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  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 16 November 2022
  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 17 November 2022
  • UC
  • 20 Kirkwood Ave
  • Christchurch
Price (exclusive of GST)

Homestar Designer

Please note the PHPP is included in the course fee.

With a special thank you to the University of Canterbury for hosting us for this course.

The Homestar Designer course focuses on teaching an in-depth understanding of the theory and application of the Homestar rating tool and principles of sustainable design. The course will have both online tutorials and in-person tutorials including the use of the Homestar Energy and Carbon Calculator for Homes (ECCHO). The use of ECCHO require a Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) licence and this is included in the course fee.

If you already have this licence, please get in touch education@nzgbc.org.nz. If you are a current Homestar v4 Assessor, please get in touch for a discount code.

Pre-requisite requirements

These are technical accreditations that require an understanding of how homes are designed and built in Aotearoa. Attendees must be able to read and interpret house plans and have a basic understanding of building science. Therefore, one of the following qualifications and/or experience is required to attend either of these courses:

  • Architectural designer, architect
  • Engineer
  • Building scientist/technologist
  • Quantity surveyor
  • Licensed Building Practitioner Level 2 and 3

If you feel you have an equivalent experience, please contact us.

Course format

This course is delivered as an in-person 2-day course (9am - 5pm). We will provide an overview of the changes to Homestar (v4 vs v5) and an in-depth step through the ECCHO tool as well as an overview of the new scorecard and Homestar calculators.


    A series of assessments need to be completed in order to achieve qualification as a Homestar Designer. They will require additional time investment beyond attending the course and must be completed within the specified time-frames. As such, please ensure that you have sufficient time.

      Have you completed the Homestar Practitioner course and exam?

      In order to attend the Designer training, every attendee will need to have completed the Practitioner course and qualification, including the exam.

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