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Insulation plus!

  • University of Otago Wellington 23 Mein Street Wellington, Wellington, 6021 New Zealand (map)

This one day seminar presents insulation research and policy from a variety of perspectives. International experts Professor Tadj Oreszczyn (University College London) and Professor Paul Cooper (University of Wollongong) will present cutting edge international research and policy perspectives. Their presentations will be complemented by presentations of key insulation related research from He Kainga Oranga, the University of Otago, Wellington’s Housing and Health programme and a policy perspective from EECA.

In the final session of the day New Zealand’s insulation policy landscape will be explored, joined by a key government figure (yet to be confimed), as we ask if and how the estimated 500,000 remaining uninsulated homes in New Zealand can be retrofitted. 

Topics covered  

  • A brief history of insulation programmes in New Zealand
  • Key results from He Kainga Oranga’s Housing, insulation and health trial
  • Key results from the Warm Up New Zealand evaluation
  • Brief presentations of current He Kainga Oranga research programmes such as NEST and WHEZ
  • The current state of housing insulation policy in Australia
  • A comparison of New Zealand and Australian insulation retrofit programmes
  • Impact of insulation retrofit policies in the UK
  • Factors effecting uptake of efficiency measures
  • Current and future status of insulation retrofit policies in NZ

Style of course

Seminar style course, with a range of short and medium length presentations from international and local speakers with ample time for questions. There will be a panel discussion in the final session.

Who should attend?  

This course is aimed at policy professionals, researchers, industry members and community groups who have an interest in insulation research and policy. 
By the end of the course participants should have an understanding of both the policy frameworks used for justifying residential insulation retrofitting and the latest research on the impact of retrofitting.

Teaching staff  

Paul Cooper is the Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Paul has been involved in research on a wide variety of topics in energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past twenty five years.

Philippa Howden-Chapman is the head of He Kainga Oranga. Her extensive research in the field of insulation is world-leading, resulting in the awarding of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014 to her research group.

Robert Linterman is EECA’s General Manager Residential. Robert joined EECA in 2008 to work with the residential programme. He has extensive experience in business management and re-engineering.

Tadj Oreszczyn is the Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER) and Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. He has over thirty years of relevant research experience.

Nick Preval is a Research Fellow with the Resilient Urban Futures programme at the University of Otago, Wellington. His Masters and PhD theses focused on quantifying the health benefits of insulation retrofits.

Lucy Telfar-Barnard is a Senior Research Fellow with He Kainga Oranga. She is currently leading research into the health and market impacts of a rental warrant of fitness, has expertise in the design of housing studies which link multiple administrative datasets together such as the Warm Up New Zealand study, and has a PhD on the links between seasonal morbidity and housing quality in New Zealand.

Helen Viggers is a Research Fellow with He Kainga Oranga. She has worked on the Housing, Insulation and Health; and Housing, Heating and Health studies. She is currently working on the Warm Homes for Elder New Zealanders study.

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 21 December 2016.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.