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Homestar™

Introductory information

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 overarching objective of the Homestar™ rating tool is to improve the performance and reduce the environmental impact of new and existing New Zealand homes, making them warm, healthy and comfortable places to live

To achieve this, the Homestar™ rating tool aims to:

 Establish a common language and standard of measurement for efficient, comfortable, healthy homes.

  • Raise awareness of the benefits of green homes for homeowners, tenants and the construction industry.
  • Create a value proposition for investment into the attributes that improve the performance of New Zealand homes, by providing recognition of the investment in these attributes .with a star rating.
  • Reduce the environmental impact of New Zealand homes.
  • Provide advice enabling the building and construction industry to produce targeted solutions that deliver results for homeowners and tenants.

The role of the Homestar™ Practitioner is to provide professional advice to homeowners and tenants when they are making decisions about home design as well as to support homeowners and tenants in understanding how the Homestar™ rating tool works and its purpose. 

There are lots of things to consider when planning your new home or major renovation, and incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project can avoid costly alterations later on.  A Homestar™ Practitioner is an industry professional who has been trained and accredited by Homestar™ to provide advice when you are making decisions about home design and attributes that contribute to the comfort, health and performance of your home.   The advantage of working with a Homestar™ Practitioner is that they can guide you on good environmental design based on the Homestar Certified Tool to maximise the performance of your new home or renovation and help you get the appropriate Homestar™ rating.