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HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter August 2010

In this issue:

  • Results from the HomeSmart Renovation project
  • A happy renovator: Holger’s story
  • Matt and Megan’s bungalow renovation
  • Passive solar design and thermal mass
  • Forced air ventilation systems: how well do they work?
  • Homestar: a rating tool for New Zealand

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter March 2010 (PDF 373KB)

In this issue:

  • Update on the project: Withdrawing monitoring equipment; solar hot water and heat pump hot water interviews
  • The key to a good solar hot water system
  • The problem with downlights
  • The trials of getting solar water heating: Nick’s story
  • Cooling down in Auckland: Jeremy’s story
  • My own home renovation: getting double glazing

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter December 2009 (PDF 443KB)

 

In this issue:

  • Update on the project: First findings from the interviews; further interviews and more results to come
  • Do your own home monitoring
  • DIY renovations
  • Charlie and Stephanie’s experience with secondary double glazing
  • Bera’s experience stepping through her Renovation Plan
  • Renovating in baby steps - Lisa’s story
  • Secondary vs double glazing

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter September 2009 (PDF 686KB)

 

In this issue:

  • Update on the project: assessments and plans nearly complete; what to do with temperature monitors
  • Warm Up New Zealand subsidies
  • Your questions answered: should we stay in the project
  • Choosing the right heater
  • Getting the best from your solar water heater
  • Sorting out those large westerly windows: a home renovation story

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter June 2009 (PDF 394KB)

In this issue:

  • Update on the project: end of recruitment, phone surveys, water monitoring
  • Temperature monitoring: a plea from BRANZ
  • The solar and heat pump hot water sub-project
  • Top tips: Efficient heating
  • Retrofitting double glazing: a home renovation story

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter March 2009 (PDF 352KB)

In this issue:

  • Update on the project: ventilation sub-project, solar and heat pump hot water sub-project
  • An assessor’s view: Gary Robertson from CEA
  • What we learned in the Papakowhai Renovation project
  • Top tips: Weatherising for winter
  • Battling the summer heat and drought: a home renovation story

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter December 2008 (PDF 229KB)

In this issue:

  • What’s underway?  Assessments, renovation plans, temperature monitoring
  • Your questions answered: subsidies, product information
  • Top tips: Summer cooling in your home
  • From too hot to too cold: a home renovation story(continued)

HomeSmart Renovations Homeowner Newsletter September 2008 (PDF 291KB)

In this issue:

  • What is the HomeSmart Renovation project all about?
  • What do you need to do?
  • A timeline of what to expect
  • Our partners in the project
  • From too hot to too cold - a home renovation story



  • 30-Aug-2009 (Report HR2420/9)

    HomeSmart Renovations: Early Data from Homeowner Interviews (PDF 444KB)

    Kay Saville Smith

    This report presents preliminary data from a subset of householders interviewed at least a month after the receipt of their HomeSmart Renovation Plan. It considers the profile of those householders, their perceptions of house condition and their past / intended renovations. The data gives some early insights into the sort of issues that may arise when the complete set of data collected in the HomeSmart Renovation project is matched and reported on.


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