Green Abode was born out of parent building company Orkney Developments, which was established in 2005 by Director Kevin Turley. Passionate about building homes that far exceed New Zealand Building Code standards, it was only a matter of time until we discovered a way to build the strongest, most energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective homes possible... 


Using Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), the talented builders and project managers at Green Abode are delighted to be able to share the countless benefits of this green technology with Kiwi clients looking to build homes that are not only kinder to the environment, but also better for their health (and easier on their wallets!) 


As a team, we are driven by the firm belief that everyone deserves to live in a comfortable, healthy environment that doesn't cost a fortune to build or maintain. 


To find out more about why SIPs are the future of building, please enjoy reading through our carefully compiled information, and don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. 

Why? Because structures built with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) perform above and beyond traditionally built buildings in numerous ways:


  • SIP structures are significantly more energy-efficient than stick-built/fibreglass insulation structures.

  • SIP buildings are stronger than stick-built structures. Exhaustive laboratory testing has found them to be superior in both sheer resistance and tensile strength. Worldwide, SIP buildings are frequently found to be the only structures left standing after natural disaster events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes.

  • SIP homes and buildings are significantly quieter than traditionally built structures. Studies have shown that a quieter home or office is a healthier place to be.

  • SIP structures have reduced air infiltration. When ventilated properly, a SIP structure has superior indoor air quality when compared with traditional building methods.

  • SIP buildings can be erected significantly faster. No other structural framing or insulating is necessary.

  • SIP installation produces significantly less job-site waste than traditional building materials. Of the small amount of waste that is produced, most can be recycled.


Building with SIPs is a sound financial investment. When you factor in labour, waste hauling, and energy savings, SIP structures are comparable to traditionally built homes. In addition, energy-efficient SIP homes generally have higher market values, and often qualify for energy-efficient mortgages.  


  • SIP structures are pre-insulated, which means there is absolutely no need to pay for additional insulation.

  • SIP buildings are prefabricated and precut when delivered to the job-site, which means you save 20-30% on framing labour. 

  • Electrical work is completed 20-30% faster. 

  • Job-site waste is minimal due to precut panels (resulting in around 30% less waste being sent to landfills). 

  • A tighter house means smaller HVAC systems (generating up to a 40% energy saving).

  • Predictable and perfectly straight engineered panels mean homes are plumb and square, which results in faster installs for finish work (doors, windows, floors, and millwork).

  • House is weathertight and dried in quickly, which means sub-trades can get to work much sooner and you can expect fewer delays due to wasted 'crew' days.

  •  There is no need for roof venting (even for low sloped roofing).

  • Better indoor air quality, smaller or no air purification systems required in most climates.

  • Buildings/homes are finished faster, which means you pay less interest. 

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“Anja and I first met the Green Abode team at a Home Show in Wellington and were sufficiently impressed by their personable and knowledgeable approach and regular follow-ups.


When the time came to build our new home, we offered Green Abode the opportunity to quote. The price was reasonable and having built up a relationship with Kevin we felt comfortable to offer him the job. We have not been disappointed. Kevin and Andrew were always upfront and honest with everything they did, and the team were skilled and took real pride in their work. Our build was a difficult one, but they were up for the challenge and prepared to learn new techniques as the job required. 

When the inevitable small mistakes happened, they took full responsibility and just fixed them. We always felt that Kevin went out of his way to make sure we were happy with how things were progressing. We would wholeheartedly recommend Green Abode to anyone.”


– J & A Kowalczyk


Green Abode Limited

PO Box 48086



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