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Eco Design Tips: Healthy Housing Standards

The rental market is having a much needed catch-up to 21st century standards with the MBIE Healthy Housing Standards which became law earlier this year, defining acceptable minimum standards for rental properties.

There is a fair chance that in the future there will be a home performance rating required for all houses, including those in private ownership. This might be in much the same way a car needs a warrant of fitness at regular intervals.

Currently the Rental Housing Warrant of Fitness [Android] [iOS] and Homefit are freely available for self-assessment. Both are well formed and will give guidance on how things are and how and where improvements can be made to a property.

Although the Healthy Housing Standards are only mandatory for rentals they can be seen as providing good guidance around some bare minimum performance measures that are relevant for all dwellings, private dwellings included.

The Healthy Housing Standards cover five main areas of a property: heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught-stopping and are laid out in an accessible way on the Tenancy Services website. There are descriptions of the requirements in these areas and also what exemptions are allowed.

One particularly useful tool there is their heating calculator, where you can enter the dimensions and construction of your house and it will tell you how much heating is required to maintain a healthy temperature in the house. For all of these there is an added benefit in having an experienced person assessing the property.

Hutt City Council offers a free home assessment service by our in-house Eco Design Advisor.

For a full house assessment and advice,

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