Homestar has been developed by the New Zealand
Green Building Council (NZGBC) and BRANZ. Industry professionals across the entire building and
construction sector including from government, contributed
time and expertise in order to develop a single residential
rating tool for New Zealands new and existing
The certified Homestar
rating is a star-rating, comparable
with the energy ratings on appliances like fridges and
dishwashers. The certified Homestar rating is calculated by
Energy, health and comfort
Homestar helps people to
make better decisions about their homes.
Buyers and renters are able to make
energy efficiency and eco friendliness part of their
showcase the superior quality of a home with a high
Homestar rating. The rating can
be displayed on the www.realestate.co.nz
People building or renovating can
get clear advice on the best energy efficiency and eco
friendly measures to incorporate into their home.
Visit the Homestar website http://www.homestar.org.nz for more
Benefits of a
high certified Homestar rating.
A house with a high
star rating will be more energy efficient and therefore will
cost less to heat and cool.
In general it will be more comfortable to live
in and healthier.
Buyers and tenants are willing to pay more for
a house with a high star rating.
A house with a high star is better for the
Who does the
Homestar Certified Assessments
Assessments are performed by Homestar Certified
Assessors are trained by the New Zealand Green Building Council
independently administered by the New Zealand Green Building
Council, a not for profit, industry owned
Assessors use a sophisticated computer program to analyze your
home and determine its rating.
When to get an
certified Homestar rating
It is only possible
to get a certified Homestar rating once
a house is built or renovated.
However, Snug Homes
provides the unique opportunity to get advice beforehand, in
the design stage.
In this stage is it
generally easy to incorporate the recommendations at minimal
costs and aim for a high star rating.
Ask your Architect or
Designer for Homestar advice by Snug Homes.
As soon as the
concept plans are drawn and the proposed structures and
materials of the walls, ceilings, roof etc. are determined the
plans can be assessed by Snug Homes and a concept star rating
can be calculated.
You will receive
recommendations how to gain a higher star
After all or parts
of the recommendations are incorporated in the final design
and the house is built, the house will be inspected and the
Homestar rating can be
The cost of a
Certified Assessment by Snug Homes Ltd
is $ 750 excl GST.
Travel costs may