As a contemporary global society, we have more visibility than ever before about what is happening on the global stage in terms of built environments, and with that comes greater access to technology and materials.
“These factors also influence people’s perceptions and expectations of different products,” Altus’ Haydon Rogers says. “For example, a decade ago - single glazing was in over 90 per cent of all new home builds here in New Zealand, now double glazing represents over 90 per cent, and in some regions like central Otago, triple glazing is becoming more popular.”
“As we become more thermally conscious, the appeal of thermally efficient joinery is starting to influence decision making, particularly in colder regions where thermally broken aluminium joinery with the best glazing; featuring argon filled and low-emissivity glass has found a niche. A niche that with time, and as consumer awareness and expectations grow will continue to expand to the point where it potentially becomes the new norm.”
It was this global visibility, Haydon says, that formed part of the government’s drive for healthier homes that saw changes to the Building Code in terms of thermal performance requirements, insulation grants and the H1 Clause, which meant almost by default, double glazing became the new standard.