Published at 11:00pm on 21 July, 2022
By Filmore Foam

Kia ora! Filmore Foam, here! Are you aware that the R-values required for housing and small building insulation are going to change shortly?

Every year, MBIE consults on the Building Code and selected acceptable solution and verification method documents, providing an opportunity for the public and the building and construction sector to have their say on the proposed changes. The proposed changes aim to make homes and buildings warmer, drier and healthier, with less impact on our environment, while also bringing New Zealand more in line with international standards.

The results of 2021’s consultation are below – showing an increase in R-Value requirements for Roofing, Windows, Walls and Flooring, and an adjustment to the country’s official Climate Zones.

These changes were originally meant to come in to effect from November 2022, but the MBIE has announced today that after some “key stakeholders within the sector” raised concerns that the original timeframes set out for implementing the new insulation requirements were not feasible to achieve, it has now been recommended to extend the transition period for these requirements by 6 months to May 2023.

The team at NZ Foam are saddened by this extra time delay in these changes taking effect, as we want the best for kiwis and New Zealand homes as soon as possible. However, the changes are still legally to take place from May 2023 and we are happy to accept that change is coming, just not as soon as we’d hoped!

NZ Foam is thrilled to be able to offer the highest R-Value of insulation on the market in New Zealand. Our product still exceeds the new Building Code requirements for a standard 90mm wall of product. Spray foam insulation is able to achieve an R-Value of 3.96 at 90mm thickness.

Polyurethane Spray Foam has been in the NZ market for approximately 40 years and NZ Foam have been installing Polyurethane Spray Foam insulation into the residential market for 9 years.

If you think this is something you would be interested in looking into further, let’s discuss your requirements!

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