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Current projects

Beacon has three Building Research Levy projects underway:

  • Consenting issues affecting medium density development and possible solutions
  • Influencing clients of group home builders toward exceeding Building Code minimums
  • Teaching home performance to young people

Medium density housing assessment tools

In a Building Research Levy funded project, Beacon has developed tools to guide good practice medium density development in New Zealand

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Cost tower - construction costs for affordable and social housing

Beacon and NZIER have gathered actual construction costs for affordable and social housing built in Auckland in 2005. 

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The New Category of Home project

This collaborative project sought to combine the benefits of off-site construction and a high performing home through trialling a new building system and a new way of delivering to the market in two new build demonstration homes.

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The High Performance House at HIVE

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The Warmframe duplex at Hobsonville

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The NZHF HomeSmart Home

Based on our early live research projects, the NOW Homes®, we developed a clearer picture of what is needed to build a new home to perform better in every way.  In this project, we worked with the New Zealand Housing Foundation to turn one of their homes into a HomeSmart Home.

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A New Urban Village for Christchurch

Beacon’s early work to scope a housing showcase and gather ideas through a UK study tour, formed the foundation of the Breathe design competition.  The winning design for a new medium density sustainable neighbourhood will be built in Christchurch’s central city.

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NOW Homes®: Our early new homes projects

Our very first live research projects, the NOW Homes®, were designed, built and monitored during use to show that sustainable homes can be built now, using products and materials available today.

The Waitakere NOW Home

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The Rotorua NOW Home

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