To make New Zealand rental properties warmer and drier, new standards have been introduced that all residential rental properties will have to comply with: The Heathy Homes Standards (HHS). These standards cover insulation, heating, ventilation, moisture and drainage, and draught stopping. Landlords will also need to include documentation with rental contracts regarding their compliance with the HHS.  


More information about requirements under the Healthy Homes Standards


Help for tenants

The Healthy Homes Standards go a long way to ensure rentals are warm, dry and healthy to live in. However, there is more to look at, if you are in the market for a rental that is easy to heat. Fill in our online Tenants' Checklist while visiting a rental. It will help you understand what you need, to have a warm place that can be heated cost-effectively.  


Our services for landlords

Right from our establishment in 1994, we have been working together with landlords on making tenanted properties warmer and drier so tenants stay longer and rental properties stay in a better condition. Hundreds of landlords have already relied on us to ensure their rental properties comply with the new set of regulations in an efficient, cost-effective way. 


We have many years experience in working with landlords, tenants and rental agencies. And we can help you too but don't wait until the last moment to make your rental property compliant as all contractors including us get very busy in the time leading up to deadlines!


Our services cover private residential rental properties only. We can provide:


  • Healthy Homes Standards Assessment for landlords
  • Healthy Homes Standards Assessment for landlords and tenants
  • Insulation
  • Insulation certificates
  • Curtains 
  • Draught stopping materials


Healthy Homes Standards Assessment

for landlords

CEA can provide Healthy Homes Standards assessments for rental properties. Cost for a Healthy Homes Assessment (HHS) will be waived if the HHS Assessment is part of the Love Your Home Project.  Fully compliant homes will receive a HHS certificate.

Healthy Homes Standards Assessment

for landlords AND tenants

As part of the Love Your Home Project, an energy assessor can provide a free in-home energy assessment which has a landlord and a tenant component. The landlord component will be an assessment against the Healthy Homes Standards (HHS), the tenant component will incorporate mostly behavioural energy aspects. For the Love Your Home Project Assessment at least one of the tenants as on the tenancy agreement will need to be present during the assessment. The landlord will receive a written HHS Assessment. If the rental is fully compliant with the HHS, a HHS certificate can be purchased at a cost. 



We can insulate private rental properties to the required Healthy Homes Standards in a cost-effective and efficient manner. We install both ceiling and underfloor insulation. We can install insulation under the floor where there is a 300mm clearance from the bottom of the bearers to the ground.


Insulation statements

For properties already insulated, we offer insulation statements. These statements are free with purchased installed insulation.  Others can be arranged at a fee. Contact our office for current pricing.

Draught stopping

We sell effective and affordable DIY draught stopping material to comply with the draught stopping requirements. Check out our shop for details.



Curtains are not a requirement under the Healthy Homes Standards. However, generously fitting, thick curtains are a good energy efficiency measure especially in single glazed properties. Recycled curtains from our Curtain Bank are also available for rental properties.  Donations are appreciated and especially encouraged from landlords.












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