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Foil insulation ban in homes proposed

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/05/2016

Retrofitting New Zealand homes with foil insulation could soon become illegal after consultation began on issuing a ban due to safety concerns.

In addition to the ban, rental properties will also not be allowed to retrofit foil insulation, meaning upgrades would have to be installed on 180,000 homes by July 2019 to comply with the would-be regulation.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says that the proposed ban follows safety concerns raised by submitters during an earlier consultation period.

"The risk with retrofitting this form of insulation occurs when the foil becomes live, for example from accidental stapling into wiring, and has resulted in deaths in New Zealand and Australia," he said.

"The ban would relate to foil installation in existing residential buildings only - not to new builds where electrical wiring has not typically been installed before foil insulation is fitted."

It would only apply to existing residential buildings and could be law from July 1, 2016 when the amended Residential Tenancies Act comes into force.

The consultation period will run until May 24.

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