I'm kinda lucky in that my architect (American) just finished her PhD on "Sociopolitical influences on concrete in Swiss architecture and public works" so she has a pretty good understanding of concrete. She works at the technical Uni here in Zürich.
She and I (we) are closely aligned on the style of house we're looking at and as a close friend she'll do concept and full design for nix, in exchange for unrestricted visiting rights. Just need to pay the engineers.
We're currently looking at ways to insulate cast in situ concrete walls that can be easily done in NZ. Currently we're looking at pouring one side as a tilt slab, standing it up, then sticking on insulation and pouring the next side in situ to tie it all together. Anyone got any ideas?
Without a very good knowledge of the rules of the authority you are building in, the NZ building code and the council's interpretation of it, I doubt it will be as easy as you think. A friend of mine liked a show home he saw in Australia, had the full plans sent here and pedalled it around various draughtsman thinking they could fine tune-it into NZ speak. They all told him the plans were useless and other than the floor-plan, they would need to start from scratch. I follow closely the consent applications in Whitianga. You can tell what designers know the rules as they breeze through like ours. Out of area and group builders take ages and have huge problems getting their standard designs through council because they haven't taken into account the local rules.
But then neither might the council. Consent processing in Whitianga is shared between all the greater Waikato councils, or Christchurch, or Napier as ours was. The Christchurch team are asking for liquefaction reports, even picking out individual applications in subdivision.
Our plans are 36 pages.
The specification is 424 pages.