New Zealand’s housing stock, much like its varied landscapes, presents a unique challenge. Notorious for being cold and damp, Kiwi homes starkly contrast with those in nations like Canada and the UK, where double glazing and internal heating are standard. With insufficient insulation and minimal to no double glazing, many homes across the country are not just uncomfortable but also unhealthy and costly to maintain.
The recent Aotearoa Housing Survey sheds light on this issue, revealing that 42% of Kiwi households struggle with dampness or condensation, and a worrying one in 10 battle significant mould. The correlation between poor insulation, ventilation, and health problems, such as respiratory issues and exacerbated asthma, is a growing concern.
A report by Business and Economic Research Ltd (BERL) quantifies this predicament, estimating the cost of improving New Zealand’s unhealthy homes at over $50 billion. However, the potential savings in health costs could reach a staggering $116 billion, highlighting the urgency and long-term benefits of addressing this issue.
New Zealanders are acutely aware of the rising energy bills, especially during the colder months. With the cost-of-living crisis escalating, choices between heating homes and other essentials like food are becoming distressingly common. This situation underscores the need for more energy-efficient home solutions.
Recognizing the need for warmer, healthier homes, recent changes to the New Zealand Building Code mandate double glazing and higher insulation standards in new builds. However, the question remains: what about existing homes with outdated single glazing and minimal insulation?
Enter retrofit double glazing - a practical solution for existing timber or aluminium framed windows. By reducing moisture and mould, retrofit double glazing not only enhances the health of occupants but also improves energy efficiency. This innovation is critical in retaining heat within homes, thus reducing heating costs and preserving the integrity of older structures.
Ryan Double Glazing stands at the forefront of this transformation. Our focus on retrofitting double glazing in aluminium joinery is a testament to our commitment to providing sustainable, cost-effective, and health-centric solutions to homeowners in Tauranga, Papamoa, and Mt Maunganui.
According to the Building Research Association of NZ (BRANZ), a staggering 50% of a home’s heat can be lost through windows. Upgrading to double glazing, particularly using efficient options like high performance LowE (Low Emissivity) glass, argon gas and a thermal spacer, can significantly mitigate this loss.
The benefits of double glazing extend beyond energy savings. It contributes to a more consistent indoor temperature, reducing health risks and associated medical costs. Furthermore, it insulates homes from external noise, enhancing the living environment's tranquility and wellbeing.
The strength of double-glazed windows also means increased resilience against external elements like high winds and storm debris, not to mention enhanced security due to the dual layers of glass. Options like the SuperTherm Protect™ offer even greater protection and peace of mind.
By minimizing energy loss, homeowners not only save on bills but also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, playing a vital role in combating climate change. Retrofit double glazing, by preserving original window frames, also cuts down on manufacturing costs and environmental impact, aligning with sustainable living practices.
At Ryan Double Glazing, we understand the unique challenges faced by homeowners in our region. Our expertise in retrofitting double glazing in aluminium joinery ensures that your home is not just a place of comfort but a bastion of health, efficiency, and sustainability. Join us in transforming your living space into a warm, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible haven.