Home Insulation in 2018 Govt Budget

We summarise the main points concerning home insulation & heating subsidies.

17 May 2018

The Government Budget released today has implications for insulating & heating homes and the support available after the current Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes subsidy programme ends on 30 June 2018. 

Summarised below are the key points from the budget with respect to requirements and subsidies for insulation and heating New Zealand homes.

Key Points

  • The current EECA Warm Up New Zealand:Healthy Homes programme concludes on 30 June 2018. 
  • Landlord insulation subsidies cease with the current programme which ends 30 June 2018. Learn More
  • New EECA funding has been made available for insulation for low income homeowners only in homes built prior to 2008.

New "Warmer Kiwi Homes" Programme

  • The new EECA "Warmer Kiwi Homes"programme will have insulation grants of 67% for eligible owner-occupied homes from 1 July 2018. 
  • Funding is available for ceiling and underfloor insulation, and ground moisture barriers. 
  • Eligibility in the new programme is expanded to include homes built prior to 2008 (current programme 2000).
  • Similarly the eligibility has been expanded to include people living in defined low income areas.

Eligibility for 67% Insulation Grants

  • The home must have been built prior to 2008
  • Low income homeowners will be defined as those who either:
    • have a Community Services Card or SuperGold Card with CSC endorsement, OR 
    • live in a New Zealand Deprivation Index decile 9 or 10 area, OR 
    • are families referred through the Ministry of Health’s Healthy Homes Initiative.

Heating Subsidies

Year 2 of the new Warmer Kiwi Homes programme, starting 1 July 2019, will include grants to install heating appliances once insulation is installed. The amount of funding and heating appliances to be included is yet to be confirmed.

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