To meet the newly introduced Healthy Homes Standards, existing ceiling insulation must be at least 120mm thick. Alternatively, ceiling and underfloor insulation must meet the requirements set out in the 2008 Build Code.
Oncore can help you to meet these standards. We can provide you with an insulation inspection. If we find your property is currently not up to standard, we’ll update your insulation to meet requirements.
- Why do I need insulation?
Insulation is key to keeping your home warm in winter and cool in the summer. According to Consumer NZ, approximately 35% of a home’s warmth escapes through the ceiling, with up to 25% escaping through the walls and 14% through the floors.
- What if I have already had insulation installed to meet the 2016 RTA requirements?
Your insulation will still need to meet the 2016 RTA requirements, however, this doesn’t guarantee that your insulation will meet the Healthy Homes Standards. If you’re unsure, it’s best to arrange an inspection.
- How do I know if my insulation is in good condition?
The best way to find out is through an inspection. If you notice signs of mould, dampness, tears or damage, your insulation will likely need to be replaced.
- Should I use a professional to install my insulation?
While the Healthy Homes Standards do not legally require professional insulation installation, hiring a professional is advisable if you do not understand the installation process, requirements and safety aspects.
- Who will this impact?
The healthy homes standards affect landlords and their tenants. Landlords will be required by law to meet the minimum housing requirements set out in the Healthy Homes Standards.
- When do these changes to a property need to be in place by?
Landlords will be required to meet the standards by 1st July, 2021. This excludes tenancies under Housing New Zealand and registered community housing providers, who must meet the standards by 1st July 2023.