Design guidelines

The Development Guide helps to ensure that all Housing New Zealand design and building projects meet our standards, and reflect our design principles.

The Development Guide is for everyone involved in construction or building work on Housing New Zealand homes. It provides a consistent development model and a set of performance-based design guidelines.

It describes Housing New Zealand's design and build process from start to finish, making it an indispensable guide for anyone working or thinking about working on one of our social housing projects.


The Development Guide is continually evolving. We encourage feedback from designers, architects, builders, tradespeople and planners that have used the Guide. Send your comments to: assetregulations&

The Development Guide includes design guides on specific topics, including: