Insulation is a key component of any new build, but that wasn’t always the case. Many homes in New Zealand are now having insulation retrospectively fitted after the importance of insulation has been understood. Whether it be for a new old home get a insulation expert in to have it installed correctly…
Before drywall and finish work can be completed, the entire frame of the building must undergo insulation installation to ensure the new structure is energy-efficient.
Many of the building codes have minimums requirements that must be met.
Look for an insulation installer who:
- is competent with the New Zealand NZS4246:2006 insulation installation standard; and
- has completed the installer training of the IAONZ
An understanding of installation principles dictate that new building installations pass blower door tests that make a house airtight for the best energy conservation. A knowledgeable installer will have the knowledge of all the gaps, cracks and possible culprits that can make a house drafty.
While residential air sealing technicians work closely with installers during new home construction, many insulation installers are training their own people to become proficient in this ever-growing energy conservation step. Most insulation installations resist heat flow, in or out of the building, offer sound control, and moisture control.
If you’re going to get your walls insulated, firstly:
- Check local building consent requirements
- Ensure your wall cavities are dry
- Check the building paper in your walls
- Get your electrical wiring checked
For more information visit EECA Energywise
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