NOW Home benchmarking report: NOW Home vs ref homes

Roman Jaques.

The report describes and compares the sustainable (i.e. environmental, economic and social) features of two specific house types within the BEACON Pathway’s research project.

The two house types are the collaborative NOW House and representative houses of what is now being typically built in the
Auckland region – termed the REF Houses. The key objective was to provide a practical and effective decision-making ‘Sustainability Framework’ (rather than a rating scheme) to assess key  sustainability-related issues that could have applications in rating systems, design guidance and certification schemes.