FSC® Friday 30th of September

Thursday, September 29, 2016 Paarhammer

Every two seconds, somewhere on Earth an area of forest the size of a football field is clear cut by illegal loggers. Products of illegal timber trade can be found everywhere, from building sites to private homes. A FSC® - Forest Stewardship Council® - logo means that you can be confident you are not contributing to the destruction of the world’s forests. FSC® ensures that the rights and needs of local people and workers have been  ..

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Bushfire ready

Friday, January 29, 2016 Paarhammer

With the bushfire season well and truly started, it might be timely to investigate the Australian Standard for building in bushfire areas, as well as doing research on suitable building materials if you are planning to build or extend in a bushfire prone area. Each state government provides current and new development information for building in bushfire prone areas on their websites, e.g. the Government of Western Australia has re ..

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Do your Windows comply?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Paarhammer

Recently some high profile projects were in the media for all the wrong reasons: their windows did not comply to the Australian Standard. The Australian Standards AS2047 and AS1288 set out minimum mandatory specifications under the Building Code of Australia which your windows and doors have to meet. All window manufacturers must comply with this Standard and must be able to verify compliance on request. The tests for AS2047 include a Def ..

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When you talk about the energy efficiency of windows, it is not just the glass but the whole window system, which includes the frame, glass, seals and spacers. All components make a difference to the energy used in your home. Tested window products receive a rating called the U-value. A lower number indicates more energy efficiency. The U-value can be as high as 7.5 in some windows and doors and as low as 0.8 for extremely energy efficient products (0.8 is Paarhammer’s latest and best rating).

The testing of energy efficiency must be performed by a rating organisation which is accredited by the AFRC – Australian Fenestration Rating Council. This ensures the testing is consistent for all products, follows the Building Code of Australia and protects consumers. These ratings are published by WERS (Window Energy Rating Scheme).

WERS is underwritten by the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Office as part of its commitment to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the build environment. WERS is independent of any individual manufacturer and is managed by the AWA (Australian Window Association).

Different countries test energy efficiency levels differently, and the U-value number results cannot easily be transferred to Australian ratings. In Europe, the U-values of windows are calculated using different temperature conditions, and in the United States of America the final data is based on imperial units.

Comfort, amenity and resale value are improved by using high-performance windows. Not unlike buying a fridge, washing machine or other appliance for their star rating, the window industry has progressed to offering true consumer goods viewed as performance appliances for energy, noise and security.

As a consumer you should insist on receiving an energy rating certificate which states the energy efficiency ratings of your windows and doors.

More info on www.wers.net

 

Energy Rating Certificate

Friday, August 09, 2013 Paarhammer

When you talk about the energy efficiency of windows, it is not just the glass but the whole window system, which includes the frame, glass, seals and spacers. All components make a difference to the energy used in your home. Tested window products receive a rating called the U-value. A lower number indicates more energy efficiency. The U-value can be as high as 7.5 in some windows and doors and as low as 0.8 for extremely energy efficie ..

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