Results: Usefulness of the approach

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Over 70% of participating homeowners found their individualised Renovation Plan, supported by information in the form of a Homeowner Manual and Homeowner Newsletters, useful. 

Importantly, The In-Home Assessment and the HomeSmart Renovation Plan have generated a more realistic understanding of the condition of the householders’ dwellings.  While HomeSmart participants still tended to over-estimate the condition and performance in their homes, they were more likely to recognise the performance problems of their dwellings than most New Zealanders. 

Generally New Zealand householders are motivated to make their homes warmer and more comfortable, rather than by energy efficiency.

As a result of the information provided to homeowners, most concentrated on improving thermal performance; fewer took up recommendations for managing internal moisture, water efficiency measures and solar hot water heating.While the independent information provided by the project both stimulated and shaped renovations, many homeowners wanted further advice on which products and service providers to select.

Participants spent relatively little on renovation given the condition of their homes and their stated performance outcomes.

Related Documents

  • 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.