variety of reasons people are attracted to solar. For some it's a straight-forward financial choice. Others are interested for environmental or independence reasons. Some simply because they want to incorporate the latest technology in their project. And for people in remote locations, solar energy can introduce opportunities they've never had before.

We've helped a range of residential and commercial clients understand what really drives their desire for solar, and then analysed it for them so they can make informed decisions about its use on their building. In some cases this has extended to working with clients and their architects to ensure the design of the building evolves to incorporate and maximise the performance of solar systems.

 
High-performance homes

High-performance homes

Housing is a hot topic in New Zealand, but rarely is the performance of our homes discussed. Instead, the narrative revolves around speed and cost of construction.

Houses might take a year to build but could be lived in for 50 or more. The outcomes people experience are impacted as much by how efficiently the home operates as how efficiently it was built.

We've taken many of the lessons from the Zero Energy House project and applied them to other homes. We're currently collaborating with two teams on Zero Energy Houses that are under construction.

We tend to focus on house projects seeking very high standards of performance. Our involvement depends on the skills and experience of clients and their design team.

The best time to consider performance in any building project is at the start. If you're thinking of building a high-performing home, get in touch and we can discuss how we might help.

 
Technical research

Technical research

Some of the most innovative solutions to improving the performance of buildings aren't on the market yet. We've undertaken research for organisations seeking to understand potential applications for emerging technology, and developed approaches that leverage existing technology to further improve building performance.

One such project was the Smart Precinct for Waterfront Auckland, where we identified the technical approach - and cost/benefit - of a precinct-wide performance management tool for buildings that will be used by 5,000 residents and office workers.

Another was HyLink, a multi-phase project for Callaghan Innovation where we helped them understand market opportunities for this new hydrogen fuel technology and then identified and qualified early-stage implementation sites across New Zealand.

We've also helped companies in the New Zealand energy industry understand the technical and financial considerations related to renewable energy systems.