Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Sustainable Hobsonville Pt homes an asset for Auckland

14 March 2014

Affordable, sustainable Hobsonville Pt homes an asset for Auckland

The New Zealand Green Building Council today congratulated the Hobsonville Land Company on the opening of three high quality, affordable homes in the development.

The homes, unveiled by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith, are 6 Homestar – certifying their environmental performance – and priced between $340,000 and $485,000.

“There’s a commonly-held myth that you can’t build sustainable, high-performing homes to meet a modest budget. These homes disprove that – they’re high quality, sustainable and affordable,” said NZGBC Chief Executive Alex Cutler.

“Auckland faces real issues in terms of home affordability. These houses tackle that on two fronts – not only are they priced reasonably, but at 6 Homestar they’ll cost less to live in for years to come, with lower energy and water costs. They’ll also be warm and dry, so won’t contribute to health issues which can affect family wellbeing and become costly.

“In sharing its vision for high quality, affordable homes, the Hobsonville Land Company has created an asset for the region which is sure to inspire others.”

Among the features which will boost the home’s comfort and performance are:
• ceiling and wall insulation higher than building code (R 4.0 in the ceiling, R2.8 in the walls), and slab-edge insulation
• heat pump water heating
• energy-efficient lighting (CFLs) with no downlights
• rainwater tanks plumbed into the laundry and water-efficient toilets
• low E double glazing
• 70% of construction waste recycled
• low VOC (volatile organic compound) interior finishes.

About Homestar
Homestar is a comprehensive, independent rating tool that measures and rates the performance of New Zealand homes taking into account energy, water, waste, ventilation, health and comfort, and other environmental factors. Homestar provides professional certified ratings and a tool for homeowners to rate and improve their own homes.

Homestar is a joint venture between the New Zealand Green Building Council and BRANZ.

www.homestar.org.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: NZ Dollar Catches Breath After "Goldilocks" Slump

The New Zealand dollar edged up following its dramatic slump yesterday after the Reserve Bank confirmed speculation it intervened in the currency market last month and PM John Key suggested a “Goldilocks” level far lower than at present. More>>

ALSO:

Biosecurity: Kiwifruit Claim To Hold Officials Accountable For Psa

Kiwifruit growers have joined forces to hold Biosecurity NZ accountable in the courts for its negligence in allowing 2010’s Psa outbreak that devastated New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry and exports. Foundation claimants representing well ... More>>

ALSO:

Poison: Anglers Advised Not To Eat Trout In 1080 Areas

With the fishing season opening in just a few days (1 October 2014), anglers are being warned by the Department of Conservation(DOC) not to eat trout from pristine backcountry waters and their downstream catchments, where the department is conducting 1080 poisoning operations. More>>.

ALSO:

Quotas: MPI Swoop On Suspected Fraudulent Fishing Activity

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers swooped on a Hawkes Bay fishing enterprise today to secure evidence in an investigation into suspected fraudulent activity... “The investigation involves activity throughout the commercial supply chain – catching, landing, processing and exporting.” More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fonterra Slashes 2015 Milk Payout, Earnings Tumble 76%

Fonterra Cooperative Group cut its forecast 2015 milk price payout by about 12 percent, citing weaker global dairy prices and said there is a risk of further declines given strong global milk production. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: RBNZ Keeps OCR At 3.5%, Signals Slower Pace Of Future Hikes

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 3.5 percent and signalled he won’t be as aggressive with future rate hikes as previously thought as inflation remains tamer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell to a seven-month low. More>>

ALSO:

Weather: Dry Spells Take Hold In South Island

Many areas in the South Island are tracking towards record dry spells as relatively warm, dry weather that began in mid-August continues... for some South Island places, the current period of fine weather is quite rare. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus

Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news