Energy Efficiency Economics & Markets

Warm Homes- Detailed Study of Heating Options in New Zealand

Client: Ministry of Environment, New Zealand

This project formed part of their Warm Homes Project which examined ways to encourage New Zealand households to move to cleaner heating sources, to increase household energy efficiency and to encourage generally warmer and healthier homes. EnergyConsult undertook detailed research of residential heating options and their energy, environment and cost/benefit impacts. The heating requirements of different household types, with different lifestyles, were examined for the different climates in New Zealand. The ability of a range of heating options to meet these requirements and the financial/energy/environmental implications of the heating options were researched and modelled. The model predicted preferred heating types based on various criteria.