Bathroom tiles like sheets of ice, the stinging cold like knives. Damp air weighing down lungs. Piercing drafts whistling through window cracks. Burrowing under a mountain of blankets to only feel buried in snow. Wet clothes. Condensation. Mould manifesting. Blocked airways fighting for breath.
This is the harsh reality for 53% of homes in New Zealand. Roughly 830,000 houses in our country have no or inadequate insulation, and only 10% of homes have double glazing on their windows.
But inadequate insulation and thin windows are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this nationwide problem. Damp and cold homes are the cause of illnesses that claim the lives of 1600 New Zealanders every winter.
This year’s BRANZ Report researched the presence of insulation, ventilation, heating and mould in New Zealand homes. The data showed revealing statistics of how bad some of the owned and rented living environments are in our country.