The Earthquake Commission is now allowing Christchurch homeowners to install new insulation in areas exposed by earthquake damage that weren’t previously insulated.

The homeowner has to pay for the insulation (and the cost of installation) because it’s an improvement to the property and so can’t be covered by EQC or insurers.

Previously EQC wouldn’t allow homeowners who were repairing an earthquake-damaged property to install extra insulation even if they were willing to pay for it. The Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) provided technical advice to EQC to help bring about the change in policy.

Christchurch homeowners now have the opportunity to insulate parts of the house where it’s difficult to retrofit insulation – in wall cavities, skillion or flat roofs, and suspended floors. This should mean a house that’s easier and cheaper to heat in winter … and cooler in summer.

More information

EQC insulation policy: www.eqc.govt.nz/news/repairs-accommodate-insulation