Home Insulation

Home Insulation

This is the warmest place in winter I have ever lived in with the coldest houses (Southland) Even new houses are being built with bad solar design and poor insulation The time to fix this is with new build - it is so much cheaper then than at any time later People build houses with the minimum insulation - short sighted but what they do! We need to increase the minimum standard! The house I have just had built in Southland is a 160m2 three bedroom house that can be heated (the whole house) on the coldest Southland days with 1Kw electrical power - it's not rocket science!

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  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-12-02 21:54:08 +1300
    Diagree with your views on glass or aluminium. Done right it’s very efficient. But the insulation could be looked at more. It is important to get the right levels
  • Tim O’Donnell
    tagged this with interesting 2016-12-02 21:54:07 +1300
  • Nathan Rattray
    tagged this with important 2016-11-29 12:05:31 +1300
  • Nathan Rattray
    tagged this with essential 2016-11-29 12:05:30 +1300
  • duncan cairncross
    commented 2016-11-27 19:50:24 +1300
    Hi Tim
    New houses “done to spec” are much better than old houses here – and still absolutely diabolical compared to standards in the USA or UK
    If I had built my house “to spec” it would need over three times the heat to get to the same level of comfort

    Houses here are built with:
    Aluminium joinery – it is horrible and completely useless
    Too much glass – bakes you in summer and freezes you in winter
    Insufficient insulation
    Building paper!!! – it pants and lets air through your inadequate insulation

    We have fixed some of the absolutely worse things like those downlights that literally pumped the heat into the attic – but we are now about where the UK was in the 70’s

    This is a pattern – the really cold places get it right first – then the not so bad – and finally we are moving towards a sensible level of insulation
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-11-27 17:49:35 +1300
    Unsure where you’re coming from. New houses done to spec should be well insulated. It that isn’t the case I would agree with your position. I think we should do many new manditory requirements in a new build however. Catching fresh water, solar and any other long term community cost reducing ideas.
  • Tim O’Donnell
    tagged this with low priority 2016-11-27 17:49:34 +1300
  • duncan cairncross
    published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-27 17:40:41 +1300