The significant increase over the last three years in new homes registering under the Homestar™ rating tool proves New
Zealanders want reliable and independent assurance that they are buying and building, healthier homes that attain high
standards of sustainability and efficiency.
Homestar was introduced by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), in 2011 in response to the property and
construction sector’s desire to provide a ‘stamp of approval’ for homes built in New Zealand.
“As we look to build significantly more homes it’s important that quality is championed,” states Andrew Eagles, Chief Executive of NZGBC. “Home buyers want to know that the house they’re moving into is going to be healthy for their families, suit their life
style and be built to a high standard. It’s fantastic to see the number of these warm and efficient homes rise from 670
to 6,700 in just two years.”
Councillor (and Environment and Community Committee Chair), Penny Hulse states, “Rise in uptake is good to see. The houses that we build now will be standing for the next 100 years. It’s important
that we get it right first time. The type of home that receives a Homestar rating is the type of housing that we want to
see more of. They help homeowners save money year on year, result in better health and well-being and help reduce our
The new Homestar standard will be available from end of July. Its release follows six months of industry input, a
national tour, advisory group and scoping papers and makes the assessment process easier for the building and
construction industry. For more information visit the Homestar website