The Homestar standard has gone through its largest change since it started in 2010.

The New Zealand Green Building Council’s update to Homestar V4 will make it easier for home builders to lift and verify the performance of new homes, following a consultation with the industry.

NZGBC Chief Executive Andrew Eagles says the 6 months of consultation has created a tool that accelerates the delivery of better quality homes.

NZGBC says that a newly built home with a 6 Homestar rating will save a homeowner $5,000 over 5 years while an 8 Homestar rating would save $10,000. Carbon emissions would be cut by up to 6,000kg in that time.

The new standard has been welcomed by many in the industry, including Katja Lietz, General Manager Masterplanning and Placemaking at HLC NZ (formerly Hobsonville Land Company).

The new version of Homestar is live now but projects can register under either v3 or v4 until the end of September, at which point NZGBC rolls over exclusively to v4.

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