Posted on 25 03 2024

Is Your Insulation Up to Standard? A Homeowner’s Checklist for Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant Eligibility

As the chill of the New Zealand winter creeps in, ensuring your home is snug and warm becomes a top priority. Thankfully, the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant offers financial assistance to make this a reality for many. But is your home eligible for this grant? 

This blog walks you through the essentials, from understanding the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant NZ to checking if your insulation measures up to the mark.

Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant

The Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant is a godsend for New Zealanders looking to enhance their home's warmth without the financial strain. The grant provides subsidies for insulation and heating systems. It's a step towards healthier living environments and reduced energy bills for Kiwi families.

Eligibility Criteria for the Grant

The eligibility for a heating grant under the Warmer Kiwi Homes program is based on various factors. To be eligible for the grant, the following criteria must be met:

  • You own and live in a home built before 2008.
  • You (the owner) have a Community Services Card or live in an area identified as low-income.

The program aims to support lower-income homeowners in improving their homes' warmth and energy efficiency. The grants cover up to 80% of the total cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation installed in the house. 

Additionally, the eligibility criteria have been expanded to include more homeowners, with up to 58,000 more lower-income homeowners now meeting the requirements for the grant.

Understanding Insulation Standards

The New Zealand Building Code 2021 emphasises the importance of R-values, a measure of thermal resistance, for insulation standards. Achieving the minimum recommended R-values for existing homes is crucial for comfort and the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant NZ eligibility. 

The minimum recommended R-values for ceilings range from R2.9 to R6.6, and for underfloors, they are R1.9 or higher, depending on the climate zone. The R-value requirements have been updated for various building components, such as windows, doors, roofs, floors, and walls, to ensure that homes are adequately insulated. 

The R-value requirements vary based on climate zones, with different values for different zones. The construction R-value for roofs, walls, and floors in the proposed building must be at least 50% of the construction R-value of the building. These standards aim to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of homes in New Zealand.

Homeowner’s Checklist for Insulation Assessment

The homeowner’s checklist for insulation assessment in New Zealand includes the following key points:

  • Check R-Values: Ensure your ceiling and underfloor insulation meet the recommended standards. The insulation must be installed by New Zealand Standard NZS 4246:2016.
  • Inspect for Gaps or Damage: Even high-quality insulation can underperform if it has gaps or damage. It's essential to have continuous insulation in good condition, without any gaps, mould, or damage.
  • Consider Home's Age: Older homes might require more than just insulation upgrades to meet the standards. It's essential to assess the home's overall condition and consider additional measures beyond insulation.
  • Grant Coverage: It's important to note that the grant for insulation upgrades may not cover holiday homes and is subject to funding availability, which can vary by region.

Warm Up Your Home with Greenside Energy Solutions

Are you looking to make your home warmer and save on energy bills? Let Greenside Energy Solutions help you apply for the Warmer Kiwi Homes Grant. Our friendly experts will check if you're eligible, guide you through applying, and handle all the upgrade installations. We're here to make your home cosy and energy-efficient.

Want to get started or learn more? Just ring us at 0800 789 276 or visit our Contact Us page. Let’s make your home warm and welcoming together.

If you own a home, have a Community Services Card, or live in a low-income area (DEP 7, 8, 9, or 10), you can get help through a subsidy. We can help you explore the different subsidy options available and ensure you get the support you're eligible for.


As an Owner-Occupier You May Be Eligible for a Warmer Kiwi Homes Subsidy