know the standards
follow the healthy homes standards to ensure your home is compliant
We know understanding the Healthy Homes Standards can sometimes be difficult. To help you out we've put together an overview of each of the standards so you can easily grasp them.
There must be fixed heating devices that can heat the living area to at least 18°C. Usually, it will be large like a heat pump but sometimes a small fixed electric heater is sufficient.
Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating. It provides a warmer winter and cooler summer.
HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEMS
Heat transfer systems shift excess heat from one space to another to improve warmth. This may reduce the need for additional heating.
Efficient panel heaters are recommended to keep smaller areas warm and dry.
Ceiling and underfloor insulation must either, meet the 2008 Building Code, or (if existing for ceiling) be at least 120mm thick. No work needed, if compliant with 2016 code.
Openable windows/doors is required in living and dining areas, kitchen and bedrooms. Spaces with a bath/shower or indoor cooktop must have a suitably sized extractor fan(s).
Home ventilation systems use ducting and fans to remove moist air. These can control the home's condensation and cost less to run.
SMART VENT SYSTEMS
Smart vent systems control condensation making the area warmer and reducing the need for additional heating.
Open windows/doors during the day allows natural airflow/ventilation. This may be enough and is recommended as the first step.
moisture ingress & drainage
Landlords must ensure efficient drainage and guttering. If a rental property has an enclosed subfloor, it must have a ground moisture barrier if possible to install one.
Landlords must stop any unreasonable gaps and holes that cause noticeable draughts. Any unused fireplaces and chimneys must be blocked.
WINDOWS & DOORS
If a door or window has an unnecessary gap which results in draughts, it needs to be stopped. See the technical guidance document to find these.
FIREPLACES & CHIMNEYS
Any unused fireplaces and chimneys must be blocked off.