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Our services: Applying research through tools


Assessing medium density living

We recognise that knowledge needs to come in a form which can be applied in the real world.  Robust independent tools and packaging information in ways suitable for clients or homeowners to use are key to successfully sharing knowledge.

We have developed a number of tools and checklists through our research and demonstration projects.  These are all available to other organisations to support their work.

We can offer support in how to use them and will work with you to tweak the tools as you might need for your own project.

Or we can develop a bespoke tool to meet a new need.


Our current tools

Home Assessment and Prioritised Plan tool

The Home Assessment and Prioritised Plan (HAPP) tool is designed to assess a home’s performance - indoor environment quality (warmth, dampness), energy efficiency (hot water, heating and lighting)  and water efficiency.  It then produces a prioritised tailored upgrade plan to help homeowners decide on the steps to take to improve their home.

This tool has formed the basis of a series of projects, most recently in assessing homes in Tamaki and in the Build Back Smarter project.

  • Home Assessment and Prioritised Plan tool

Neighbourhood sustainability tools

The Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework is a New Zealand-specific set of tools that communities and managers of neighbourhoods can use to improve community outcomes.

Homes Land Community (HLC) has used the Resident Survey Tool from the Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework to assess the communities at Hobsonville Point.  Information from the survey has been used in the Hobsonville Sustainability Reports and gives HLC vital feedback on issues, challenges and successes in the neighbourhood.

  • Neighbourhood sustainability tools


Medium density assessment tools

These tools focus on assessing and guiding good practice in medium density developments.  They combine expert assessment with developer interviews and resident feedback to show what aspects are successful and where improvements might be needed.

The tools have been tested in two case study medium density developments.

  • Medium density assessment tools