Help­ing sus­tain­able homes

CHB Mail - - News - BY DEB­BIE HE­WITT Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil­lor

Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay res­i­dents now have the op­por­tu­nity to take ad­van­tage of a Sus­tain­able Homes pack­age from

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil.

This a great ini­tia­tive for warmer, drier, health­ier homes, in­creased en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and re­duced de­pen­dence on net­worked sup­ply of en­ergy and wa­ter.

On of­fer are fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pack­ages for in­stal­la­tion of so­lar hot wa­ter, dou­ble glaz­ing, clean heat­ing and in­su­la­tion, do­mes­tic vent­ing, and re­place­ment of old wa­ter stor­age and sep­tic tanks.

To make th­ese avail­able, the re­gional coun­cil has agreed to bor­row $13 mil­lion over the next 10 years. There’s no im­pact on the gen­eral ratepayer how­ever, as pack­ages will be fully re­paid by bor­row­ers through a tar­geted rate on the prop­erty.

While there’s a caveat — ap­pli­cants must have a good HBRC rates pay­ment his­tory — this ini­tia­tive will al­low bor­row­ing of up to $20,000, re­payable over 10 years at 6 per cent in­ter­est, or ear­lier with­out penalty.

In the last 10 years, over 10,400 homes in Napier and Hast­ings have been as­sisted by the re­gional coun­cil to up­grade their home heat­ing and re­duce win­ter air pol­lu­tion in the cities.

The Sus­tain­able Homes pro­gramme means Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay res­i­dents can now also get fund­ing to im­prove their life­style with warmer, drier, and health­ier homes.

And as a staunch ad­vo­cate for our district, I’m pleased to add that lo­cal busi­nesses have be­come ap­proved sup­pli­ers and in­stall­ers.

Adding so­lar wa­ter heat­ing and wa­ter stor­age also of­fers im­proved civil de­fence re­silience. Do­mes­tic ven­ti­la­tion leads to less mould and con­den­sa­tion. Re­plac­ing old sep­tic tanks and con­crete wa­ter tanks re­duces leachate im­prov­ing wa­ter qual­ity, which is def­i­nitely a win for our en­vi­ron­ment.

So if you are con­sid­er­ing ren­o­va­tions to your home or rental prop­erty, please check out this Sus­tain­able Homes pack­age — de­tails on hbrc.govt.nz search #s

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