Welcome

We are committed to using research and projects to show New Zealand:

  • How our homes can be warmer, drier, healthier, cost less to run, be adaptable for the future, and use less resources.
  • How our neighbourhoods can be adaptable, sustainable, and a place where residents enjoy interacting, working, living and relaxing locally.
  • How our communities can be resilient and strong, and work together.
Latest News

14 February 2016

The actual costs of building affordable homes

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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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Pocket neighbourhood

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

A Cost Tower of actual construction costs of affordable and social houses in Auckland in 2015

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The Beacon Blog

Verney Ryan says one learning in increasing density from Vancouver, Seattle and Portland, is to make the most of opportunities, especially with brownfield sites.

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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