Cosy Homes: Update and Request for Proposals

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Our vision: Every Home in Dunedin is Warm and Cosy by 2025

It has now been over a year since the successful Cosy Homes Symposium.  This is a brief update to let you know where we are up to.  The steering group formed at the symposium has met on numerous occasions and achieved a number of tasks outlined below.

Operational Models

We have had Skype interviews with both: Phil Squires, CEO of the Sustainability Trust, Wellington; and Chris Farrelly, Chair of Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau, CEO of Manaia Health PHO, Northland.  Both of these organisations are working towards similar goals but using two very different models.  They have given the steering group significant insight and the discussion on possible models continues.

As a result of the Skype interview and with the financial support of EECA, both Chris Farrelly and Robert Linterman EECA came to Dunedin in March 2014, to further the conversation and promote the concept to some key organisations.  This resulted in the formation of the Governance Group.

Governance Group

A Governance Group has been formed with members from; Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council, Southern District Health Board, Presbyterian Support Otago, Blueskin Resilience Community Trust, Council of Social Services Otago, ACC, Otago Property Investors Ass., Ministry of Social Development, Housing NZ, University of Otago, Anglican Family Care and Energy Matters.  There has been robust discussion as to the final structure of this group with a possible model of a smaller governance group and a larger reference/advisory/implementation group.  The establishment of a Trust, which will act as the conduit for funding, has been considered and a draft deed is currently being worked on.

Future Work

Considerable work has gone into developing the bones of documents for the trust.  The governance group has acquired funding from the DCC, ORC and EECA to seek Request for Proposals (below) to complete the following work.

 

  • Marketing plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties
  • Work Plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties.
  • Funding plan with key actions, target dates and responsible parties.  This plan will also detail the Trust’s handling of money and audit processes, and will be informed by potential funders, sponsors and central and local government budget processes.
  • Development of a draft job description for a Cosy Homes coordinator / CEO
  • Complete final draft of strategic documents

Please ensure that this information is passed onto those who may have an interest in the work.

Home insulation

With the support of EECA, Otago Community Trust and the DCC there was in excess of 500 houses insulated last year at no cost to the owner or landlord.  Alongside this there was the DCC rates scheme and the usual EECA subsidised work.  This financial year we aim to insulate 1200 house for those who have a community services card and are high users of the health system.

Cosy Homes is a real team effort; the basis of this is the work that came out of the Cosy Home Symposium which captured the thinking of so many of you.  We will keep you informed as we progress.

Cosy Homes: Free ceiling and under floor insulation

Free ceiling and under floor insulation is available for Community Services Card holders in homes with no or not enough insulation. Crucially this includes rented homes. To qualify for the scheme:

  • the home was built before the year 2000 and
  • have not enough or no insulation and
  • the home owner or main tenant has a Community Services Card and
  • there are children under 17 or adults over 65 living in the home or someone with high health needs or;
  • the landlord has eligible tenants living there (not Housing New Zealand)

Funding comes from EECA energy wise. To sign up simply call one of the installation partners:

Right House Ltd: 0800 744 569

Smart Energy Solutions: 0800 888 766

Cosy Homes

 

Cosy Homes Workshop Report

In October DCC, Presbyterian Support Otago, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust and Otago Community Trust brought together interested parties for a day of developing an initiative to meet the objective of every Dunedin home being warm and cosy by 2025.

The day was a great success with a variety of ideas being tabled and consensus being reached on a suitable way forward. $10,000 to get the ball rolling was offered by EECA (and enthusiastically accepted).

A summary of the day and the agreed actions has been issued. It is well worth a read. And it is well worth considering how you can work with the group to deliver this much needed goal.

You can download the report as a PDF it in two parts below:

Cosy Homes Workshop – Summary Report

Cosy Homes Workshop – Summary Report Appendices