It uses demonstration projects, robust research and a collaborative approach to stimulate and drive change. Beacon has a great track record in demonstration projects; for example, a pilot project in Christchurch to show that damaged houses can and should have performance upgrades alongside repairs has led to the launch of the Build Back Smarter Service.
Beacon’s work with homeowners has shown how difficult it is for people to know where to go to get good unbiased advice. This led Beacon, Community Energy Network and the Enviroschools Foundation to develop a nationally recognised training programme for home performance advisors. Underpinned by research, the level one and two courses set the minimum level of understanding required to provide effective advice on home performance. Level one focuses on energy use in the home, while level two provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of home performance.
Certified Home Performance Advisors have undertaken an intensive training course and passed an assessment to ensure they understand the science behind housing performance.
Certified Home Performance Advisors have been through a 3-day training course and have ongoing certification and professional development requirements. They are committed to providing
- Independent advice
- An assessment that looks at the whole house and takes all aspects into consideration
- Best practice knowledge and latest research to underpin their advice
Home Performance Advisors assess each home in detail and give individualised advice to improve its performance.
For more information on Home Performance Advisor training including when the next courses will be running visit www.homeperformanceadvisor.org.nz.
Our members include: EECA, Christchurch City Council, Certified Builders, New Zealand Steel, Resene, Fletcher Aluminium, and Insulpro Manufacturing.
Further information is available at www.beaconpathway.co.nz