Heating, air quality and the Good Wood scheme

Heating your home, burning wood and air quality - they're all connected. What you do makes a difference.

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This page explains how air quality and wood quality are related, and lists tips for ensuring your woodburner is used efficiently.


Wood Quality: The Good Wood Scheme

The Tasman District and Nelson City Councils promote reducing air pollution through the Good Wood Supplier scheme.  It is a joint project between the Councils and wood suppliers, who undertake to supply firewood according to best practice and contribute to improving air quality in Nelson and Richmond.


Replacing Your Woodburner?

If your current burner is over 10 years old it may need replacing - modern burners are more efficient. Cleaner forms of heating include heat pumps, flued gas or pellet fires.

  • Change your open fire to a solid fuel burner, electric heat pump or natural gas.
  • When installing a new burner, make sure it is a low pollution emitting appliance that meets New Zealand Standards
  • If you're thinking of buying a second hand burner, be aware that all second hand burners need to be tested to make sure they meet New Zealand Standards, and this can by costly. The standards must be met to get a resource consent to install it

What Not to Burn

To use your existing solid fuel burner in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way, do not burn any of the following:

  • plastic;
  • electrical cable;
  • treated timber and fibreboard;
  • rubber products;
  • waste oil;
  • asbestos products;
  • or radioactive materials.

Take these items to a Resource Recovery Centre to be disposed of safely either by recycling or safe landfilling.

Burning of such items is prohibited under the following rules:


Why is air quality important?
Tips for getting the most out of your woodburner
Download the Good Practice Guide for Woodburners

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