Reports and presentations - HomeSmart Renovations

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Read more of our earlier research into sustainable renovation at:


  • 31-May-2010 (Presentation PRES/24)

    Sustainable Renovations: From Auckland to Invercargill (PDF 3.5MB)

    Lois Easton

    Beacon Research Symposia 2010 

  • 31-May-2010 (Report HR2420/13)

    HomeSmart Renovations: Householder Actions and Responses to Dwelling Performance (PDF 1.1MB)

    Kay Saville Smith, Ruth Fraser, Nikki Buckett, Michael Camilleri

    This report presents self-reported and monitored data from householders participating in the HomeSmart Renovation Project. It describes the profile of those householders, their perceptions of house condition, and their past, intended and actual renovations. It considers the profile of house performance of the subset of householders whose dwellings were monitored for temperature and the impact of renovations on electricity and water consumption.


  • 30-Apr-2010 (Conference paper HR2420/16)

    Local Government Incentives to Promote Sustainable Building (PDF 370KB)

    Megan Howell

    SB10 New Zealand

  • 30-Apr-2010 (Conference paper HR2420/15)

    HomeSmart Renovations: Testing Tools to Promote Sustainable Renovation (PDF 149KB)

    Lois Easton, Kay Saville-Smith

    SB10 New Zealand, SB11 Helsinki

  • 30-Apr-2010 (Conference paper HR2420/17)

    Renovating Homes for Sustainability: Key Findings of Beacon Research to Date (PDF 5MB)

    Lois Easton

    SB10 New Zealand

  • 06-Mar-2010 (Report HR2420/10)

    HomeSmart Renovations Phase Two Report: Progress of Pilot (PDF 1MB)

    Lois Easton

    The purpose of this report is to document Phase Two of the HomeSmart Renovation project. Phase One of the project was similarly documented (HR2420/5). This phase covers all activities from the launch of the Pilot to the completion of the Renovation Plans for participants.  It also includes feedback from the partners involved in the project on the use of the Procedures and Tools developed by Beacon for the pilot. 

  • 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.

  • 31-Oct-2008 (Report HR2420/5)

    HomeSmart Renovations Phase One Report: Development of Procedures and Establishing the Pilot (PDF 477KB)

    Lois Easton, June Gibbons, Marta Karlik-Neale, Verney Ryan, Kay Saville Smith

    This report documents Phase One of the HomeSmart Renovation project, covering all activities up to the launch of the pilot.  Phase One scoped and established the pilot, and by documenting the thinking of the renovation programme at this time, Beacon can review and evaluate the outcomes of the pilot and project as a whole against the original intent.

  • 31-Oct-2008 (Report EN6570/9)

    New Zealand House Typologies to Inform Energy Retrofits (PDF 651KB)

    Verney Ryan, G Burgess, Lois Easton

    This report outlines the methodology and work undertaken to develop a series of housing typologies to inform Beacon in relation to energy retrofit interventions. It outlines the findings from a workshop examining house typology and a process of engagement with key experts to develop a framework for definition of house typologies applicable to the New Zealand housing stock.

  • 31-Oct-2008 (Report EN6570/8)

    Housing Typologies: Current Stock Prevalence (PDF 392KB)

    Ian Page, J Fung

    This report analyses the characteristics of the housing stock (such  as roof space and sub-floor space access, existing insulation levels, window and wall cladding condition, etc) that affect the ability, opportunity and need to retrofit sustainability features.  The report confirms the typologies developed in earlier work are generally useful and numbers in each group are provided.

  • 30-Sep-2008 (Report HR2420/7)

    Assessing the Viability of Financial Incentives for Sustainable Housing Initiatives (PDF 274KB)

    Julia de Blaauw, Dan McGregor

    This  report investigates the potential financial incentives local governement could offer to encourage sustainable building, what issues they might raise for local authorities and how these issues can be addressed in practice. In particular, this paper sets out the legal framework that local authorities must consider when deciding whether to offer financial incentives, and assesses current initiatives already in place throughout New Zealand against this framework. 

