Ophir: The Town that came in from the Cold
In 1995, Ophir, two hours outside of Dunedin, recorded New Zealand's coldest recient temperature of -21.6°C. Residents remember livestock freezing to the ground and prising frozen hens from their perches.
"We would have to cart buckets of water to the toilet to be able to flush because all of the pipes were frozen," recalls Jack Allen, an Ophir local.
Despite a worldwide presence, Knauf is new to New Zealand and recognised the opportunity to assist the community by bringing the coldest town in from the icy South Island temperatures with its high performance Earthwool®glasswool insulation.
In August 2012, Knauf Insulation completed a 12 month project to insulate every single home and most commercial buildings in Ophir, from the pub to the church, warming up the lives of the 50 residents of the small town and the thousands of rail trail visitors that pass through every year.
"Knauf is a family owned company that prides itself on community values and being a responsible corporate citizen. We believed this was a useful way to demonstrate our commitment to improving energy efficiency in New Zealand and help some very hardy South Islanders become more comfortable in their homes," said Stuart Dunbar, General Manager of Knauf Insulation AU/NZ.
Ophir Clip from TV One's 'Close Up'
A video clip from One News' current affairs program 'Close Up' on Knauf Insulation's Warm Up Ophir Project where Knauf Insulation Insulated New Zealand's coldest town of Ophir in Central Otago.