Is Glass Selection the Rocket Science of Building Today?

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Architectural Event - Wellington Tuesday 7th November 2023, 5pm to 8pm

Wharewaka Function Centre (Matiu Room), 2 Taranaki Street, Waterfront, Wellington. 

Timing: 5.00pm Registrations (drinks and nibbles)  / 5.45pm Speakers starting

CPD points are available for this event.


Windows remain a critical area for addressing heat loss or gain in our buildings, with glass being the largest contributing factor. Recent advancements in glass technology and thermal coatings, along with various types of insulated glass units, have transformed the landscape. What do the latest numbers tell us about the impact of these changes? How can we continue to reduce carbon emissions and lower both environmental and financial costs through innovative solutions?

Join us to hear from our highly qualified guest speakers who will share their targeted research and insights into these rapidly evolving topics.

Discover the data, solutions, and strategies that are shaping the future of energy-efficient building design.

Guest Speakers:

Jason Quinn is an ex NASA engineer who was taken aback by the poor housing quality when he moved to New Zealand. He has a passion for improving home performance, a motivation sparked by his personal experience of renovating his own home. His business ‘’Sustainable Engineering’’ leverages his extensive knowledge and specific modelling data to assist the design community toward better built-in performance when designing homes. 

Key learnings

  • Understanding the effects glass selection has on thermal comfort and solar heat gain, in relation to building types and climate zones – through predictive thermal modelling.
  • Knowledge of the performance difference between double and triple glazing with coated glass incorporated into the units.
  • Analysis of the impact on the homeowner when specifying Low E coating onto surface 2 or 3 of a double-glazed unit.

Emily Newmarch is an inspiring young leader who is passionate about driving change globally through sustainable design. Embedded as a Low Carbon Design Specialist at Warren & Mahoney, with a remarkable journey spanning across continents, Emily will share her insights from speaking in the USA, Hong Kong, Italy, and Australia. The ambition of her recent PhD was to explore embodied carbon emissions through a poetic and practical lens to find innovative solutions for New Zealand buildings. She is also an award winner and published author.

Key Learnings:

  • Insight into the global conversation on carbon and reducing emissions.
  • Explore an overview of some of the best available technologies for full life cycle designing.

Expert Panel Discussion and Questions

Following our guest speakers presentations, we will have an expert panel discussion with questions from the audience. The panels members will include Jason Quinn, Emily Newmarch and Metro's very own Rahul Jain – Technical Specialist for Architectural Glass, with over 25 years of international glass experience.

Rahul Jain - an experienced engineer with over 25 years in the value-added glass field, has worked in key roles at Emirates Glass LLC, DDG Glass in Malaysia, and is currently the head of technical at Metro Glass. He is often sought after by governing bodies for his expert opinion and depth of knowledge in glass internationally. He has a background in quality assurance and process excellence, with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, and a Masters in Economics. He is well-prepared to handle challenges in the ever-changing glass industry and share his valuable insights.

REGISTER HERE by Friday 20th October to secure your spot.
*Spaces are limited, due to being an in-person event.

If you can no longer attend, please email so we can reallocate your seat.


Metro Performance Glass Architectural Inspirations Series

Events held Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch February/March 2020

Number Three in a Series - Kjetil Traedal Thorsen

Photo Credit: Tverrfjellhytta - Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion © OHG 2010.

Architectural Practice - Snøhetta Oslo, Norway

Events held Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch February/March 2020

Watch the presentations here:

Highlights Video                 Part One                         Part Two                         Part Three


Number Two in a Series - Jacob van Rijs

Photo Credit: The Markthal

Architectural Practice - MVRDV, The Netherlands.

Events held Auckland, Christchurch July 2020

Watch the presentations here:

Highlights Video                 Part One                         Part Two                         Part Three

Number One in a Series - Enrique Norten

Photo Credit: Rutgers Business School

Architectural Practice - Ten Arquitectos

Events held Auckland, September 2014.