Wynyard Central achieves Homestar 7 and above

Wynyard Central achieves Homestar 7 and above

Our recently completed development in Wynyard Central has set a new standard for sustainable living. In partnership with Willis Bond & Co., Wynyard Central is the first large-scale, multi-unit, residential development in New Zealand to achieve a Homestar design minimum 7 rating for sustainability and energy efficiency. All dwellings have been awarded a Homestar Built certification, with 27% of units gaining 7 stars and the majority achieving 8 stars.

Homestar is a way of showing how warm, healthy and sustainable Kiwi homes are. It assesses a housing development against several different categories including health and comfort, energy, water waste and materials. Having a home on the upper end of the scale presents a more sustainable, more energy-efficient home. Most New Zealand homes are currently sitting at 2 - 3 on the Homestar scale which runs from 1 - 10.

Designed to stand the test of time, passive design strategies were adopted and tailored specifically for the Wynyard Central homes and ground floor retail. Innovative and sustainable features include water efficiency measures, low impact materials, and efficient transport links. Sustainable design principles have helped to craft a comfortable, safe and healthy home for many generations to come.

Going forward, Wynyard Central will form a connection to the wider Wynyard Quarter ‘Smart Precinct’ curated by Panuku Development Auckland. Providing feedback on the environmental performance of the precinct as a whole, the initiative will utilise data from smart energy, water metering and building management system. Wynyard Central is an example of commitment to creating and enhancing communities, and a dedication to setting the tone for future New Zealand developments.

Passive design is a focus of Wynyard Central, with apartments requiring no artificial heating and cooling for 80 percent of the year and no artificial lighting in living spaces for 80 percent of annual daylight hours. 

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Other sustainability attributes include:

  • heat-recovery ventilation systems and heat-pump heating;

  • high standards of thermal performance, daylight and sound insulation;

  • 95 percent LED lighting;

  • smart metering for apartment energy and water;

  • photovoltaic array (solar) to provide energy to some common areas;

  • rainwater harvesting for selected homes and common use;

  • WELS-rated water fixtures and ENERGY STAR-qualified appliances;

  • double insulated hot water cylinders;

  • materials are low VOC, and certified by ECNZ or another approved eco-label;

  • shared hybrid-powered cars available for residents’ use;

  • bicycle parking for residents and visitors;

  • low-speed, shared streets and laneways for walkability and cycling;

  • low-impact design, rain gardens, stormwater treatment;

  • resilient design, renewal and rejuvenation of previously under-utilised land;

  • 70-90 percent of demolition and construction waste diverted from landfill;

  • recycling/composting facilities;

  • green roofs and linkages to public green space including linear park and Wynyard commons; and

  • connection to WQ Smart precinct providing feedback on the environmental performance of the precinct as a whole.

New bridge planned for Wynyard Quarter

New bridge planned for Wynyard Quarter