Home energy and water use survey


Thank you for coming to this website to learn amore about taking part in this research project.  To participate in the research please read the below information and if you are happy to proceed, click on the ‘start survey’ button. 

Researcher Introduction

My name is Rochelle Ade and I am a PhD Candidate in the University of Auckland Business School’s Department of Property. I am also currently an accredited Homestar Assessor with Building Excellence Group. My supervisor is Dr Michael Rehm.

Purpose of the Research

The research is being undertaken by University of Auckland student Rochelle Ade, for her dissertation, for the Property department of the University of Auckland Business School. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether Homestar performs in accordance with its environmental design aims.

Project Procedures

The project will consist of:

1) Completing a short questionnaire providing some details on your house;

2) Providing your energy and water bills for the last year; and

3) Hosting a small temperature and humidity data logging device in your home for a period of 12 months.

Anonymity and Confidentiality

All information that you provide will be reported or published in a way that does not identify you as its source, either by name or innuendo. All results will appear in a generalised form.

Disclosure of potential conflict of interest

Rochelle Ade is an accredited Homestar Assessor and is affiliated with the consultancy firm Building Excellence Group (BXG) and the not-for-profit New Zealand Green Building Council.


Data storage/retention/ destruction/ future use

The recorded data, including computer files, will be owned by the researcher and will be kept for a period of 6 years and then be destroyed by deleting file/tapes. Benefits A PDF summary of the resulting PhD thesis will be made available to participants of the study if requested.


Right to Withdraw from Participation

You have the right to withdraw from the research study without giving a reason. You can withdraw your questionnaire data within two weeks of submitting your online questionnaire. In addition you can withdraw from the temperature and humidity data logging portion of the study at any time during the 12-months whilst you host the provided data logging device. To withdraw from the research study simply contact the researcher, Rochelle Ade, and indicate your intention to withdraw.

Contact Details

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. You are encouraged to ask question about the research at any stage. The name and address of the individual who may be contacted should any concerns or complaints arise where you do not wish to address with the researcher are provided below:

Researcher Contact:

Rochelle Ade

PhD Candidate

Email: rochelle.ade@auckland.ac.nz

Supervisor Contact:

Dr Michael Rehm

Senior Lecturer

Ph: (09) 373 7599 ext. 88677

Email: m.rehm@auckland.ac.nz

Department of Property

The University of Auckland Business School

Private Bag 92019


New Zealand


Head of Department Contact:

Professor Deborah Levy

Head of Department

Ph: (09) 373 7599 ext. 87331

Email: d.levy@auckland.ac.nz

Department of Property

The University of Auckland Business School

Private Bag 92019


New Zealand


Chair Contact details: For any queries regarding ethical concerns you may contact the Chair,

The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee,

The University of Auckland, Office of the vice Chancellor,

Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142.

Ph: (09) 373-7599 extn. 83711



Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 7 September 2017 for three years.  Reference Number 018859.