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A large proportion of New Zealand homes require insulation to enable them to be warmer, drier and healthier. There is a range of people in the market who provide information and advice to consumers about insulation with these people driven by a range of motivations from those who are selling products through to those who are providing impartial advice on insulation and whole of house solutions.
Homeowners and landlords (the consumers) need to know and take this into account before they decide how they will improve the warmth and dryness of their residential properties. They also need to consider the type and quality of information and advice provided to them.
Often the key driver of consumer choices in New Zealand is the cost of the insulation, i.e. its price weighed up against affordability and the benefits expected while they live in or rent their property. However, the main focus for those providing information and advice was typically compliance, product information and benefits.
Caution should be taken when deciding which advice to follow, as there is no career or qualifications pathway for those working solely in the insulation field and this may contribute to advisers not being fully equipped to provide information and advice to consumers.
Training provided to those in the insulation industry is relatively minimal and reliant on individual organizations researching about products and standards, to acquire the knowledge required to inform consumers about the best solutions to bring about a warm, dry, healthy home. This information is reasonably expansive and technical with experience being one of the major contributing factors to a good consumer experience.
The policies that determine the “minimum” standards for insulation drive adviser and consumer behavior yet these can be complicated and inconsistent. Before you decide on the best New Zealand insulation option give the experienced team at Safe-R Insulation a call. Safe-R Insulation have been operating for over 30 years in the insulation industry and can provide you with sound advice and a free assessment of your homes thermal performance.