  • 06-Jan-2008 (Report HR2420/3)

    Best Practice Policy Approaches to Encourage Sustainable Residential Building and Retrofitting: Evaluation and shortlist of initiatives (PDF 118 KB)

    Megan Howell, Damon Birchfield

    Develops and applies evaluation criteria to reduce the long list of initiatives identified in Stage 1 to a short list of five initiatives for further development. It recommends that the next stage focus on: district plans; bylaws; consent fee rebates/waivers and development contribution reductions; sustainability checklists; and public education.  Research undertaken to support HomeSmart Renovations.

  • 06-Jan-2008 (Report HR2420/2)

    Best Practice Policy Approaches to Encourage Sustainable Residential Building and Renovation: Survey and Literature Review Results (PDF 820 KB)

    Megan Howell, Damon Birchfield

    A literature review and interviews with council officers aimed to identify existing successful policy approaches. There are some good policy initiatives already in place, but limited resources, knowledge gaps, and a generally piecemeal approach. A more coordinated and supportive policy environment for sustainable building would be helpful.  Research undertaken to support HomeSmart Renovations

  • 06-Jan-2008 (Report EN6570/3)

    House Owners and Energy: Retrofit, Renovation and Getting House Performance (PDF 351KB)

    Kay Saville Smith

    Reports on three surveys of homeowner groups in New Zealand: high energy users, recent movers, landlords. Summarises awareness, attitudes and efforts toward renovation, and willingness to pay for renovation.  Comes with three appendices: High Energy Users Survey; Recent Movers SurveyLandlords Survey

  • 05-Jan-2008 (Report EN6570/4)

    Appendix A: High Energy User Survey (PDF 450 KB)

    Kay Saville Smith

    Survey of 700 homeowners found that high energy users resist investment in retrofitting and do not select resource efficient homes. Despite higher energy expenditure and incomes, homeowners accept mould, damp and cold and make little improvement.  Appendix to House Owners and Energy - Retrofit, Renovation and Getting House Performance.

  • 05-Jan-2008 (Report EN6570/5)

    Appendix B: Recent Movers Energy Survey (PDF 500 KB)

    Kay Saville Smith

    A postal survey of 724 homeowners found that recent movers resist significant investment in retrofitting but attempt to select resource efficient houses. They spend a relatively high amount on renovation but are not aware of low cost options to increase energy efficiency and comfort. Their retrofits tend to include complex appliances and systems rather than address the basics such as draught control and efficient heating.  Appendix to House Owners and Energy - Retrofit, Renovation and Getting House Performance.


  • 05-Jan-2008 (Report EN6570/6)

    Appendix C: Landlords Energy Survey (PDF 400 KB)

    Kay Saville Smith

    A telephone survey of 491 landlords found resistance to investment in retrofitting and unresponsiveness to tenant demands or advice from professional bodies. Landlords report that they would renovate with financial assistance. Renovation and maintenance is largely cheap and basic redecorating, although in responding to cold, damp and mould, many pursue technological solutions before dealing with basic issues.  Appendix to House Owners and Energy - Retrofit, Renovation and Getting House Performance.

  • 29-May-2007 (Presentation PRES/9)

    Transforming New Zealand's Homes: Smarter Homes and HomeSmarts (PDF 1MB)

    Marta Karlik-Neale

    Sustainable Living: Beacon Research Symposia 2007

  • 09-Jan-2007 (Report TE106/8)

    Sustainability Options for Retrofitting New Zealand Houses: Theoretical cost benefit analysis (PDF 382KB)

    M Phillips

    A theoretical cost benefit for options to retrofit for water and energy was carried out using ALF. At a national level, these options are worth implementing from a financial perspective: rainwater tanks (for Auckland only); low flow shower heads for high pressure systems; water efficient washing machines; water heating upgrade to SWH, instant gas or heat pump; floor and ceiling insulation.  Research undertaken to support Papakowhai Renovation project