Safe Access for All
Monday, April 19, 2021Whether you want to build a new home or retrofit your existing home, Paarhammer external doors with an optional level threshold that stops drafts, noise and water are the ideal solution and provide safe access for all. Now the zero-threshold designed and patented in Germany has received several awards.AwardsALUMAT is the recipient of the German Design Award for the zero threshold, and also recently received Passive House certification. In addition, this magnetic threshold has been recognised by the internet platform ‘bfb – barrier free building’. bfb determines annually the best barrier-free building products and solutions that enable comfortable and safe
Windows and Sustainability
Monday, March 15, 2021A sustainable approach to building your dream home or renovating your existing home is entirely possible and will result in lower energy costs for heating and cooling, and increased comfort. Windows are a vital part of any home – they allow natural light into the home and provide views and fresh air, but what do you need to consider when choosing windows? Size and placement are crucially important, as are security, energy efficiency, materials and aesthetics, sustainability, and more. Timber and the Environment Timber is an ideal material when considering sustainable aspects as it is strong, natural and renewable, and
Energy Efficient Bay Windows for Modern Homes
Monday, February 08, 2021Bay windows are often associated with more traditional homes, but can you also have modern bay windows suitable for high energy efficient homes? Or corner windows without bulky corner post? Bay windows are usually made up of three parts of which one is straight and the other two are angled back to create an alcove. They let light in from different directions and therefore add extra daylight to a room. The space within a bay window is very versatile and could be used as a reading corner, a day bed, built-in shelving and more. A bay window can become the focal point
What to consider when purchasing Windows and Doors
Wednesday, January 27, 2021Whether it's for a new build or a renovation, windows and doors can be quite an investment and it is important to get it right the first time to enjoy increased comfort and low energy bills for many years to come.A number of things can influence your window and door choice like frame material, glass performance, bushfire compliance, personal preferences like sliding doors or bi-fold doors, and of course where the project is situated.The following is a checklist which can be used as a start for window and door purchasing: Are you: Building a new home Extending and / or
Merry Christmas & Best Wishes for 2021
Tuesday, December 22, 2020Tony & Edith Paarhammer and the Paarhammer Team would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2021.Paarhammer will close for Christmas and New Year at 4pm on Tues 22nd Dec, re-opening on Wed 13th Jan 2021 at 8.30am. We look forward to working with you in the new year.
Advantages of Lift-slide Sliding Doors
Tuesday, December 15, 2020With the weather warming up in the southern states, we look forward to outdoor entertaining. Alfresco dining is especially popular in the summer months and to delineate the space between indoors and outdoors, wide opening doors are on the wish-list for many homeowners. Great outdoor spaces that are visible through glass give the feeling of increased living space. Sophisticated lift-slide sliding doors are the perfect fit. How Lift-slide sliding doors work Lift-slide sliding doors lift up first – as the name implies - before you slide them wide open. This feature allows the doors to seal perfectly when closed, providing
MultiFunction wins National Award
Thursday, November 19, 2020This project by Insite Design has just received the 2020 Design Matters National Building Design Awards - Winner – Commercial – under $2M. The building includes a new double height timber framed glazed facade overlooking a garden setting with mature Melia (white cedar) tree. In order to keep the double height glazed façade as expansive & simple as possible, laminated Victorian Ash timber was used to provide structural strength to act as both glazing & structural frame, resulting in no visible structure - just a timber framed façade. The Paarhammer ECO-façade also offers the highest level of thermal efficiency for
Claiming energy stars
Tuesday, November 10, 2020In a recent article in ‘The Conversation’ some builders are said to use the star rating system in a way that could mislead customers. The same can be said of the window industry. If you are looking for highly energy efficient windows, do not believe claims like ‘best energy efficient windows in Australia’ if this claim cannot be independently proven.WERS – Window Energy Rating Scheme – is the Australian rating system that gives windows stars for cooling and for heating. It also rates windows for their U-value and air-infiltration. The lower the U-value, the higher the energy efficiency of the
Pivot Entrance Doors - or not?
Tuesday, October 27, 2020Wide entrance doors seem to become all the rage. Why? They look impressive and are also practical as you can move large things in and out of the home. Are they working well? Often you may have a wide entrance door but a pivot hinge is used, hence the actual walk through space is not wider than a standard hinged door. Also traditional door jambs and butt hinges struggle with larger – especially wider – doors. Meet the Paarhammer entrance door Featuring hinging which carry up to 200kg easily, you can now have a wide door which opens really wide.
Heritage Windows and Doors
Thursday, September 24, 2020Are you living in - or working on - a Victorian or Edwardian building? Would you like to update windows and doors to make them more energy-efficient and secure, keep out noise and reduce drafts? Paarhammer ‘Heritage Windows’ are the perfect solution. Mimicking double hung windows in looks Paarhammer’s Heritage windows offer high performance in windows which are double glazed and combine all the advantages of modern technology with the look of yesteryear. WindowsThe windows are tilt & turn style but with a 48mm horizontal bar to look just like a double-hung window. Even flyscreens can now be ordered with
Passive House Presentation
Thursday, September 24, 2020Tony Paarhammer has been invited to record a presentation for the South Pacific Passive House Conference 2020. The virtual conference will take place from the 12th to the 16th of October. The Window and Glazing Performance presentation shows facts and figures of why all window ratings are not equal. Learn about the main differences between international standards and what to look out for to achieve the best results. The Australian AFRC / WERS, North American NFRC, European EN, ISO and Passive House ratings are discussed, and key differences explored. Boundary conditions, centre or edge of glass, reference sizes and installation
Bird Strike - Stop it with this glass
Thursday, August 06, 2020The transparent and reflective properties of glass surfaces are a danger for birds as they often do not recognise the danger, and many hundreds of millions of birds die through flying into windows and facades every year. A new glass is changing this destructive trend and creates harmony with nature. A special UV reflective coating is applied to parts of the glass in a Mikado pattern. Birds can see this pattern which for humans is almost invisible. Paarhammer now has access to this exciting glass which can be part of a double or triple glazed glass unit of the Architectural