Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Housing announced today there will be changes made to the Residential Tenancies Act to include mandatory insulation standards and smoke alarms for all tenanted properties.
Essentially…”The new law will require retrofitting of ceiling and underfloor insulation in rental homes over the next four years. The requirement applies from 1 July 2016 for social housing that is heavily subsidised by Government, and from 1 July 2019 for other rental housing, including boarding houses…Smoke alarms will also be required in all tenanted properties from 1 July 2016.” Dr Smith comments.
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InsulPro have proudly been awarded the world’s first carboNZero certified insulation manufacturer.
InsulPro carboNZero certificate presentation to CEO, Tony TeAu
Our business is under-pinned by a philosophy of creating better environments, which first begun when the founding members of InsulPro sourced alternative insulation fibres to the traditional types used in New Zealand. This focus toward sustainability and the environment continues within our business and is again further boosted with the company gaining carboNZero certification. We look forward to our carboNZero journey of measuring, mitigating and reducing our carbon emissions.
InsulPro carboNZero certification
At InsulPro Manufacturing, we work hard at constantly delivering for our customers and when our customers asked about extending our environmental credentials to include material suitable for the Living Building Challenge, we answered with action.
All our polyester insulation products have now achieved the highest certification status under the Living Building Challenge’s Declare programme and are the world’s first polyester insulation products Red List Free.
What is Living Building Challenge™?
The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The first New Zealand project built in accordance with the very stringent North American Living Building Challenge was the Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua , near Whakatane with our products included in the build.
Red List Free
The Living Building Challenge™ developed a Red-List of prohibited materials under the Declare program, to provide transparency around building products. Declare is a ‘nutrition label’ for the international building industry and is a voluntary self-disclosure program aiming for healthier and more ecological products in construction.
Red List Free products are shown to be free from Declare’s red list ingredients.
Now all NOVAhush, NOVAfloor & NOVAtherm products are Red List Free.
If you are looking to take up the Living Building Challenge™ for your home or commercial building you can use confidently use any of our InsulPro Red-List Free products.
The ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, was officially opened by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in 1990. With over two decades of events under its belt, the auditorium was in need of refurbishment and had been discussed for a number of years. Construction finally began in 2011 and was split into two stages. Stage One concentrated on the auditorium’s existing ground floor and Stage Two included the refurbishment of the circle area.
The scope of work included provision for new seating, new flooring, wall and ceiling coverings, a significant upgrade to the existing HVAC system, provision for a smoke extract system, building services renewals and major house lighting replacement. In addition to the aesthetic improvements, there was a focus on improving the acoustic performance in the theatre to allow reverberation to be adjusted in response to differing events.
InsulPro worked with the construction team, in conjunction with third parties, to provide a solution to the acoustic reverberation and echoing. The solution: NOVAhush Panel Absorber which was installed behind perforated wooden panels (friction fitted between timber studs) to help manage acoustic performance.
A recent review by Penny Dodd , 19 April 2013, stated ‘The improvement to the acoustics is remarkable and very welcome. The orchestra sounds amazing, such richness, detail and clarity of sound, which no doubt contributes to their committed performance.’ Penny continues ‘All in all, the acoustical improvements in the theatre are a great success. I am aware of an increased presence of the sound as a result of improved reflectivity and enhanced reverberation. When the staging is at its best you now feel surrounded, enveloped by the music, both vocal and orchestral, swept along in the passion and pathos, an experience a good evening at the opera should deliver.’
If you have a chance to attend an event in the newly refurbished ASB Theatre, we hope you appreciate the enhanced performance of not only the event, but the acoustics.
New Zealand is getting set for completion of the first project built in accordance with the very stringent North American Living Building Challenge*.
The project was the brainchild of Architectural firm Jasmax, who are working with Tuhoe to build the new Tūhoe headquarters in Taneatua, near Whakatane – New Zealand’s most environmentally and socially sustainable building. The complex will run completely off-grid so thermal efficiency is paramount and InsulPro polyester insulation has been installed in the new building due to the products environmental credentials, performance and durability.
It will follow a number of rigorous standards during the building process with the finished building adhering to Living Building Challenges seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty. The project is due for completion in March 2014 and will be triple Net Zero for energy, water and waste.
Jerome Partington, from Jasmax discusses the project and his approach to more sustainable buildings in a recent NZ Herald article.
* The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification programme and arguably the world’s most stringent system, as it uses an holistic approach to building. The programme uses nature’s processes as the bases for building projects, with the Living Building Challenge comprising of seven performance areas or Petals: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty.
After almost a year of open-homes and performance monitoring, the high performance house at HIVE in Christchurch has been sold. Click here to view its performance monitoring results.
We’ll keep you posted on any new projects we are involved in. In the mean time, Click here if you are interested in InsulPro insulation for your home.
We have just launched a new Acoustic ceiling tile into the New Zealand market that is lightweight, easy to install and completely customisable. The NOVAhush Acoustic ceiling tile is 100% polyester and designed to fit into standard suspended ceiling systems with a high noise reduction coefficient (NRC) of 0.8.
The acoustic ceiling tiles are a revolution in design and functionality as the opportunity for your own customisable print is only limited by your imagination – whether it’s 1 or 1000 tiles you are wanting, a single colour screen print or a full colour digital print, the NOVAhush acoustic ceiling tile provides the freedom to choose.
Safe and flexible functionality ensures the product is:
- Lightweight (1600 gsm) and easy to install
- Group 1S – ISO 9705 Fire Rated
- Easily cut to accommodate ceiling services
- Moisture resistant
- Non irritant and non toxic (chemical free)
- Highly durable
Our current stock item has a non-directional, grey ‘speckled’ print (as shown in the imagery above) and is 595mm x 1195mm x 18mm. The lightweight nature of the tiles makes them an ideal component for any seismic design solution in a suspended ceiling system. Combined with NOVAhush Acoustic blanket, panel absorber or bafflestack, InsulPro products can create a total acoustic solution for any commercial premises.