Australian windows of “poorest quality“

Australian homes have the poorest quality windows in the developed world, according to the country“s only raw-glass maker.
“Australia has by far the lowest-cost windows because the products going in…

Australian homes have the poorest quality windows in the developed world, according to the country“s only raw-glass maker. “Australia has by far the lowest-cost windows because the products going in are the cheapest,” Pilkington Australasia“s manager of national accounts Noel Stokes said last night. “Our windows are of a fairly simple frame and glazed in a relatively thin glass,” Stokes said. Australians appear unwilling to spend more than necessary on glazing because the benefits are not obvious. However, groups such as the Australian Glass & Glazing Association say that if homeowners install double-glazed windows instead of cheaper single-glazed windows, energy bills would fall by up to 40%. Noise pollution, such as from low-flying aircraft and street traffic, could also be reduced. Stokes said that some headway was being made, as did a director of Sydney glass specialist Thermosound, Pamela Te Huia. Safety and security concerns had encouraged homeowners to invest in laminated windows. “It is almost impossible to break through it,” Te Huia said. A laminated window consists of two pieces of glass bonded together by an acrylic layer in between.