Developing robust independent tools

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We recognise that knowledge needs to come in a form which can be applied in the real world.

We already have a number of tools and resources in a useful form for end-users.  We use these in our demonstration projects and offer them to other organisations.

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.


Case study: 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.
  • Produce a prioritised tailored upgrade plan to help homeowners decide on the steps to take to improve their home. 

The HAPP tool was used in Ngati Whatua o Kaipara’s ambitious project to improve housing for its whanau. 

Two ex-Defence Force houses were moved from Hobsonville to a new site on Kaipara College land in Helensville to be a real life demonstration to local whanau of how a home can be retrofitted to be warmer, healthier and cost less to run.

The HAPP tool was used to assess the houses and develop a plan, not only for addressing deferred maintenance issues but to retrofit the houses to higher standards of performance. Alongside roof, wiring and structural maintenance and redecoration, the houses have had ceiling,  walls and under-floor fully insulated in a quality installation by InsulPro.  This should make these older homes considerably warmer - in fact, there is no heater although the option is open for a wood burner to be installed in the future.  Energy efficiency has been improved by removing downlights and replacing them with more efficient lighting.


Case study: Neighbourhood sustainability at Hobsonville Point

The Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework is a tool that communities and managers of neighbourhoods can use to improve community outcomes.  Developed in our early research, it has since been refined and is the only New   Zealand specific neighbourhood assessment tool available.

Hobsonville Land Company used the Resident Self-Report Tool from the Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework to assess the Buckley Precinct at Hobsonville Point.  Information from the survey was used in the Hobsonville Sustainability Report 2013 and indicated that

  • 86% of residents used a local park or playground in the last month
  • 88% used the local café in the last week
  • Nearly 90% visit the farmers’ market monthly
  • 87% say the area is safe for children, compared to 70% of Auckland residents
  • 83% say it is safe to walk after dark, compared to 56% of Auckland residents


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