Rising energy bills and the need for warmer, drier, healthier homes has spurred Hastings District Council to launch a pilot project aimed at encouraging the construction of more energy-efficient homes.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule today officially launched the initiative called Best Home® announcing a show home was under construction in Havelock North that would exceed current building regulations to achieve a minimum six stars on the Homestar™ energy efficiency rating tool for no more than 5% additional cost of a standard build. (Most new-builds today achieve a three or four star rating out of a possible 10).
“The cost of living is increasing, our energy bills continue to soar and more people are becoming savvy about the long-term benefits of sustainable housing,” said Mr Yule adding that Council’s 2009 Sustainable Communities consultation process revealed concerns about energy demands and climate change.
“The problem is that there is a common misconception that the initial financial outlay to build sustainably is extremely expensive, but this doesn’t have to be the case.