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Triple Glazing - Even Better

Triple Glazing - Even Better

Monday, May 27, 2019

The trend for even better energy efficient buildings led Paarhammer to ever more research and development. And it seems clients appreciate it. While a large part of the window industry is still struggling to accommodate double glazing – often into existing frames which are not made to carry the extra weight – clients want more. Just in the last few months a number of orders placed at Paarhammer specified that even triple glazing with clear glass was not enough. Hence the new combination on offer is triple glazing with Viridian LightBridge; Low-E in the Architectural Timber or composite Wood-Alu Range.
Optimum Window Placement

Optimum Window Placement

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

An important aspect in building, renovating or extending are windows and doors. Not only can they define the outside of your home but they are also important to the way you use each room. They let in natural light, allow for a view, and how you interact with the outdoors. Living areas facing north If at all possible orientate your living areas towards the north. Then add large windows to get the best natural light with the biggest amount of solar heat gain in winter and heat protection in summer. This will allow the sun in to warm up your
Cyclone Proof Windows

Cyclone Proof Windows

Monday, April 08, 2019

Recently Paarhammer had their Wood-Alu composite window tested, and achieved the highest rating for windows with N6, C4 (general) and N5, C3 (corner) with the Ultimate Limit State Pressure Testing result at +5900 Pa and -5900 Pa. This test as per Australian Standard AS2047-2014 covers Structural Deflection, Air Infiltration, Water Penetration Resistance and Ultimate Strength, and was performed by a NATA-accredited testing facility in Melbourne. Under the National Construction Code (NCC), the Building Code of Australia (BCA) is a set of technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings throughout Australia. It allows for variations in climate, and geological
New barrier-free door threshold

New barrier-free door threshold

Monday, February 04, 2019

External hinged doors with a level threshold that stop drafts would be the ideal in many situations. No door draft stoppers - or fabric door snakes - just a perfect level seal to keep out drafts, noise and water. This is now possible with the new patented barrier-free magnetic threshold by Alumat-Frey GmbH, Germany. How does the barrier free door threshold work? When the door is closed, 2 double seals with silicone contact in the threshold are automatically attracted to the 2 magnetic strips at the bottom of the door. The seals come up from the level threshold, meet the
Bushfire Compliance

Bushfire Compliance

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Flame Zone (BAL-FZ) product testing requires successful completion of the AS1530.8.2-2007 test. This test has a 30 minute furnace cycle and a 60 minute cooling down cycle in which the product still has to keep its integrity. Part of the test is also a radiant heat requirement of a maximum of 15kW/m2 on the inside. Paarhammer BAL-FZ products showed a heat flux on the non-fire side of between 1kW/m2 and 2kW/m2 in the test, depending on the product. This is just 1/10th of the allowed radiant heat. To put this into perspective, naked skin can tolerate 5kW/m2 for approximately 10 seconds

Bi-fold Doors to open up your house

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bi-fold doors in a variety of configurations and up to 10 metre wide can open up your home for perfect summer entertaining. No bending down or stretching up to open or close shoot-bolts, all you do is turn a handle on every second door for easy operation. Watch this video to see how. For more information please see: Architectural Timber Range - Bi-fold Doors link

Sliding Doors for Entertaining

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Paarhammer sliding doors are available in a variety of configurations, ranges and sizes including corner sliders, stacker sliders and giant sliders. View this video to get ideas for your own build and imagine how your indoor outdoor summer entertaining could be.  For more information on the variety of sliding doors (and other doors) please see: Architectural Timber Range Komfort+ Timber Range Wood-Alu Range
Coastal Solutions

Coastal Solutions

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

If you are lucky enough to build near the coast, there are a few things to consider, e.g. do all your building materials stand up to strong winds bringing salt and sand to your front door? Higher levels of alkaline, moisture, salt and corrosive deposits can significantly affect the performance and lifespan of windows and doors. The combination of salt, humidity and wind eat away at all unprepared materials. Hardware for coastal locations For coastal locations, Paarhammer use the Titan AF range of hardware from the German company Siegenia (sold in Australia by Siegware), with the E-look finish. With a
Compliance - the next Step

Compliance - the next Step

Thursday, November 08, 2018

In response to non-compliant building products, the Queensland Government has taken the lead in creating new laws to cover the sale and use of building products, and creating a chain of responsibility. Bunnings Queensland reflects these changes in the updated information on the building products stocked. Compliance information and fitness for intended purpose for a building product must now be provided by each person in the supply chain, to the next person in the supply chain. This includes manufacturers, importers and suppliers who all have a responsibility to ensure that the building product in question is compliant and fit for
Window Trends

Window Trends

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The recent Fenestration conference of the Australian Windows Association has again featured excellent guest speakers on a variety of topics, including future trends for windows and doors which include larger sizes, better insulation and automation. Size One main change, according to what customers want, are ever larger and larger products. No longer are standard window and door sizes on the ‘want’ list of customers but whole walls of glass. To add to this, the need to lower energy use as energy prices rise brings us to the next trend, which is - better insulated products. Insulation Single glazed aluminium windows
New Intelligent Glass Technology

New Intelligent Glass Technology

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Ballarat company iGlass has again developed world leading technology with three new intelligent glass options: Sun Shade for variable solar control, Sun Stop for intuitive self-tinting, and Privacy from opaque to transparent. Paarhammer clients can choose to use iGlass glazing systems to control privacy, heat transfer, visible light, glare and UV penetration. Sun Shade This glass has specifically been developed as smart control for sustainable buildings. The Sun Shade glazing system features electrochromic chemicals between two conductive glass sheets. When low voltage is applied, ions start to migrate which causes a transformation from clear to tinted. Changing from light
Energy Costs versus House Prices

Energy Costs versus House Prices

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

You want to be comfortable in your home, right? To have a fairly even temperature is one of the things which make a house a healthy, comfortable place to live in. If your house is insulated the costs for heating and cooling are low, meanwhile, if your house is not insulated your costs for heating and cooling are high. Home-ownership is still the goal of many Australians. Many get into the housing market by buying a relatively ‘cheaply’ built house. But those are the ones who will be out of pocket for high energy costs the rest of their lives