Looking to create a warmer, healthier and drier home with your project?
We have qualified Homestar Accredited practitioners on our team to provide options to build your new home to a minimum of a 6-star Homestar rating, as part of the Homestar framework.
What is Homestar?
Homestar has been developed for residential homes by the New Zealand Green Building Council and is a comprehensive, independent national rating tool that measures the health, warmth and efficiency of New Zealand houses. A home is rated on a scale from 6 to 10 and is based on successful international rating tools that have been adapted for New Zealand’s specific conditions. It can be used on any residential building, from stand-alone homes to multi-unit dwellings.
What are the benefits of a Homestar home?
By working to Homestar’s minimum standards for insulation, ventilation and moisture extraction a 6-star rating or higher provides assurance that a house will be better quality – warmer, drier, healthier and cost less to run – than a typical new house built to building code.
Broadly speaking, a 6-star Homestar home will be 38% more energy efficient than a home built to the building code and adds just 1.5% to the purchase price of a typical three-bedroom house – or nothing at all if the house is slightly smaller than today’s larger homes.
Over seven years (the expected home ownership period), a 6-star Homestar home would expect to achieve annual savings on energy and water bills of $573-$729 per year.