The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) released a statement on 13 December 2013 summarising the Warm Up New Zealand programme to date.
EECA followed a tender process for the Wellington project after the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes was announced in the May Budget. The Wellington project to insulate homes was underway by September 2013.
Over three years, the programme will target low-income households where home insulation can reduce the health risks related to living in cold and damp conditions.
Jenny Lackey, EECA Residential Project Manager, advises that the main tenant or home owner must have a Community Services Card, there must be adults over 65 years or children under 17 or a high needs person living in the house. If landlords apply with eligible tenants, they could be asked to make a contribution towards the home insulation.
Around 16,000 homes across New Zealand will receive insulation each year (for three years) under the scheme. The aim is for 3000 homes in the Wellington region to receive home insulation rebates by the end of June 2014. The number of retrofits will depend on demand.
699 homes in the Wellington region have received ceiling and underfloor insulation in the initial three months of the programme.
Insulation service providers are contracted by EECA to deliver the programme. Many work with a range of organisations in the social and health sector to get referrals. Over the past three months, 365 of the home insulation installs in the Wellington area are reported to have been referrals from the health sector.