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5 March 2024

Homestar certification – A win-win for developers and homeowners

At Context, we’re committed to excellence and sustainability; we understand the value Homestar brings to homeowners and developers alike and offer specialist Homestar assessments and design services.

Administered by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), Homestar assesses residential properties against the criteria of efficiency, liveability, health, comfort, and environmental responsibility. A holistic tool, the Homestar assessment awards points across various credits to rate a home’s performance and environmental impact. There are mandatory minimum requirements to recognise design elements and appliances that provide options for keeping the home, warm, dry, well ventilated, and resource efficient. Our dedicated project team works closely with clients to ensure that every design detail is optimised for maximum Homestar points. From energy-efficient features to sustainable materials selection, we integrate innovative solutions to enhance the project’s overall performance.

Once the design is finalised, our team ensures that the construction phase aligns with Homestar requirements. We oversee the building process, collecting evidence and documentation to support the final rating assessment. Our comprehensive approach guarantees the project maintains its integrity and sustainability throughout construction.

Benefits for developers

Homestar serves as a powerful sales point. A higher Homestar rating reflects a commitment to sustainability and adds value to the property. Homebuyers increasingly prioritise energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes, making Homestar-certified properties more appealing.

The rating system also offers market differentiation. Homestar certification sets properties apart from the rest in a competitive real estate market. A higher Homestar rating signals a commitment to sustainability and quality construction, attracting environmentally conscious buyers. Developers can leverage Homestar certification as a unique selling proposition, driving demand and enhancing the marketability of their projects.

Homestar-certified properties often command higher resale values due to their superior quality and sustainable features. Buyers are increasingly willing to pay a premium for homes prioritising energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and environmental sustainability. By investing in Homestar certification, developers can maximise the value of their projects and realise greater returns on investment.

With a growing emphasis on environmental conservation and building sustainability, regulatory requirements are evolving to incentivise green building practices. Homestar certification aligns with emerging regulations and industry standards, ensuring developers stay ahead. By adhering to Homestar criteria, developers can navigate regulatory complexities more effectively and mitigate risks associated with non-compliance.

Homestar for homeowners

Homestar offers significant financial benefits for homeowners. Many banks incentivise Homestar homes by offering lower mortgage rates or rebates. By investing in a Homestar-certified property, homeowners can save money in the long run through reduced energy bills and enhanced comfort levels. Homestar-certified homes are more resilient to changes in environmental conditions, providing occupants with a healthier and more sustainable living environment.

Start your Homestar journey

While Homestar represents a paradigm shift in residential construction, promoting sustainability, efficiency, and comfort, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. We have a qualified team proficient in Homestar assessments and design; we are committed to helping clients unlock the full potential of their projects. If you’re a developer looking to create environmentally friendly communities, get in touch at hello@context.nz


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