Lack of insulation by itself doesn't cause any problems. We lived in an old house with no insulation for 8 years - just had to turn up the heating a bit. Plenty of ventilation. In fact some people complain that new houses are more dangerous since they don't allow any airflow.
More than a million New Zealand homes are not properly insulated. Almost half a million homes – a quarter of all houses in our country – could be making their occupants sick.
Why? Because they don’t have adequate insulation which means they are cold, damp, mouldy and drafty.
This can change. A comprehensive nationwide retrofitting scheme would make houses warmer, save on power bills, take pressure off our health system, cut absenteeism at work and schools, and create real jobs.
Whaleoil is worried that we taxpayers are funding it yet it is basically a Labour party ad. That may be, but I am much more worried that anyone might thing that having their logo on this website is a good idea. If this is Labour then no wonder they lost.
As an environmentalist initiative it is unbelievably lame. Now I don't use that word very often, but it is the correct word for this web site. This from a party which sat for 10 years while we didn't build a new power station, banned new coal generation and which put us through two power crises.
Please go and have a good look. It will only take a minutes and you will get a really good laugh out of it. Do the survey, read about Simon and Jane, healthy kiwis and see why it is all the government's problem.
I spent 4 days last week staying in a centrally-heated concrete pad in Hannover. After about 30 minutes I felt worse than I ever felt in my un-insulated villa. The place had brilliant central heating - in fact a window was permanently open - but it was a tiny, soulless, soviet-inspired, high density block of concrete. Only the wonderful host made it bearable.
If lack of insulation is all we have to worry about, then I say build a few more power stations, get the price of electricity back down to 10 cents a KWhr and we'll all be happy. At least we've got space.
And to finish, how naff is this. 'Healthy kiwis', oh dear, do they mean the animals or the humans?
We the undersigned call upon the New Zealand Government to implement a comprehensive programme of home-insulation retrofitting in the interest of warmer houses, job creation and healthy kiwis.
UPDATE: I have only just got around to uploading this post, and I note that Kiwiblog thinks it is a great site! Either we are talking about a different site, or one of us needs to lay off the turps. Still at least Halfdone agrees with me.