Chch woodburner rules may be relaxed
LATEST: Ultra-low emission woodburners are a step closer to being allowed in new Christchurch homes, after Environment Canterbury (ECan) commissioners decided to back a change to the current rules.
At their meeting today, the commissioners decided to ask Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee to use his earthquake powers to change the region's natural resources plan and allow low emission burners in new homes or those without an existing burner.
The current rules prohibit burners in new dwellings, and people with logburners in their current homes cannot install one in a new property if they move.
The proposed changes would allow the installation of burners which emitted 0.5 grams of pollutants per kilogram burnt, compared to normal logburners which emitted between one and five grams of pollutants per kg.
Commissioner David Bedford said ECan wanted to allow Cantabrians in clean-air zones to use woodburners, while still giving them clean air to breathe.
While there were no ultra-low emission woodburners commercially available, Bedford said the council hoped "the technology will evolve accordingly" to meet the new rules.
The commissioners also asked Brownlee to alter the boundaries of the Christchurch and Kaiapoi clean air zones to cover new subdivisions on the outskirts of the city.
The current clean air zone covers the city and surrounding suburbs, stretching north to Belfast.
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