Welcome

We are an Incorporated Society committed to transforming New Zealand's homes and neighbourhoods.  Through research and demonstration projects, we hope to show how to make our homes higher performing (resource-efficient, cheaper to run, healthier to live in), adaptable, resilient and affordable.

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01 April 2015

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New homes

Designing and building new homes - our demonstration projects:

  • Warmframe duplex at Hobsonville
  • High Performance House at HIVE
  • NZHF HomeSmart Home
  • Waitakere NOW Home

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Existing homes

Upgrading existing homes - our demonstration projects:

  • Build Back Smarter in Christchurch
  • HomeSmart Renovation project
  • Papakowhai Renovation project

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New: Improving the performance of our rental housing

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Neighbourhoods

Measure and value neighbourhood sustainability in New Zealand.

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Auckland information evening - find out all about the study tour - 5pm, 14 April 2015, Boffa Miskell, Level 3, IBM Centre, 82 Wyndham St

Our services

Check out the services and expertise we can offer your organisation

  • Share our knowledge
  • Robust tools and help to use them
  • Expert advice from our team
  • Experience in scoping and running projects
  • Bringing together partners in collaborative ventures

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Resources

Come here to find:

  • Resources for homeowners
  • Resources for practitioners
  • Resources for local government
  • Resources for central government
  • Videos
  • Conference, symposia papers and study tours

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New on the website

Home Performance Advisor training - become a certified advisor with training based in the latest science

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The Beacon Blog

Denise Bijoux says working with communities is the key to change.

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Beacon Pathway

Early research

Beacon’s original research programme included work on:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Systems/Materials
  • Market Transformation

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Quick links

Based on our research and demonstration projects, we have developed resources for homeowners, councils and industry.

  • Performance of Rental Housing Resource - review of legislation, agencies and interventions in rental housing   More
  • Home Performance Advisor training   More
  • Policy options for sustainable homes: A resource manual for local government - Information and examples to support councils in developing policies and programmes which encourage sustainable building and renovation. More
  • Making your home HomeSmart: A homeowner manual - What to watch out for when renovating, and how to get the best performance from your home.   More
  • Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework and Assessment Kit - The tools to assess the sustainability of both new and existing neighbourhoods.  More
  • National Value Case for Sustainable Housing - This policy document assesses the value of making sustainable interventions across New Zealand’s housing stock.  More
  • Unflued gas heater fact bank - Why unflued gas heaters are dangerous for your health and pocket.  More