Antony didn't know anything about building facades until he started an internship with Technoform in Germany nearly a decade ago. He quickly realised the huge discrepancies between building standards in Germany and those he grew up with in New Zealand. "New Zealand facades perform incredibly poorly in comparison. I realised that we're decades behind the rest of the world. And, in that, I saw a business opportunity." He returned to New Zealand and has been working on thermal break solutions with window suppliers here ever since.
Technoform's thermal breaks slow the path of heat escaping from conductive aluminium window frames, keeping the inside of the frame warm and reducing the risk of condensation. They have invented a plastic and stainless-steel spacer which separates the panes of glass in your double-glazed windows. "It provides a perfect separation between the internal environment and the external environment," Antony says.
So why do we still have such an insulation deficit in New Zealand homes? "There is a lack of leadership from the government on regulatory change," Antony says. "Our building code hasn't been updated since 2007. We are decades behind the rest of the world on thermal performance."