We create energy-efficient houses. Better to live in, better value in the market, and better for the environment. Homestar is the New Zealand Green Building Councils (NZGBC) 1 to 10 rating tool for energy and other resources, water, waste minimisation, materials, renewable energy and other sustainability considerations.
Better by design
Bob Burnett designed NZ’s first 7 Homestar rated home in 2011 and went on to do 8 and 9 star designs finally achieving the first 10 Homestar rated home 2015. NZGBC describe 10 Homestar as world-leading standard. Bob Burnett and the team are at the heart of the movement to improve New Zealand housing construction to ensure the advances in modern homes around the world are included here. Most NZ houses build to code are only 3 or 4 star energy performers, but for often no more you can have a house which can operate with a quarter the energy consumption of other houses and for up to 10-15 per cent more in construction cost you can be energy self-sufficient AND earthquake resistant.
The New Zealand general approach is building houses that are simply better replications of houses from 50 years ago, ignoring the vast improvements which are commonplace or required in parts of Europe, the Nordic countries and North America. Bob Burnett Architecture says we all deserve better and we start with each house we build now.