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Sea change for insulation rules

Sea change for insulation rules

July 01, 2016

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act came into effect today and set a new standard for insulation in rental properties. It’s good news for tenants and landlords in establishing baselines for a healthy home, and is a real sea change on energy efficiency. Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire shares his views.

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Money for warmer, drier homes in Budget '16

Money for warmer, drier homes in Budget '16

June 01, 2016

The Government announced last week that the Warm Up NZ would be extended for the next two years – but with some major changes. There are two big differences: funding for insulation subsidies drops from about $33 million a year to $9 million a year, and it will only be available for rental homes with low-income tenants.

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Trust leadership recognised in awards

Trust leadership recognised in awards

April 07, 2016

Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire is one of four inspiring people to be shortlisted for the Vector Energy Leadership Award in this year's EECA Awards.

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Going solar at Wellington Zoo

Going solar at Wellington Zoo

February 01, 2016

The world’s first carboNZero certified zoo is taking the next step to further reducing carbon emissions by installing 48 new solar panels.

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Potentially fatal flaws in proposed insulation regulations

Potentially fatal flaws in proposed insulation regulations

January 26, 2016

A proposed bill on insulation could put lives and homes at risk if the Government doesn’t get the detail right, says Wellington social enterprise Sustainability Trust.

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Support warmer, safer homes for vulnerable people

Support warmer, safer homes for vulnerable people

January 16, 2016

You may have heard something last year about the Government’s plan to make insulation compulsory in rental homes – we think it’s a good plan, but the detail needs a bit of work.

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Wellington Curtain Bank achieves 520 warmer, healthier homes this winter

Wellington Curtain Bank achieves 520 warmer, healthier homes this winter

November 20, 2015

Another 520 Wellington families have warmer, healthier homes thanks to Sustainability Trust’s Curtain Bank. The Wellington Curtain Bank has provided free, fitted curtains to families around the region for the past six years. 

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Cracking down on rheumatic fever in Wellington

Cracking down on rheumatic fever in Wellington

April 29, 2015

In deprived areas of NZ, there is a strong link between poor housing quality and rheumatic fever, a disease that can cause swelling of the heart, joints, brain, and skin, and can lead to permanent heart damage, and premature death.

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