What is the Waitakere NOW Home® project?

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The Waitakere NOW Home® was Beacon’s first live research project, designed and built to show that a sustainable house could be built now using materials and products available today.  

Living areas, Waitakere NOW Home

Photo: Craig Robertson Photography

Not only was the house designed and built to meet strict performance goals, it was extensively monitored in real-life conditions.  As the young family living in the house went about their day-to-day lives, the performance of the Waitakere NOW Home® was remotely monitored. Data was collected on energy use, water use, rainwater collection, temperature, indoor air quality, humidity and moisture levels.  It has provided sound scientific proof of the benefits of living in a sustainable home.

It’s the BEST home we ever lived in.
                            NOW Home® tenants


Introductory video

Watch this introductory video for an overview of the Waitakere NOW Home® project and interviews with researchers and tenants.

A beginning

Through the Waitakere NOW Home® project, we’ve developed the HSS High Standard of Sustainability®, a set of performance benchmarks in energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environment quality, waste reduction and careful material choice.

The project has also been the first demonstration of our ‘whole of house’ approach to improving New Zealand homes. It was the genesis of the HomeSmart Homes programme.

HomeSmart Homes use simple, proven designs and technologies in combination to address the whole house.  We believe that sustainable homes are not just about energy efficiency: they are about using water wisely, creating a healthy indoor environment, selecting renewable and recyclable materials, and reducing construction and household waste.

Waitakere NOW Home

Waitakere NOW Home®