Eight new homes in the Richardson-Howell development, owned by Housing New Zealand (HNZ) in Mount Roskill, Auckland, have achieved ratings of 6 Homestar – this means the homes are warmer, healthier and cost less to run than the two original 1950s homes that previously stood on the site. The contractor was Signature Homes. Sustainability features include good insulation and double-glazing for thermal performance, mechanical ventilation in kitchen and bathrooms to prevent damp and mould, energy-efficient lighting and low-flow water fittings. Recently completed HNZ homes in Daventry Street, Waterview have also achieved Homestar ratings, and HNZ has registered some of its additional new build projects across Auckland for Homestar assessment too.
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