The phenomenon of climate change has been on everyone’s lips across the globe for at least the past two decades. With the realisation that the ways that we produce and use energy can be dangerous, many countries are making strides to reduce and turn around the harm and destruction. The introduction of energy rating systems encourages the construction of energy-efficient commercial and residential buildings. This ensures that property buyers are allowed to invest in adequately efficient structures.
Homestar was established specifically for New Zealand homes, and serves as a quality-assurance mark, a bit like the Energy Star rating for appliances. To name just a few benefits, a Homestar rating provides peace of mind that the home will have superior energy-efficiency, ventilation and moisture control compared with a home built to the minimum NZ building code. However, many Kiwis still don’t know what Homestar entails and what changes to what parts of your building can boost its Homestar points.
Toby and Cat Tilsley