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Beacon can share our knowledge and expertise via training and professional development for your organisation in whatever format is most appropriate. 

Whether it is developing bespoke professional development workshops to enable your staff to make informed and well considered decisions about homes and neighbourhoods, or facilitating sessions to develop housing strategies, Beacon has the skills to help.

Case study: Venture Southland

In 2010 Beacon was engaged to prepare a report on local housing assets, priorities for improvement, and the opportunities to drive change.  In particular Beacon looked at the role of councils in facilitating sustainable building, something which Venture Southland had identified as a priority in their Energy Strategy.

One of Beacon’s recommendations was to hold workshops for local councillors and council officers from the four district and city councils in the Southland area.

In October 2012 a day long workshop for councillors and council officers was held alongside Venture Southland’s Advancing Energised Buildings conference.  Beacon was an active contributor to the conference, providing a key note address and presentations on designing for the future, barriers to sustainable building, local government’s role in sustainable building and initiatives from other regions.  Beacon also facilitated the workshop, which resulted in a housing action plan for Southland.

Beacon’s engagement with Venture Southland and the Southland councils has contributed to some exciting moves forward.

In 2013 Invercargill City Council launched an Eco Design Advice Service, employing Advisor Keiron O’Connell, and winning a national Innovation Award at the Annual Building Officials Institute of NZ Conference in Wellington in 2014.

In 2014 Invercargill City Council committed funding as part of the South City urban rejuvenation project for two demonstration homes: a new build and a retrofit.


Case study: Home Performance Advisor training programme

Beacon has joined Community Energy Network and The Enviroschools Foundation in establishing the Home Performance Advisor programme.

Beacon’s research has long identified that getting independent, reliable and personalised advice is crucial to help homeowners move towards warmer, drier, healthier and more efficient homes.

The Home Performance Advisor programme provides formal training and industry-recognised certification for those providing advice on performance, resource efficiency and general improvement of homes.

Advisors go through intensive science-based training to gain a comprehensive understanding of how a house functions as well as how to translate this into meaningful and relevant information for homeowners.  Advisors are trained to provide a full assessment, diagnosis and recommendations tailored to the needs of the client. Crucially, advice is independent and not tied to a particular product.

Beacon’s knowledge base on retrofitting existing houses underpins the training, together with the extensive experience of current community energy advisors.  Pooling this knowledge and understanding has strengthened the training, ensuring it is both research and practically based.


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Verney Ryan

Verney Ryan presenting at a Beacon symposium

Here’s what our clients have to say:

“Beacon has created a greater awareness within our organisation relating to warmer drier healthier homes and the long term benefits to home owners and / or tenants”