Major new initiative to improve New Zealand homes
A significant new initiative to improve the nation’s homes will be launched today (Monday 19 November) by the New Zealand Green Building Council.
For the very first time in New Zealand, Kiwis will be able to simply check any home to see if it is warm, safe and dry, thanks to the launch of the new project, called HomeFit.
HomeFit empowers Kiwis to find out the health of a home in two ways.
Firstly, there’s a free online check which all Kiwis can use to examine their own home, or a home they’re looking to buy, sell or rent. The online check is available at homefit.org.nz and contains around 20 questions before providing a tailored report on the home, detailing how warm, safe, efficient and dry it is. And, if it isn’t, how to improve it.
Secondly, there’s an independent appraisal, carried out by a trained assessor. The assessment looks at damp, mould, insulation, heating, ventilation and other key areas and, if a home passes, it will be awarded a HomeFit stamp, showing that it is warm, dry, safe and efficient.