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House insulation, survival and sustainability.

New Zealand houses: draughty and deadly [ABC Science Show]

Houses in New Zealand don't protect their occupants from the temperate climate of high rainfall and strong westerly winds. The houses' designs are based on those from other parts of the world. And now adverse health effects have been measured. More people die in winter than summer, a higher proportion than in other countries. Even Siberia's houses offer more protection from winter conditions.

The same could be said about Australian housing and how the norm here is neither comfort suited to the climatic conditions nor the pressing rigors of sustainability in the face of Climate Change.

The question is, I suggest, how useful is Rudd's Energy Efficient Homes Package?


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