As you begin repairing your current home or creating a brand new home there will be many factors to consider. Are you wondering how you can create a warmer, drier, healthier home for you and your family?
In winter a cold, damp building can promote mould and mildew, which can lead to asthma, recurring colds and flu. Insulation helps to keep a homes interior warm and dry in winter, creating a better environment in your home. For example in 2007 research by the Wellington School of Medicine showed that improved heating and insulation in residential homes cut hospital admissions for respiratory conditions by 38% and energy use by 19%.
While keeping the cold out in winter, insulation keeps the heat out in summer for a more comfortable temperature indoors. This is an increasingly important consideration as more homes are installing heat pumps equipped with an air conditioning mode. Insulation has a vast return on investment which includes such things as providing a healthier home, assisting with the resale value of your home as homeowners look for warmer homes and it can save significant money in energy in an environment where the cost of power continues to increase.
Effective ceiling insulation can cut heat losses from a building by over 40%. Insulation in exterior walls can cut overall heat loss by roughly one quarter. Insulating under floor boards can dramatically improve heat retention even further, as well as reducing uncomfortable draughts. Superior insulation will absorb noise to create a quieter living environment, reducing surrounding noise pollution from the likes of neighbours and traffic.
In choosing your insulation you should consider how quickly it will or will not deteriorate over its lifetime and how long it will last before you need to replace it. Look for a product that is fit for purpose and will last for 50 years, without deteriorating.
If you are renovating or building a new home then you need to consider the New Zealand Building Code requirements for insulation. It requires that home insulation meets certain criteria which cover durability, internal moisture, hazardous building materials and energy efficiency. You need to ensure the insulation you choose at least meets the building code requirements for the Canterbury region.
The minimum R-value required for ceiling insulation is R3.3 and underfloor insulation R1.3. It is recommended that you look at exceeding the building code requirement as it will assist in creating a more energy efficient, warmer, healthier home that will be more rewarding and comfortable to live in.
- NOVAtherm and NOVAfloor are specifically designed for application in ceilings and under the floor. That means that the products are easy to fit to the required standard that will ensure you get the designed thermal performance. Not all insulation products have that.
- Performance of NOVAtherm ceiling and NOVAfloor underfloor insulation was assessed both in a laboratory environment and as installed in houses.
- When do you expect insulation to work at its best? When the weather conditions are poor (low temperature, high humidity, wind, etc). Well fitted NOVAtherm and NOVAfloor will deliver on this expectation as they are designed accordingly.
- Saves you money, creates a warmer, healthier home for you and your family
- NOVAtherm and NOVAfloor contain polyester fibre made from recycled plastic bottles – What better use for a waste material than turning it into insulation?
- Locally owned and manufactured – proud to be Kiwi and supporting New Zealand homes
- Polyester insulation is not a protein so it doesn’t need to be treated with insecticides and therefore is not affected by vermin.
- You don’t even need protective gear to install it – it won’t irritate or scratch your skin.
- It’s the same material that most duvets and pillows are made of
- NOVAtherm and NOVAfloor are made to last – correctly fitted these products will perform for 50 years – we guarantee it!
NOVAfloor underfloor insulation holds on tight
NOVAfloor Underfloor Insulation has been designed specifically for the adverse conditions that occur under New Zealand houses, with swirling winds, changing temperatures and rising damp. NOVAfloor is a heavy-duty, high-density polyester pad, that minimises airflow rising through floorboards, and because it is semi-rigid, it fits snugly between floor joists, eliminating air pockets and sagging over time.
Additionally, NOVAfloor underfloor insulation withstood the earthquakes and thousands of aftershocks in Christchurch. We assessed more than 50 houses in Christchurch where NOVAfloor was fitted. The results were outstanding – NOVAfloor moved with the house and stayed in place despite earthquakes and aftershocks.