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Up to 400 homes in Porirua, Kapiti and Wellington are in line for free retrofitted insulation courtesy of the Warm Up Capital & Coast programme and the Government’s insulation and heating programme Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart. Warm Up Capital & Coast is a joint venture of the Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), Autex Industries, The Insulation Company, and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
During the past eight years CCDHB has helped to subsidise the retrofitting of new insulation to more than 1000 homes occupied by low-income families with high health needs.
The Warm Up initiative targets the significant group of people who suffer bad health as a direct result of poor housing and low income.
GPs and public health nurses are directly referring low income families who have respiratory conditions, skin infections, allergies and other health conditions where having a warm home will have an immediate impact on their health and helps reduce acute admissions to hospital.
The project will be delivered by Wellington-based business The Insulation Company and their local contracted installers, on behalf of Autex Industries. Autex Industries are a privately owned manufacturing company that are an approved Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart Service Provider.
Following referral from CCDHB, the nominated home owner or tenant must hold a valid Community Services Card and the house must be privately owned and have been built before 1 January, 2000, to be eligible for the free insulation package, along with some other basic criteria which will be confirmed during a free in-home assessment.
The insulation material to be used is called GreenStuf, an environmentally-friendly polyester product that is heat-bound rather than chemically-bound like fibre-glass insulation. It has Asthma NZ Association approval and carries a durability warranty of 50 years. GreenStuf is manufactured in Auckland by Autex Industries Ltd