Long wait for glass as demand grows

Glass facades have become a $100 million-a-year industry in the Christchurch rebuild, but most of those dollars are now going offshore.

Developers are spending up to $3000 a square metre to wrap their buildings in the hi-tech energy-efficient glass, which is cheaper overseas but can take six months to arrive by sea.  "We can build these things fairly quickly, but we can't get the glass to catch up," said developer Richard Diver, who has done 10 office rebuilds and renovations in Victoria St.  "Now everyone wants this sort of glass, with fancy treatments."Read more at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9961857/Long-wait-for-glass-as-demand-grows Glass facades have become a $100 million-a-year industry in the Christchurch rebuild, but most of those dollars are now going offshore.  

Developers are spending up to $3000 a square metre to wrap their buildings in the hi-tech energy-efficient glass, which is cheaper overseas but can take six months to arrive by sea. 

"We can build these things fairly quickly, but we can't get the glass to catch up," said developer Richard Diver, who has done 10 office rebuilds and renovations in Victoria St. 

"Now everyone wants this sort of glass, with fancy treatments."

Read more at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/9961857/Long-wait-for-glass-as-demand-grows

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