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EECA to launch new energy efficiency tool

EECA will launch a new online tool in June that will identify energy-efficient appliances.

When the tool launches it will cover heat pump air conditioners, televisions, fridge/freezers, clothes washers, clothes dryers and dishwashers.

In the following months, computer monitors, gas water heaters, electric water heaters, building chillers, commercial refrigeration and close control air conditioners will be added.

The Rightware tool will help consumers and businesses to find the most energy efficient products that are regulated in New Zealand. In addition to assessing energy efficiency, the tool allows filtering by other categories including size, brand etc.

You can find out more about the Rightware tool in a short video here.




New grants for home insulation and heating

A new four-year programme will install insulation and heating devices in the homes of low-income households.

The $142 million programme known as Warmer Kiwi Homes will be delivered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

In the first year, grants will be available to cover ceiling and underfloor insulation and ground moisture barriers. The grants could cover two-thirds of the cost. Grants to install heating appliances will be available from July 2019.

To be eligible, households must:

  • have a Community Services Card, OR
  • live in a New Zealand Deprivation Index decile 9 or 10 area, OR
  • be referred through the Ministry of Healthís Healthy Homes Initiative.

Homeowners can apply for insulation grants from 1 July 2018.

Details can be found here.




Housing Summit

The New Zealand Green Building Council will hold a Housing Summit in Auckland on 20 June.

The one-day summit has a line-up of local and international speakers, including Matt Petersen, who is the first Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for the City of Los Angeles.

The summit runs 8amĖ4.30pm and is being held at the Grand Millenium Hotel on Aucklandís Mayoral Drive.

More details here.




Entries open for Apprentice of the Year

Entries are now open for carpentry apprentices to compete for the title 2018 Registered Master Builders CARTERS Apprentice of the Year.

For the first time this year there is a practical challenge at the regional competition. Apprentices will be judged on their initial entry submission. The top 10 from each region go through to an interview and a site visit where they can explain their project.

The regional winners compete at the national competition in Auckland in November. As well as the Apprentice of the Year title there is more than $100,000 in prizes.

Employers who support apprentices donít miss out. Registered Master Builders will make an award for employers this year.

Carpentry apprentices can enter the competition here. Entries close on Monday 4 June.