Healthy Homes Standards

On 1 July 2019, the Healthy Homes Standards became law. On 1 July 2021, all private rental agreements – new or renewed on or after this date – must be compliant with the Standards. These Standards aim to raise the standard of rental homes throughout New Zealand.

The Standards focus on ensuring healthier and warmer rental homes, which benefits both landlords and tenants!

Tenancy Services notes the following focus areas:

Heating: “Landlords must provide one or more fixed heaters that can directly heat the main living room. The heater(s) must be acceptable types, and must meet the minimum heating capacity required for your main living room.”

Insulation: “Ceiling and underfloor insulation has been compulsory in all rental homes since 1 July 2019. The healthy homes insulation standard builds on the current regulations and some existing insulation will need to be topped up or replaced.”

Ventilation: “Rental homes must have openable windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms must have extractor fans.”

Moisture ingress & drainage: “Rental properties must have efficient drainage for the removal of storm water, surface water and ground water. Rental properties with an enclosed sub-floor space must have a ground moisture barrier.”

Draught stopping: “Landlords must make sure the property doesn’t have unreasonable gaps or holes in walls, ceilings, windows, skylights, floors and doors which cause noticeable draughts. All unused open fireplaces must be closed off or their chimneys must be blocked to prevent draughts.”

If you are a landlord, it may well be worth your time and money to do a bit of planning to ensure your rental is compliant before 2024. Head on down to your local BuildLink store and hear how they can help!

Or read more about the Healthy Homes Standards in our magazine.


E-Z Hold Heavy Duty Clamp

Sometimes unlikely matches are the start of something great. This is what happened when former opera singer Adele Holman teamed up with cabinetmaker Hans Jørgensen and tool salesman Marcus Russ in 1903.

A trailblazer for her time, Adele Holman went into manufacturing, which was unheard of. She even signed her documents ‘A. V. Holman’ to hide her identity!

And indeed it was a start of something great – and even quite lasting. The match between Holman, Jørgensen and Russ saw the beginning of the Pony Jorgensen clamps, which to this day equals quality, tradition and strength.

Coming from a proud tradition of other great Danish cabinet- & furniture making, Jørgensen patented a handscrew featuring steel adjusting screws at first.

Today, the clamps feature significant clamping forces ranging between 272 – 453.5 kg.

As Toolware tells us: “Unique Jorgensen E-Z HOLD bar clamps allow for rapid and easy clamping and can easily be converted to spreader clamps. The contoured comfort grip and quick release lever make it simple to get a firm grasp, and our exclusive patented feature lets you join two clamps together to create a clamp with more than double the opening capacity of a single clamp. Deep reach 92 mm pads help protect your work.”

Pop into your local BuildLink Store today to see how the E-Z Clamps can help you in your daily work!


The Cover

It is always a hard decision picking a magazine cover.

This often sets the tone for the whole magazine, and in this issue, we are proud to be featuring our very own General Manager, Simon Burden, on our cover.

However, we don’t want to cheat you out of a few of the other options we considered for our cover. All of these covers are amazing, but in the end, we agreed that we wanted something to represent the changes BuildLink Group Ltd and the National Support Office have gone through since January. Since this issue of the magazine is the initial issue of our rebranded magazine, we believe that the chosen cover is the best to represent exactly the path we are on.