Curtains and healthy homes

We know windows are the weakest link in our thermal envelope. While it’s great that Healthy Homes Standards are improving ceiling and underfloor insulation, addressing draughts, requiring efficient heating and sorting out moisture management, it’s important to note windows are not covered. Stopping warmth escaping through windows remains a critical issue in New Zealand homes.

Currently, philanthropic curtain banks around the country have been stopping that gap. Beacon is a strong advocate of curtain banks and hoped the recent curtain research would support their work. There are many regions where households cannot access free curtains (no curtain bank!). This is a huge barrier to maintaining healthy temperatures and a reasonable cost in most New Zealand homes.

Beacon has been liaising with some other passionate curtain advocates across New Zealand and, recently, The Habitat for Humanity Curtain Bank in Auckland hosted Minister Poto Williams. The team from Habitat shared the work they do helping whānau with curtains in their homes (rented and owned) and the findings of this recent research. The Minister was engaged and is taking her learning back to colleagues in the Beehive. In addition, Habitat for Humanity’s Conrad LaPointe was on Breakfast (Monday 21 June) talking about the work they do.

Great to see some national discussion on making homes healthy for whānau!