About Us

The mission of the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities (BBHTC) National Science Challenge is to help transform dwellings and places where people live into homes and communities that are hospitable, productive, and protective. Our vision is to create built environments that build communities. To create homes, neighbourhoods, towns, and cities that enrich people's lives, allowing them to reach their social, cultural, and economic potential.


Launched in May 2016, the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge is focusing on improving the quality and supply of housing, and creating smart and attractive urban environments. This work takes place in broader research that can be used by the building sector, as well as householders, regulators, building owners and communities. This Challenge, hosted by BRANZ, is researching how innovation and technology can be better adopted by and embedded into the New Zealand building industry. Multi-disciplinary researchers are collaborating to create practical solutions that bring long-term transformational benefits for New Zealanders in how our homes, towns and cities function.

Challenge objective

To improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments.