Blenheim’s Advanced Electrical scores with ‘energy neutral’ home

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The ‘energy neutral’ home at Marlborough Ridge earned Blenheim-based Advanced Electrical a top award at the Master Electricians Excellence Awards.

A groundbreaking design to create an “energy neutral” home has seen a Blenheim electrician take home a top national prize.

Advanced Electrical won a top award at the Master Electricians Excellence Awards for its work on a modern architectural home in Marlborough.

The project is the biggest and most complex the team of five registered electricians and an apprentice has ever undertaken. 

The client’s brief sought to build a house that functioned as “energy neutral” as possible by using energy management and automation.

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Advanced Electrical director Steve Banks says the home at Marlborough Ridge, near Fairhall, required months of planning and design. 

The award-winning home at Marlborough Ridge, between Blenheim and Renwick.

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The award-winning home at Marlborough Ridge, between Blenheim and Renwick.

The home required groundbreaking approaches and co-ordination with specialists and technicians around the world, he says.

“The opportunity to get our teeth into something this complex was a chance for us to really test our skills and knowledge,” Steve says.

“The design process was intense, as well as dealing with all the little things that popped up along the way, but we believe the success of this project has helped cement our reputation as a cutting-edge electrical and automation company providing a one-stop shop for clients.” 

Advanced Electrical's Steve and Nicole Banks have taken home a top award at the Master Electricians Excellence Awards.

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Advanced Electrical’s Steve and Nicole Banks have taken home a top award at the Master Electricians Excellence Awards.

Ease-of-use and the ability to remotely access and monitor the entire home was also a key requirement in the design.

The Marlborough company was named winner of the Corys Electrical Energy Efficiency Award at the presentation in Auckland on August 25.  

Held every two years, the awards represent industry recognition of the very highest achievement of electrical contractors in applying innovative solutions in challenging electrical projects.  

South Island electricians dominated this year’s honours in a record year for entries, winning five out of the eight categories.

Invercargill company EIS won the overall Master Electricians Excellence Award for its work on the Queenstown Waste Water Plant upgrade. 

Master Electricians chief executive Neville Simpson said there had been a record number of entries for the awards this year.

​”The awards are a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their workmanship and innovation, and be given the chance to compete with industry peers,” said Simpson.  


 – The Marlborough Express

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