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  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • 10 November 2021
Price (exclusive of GST)
  • $1,395.00 for members
  • $1,945.00 for non-members
  • $1,295.00 for future thinker

Homestar Designer - Online course

*Discount codes available for current Homestar Assessors*

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 .

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 must 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 online course over two mornings (9:00am - 1pm) We will provide an overview of the changes to Homestar (v4 vs v5) and an in-depth step through the 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 Assessor training, every attendee will need to have completed the Practitioner course and qualification, including the exam.
      There is also a requirement to compete some pre-course work which will be sent to you prior to the in-person training.

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