Homestar stories

Bowenvale House

For Christchurch designer Karen Manson living in her 7 Homestar rated house has been a test case in sustainability.

Designing, building and benchmarking her own super-insulated, eco-friendly family home has demonstrated what can be achieved and how.

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9 Homestar

Westmorland House

When Mark and Elizabeth Browne bought a section in the hills above Christchurch their number one aspiration was creating a comfortable and healthy home for their young family.

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7 Homestar

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust - Brougham Street

Attractive social housing encouraging environmentally sustainable and economic lives is at the heart of Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust’s operation. The 7 Homestar rated Brougham Street development in central Christchurch showcases its aspirations in action.

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9 Homestar Built Rating

Ashforth-Nielsen House

When Mark Ashforth and his wife Megan Nielsen moved back to Aotearoa from America five years ago they wanted to build a family home which nurtured its occupants and the environment.

Recently awarded a 9 Homestar rating, the couple’s home showcases their care for the planet and best practice performance.

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8 Homestar Built Rating

Woodford Grace Homestead

Refurbished Woodford Grace Homestead and its new pavilion-style extension has achieved a Passive House Institute Low Energy Building certification and an 8 Homestar certification - providing a great example of how the two benchmarks can work together.

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