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

 

Independent advice to make your home warmer and healthier

Independent advice to make your home warmer and healthier this winter

More households throughout New Zealand can now get access to independent, personalised advice to make their homes warmer and healthier.

The Home Performance Advisor training programme, a collaborative not for profit initiative by Beacon Pathway, Community Energy Network and The Enviroschools Foundation, has trained another five advisors who are now available to offer in-home advice.

Community Energy Action Executive Officer Jo Wills says there are now 27 advisors working throughout the country.

She says the programme is delivering a much needed boost to the numbers of people properly trained to offer independent home performance advice.

“Advice provided is independent and based on best practice, ensuring Kiwis who want a warmer more energy efficient home get the information they actually need to take action and make improvements.“

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has welcomed the programme and says access to independent, personalised advice will help homeowners make the right decisions to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

General Manager Residential Robert Linterman says homeowners can get confused by conflicting information but the Home Performance Advisor programme advice is not tied to a particular product and is tailored to the needs of the household.

Ms Wills says advisors go through intensive science-based training to gain a comprehensive understanding of how a house functions and how to translate this into meaningful and relevant information for Kiwis.

Leigh Featherstone, Homestar Director at New Zealand Green Building Council says ‘High quality and unbiased advice is important for homeowners. The (HPA) certification makes this more widely available and we think this is a good thing!’

Community Energy Network members have certified advisors across the country, to enquire about the service of a certified Home Performance Advisor go to www.communityenergy.org.nz/training or contact hpa@communityenergy.org.nz

www.communityenergy.org.nz

About the Home Performance Advisor programme
The Home Performance Advisor (HPA) programme is an exciting new initiative aimed at developing a trusted brand and improving the quality and effectiveness of whole of house resource efficiency advice to New Zealanders, improving house performance and the quality of life of New Zealanders. The programme is under pinned by three principles: advice and recommendations are independent, based on science and best practice, and in the best interests of the client.

Developed by Beacon Pathway, The Enviroschools Foundation and Community Energy Network, through a uniquely collaborative initiative, the HPA certification programme delivers to two major outcomes:

1. A pathway for practitioners to develop competency as effective residential energy and resource efficiency advisors, with a specific focus on existing housing stock.
2. The resulting certification provides a foundation of expertise and ethics to assist New Zealand householders, tenants and landlords to know who to trust for high quality, independent, personalised advice to help them improve the performance of their homes and investments and as well as quality of life for those residing.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

PM's Press Conference: Two More Troops?

Prime Minister Bill English gave a summary his highlights of last week’s budget announcement... The Prime minister was asked about NATO’s request for New Zealand to send two more personnel to Afghanistan and whether or not we will send them. More>>

ALSO:

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election