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EnviroSpec provides a "one stop shop" for all your Homestar needs!

EnviroSpec is a specialised New Zealand company providing a complete range of  Homestar™ services for Homeowners and is effectively a  "one-stop shop" for all your Homestar™ needs. From basic self-assessment support to design consultancy and Homestar Practitioner services, all the way to awarding you an official certificate at the end of your project via our Homestar Assessor services, we have you covered.  In addition, all the product knowledge available through the EnviroSpec website strongly complements this process and will ensure your project is as successful as possible.

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Homestar™ is a comprehensive, national, voluntary residential rating tool that evaluates the environmental attributes of New Zealand's stand-alone homes, townhouses and apartments in terms of energy, health and comfort, water, waste and more. The rating is on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being very poor and 10 being world excellence). Many of the more problematic old kiwi homes sit in the 2-3 star region, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

With the introduction of a rating system homeowners are able to use Homestar™ to independently demonstrate true value of home performance attributes or any renovations/upgrades. As the market develops and demand increases, homes with a higher star rating will be able to sell for more money.

Homestar™ is a highly comprehensive tool that looks at many aspects within your home. You can do a preliminary self-assessment online (www.homestar.org.nz) to get an idea of where you sit, however you will need to engage the Services of a Homestar Practitioner and a Homestar Assessor if you want your home to be officially certified, demonstrating its environmental credentials to the market.

When thinking about having your house Homestar™ certified it is important to get the advice and support you need to make sure your project runs smoothly. Although the house cannot be officially certified until the work on site is complete, there are many items that need to be looked into upfront. The best time to engage your Homestar™ certified Practitioner or Homecoach™ is right at the start, when the house is still merely a concept idea in your head. Not only will the consultant be able to provide design advice to yourself and the architect, but he/she will also be able to point out the type of documentation you will need to collect as you go along to be able to validate your project at the end.

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Latest News Updates:

Advanced tech article: A windmill you can call home (22/07/2015)

Windmills have dotted the Dutch countryside for centuries. But in densely populated cities, whooshing turbines are a tough sell. A new concept called the Dutch Windwheels could offer a silent, low-maintenance alternative.

People will be able to live, work, and dine inside the self-powered skyscraper as it cranks out 1 megawatt of electricity. "We wanted a 100-percent-sustainable building that serves as a platform for all kinds of innovations," says developer Lennart Graaff.

Read more here. 


Australia and New Zealand continue to lead the world in sustainable real estate practices, according to the latest GRESB report (03/09/2015)

The Australia and New Zealand GRESB score of 69 was significantly higher than the global average of 56, a result welcomed by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). 

Across Australia and New Zealand, more than half (54%) of the companies and funds obtained green building certificates like Green Star and 87 per cent have an energy rating, compared with 71 per cent globally.

According to ms Madew; 'these GRESB results once again confirm that the property and construction industry is heading in the right direction.'

Read more here.


Doors wide open at New Zealand's first 10 homestar built home (7/07/2015)

The first home to achieve a 10 Homestar Built rating has opened its doors in Christchurch - and developer and architectural designer Bob Burnett plans to share the design and build information with anyone who wants to create their own sustainable home.

The 140sqm, two-storey home at 11 Church Square, Addington, was officially launched this week. This is the first 10 Homestar Built rating awarded in New Zealand.

The house has a high energy efficiency, thermal comfort, a healthy indoor environment and it is affordable. According to Bob Burnett; these elements should be basic requirements for a home. "By sharing information about how to build these homes, we hope to help people understand it's simpler than you imagine."

Read more here.


You want more information about HOMESTAR?  Go to www.homestarexperts.co.nz