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WELCOME Welcome to the 2014 Healthy Home Guide A warm, healthy home – it’s what we all want, but are we achieving it? What will our future homes and communities look like? Putting together this edition of the Healthy Home Guide has been a fascinating time to reflect on the New Zealand home market. There’s no doubt about it – how we want to live is changing. In this issue we cover the growing desire of homebuyers for energy efficiency over other features. We’re recognising that smaller, well-designed homes can meet our needs very well – especially when close to facilities and transport. Our case studies show this trend with some great-looking, liveable homes. As the independent benchmark of home sustainability, Homestar is being applied in increasingly diverse settings – apartments, standalone homes and entire communities (as in Matakana and Hobsonville). It’s great to see so much innovation coming through – be it through prefabrication or use of renewable energy. I hope you find the Homestar case studies as inspirational as we did. Of course, it’s not all about building new. Nearly a million existing Kiwi homes are still underperforming, placing greater stress on family health and costing more to run. We’ve packed the guide with advice and tips for people renovating or simply wanting to improve the health of their home, making it warmer, drier and smarter. For a tailored view on how to improve your own home, join myHomestar and do the online self-assessment – it’s an invaluable starting point. Alex Cutler, CEO, New Zealand Green Building Council 2