The carbon footprint of most new houses in Aotearoa is much higher than it should be. How can this be addressed?
We can build higher-quality houses for less money. The big problems here are once again the lack of quality design, and specifically insulation.
TOP proposes raising the minimum Building Code requirements (including how we deal with building waste) and adopting better overseas standards for materials and systems. This will create better competition in the material supply market and consequently lower costs. Having developments assessed by top-notch professionals will also ensure better-quality designs, rather than a race to the bottom of urban sprawl.