Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 19 of 19

Thread: Damp homes and Condensation - rental market

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Akl
    Posts
    13

    Default Cold, Damp, Mouldy, & Mildew, and thats the good bit ;-)

    Hey thanks for the good thoughts. I have been here now for 11 years, so I'm not a newbie, I lived in Smoky old Sheffield England in the early 60's, and Canada in between so have a good overall knowledge of these places.



    People think Canada is cold, and yes it can be - OUTSIDE - but in truth I have never been so cold as I was initially here. The coldest I have ever experienced is -58c in Alberta one year (Get -45c every year for a few days) and I was never cold, as the homes are geared for it and temperature controlled, unlike here where a central heating system is not the rule, especially in rentals.



    In rentals the key to comfort and health is to find a home with heat or, as previously mentioned, adapt a heating system you can take with you. The average air replacement in a NZ home is 50% or more per hour, this means you have to heat all the air in a house every 2hrs. A huge task.



    When going to rent, check out the heat, look for mould/mildew, (When you see mould or mildew even in the bathroom its too late as the pathogens they generate are already airborne), if possible ask the existing tenants about their winter experiences (Donít be shy), I have even tracked down ex tenants that moved to ask them.



    Check with the landlord about heat, insulation and winterising (Seals, heat, etc). If you can, avoid anything that not heated somehow, trouble is that won't leave you much. Maybe this web site could host a selection of decent, qualified rentals?



    What we are bringing to the party here is a semi-Canadian thermal envelope, as well as a system that will heat a home for most of the winter at no cost. It is hard to retrofit but very do-able. We are about to build a home in Queenstown (Worst case solar scenario in NZ) where we have engineered the house to hold +18c inside, all winter. It uses a solar earth storage system under the house, which accumulates all the summer attic heat and allows you to tap into this huge heat reservoir as required during the winter. NZ has so much solar energy; itís a crying shame itís not being tapped more often.


    The house that is to go into Queenstown is the Oxford, you can see it at our Energy Efficient Homes website if you want: www.eehnz.co.nz

    Navigate to the houses section (Over 150 of them) and select Classic homes.



    Hope this helps, like I said before, if you can live comfortably here, is a great place to live.

    Cheers

  2. #12
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Whangarei
    Posts
    188

    Default

    Great post, Ron. As a Canadian planning the move to NZ I never even imagined that I could feel "cold" there. A good heads up.

    Mark.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Akl
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Hey mark, welcome to the list and this thread.
    I know Peterborough quite well having lived in Lindsay & Beaverton, Ontario when off the boat from the UK.
    NZ varies over the length of the country quite widely. Winter is only about 2 months, June & July, with spring and Autumn being about 3 months long. Summer is great.

    The south end is much like Ontario only not as cold in winter and much wetter. North of the S Island is very sunny as a rule, windy, and with an intermediate temperature in Winter. Snow is rare, but Christchurch just got a rare dump of it yesterday. Further N, like here in Auckland, winter has never yet gotten below zero degrees Celsius. Therein lies the problem.

    Daytime temps rarely rise lower than +10c even though it may drop to freezing at night. This makes you feel like you donít need heat, when in fact you do, as the house will ďCold soakĒ during the night without heat, and you can often get up in the morning and its warmer outside than in. Auckland rarely gets below +15c in winter during the day.

    Choose where to go in NZ carefully. Make sure you get a warm home wherever you go.

    Cheers

    Ron

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    UK>Welly>Boonies>where next?
    Posts
    3,756

    Default

    The house that is to go into Queenstown is the Oxford, you can see it at our Energy Efficient Homes website if you want: www.eehnz.co.nz

    Nice site and nice houses. I want one now.

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,521

    Default

    Captron.

    2 amazing posts in one thread

    A mine of info - and of great interest. I currently have 3 quotes for heatpumps to go through. Looking through your EEH site - it suggests that there are 2 types of heapumps: normal and inverter. I certainly was not aware of that from converstaions with these companies.

    Do you work for EEH? Or for a company that does this - sorry but im not sure I got that. I was wondering if you / they can install heating - or offer a service to come and give options on heating our house. Ours is a newish house - so has insulation - not you would think so today. But we do need heating and cooling. Unlike our houses in teh UK, this one gets hot in summer and cold in winter.

    We would desperatly like to use the solar energy here - we have a huge roofspace and it seems daft not to make more use of it somehow. But the roof gets VV Hot in summer and cold in winter.

    Again - great posts

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    UK>Welly>Boonies>where next?
    Posts
    3,756

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon

    Do you work for EEH? Or for a company that does this - sorry but im not sure I got that.
    Helen

    Click on the good captains profile.


    Dx

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    1,521

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by smiler
    Helen

    Click on the good captains profile.


    Dx
    Doh! Never thought of that. Mind you - right now its hard to think of anything! Brain has turned to mush. Again.

    So - ron - Ever down this way? Can you look at a nearly new house and give a lemon like me some ideas on heating and energy options? (other than seeling it and building a new house - not quite ready for that yet).

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    North Shore, Auckland
    Posts
    195

    Default

    Wow! Great thread although very sorry to hear of the problems of the originator of the thread.

    Those energy efficient homes look amazing although I guess they come with a hefty price tag, i.e. finding the land, buying the land and then paying for the design and build work. I don't know, would it be more expensive to build rather than to buy an exisiting property?

    Anyway though I'd guess the price would be worth it in the long-run...especially if you got solar panels.

    Do they just build new homes or would they do up existing homes as well?

    Cheers
    Starkhorn

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    97

    Default

    I saw the eehnz website a while back, they aren't as loony expensive as you'd imagine from what I remember. That was sometime ago though.

    Anyone got up-to-date prices?

    Cheers,

    Yogi.
    Last edited by Yogi; 14th June 2006 at 03:13 AM.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •