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We’ve all lived in damp and cold houses and flats. But new rules have arrived and all landlords will have to insulate their properties by 2019. The unfortunate part of the new legislation is that insulation in the walls is optional. In many cases this leaves the thermal envelope incomplete, and the unlucky tenant still living in a cold damp house.
It’s estimated up to 900,000 New Zealand homes are poorly insulated, and now we’re paying the price in so many ways. Most often the simple solution is insulation combined with a few minor behavioural changes. To make the biggest difference a home should have insulation in the ceiling, underfloor and walls.
Most councils require a permit for wall insulation, but the cost has reduced dramatically over the past few years. And landlords are starting to see the long term benefits of wall insulation, including lower tenant turn over and added capital value.
It’s a problem that needs addressing if families are going to cope.
Tips for New Zealand insulation in your house:
Once you’ve sorted your walls, check your windows and doors before moving on to underfloor options. Follow up with behavioural changes (see sister article) and finally heating.
Some heating tips include:
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