New Zealand's government reminded us over the past couple of weeks about the effect of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017.
This act is already law. Healthy Homes is about optimal standards of heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, plus draught stopping.
The most pressing part of the act is that homes with no insulation in ceiling and floor, or less than 70mm of insulation need to install or top up their insulation by July 1 2019 (meeting the 2008 Building Code insulation standard).
The bigger picture is Housing Minister Phil Twyford estimated 200,000 families live in rental homes that do not have ceiling or underfloor insulation, leading to 6,000 children admitted to hospital each year for ‘housing-sensitive hospitalisations’.
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