Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


HBRC Heatsmart Continues to Deliver

HBRC Heatsmart Continues to Deliver

Changes in Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Heatsmart programme were agreed to by the Regional Council today.

New loans will be available from 1 July 2013, starting at $1000, up to a maximum of $4500. The cost of insulation for the average house in the scheme has been $3500, and the average cost of replacing fires is approximately $4500.

Following the withdrawal of government funding for clean heat, HBRC has decided to increase the amount that can be borrowed for insulation and clean heat so that more people can afford to insulate their homes and replace old fires that don’t comply with air quality standards.

HBRC’s Heatsmart programme manager, Mark Heaney, reported that the programme is ahead of schedule to meet the numbers required to achieve National Environment Standard for Air Quality targets set by the Government.  The programme aims to reduce smoke levels from domestic wood burners which are responsible for 87% of the PM10 pollutants in the air. This year to date there have been 5 exceedances of the NES in Hastings, compared to 7 by this time last year.

Hawke’s Bay has had the highest uptake for clean air (heating) grants through MfE and the second highest uptake nationally of EECA funding for insulation.  More than 11,000 homes in Hawkes Bay have improved insulation, clean heat or both at a total value of more than $11.3M. The financial contribution through EECA has been $3.5M to date, $1.6M through MfE and $6M through the HBRC loan and grants scheme.

The Government’s 2013 Budget announced a new insulation programme called Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes which targets those with low income/high health needs in our community. To top up the 60% funding from EECA, third-party funding will be sought from trusts, iwi or community groups. These service providers will be tasked with delivering 16,000 fully-funded low-income homes a year nationally. Approximately 480 homes in Hawke’s Bay will be able to access the scheme managed by EECA and the others will be able to access the HBRC loan scheme.

To meet an expected increase in both the demand for insulation loans and the average loan costs, the Council has agreed to set a minimum loan value of $1000 and a maximum of $4500. The current administration fee will become a ‘pre- payment’ requirement rather than part of the loan.

As the $100,000 income threshold for clean heat will no longer be required from July 2013, Council has agreed to removing this requirement from its clean heat grant and loan applications.

HBRC is keen to continue accessing EECA’s auditing providers for quality assurance, and designation of accepted products. HBRC will continue to recommend EECA approved products, promote energy star ratings and limit new providers where applicable to those familiar with EECA audit standards and processes. Where appropriate, HBRC will continue to recommend insulation through EECA providers.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news