We are committed to using research and projects to show New Zealand:

  • How our homes can be warmer, drier, healthier, cost less to run, be adaptable for the future, and use less resources.
  • How our neighbourhoods can be adaptable, sustainable, and a place where residents enjoy interacting, working, living and relaxing locally.
  • How our communities can be resilient and strong, and work together.
Latest News

31 January 2019

New Zealand now has over 100 Home Performance Advisors!

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New homes

Designing and building new homes - our projects:

  • Warmframe duplex at Hobsonville
  • High Performance House at HIVE
  • NZHF HomeSmart Home
  • Waitakere NOW Home

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Existing homes

Upgrading existing homes - our projects:

  • Options to upgrade or retire homes in Tamaki
  • Rental housing fact bank
  • Build Back Smarter in Christchurch
  • HomeSmart Renovation project
  • Papakowhai Renovation project

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  • Helping communities to lead change
  • Assess your neighbourhood’s sustainability

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Housing Matters

Find out about upcoming events in the Housing Matters seminar and study tour series in Canterbury.

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Home Performance Advisor training

Find out more about training to become a certified Home Performance Advisor and upcoming courses.

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New on the website!

How is Europe addressing housing affordability challenges?

A 2016 scoping tour found there is much to learn from Europe

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Resources for homeowners

Come here to find out how to make your home warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to run.

  • A homeowner manual
  • Information on how to make your home warm, dry and healthy with lower power and water bills
  • Checklists for upgrading and maintaining your home
  • Where to go for advice

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Resources for councils

Come here to find:

  • A Resource Manual for Local Goverment
  • Water demand management tools
  • Neighbourhood sustainability assessment tools
  • Community-led planning toolkit
  • Community placemaking facilitation and expertise
  • Housing typologies in your area

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Resources for government

Come here to find:

  • The National Value Case for Sustainable Housing
  • Rental housing fact bank
  • Unflued gas heater fact bank
  • Toolkit for Residential Design & Build Competitions
  • How large scale house upgrades can create jobs

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Our services

Check out the services and expertise we can offer your organisation

  • Share our knowledge
  • Robust tools and help to use them
  • Expert advice from our team
  • Experience in scoping and running projects
  • Bringing together partners in collaborative ventures

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Check out The Beacon Blog - in the latest, Nick Collins says buildings are key to a low carbon future.

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Early research

Beacon’s original research programme included work on:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Systems/Materials
  • Market Transformation

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Quick links

  • Performance of Rental Housing Resource    More
  • Home Performance Advisor training    More
  • Policy options for sustainable homes: A resource manual for local government  More
  • Making your home HomeSmart: A homeowner manual   More
  • Neighbourhood Sustainability Framework and Assessment Kit    More
  • National Value Case for Sustainable Housing   More