Until just a few years ago, the notion of insulating houses in New Zealand wasn’t a widespread concern for most of the population. It is only relatively recently that the importance of insulation has been traversed in detail and has become paramount in our legislation.
In this context, with insulation a foreign concept for many, when it was used there was just one main option – fibreglass. That option remains the predominant choice in New Zealand, primarily Green Sheep’s Ben Small says, because it is simply what we know and what has always been done.
“Fibreglass has been used for so long that it is just what people think of when they think of insulation, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right way of doing things,” Ben says.
In fact, fibreglass has a lot of drawbacks, and it far from a natural product. While now there are various options, the most natural and sustainable option is wool insulation, and that’s a topic Ben is passionate about.