About Us

Here at Ethos Homes we are all about building houses, and creating homes for people like you. We pride ourselves on our relationships and workmanship, but above all we love seeing people happy in the homes they have dreamed about!

Despite energy efficient and passive houses being built and enjoyed for many years in Europe, building for energy efficiency is a new concept in New Zealand. An Ethos Homes house construction is innovative, utilising new building methods. We delicately balance our national Kiwi flavour, and our distinctive architectural blue print with this advancing technology to build energy efficient, healthy, sustainable, cost effective homes that are tailored to suit your individual needs.

As a Christchurch building company with experience spanning several decades, we understand the tension between “optimum” and “realistic” and how your project budget needs to be balanced with resources available at your stage of life. At Ethos Homes we provide you with variable solutions to achieving an energy efficient home. Our continuum begins with our standard Ethos build (well beyond NZS build requirements), advances through to internationally recognised passive certified home or take it a step further become self sufficient and ‘off the national grid’. It’s up to you the level of energy efficiency you want to achieve.

The Directors of Ethos homes, Guy Gillespie and Peter Bielski have nearly forty years building experience between them. Guy has run his successful local building company Character Builders for the last seventeen years and will continue to do so. Peter worked for Guy for three years after he came to Christchurch in 2013, but had previously spent time in Germany where he was involved in building at least fifteen homes for the highly esteemed Weberhaus prefabrication company.

Peter saw first hand the benefits of building energy efficient homes with panelised construction methods. In 2014 Peter retrofitted his home to improve its energy efficiency achieving great results. Guy has jumped on board with this building revolution and Ethos Homes was born.

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Jo and Guy Gillespie                                        Peter and Amanda Bielski with children Samara, Asael and Niko

All work was carried out on time and without unexpected costsMark Young