Healthy Homes

New Zealand celebrates success of healthy homes project

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 10:33

The Maori Party has joined the New Zealand government in applauding the success of the country's warm and healthy homes program, which helped residents of the island nation find money and resources to outfit their residences with heating systems that would both provide warmth and limit the presence of airborne contaminants in houses, Voxy.co.nz reported.

According to the news outlet, the government project was reliant upon the retrofitting of homes with healthier heating systems and the use of modern insulation that would no longer pose a significant health threat to families in the country.

The country started the effort in order to curb the rising number of respiratory problems that had arisen over the past few decades, as the high incidence of asthma among the residents of New Zealand had troubled the country's health officials. Inadequate housing and inefficient technology were immediately highlighted as contributing to this problem, and funding was acquired for the retrofit projects.

"The health benefits of improved insulation and heating have been well established. We know that decent housing is essential to good health and wellbeing, particularly for the very young and the very old," one party leader told the news outlet.

New technology, like a Warmboard radiant heating system, can help a family limit the amount of toxins and allergens that are present in a home. Because this product does not rely on the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents like conventional systems, the amount of harmful air particles that are present in a home are limited.

A Warmboard radiant heating system helps to limit the presence of harmful particles while also providing a high level of comfort, as the technology allows for a more even distribution of warmth that the products from its competitors.