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  • Existing underfloor foil insulation meets new compulsory insulation requirement

    On the Tenancy Services TA it seems to indicate that existing foil underfloor insulation meets the requirements for the compulsory insulation legislation . However this only applies to existing foil installations it is not allowed to be installed from 2004 onwards.

    So i take it from this that existing foil will meet the compulsory insulation requirements?

    If so this could save many landlords a truckload of money ,unfortunately i already upgraded my properties from foil to thermal blankets recently.

  • #2
    foil has muinmal insulation and thermal batts are better and more effective

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    • #3
      Originally posted by John the builder View Post
      foil has muinmal insulation and thermal batts are better and more effective
      Absolutely i realize that so no regrets . It was also beneficial ripping the foil out as the WiFi coverage and signal strength improved vastly in a basement room. But just wondered if many landlords realized that existing foil will meet minimum requirements underfloor legislation for renters? I certainly had not realized this.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by mrsaneperson View Post
        But just wondered if many landlords realized that existing foil will meet minimum requirements underfloor legislation for renters? I certainly had not realized this.
        I did not know that.
        However, I have the funny feeling that the new government was still drawing up the new requirements for rentals so maybe that interpretation may change.

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        • #5
          Direct from the govt site:


          MINISTRY OF BUSINESS, INNOVATION & EMPLOYMENT
          INSULATION REQUIREMENTS – A GUIDE FOR LANDLORDS
          10
          Existing Underfloor
          Insulation Installed
          before 1 July 2016
          The underfloor insulation must cover
          all accessible parts of the floor (see
          Exceptions) below the habitable spaces
          of the dwelling, except where clearances
          are required – e.g. for pipework – refer to
          the New Zealand insulation installation
          standard NZS 4246:2016 for guidance on
          required clearances.
          The insulation must be in reasonable
          condition – damage such as rips, tears,
          or salt or dust deposits on the shiny face
          of foil insulation degrades the
          performance of foil insulation.
          It is common to find damage to
          underfloor foil insulation. Where existing
          insulation is damaged, degraded, missing
          or incomplete, new non-electrically
          conductive underfloor insulation must
          be installed with an R-value of at least
          R 1.3 from 1 July 2016. All insulation
          retrofitted for compliance with the
          RTA from 1 July 2016 must also comply
          with NZS 4246:2006.
          As of the 1st of July 2016, installing
          or repairing electrically conductive
          insulation into rented homes is
          prohibited under the Regulations.

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