Sustainable homes

Insulation programmes

Insulating your home makes you house more energy efficient. It will improve the health of your family, and reduce your power bill.

Whether you're renting or a home-owner, there are programmes available to help you.

These programmes range from free or subsidised options, to a financial assistance option that you pay back (plus interest) through your rates.  

Housing New Zealand tenants have their own programmes, see the Housing New Zealand website.

Benefits of home insulation 

  • Health - improvements in health, fewer visits to the GP and reduced admissions to hospitals for respiratory conditions.
  • Economic -  fewer sick days off work and savings from reduced power bills.
  • Homes - drier and warmer, less mould and dampness.
  • Family - homes are more comfortable to live in.
  • Conservation - helping to save energy usage, lower greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air quality.

Warm up New Zealand

Grants are available through Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes for ceiling and underfloor insulation for low-income home owners and landlords with low-income tenants.

For details, go to the Warm up New Zealand website.

Retrofit Your Home

Auckland Council offers assistance with insulation costs via the Retrofit Your Home programme.

If you own a house was built before the year 2000, you can apply for up to $5000 towards the cost of insulation and clean heating products. This is then paid back through Auckland Council rates over nine years at seven per cent interest.

For more information, see Retrofit Your Home.


Healthy Rentals

Rental properties in the Whau, Puketapapa, Mangere-Otahuhu and Maungakiekie-Tamaki wards may be eligible for a free independent home heating assessment and assistance towards insulation costs and other improvements.

If the rental property is within one of the areas listed above and is occupied by low income tenants - or tenants who have health conditions related to cold, damp housing - you can get assistance.

For more information, see Healthy Rentals.


Free advice

For advice on funding assistance, and how to make your home healthier and more efficient, contact an Eco Design Advisor.

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