Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Wait and see if home energy rating delivers

8 November 2010

Wait and see if home energy rating delivers

The industry-led HomeStar voluntary rating scheme is a good start, but will miss out the coldest and dampest homes because it is not mandatory, said the Green Party today.

The HomeStar residential rating scheme launched today is a tool to improve the energy efficiency and performance of homes. It was the product of collaboration BRANZ, Beacon Pathway and the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Green Party Housing spokesperson Gareth Hughes said: “It is not yet clear if HomeStar will result in warmer and healthier homes, but we support the principle of a single easy-to-use rating scheme that would encourage homeowners and landlords to improve the efficiency of their properties.

“We will watch with interest the roll out of HomeStar,” said Mr Hughes.

“A single rating system makes sense, if it is robust enough to measure energy efficiency differences between houses.

“Unfortunately, a voluntary scheme such as HomeStar is more likely to attract those homeowners who already have efficient homes, and thereby miss out the homes that are most in need of improvement,” said Mr Hughes.

“We have a housing crisis in this country, with over 1 million substandard homes, which has huge economic and social costs.

“It’s a wasted opportunity that the Government has not put more resources into investigating a robust mandatory scheme, which would be far more effective at giving consumers the valuable information they want and need when buying or renting a home.”

Mandatory assessment in energy efficiency home rating schemes is already being rolled out in many Australian states and in Europe.

“My Warm Healthy Rentals Members Bill would make it mandatory for landlords to meet minimum energy efficiency standards,” said Mr Hughes.

“The market hasn’t succeeded in delivering warm healthy homes or rentals in New Zealand, so it’s clear that we need mandatory standards.

“HomeStar is a good first step, but we’ll have to wait to see if it can deliver warm healthy homes and rentals.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>

 
 

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels