Homestar to encourage better homes
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.’’
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