Wynyard Central in Auckland has become the first large-scale multi-unit residential development to achieve a Homestar Design rating for sustainability and energy efficiency.
Homestar is the independent system that rates the health, comfort, efficiency and sustainability of New Zealand homes on a scale of one to 10.
Wynyard Central has set a high benchmark, with all residences achieving a minimum 7 Homestar Design rating. By comparison, a typical new home built to minimum Building Code requirements would rate around 3 or 4 Homestar.
The high-end Wynyard Central development consists of 113 apartments and townhouses under construction in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. The development is the first to be rated under the updated Homestar tool, adapted specifically for multi-unit developments.
Wynyard Central developer Willis Bond & Co is the principal sponsor of the Homestar tool update.
“Our aim is to create some of New Zealand’s greenest urban precincts. For buyers, a Homestar rating verifies the home has been designed for genuine sustainability,” managing director Mark McGuinness says.
Passive design is a core focus of Wynyard Central, with apartments requiring no artificial heating and cooling for 80% of the year, and no artificial lighting in living spaces for 80% of annual daylight hours.