Since 1 July 2019 ceiling and underfloor insulation has been compulsory for all rental homes. The new Healthy Homes Standards (HHS) for insulation extends the current insulation requirements and may mean a top up or replacement of existing insulation if it is not in a reasonable condition. A ground moisture barrier is also mandatory if it can be installed.
Important dates for landlords
PinkFit® team can help assess your property to determine if it meets the new insulation standards under HHS. Book your assessment here.
‘R’ stands for resistance- how well insulation resists heat flow. A rental property must have ceiling and underfloor insulation that meets R-value requirements except where an exemption applies. R-value requirements are different depending on which climate zone the rental property is located in.
Your PinkFit® insulation installer can discuss the requirements depending on your location and building type. Book your time with our insulation installer expert.
The HHS increases the minimum requirements for existing insulation. This means that some homes that did not require new insulation under the 2016 standards may now require a ceiling insulation upgrade or new underfloor insulation.
Existing ceiling insulation must be at least 120mm thick in all areas, except for where safety clearances are required. It needs to be in reasonable condition. If a home has less than 120mm of ceiling insulation, then this must be topped up to meet the minimum R-value requirements in the table above.
If the subfloor space is enclosed and accessible, it is mandatory to install a ground moisture barrier under the Healthy Homes Standards for moisture ingress and drainage . The other requirements are efficient drainage for removal of surface/ground water and gutters, downpipes and drains for removal of roof water.
The PinkFit® team can help you by quoting for the install of a ground moisture barrier.
Our retrofit range of insulation is made to meet these new levels, making the process of upgrading your insulation quick and stress-free. You'll find it in the blue bags. Also check our detailed DIY guide and video.