Building Insulator Kaitauārai Whare

Building insulators install or apply special material to buildings or equipment to prevent or reduce heat, cold, air, sound or moisture loss.

Building insulators may do some or all of the following:

  • advise clients on what insulation to use
  • erect scaffolding, trestles or ladders
  • install heat, sound or fireproofing insulation in ceilings and walls, and under floors
  • put draught sealant around doors and windows
  • install insulation around hot water cylinders
  • use equipment to inject loose fill or foam insulation
  • insulate vehicles and boats.

Physical Requirements

Building insulators need to be fit, healthy and strong as the work involves climbing and lifting. They also need to be able to work in confined spaces and at heights. 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building insulators includes:

  • building industry work such as carpentry
  • general construction or building labouring work. 

Personal Qualities

Building insulators need to be:

  • reliable
  • able to use their initiative and display good judgement
  • able to work well with others
  • good at problem solving
  • accurate and able to do basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for building insulators includes:

  • building industry work such as carpentry
  • general construction or building labouring work. 

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but construction and mechanical technologies, and maths to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.  

Year 11 and 12 learners can find out more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Level 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

Building Insulators can earn around $19-$21 per hour per year.

Building insulators may progress to set up their own insulation business, or move into management, training, quality assurance or sales roles. 

Building insulators may specialise in installing products such as fibreglass or foam insulation.

Building Insulator

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