Get an energy rating
There’s growing evidence that homes built with energy-efficiency in mind will be worth much more, both now and in the future. We are already seeing energy-efficient homes in New Zealand achieve an increase in value when compared to similar homes without these measures.
The Home Energy Rating Scheme (HERS) is a new government initiative that has been developed to assist New Zealanders make informed choices about the energy-efficiency of prospective homes they may be looking to buy or rent, build or renovate, or when selling or leasing a property.
A house is awarded star ratings that show its energy-efficiency performance and how it compares to other homes, plus expert recommendations on the best way to improve and reduce energy costs. It covers:
- How well the home’s design, materials and solar orientation keeps the inside temperature at a warm and healthy level.
- The efficiency of a home’s two biggest energy users – the space heating system and the water heating system (the space heating system assessment is being developed).
While currently a voluntary programme and in a development phase, Right House already has fully accredited assessors to conduct HERS assessments on both new homes and existing homes.