Latest news and information on Homestar from NZGBC and the media

​NZGBC celebrates a decade of quality building – so what’s changed?


24 November 2016

Three sustainable builds showcased in ratings announced for World Green Building Week


26 September 2016

A central Auckland office building and a Northland kura kaupapa have achieved ‘New Zealand excellence’ Green Star ratings, and eight Housing New Zealand homes have achieved high Homestar ratings, in time to celebrate World Green Building Week 2016.

Homestar certifies high sustainability of homes on The Block NZ


All four homes on popular TV3 renovation show The Block NZ received high Homestar ratings at the end of the series – proving that incorporating sustainability in a Kiwi home renovation is both achievable and desirable.

Free events highlight benefits of sustainable buildings during World Green Building Week


30 August 2016

Free events highlight benefits of sustainable buildings during World Green Building Week


Green buildings can reduce our emissions, save energy and water, and create more liveable communities – and next month Kiwis will discover how, as some of New Zealand’s most sustainable buildings throw open their doors during World Green Building Week (September 26–October 2).

Christchurch house joins ranks of top Homestar homes


The single-storey home, located at 9 Church Square, Addington, is the second home in the country to achieve the Built rating. It received the rating in February and is being launched today as a showhome, to coincide with Earth Day.

Canadian sustainability champion heads powerful speaker line-up at 2016 Sustainable Housing Summit

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer, the deputy mayor who’s helping transform Vancouver into one of the greenest cities in the world, will share lessons learned and inspiring ideas at the Sustainable Housing Summit (Auckland, June 15; Christchurch, June 17).

Metlifecare retirement villas achieve 6 Homestar Built rating


The first two stages of Metlifecare’s Greenwich Gardens retirement village, in Auckland’s Unsworth Heights, have achieved 6 Homestar Built ratings for energy efficiency and sustainability.

Twenty-seven villas have achieved the rating under Homestar, the independent system that assesses New Zealand homes for energy, health and comfort, water, waste and other sustainability criteria. A 6 Homestar rating or higher provides assurance that a home will be warmer, healthier and cost less to run than a typical new home.

New Homestar to help boost apartments’ sustainability


A new version of Homestar, the rating tool for New Zealand home sustainability, aims to make it easier for apartment buyers to gauge the health and efficiency of their homes.

Doors wide open at New Zealand’s first 10 Homestar Built home


The first home to achieve a 10 Homestar Built rating has opened its doors in Christchurch – and developer and architectural designer Bob Burnett plans to share the design and build information with anyone who wants to create their own sustainable home.