Factsheets, case studies and articles

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In these pages you’ll find a library of resources to help you improve your home’s performance.

These include:

  • Factsheets
  • Case studies
  • Articles published in newspapers or magazines

Each resource is backed up by what we’ve learned in our demonstration projects.  It’s independent and robust.


  • 03-Jul-2013 (Publication Factsheet/19)

    Why Design Sustainably? (PDF 35KB)

    This Beacon factsheet covers how sustainable homes benefit you, and a case study of the NZ Housing Foundation's HomeSmart Home.


  • 03-Jul-2013 (Publication Factsheet/2)

    Easy DIY improvements (PDF 270KB)

    This Beacon factsheet covers checking out your ceiling cavity, draughtproofing, wrapping your hot water cylinder and pipes, and installing a rainwater barrel.


  • 03-Jul-2013 (Publication Factsheet/21)

    Choosing Sustainable Materials (PDF 54KB)

    This Beacon factsheet covers what sustainable materials are, sustainable sourcing, and assessment sheets for sustainable building materials.


  • 03-Jul-2013 (Publication Factsheet/1)

    Choosing a House or Site (PDF 43KB)

    This Beacon factsheet covers choosing a neighbourhood, selecting a site and choosing a home which will be warm, healthy and cost less to run.


  • 01-Jul-2013 (Publication Case study/18)

    Cooling Down in Auckland (PDF 278KB)

    Covers how one Auckland household tackled summer overheating.


  • 01-Jul-2013 (Publication Case study/6)

    Flexible Design in the Rotorua NOW Home (PDF 139KB)

    Covers how the Rotorua NOW Home was designed for flexibility and adaptability over the life of the house.


  • 01-Jul-2013 (Publication Case study/5)

    Flexible Design in the Waitakere NOW Home (PDF 309KB)

    Covers how the Waitakere NOW Home was designed for flexibility and adaptability over the life of the house.


  • 01-Jul-2013 (Publication Case study/4)

    Benefits of a High Performing Home (PDF 653KB)

    Covers why the Waitakere NOW Home tenants loved the house so much.