Retrofit your exisiting home or rental
Retrofitting Insulation in your home
Retrofitting refers to the addition of insulation to existing structures, elevating their thermal efficiency, cutting down on energy usage, and ensuring comfort all year round. Different insulation materials offer varying properties, advantages and disadvantages.
A home with inadequate insulation can quickly lose warmth, with heat escaping through its walls, ceiling, and floors. Conversely, a property with optimal insulation not only ensures consistent comfort but also contributes to significant savings on energy bills. It’s noteworthy that around 35% of energy costs are attributed to heating. Over time, efficient insulation essentially “pays for itself” as it reduces heating frequency by effectively retaining warmth.
In addition to reducing your power bill, insulating your home can provide several other benefits. One prominent benefit is enhanced indoor air quality. Proper insulation acts as a barrier against drafts that might introduce allergens like dust, pollen, or mold spores, thus potentially minimising respiratory issues. Furthermore, it combats moisture accumulation, a common culprit behind mold and mildew, safeguarding your home’s integrity and your well-being.
Insulation & Rental Properties
Since July 1, 2019, the installation of ceiling and underfloor insulation has been mandatory in all rental properties where reasonably practicable to install. As a landlord, it’s essential to meet the specific insulation requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act for the Healthy Homes Standard.
Insulation is critical for maintaining a warmer and healthier home, which can result in lower heating costs, as well as reducing the growth of mould and mildew. The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA) has two sets of regulations that govern the standards for insulation requirements in rental properties: The Residential Tenancies (Healthy Homes Standards) Regulations 2019 and the Residential Tenancies (Smoke Alarms and Insulation) Regulations 2016.
For more information on your obligations as a landlord, visit here.
The Healthy Homes Standards have expanded on existing regulations by introducing specific and minimum heating, insulation, and ventilation standards in rental properties. While ceiling and underfloor insulation have been compulsory in all rental homes since July 1, 2019, the Healthy Homes Insulation Standard has furthered these regulations, and some existing insulation may require topping up or replacement. Between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2025, all private rentals must comply with the Healthy Homes Standards within specific timeframes from the start of any new or renewed tenancy.
At Premier Insulation, we offer assessments for rental properties and provide recommendations to ensure that your property is compliant and meets all the tenancy requirements.Contact us