The evolution series - welcome to your future home

The evolution series of sustainable homes are exceptionally designed and packed with green features that make our homes energy efficient, warmer, dryer and healthier.

It's simple. You choose from our three distinct ranges of pre-designed homes, each offering a series of layouts and features:

 Looking to build a truly bespoke sustainable home? Choose evolution design & build

Looking to retro-fit sustainable features into your renovation project? Choose evolution renovate

We also provide land and home packages, and can ‘evolutionise’ your existing plans to make your home more energy efficient, warmer, dryer and healthier.

Materials and technology used in the Evolution Series is endorsed by organisations including the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS), Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) and Environmental Choice New Zealand (ECNZ).  All timbers used are from a certified renewable source.

To obtain more details please email evolution@rilean.co.nz or visit our website www.evolutionseries.co.nz 

the future's here



Rilean’s Directors, Shareholders and Staff are aware that it is a privilege to work and play in a region of such outstanding natural beauty. Due to this, we’re committed to taking all practicable steps to help preserve, and where possible, improve the quality of the environment in which we live.  Our sustainability policy outlines Rilean’s expectations and procedures:

  • Minimise and save water/power. Turn off lights when not in use. Turn off taps and report leaking taps.

  • Minimise car movements and car pool when possible.

  • Recycle all recyclable materials generated from food packaging in the bins provided. These bins will be managed in-house. Recycle all paper and cardboard waste. Scrap materials (steel, reo steel, iron, aluminium etc) to be recycled.

  • Salvage materials (timber doors, fittings, new non returnable materials) for possible re-use or sale to salvage companies.  

  • Distribute, where practical, documentation in electronic format via email or CD. 

  • When purchasing materials, buy from suppliers who have embedded sustainable practices. Buy locally when possible.

  • Advocate timber from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Purchase untreated timbers.

  • As members of the New Zealand Green Building Council improve our knowledge, skills and business practices through the web page or through Rilean’s Sustainable Manager.

  • Where possible source office stationery and other consumables from suppliers who are committed to sustainability.

  • Encourage sustainable practice for all sub-contractors during pre-acceptance meetings.

  • Discuss and encourage sustainable practices at the weekly “Toolbox” meetings, ensuring all staff takes an active part in efficient use of resources and waste minimisation.

  • Purchase material sizes to suit its use and do not over order. 

  • When possible over orders are to be sent back to suppliers, not the Rilean yard.

  • Distribute, where practical, documentation in electronic format via email or CD. 

  • When purchasing materials, buy from suppliers who have embedded sustainable practices. Buy locally when possible.

  • When possible purchase low VOC materials licensed by Environmental Choice NZ.

  • Organise material orders and pick-ups to minimise vehicle movements. Where possible co-ordinate with disposal of waste materials. Car pool when possible.

  • Ensure full awareness of the specific provisions of the resource consent.  This ensures construction waste is not allowed to contaminate waterways, soil erosion and displacement is minimised and the construction process does not adversely impact upon the surrounding environment.

  • Maintain the Hazardous Materials register on site as part of the Health and Safety Plan.  This includes keeping material data sheets which outline actions for damage limitation and minimisation in the event of leakage, accidental ingestion etc.  It also ensures materials are stored appropriately on site to help minimise wastage through contamination or degradation of materials.

  • Where possible use toilets that are hooked up to the council main sewerage system. The use of these toilets eliminates commercial chemical cleaning.


"The evolution team made the whole building process very straightforward. They assisted us with a few . . ."
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 Jackie Burston - Client, New Zealand