Heating, air quality and the Good Wood scheme

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Heating your home, burning wood and air quality - they're all connected.

Find a Good Wood supplier.

2019 Firewood Survey
Why is air quality important?

Good Wood suppliers and firewood tips

Current Good Wood suppliers
Look for the Good Wood tick
Firewood tips
About the Good Wood scheme

Advice for better burning

Tips for getting the most out of your woodburner
Replacing your woodburner
Emissions must be less than 1.5 g/kg - find authorised woodburners
Don't make toxic smoke - what not to burn
Download the Good Practice Guide for woodburners

Good outdoor air quality is fundamental to our well-being.

On average, a person inhales about 14,000 litres of air every day, and the presence of contaminants in this air can adversely affect people’s health. People with pre-existing respiratory and heart conditions, diabetes, the young, and older people are particularly vulnerable.

Air quality in Tasman

Tasman communities can have poor air quality in winter and this pollution is measured as excessive amounts of small particles in the air (PM10). 

The major cause of this poor air quality is emissions from domestic open fires and enclosed burners.

The way people manage their wood supplies and what they burn plays a significant part in determining how much of these particles are produced.

Read more about air quality on the Ministry for the Environment website.