Kiwi homes are renowned for being draughty, cold and damp, and we all know that a damp home is terrible for our health- our littlest ones being most at risk of developing asthma or other respiratory conditions. With around half of all Kiwi homes showing signs of visible mould, and one of the highest rates of respiratory disease in the world (1 in 6), the New Zealand Green Building Council decided it was time to act to develop a healthier standard for our homes.
The HomeFit Stamp
The HomeFit stamp, launched December 2018, is a programme designed by the not-for-profit organisation that aims to educate all New Zealanders about how they can make their homes more healthy, safe, efficient, and particularly to encourage homeowners and landlords to meet the HomeFit standards. The programme is made up of two parts: a free online assessment which provides tailored advice to the user, and a network of independent assessors who can certify a house with the HomeFit stamp. Says Andrew Eagles, chief executive of NZGBC, "HomeFit gives Kiwis a way to see very quickly if a home is a warm, dry, healthy place to live – and what you can do to fix it if it isn't." The new certification comes in time for new government standards to be set following the Healthy Homes Guarantees Act 2017.
Is my home healthy?
Eagles hopes that HomeFit will become an easy way for homeowners to check whether their homes fall within the government minimum standards, and already has been overwhelmed with thousands of responses to the online HomeFit assessment. The good news is, one of the best ways to improve indoor air quality and create a warmer, dryer and healthier home is in conjunction with a heat pump system. In fact, whether your home has a heat pump is one of the 20 questions asked in the HomeFit assessment. Daikin heat pumps are endorsed by the Asthma Council as a Sensitive Choice due to their advanced air purification technology, and can filter out mould, dust and viruses for a healthier indoor environment. What’s more, they’re also one of the most energy efficient ways of heating your home.
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