Homes­tar to en­cour­age bet­ter homes

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A con­sor­tium of lo­cal busi­nesses is hop­ing to im­prove build­ing prac­tices and lift the qual­ity of hous­ing in the Cen­tral Otago and Queen­stown Lake dis­tricts.

They have set up Sus­tain­able Homes Or­gan­i­sa­tion (SHO) Cen­tral Otago and will pro­mote the Homes­tar rat­ing sys­tem to eval­u­ate the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of homes on a scale of 1 to 10 - with 10 be­ing the high­est.

A new home built to the New Zealand build­ing code would gen­er­ally achieve a 3 or 4 rat­ing. The goal was for homes to score a min­i­mum of 6, in­di­cat­ing im­prove­ments in warmth, dry­ness, health and wa­ter and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Homes­tar is run by the New Zealand Green Build­ing Coun­cil and is al­ready op­er­at­ing na­tion­ally.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Evo­lu­tion, eZed, Mark Gray Ar­chi­tect, QUBE, SeeChange NZ and Hiberna are mem­bers of the non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion as well as Wanaka-based Otago Re­gional Coun­cil­lor Mag­gie Law­ton.

Evo­lu­tion con­sul­tant Annabelle Nu­maguchi said the end result should be warmer and drier houses, which cost less to run.’’

RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Ge­or­gia Spil­lane can’t wait to see The In­land Road, in which she plays Lily.

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