Clarke’s decision to use GreenStuf insulation products in his own home is revealing. Architecturally designed homes are often judged by their appearance—by their visually captivating designs and features. When people watch the TV show Grand Designs, their judgements of the houses are based purely on what they see. Yet in designing his own home, Clarke wanted to ensure that it wouldn’t just look like a house befitting an architect of his calibre. He also wanted to be sure it felt like such a home. After all, his house is first and foremost a place for him and his family to live.
GreenStuf insulation was essential for creating a liveable feeling at #3 Ngapuhi Road. Clarke used a range of products—Wall Pads, Roll Form, Sound Solution, and Acoustic Sound Blanket (ASB)—to ensure all rooms in the house would feel both comfortable and inviting. “On the exterior walls we had thicker framing, so we wanted to maximise the amount of insulation within those walls. To do that, you need a product that is reasonably rigid but that also has a high insulation R value.” The insulation R value of an insulation product is a measure of its ability to stop hot or cold air passing through it. As Clarke was well aware, GreenStuf products perform strongly above average on this measure.