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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
Window Care and Maintenance

Window Care and Maintenance

Thursday, August 02, 2018

If in doubt, use water and a soft sponge The timber floor in the living room, the glass in the shower, the family car, all these areas of our lives receive some care and maintenance on a regular basis. On the other hand, windows and doors are often neglected. The only focus may be on the cleaning of the glass, and this can be done without proper consideration to the health of the glass. With a little bit of effort, windows and doors remain functioning, and looking as good as new even after years of service. At least twice a
RACV Tiny Home Open this weekend

RACV Tiny Home Open this weekend

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The RACV Tiny Home is on display this weekend from 10am to 4pm behind Her Majesty’s Theatre as part of Open House Melbourne. Designed by architect Peter Maddison from Grand Designs Australia, it features a Paarhammer bi-fold door as part of sustainable living. Using smart design principles and carefully chosen materials, this concept showcases what contributes to creating a home that is not only comfortable to live in but more affordable to run. The floor space of the Tiny Home is just 18.75 square meter with a head space of 3.6 meter, the weight is 7.5 tonnes and it features
Energy Performance of Buildings

Energy Performance of Buildings

Thursday, July 05, 2018

New rules by the European Commission will make existing buildings in Europe smarter and more energy efficient, saving money and creating jobs in the renovation and construction sector. How about in Australia? Like the EU countries, Australia has signed the Paris Agreement, promising to decrease emissions and energy use. Buildings are the culprit everywhere and windows are a big part of that. As the population increases, Australia needs an additional 185,000 new dwellings every year. We also have a large stock of existing dwellings that have been built without energy efficiency in mind. The recently ratified rules of the European
Compare windows and makers

Compare windows and makers

Friday, June 15, 2018

In days gone by the builder often chose the different components for your home, but that was then. Now, thanks to our greater understanding of the choices available many of us research all aspects of our proposed build or renovating project, from the latest building products to bathtubs and low flow shower heads. We google, we read blogs, we compare. And what about windows? Windows and doors are a major investment, so you want to get it right the first time. But this is not so easy. Windows and doors have many different components, just as a couch is made
Correct Ventilation and Energy Efficiency

Correct Ventilation and Energy Efficiency

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Well sealed windows and high energy glazing save energy and provide a comfortable living environment – and that’s how the danger of mould growth increases. This seeming contrast is easy to explain. During the normal use of a living space large amounts of steam are released, e.g. through cooking, washing, showering or washing dishes. Also every human dispenses about ½ litre of water through the skin and even more than 1 litre through breathing into the air. On average we release about 10 litres of humidity into the air each day per person, including our activities. But the air cannot
Watch Videos of the Forever House

Watch Videos of the Forever House

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Inspiration for the Forever House came from a 300 year old Moonah tree which takes centre-stage in the design by Bellemo & Cat Architects. The tree being so close to the building meant that this elevation needed to comply with bushfire attack level BAL-40. Easy to achieve with the tested and compliant Paarhammer ‘Bushfire Safe Range’ windows and doors, combined with Viridian PyroGuard 40 double glazing units. In addition to highly energy efficient windows and doors, the home has many sustainable features, including solar panels, a solar hydronic heat system, heat pumps for water, water tanks and fans. Featuring bluestone
Keep warm this winter

Keep warm this winter

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Paarhammer run their window manufacturing facilities sustainably, including their waste reduction system. All sawdust and offcuts are shredded and compressed into wood briquettes. No glue is used, only high pressure, and the outcome are briquettes with a density and heat output equal to Redgum. These briquettes are offered to the public in spud crates of around 800-900kg. They are suitable for all wood heaters, so why not stay warm this winter and do something for the environment at the same time. Get your box of wood-briquettes for just $77 per around 1m3 including GST. Pick-up only, please call 03 53681999
Komfortline

Komfortline

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Increased energy costs, an increased awareness of our environment, the costs of home building or renovating, and the need to reduce these costs where possible are all common factors facing builders and home owners. Now there is a cost effective way to get the results you want without the price tag.  Komfortline by Paarhammer, is the perfect solution for conscientious builders looking for energy efficient products and ways to value add for their clients, and home owners looking for budget friendly windows and doors. Sanded, primed and paint ready, the range comprises of double glazed European style tilt turn windows, fixed