Christchurch homeowners Kean Mitchell and Jessica Stribling on building their Homestar sustainable home.
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“The New Zealand Green Building Council has calculated that it costs about 1.5 per cent more to build a three-bedroom house meeting the six Homestar rating compared to a similar house built to code, but about $500 less a year to run.
“A Healthy Home Loan Package on the average home will save a customer another $1000 a year or so in interest costs. It’s our way of helping deal with some of the short-term costs so Kiwis can enjoy the long-term benefits.”
Ms Watson launched the Healthy Home Loan package today at the Homestar six-rated Alba apartments in Takapuna attended by Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change.
Hon James Shaw said concessional interest rate programmes such as the ANZ Healthy Home Loan package have the potential to make a huge impact on the quality of New Zealand’s housing stock.
“Upgrading our homes so that they’re warm, dry, and energy efficient will reduce health costs, improve homeowners’ finances, and help cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Shaw said.
Research commissioned by ANZ showed 37 per cent of those surveyed rated warmth and dryness as the most important factor when building or renovating a home, ranking well ahead of sustainability at 17 per cent.
Seventy-eight per cent said cost was the biggest barrier to building sustainably, well ahead of the availability of builders (23%), the return on investment (23%) and a lack of knowledge about sustainable building (20%).
The package is the latest in ANZ’s range of initiatives to help Kiwis live in healthier homes. Last year, the bank pledged $100 million for interest-free home lending to help insulate Kiwi homes.
ANZ also supports HomeFit, a tool designed by the New Zealand Green Building Council to help Kiwis find out how healthy their homes are.
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The Healthy Home Loan package*:
Home loans (discounts don’t apply to tideover (bridging) loans)
Fixed rate discount -0.70%
Floating rate discount -1.00%
Flexible rate discount -1.00%
Flexi monthly account fee - Waived
Home loan application fee - Waived; please ensure you ask on application.
Freedom monthly account fee - Waived
Credit card annual fee - One year
* Account eligibility, lending criteria, terms, conditions and fees and exclusions apply.
eCubed Building Workshop Ltd, Homestar Value Case Study, Cost Benefit Analysis. 22 May 2018. Based on an Auckland home capital home outlay of $435,547 (excluding land). 30 year mortgage and 2 year interest rate as at 19 February 2019.
Research was conducted by TRA and involved a 15 minute online survey of n =533 people in the core home loan market. Participants were 18 years or over, either with a home loan or planning to get one in the next two years. n=200 were looking to build and / or renovate their home in the next two years. The sample was nationally representative and spread across the main bank relationship.