The Council employs an Eco-Design Advisor who provides free independent advice to households and businesses on how they can retro-fit their houses or design a new house to make it more energy efficient.  It is a very popular service which has been used by many people on the Kāpiti Coast.

The free sustainable home advice service provides independent impartial information on sustainable, intelligent and sensible residential building practices and is available to all Kāpiti residents including home owners, families renting, community groups, designers/architects and trades people.

Richard is a participant in Energise Ōtaki and has provided invaluable support to the Ōtaki Curtain Bank, to sustainable energy teaching initiatives and to development of other projects.  Energise Ōtaki works with Richard to advertise his service locally.