Medium density housing assessment tools: Summary report

Verney Ryan, Bill Smith.

This report summarises the research process, medium density housing outcome framework, tool development and case study testing to develop New Zealand-specific tools to assess medium density practice.

The research looked at how good quality medium density housing might be defined in New Zealand and the elements that make it up. It defined the core outcomes which New Zealand would want to see in its future medium density developments. The outcome principles were developed into an assessment framework, which provides a structure for the tools to assess developments against the desired outcomes.

These tools were applied and tested on two comprehensive developments – Brickworks and Hypatia – to assess how the underlying framework and the main components of the tool worked alongside each other.