Every home needs star quality
Date: 10 January 2020
While many of us would love to build a dream home, the reality for a lot of people is they will purchase a house that was constructed anywhere from a few years, to many decades ago - and home renovation becomes a priority.
Along with the usual suspects such as kitchens and bathrooms, in a lot of cases the existing window systems leave a lot to be desired. An investment in this area can be crucial to the overall comfort of your 'new' home.
Typically, older New Zealand homes have windows which do not provide thermal comfort, whether through ageing aluminium joinery that was built up to 40 years ago with outmoded technology, or wooden frames which align poorly after years in the hot sun, and cold rain.
Windowmakers work with builders to help owners comprehensively renovate their home's window systems. This dramatically increases the thermal efficiency of the house, adding greatly to their family's living environment, making the house cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
At the same time, this will improve their house's Homestar rating and therefore the capital value of their home. Overseas research shows homes with performance ratings sell and rent faster, and sell for higher prices than non-rated homes.
Homestar is the web-based residential rating tool from the New Zealand Green Building Council launched last month. It takes into account the air quality and internal moisture of the home, and the energy required for heating and cooling - all factors which are heavily influenced by the quality of a home's window system.
Investing in a quality new window system has never been more rewarding for homeowners. Homestar has helped identify the major advantage in installing new windows and joinery rather than just re-glazing.
It is important to plan carefully alongside a builder who understands the pitfalls and benefits of different systems, and can install them professionally. Windowmakers works with builders who can help homeowners make the right renovation decisions from the outset.
At the end of the day, what most of us want in our homes is peace of mind and comfort for ourselves and our families. Renovating with the correct quality window product is crucial.
Here is a link to more information about Homestar: www.homestar.org.nz. You can register and carry out a self assessment of your house. Let us know how you get on and please don't hesitate to contact Windowmakers if there is anything you don't unders
tand about window options.