Cosy Homes project manager Dr Niki Bould peers through a roll of insulation. She is one of a group of people targeting an end to cold homes in Dunedin. Photo by Dan Hutchinson
With a major Government-subsidised insulation scheme coming
to an end, almost half of Dunedin's houses are still ''cold,
old and draughty'' and a powerful group of organisations is
planning to do something about it. Dan Hutchinson reports.
A large group of the city's insulation industry and community
organisations are vowing to insulate all of Dunedin's cold
homes within 12 years.
The Dunedin City Council estimates 18,800 of the city's
40,000 homes are still inadequately insulated, with many
colder than the World Health Organisation standard (18degC).
More than 70 people attended last week's Cosy Homes Workshop
in Dunedin, hosted by the Blueskin Community Resilience Trust
Cosy Homes and BCRT project manager Dr Niki Bould said all
those at the meeting had agreed to set a target of 2025 to
finish the job of insulating all of Dunedin's homes.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) had
pledged $10,000 in seed funding to get the venture off the
The Government-subsidised Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart
programme is due to expire this month, after insulating
230,000 homes across the country.
Dr Bould said the work that had been done was great but they
did not want to be relying on smaller projects in the future
to get the job done.
''We will be living in cold, old, draughty homes for the next
50 years and that is not good enough.''
She said they wanted to have one organisation to co-ordinate
and liaise with the public over all the various subsidies,
grants and financing arrangements available for those wanting
to insulate their home.
The Government has allocated $100 million over three years to
the new Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme. That
helps mainly low-income households.
The programme will provide grants of up to 60% and will often
involve other funding partners, such as trusts, primary
health organisations, and iwi. Energy and Resources Minister
Simon Bridges was unavailable to answer questions but has
earlier said the programme was part of the Government's
response to child poverty.
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said Labour was proposing
minimum standards for insulation in rental properties that
landlords would have to comply with.
''At the moment you don't know what the subsidies are and a
lot of them you are not eligible for,'' Ms Curran said.
Groups including the council, Otago Community Trust,
Presbyterian Support Otago, EECA and the Otago Regional
Council have been working on home insulation.