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First Impression: Entrance Doors

Friday, February 21, 2014 Paarhammer

Your entrance door is like your business card: when visitors come to your home the entrance door will give a first impression. In today’s market there are many designs available from modern to traditional, from blending in to making a statement. The design should suit the house so that ‘curb appeal’ works as a whole and makes your home inviting. But your entrance door should not only look good but work well. After choosing the right d ..

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Q&A Bushfire

Friday, January 17, 2014 Paarhammer

Peter: Hi, congratulation on the flame zone product an the certification. Your wording for NSW refers to RFS saying wooden frames not allowed. But depending on wording of permit and certifies. Can you steer me in the right direction. On a previous permit for renos on my house as long as I stated built according to Australian standards and Building codes of Australia as amended. At the time private certifiers still weren’t to prevelant ..

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Burglaries - protect what's dear to you

Thursday, December 12, 2013 Paarhammer

During 2012/13 there have been 28,915 residential burglaries in Victoria alone with 2,716 of aggravated burglaries. (Source: Victoria Police Crime Statistics, 28 Aug 2013) 15 seconds – that’s how long a professional burglar needs on average to get through a door or window into a house. The consequences of a burglary are high financial damage of all sorts: next to the stolen goods which have to be replaced, often burglars leave behind wilf ..

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Q&A

Thursday, December 05, 2013 Paarhammer

Palma: With having so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagiarism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any ways to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it. Tony: Hi Palma,thanks for your concern. In our case we don’t mind  ..

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Back to Timber

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Paarhammer

For numerous reasons wood is making a come-back as building material of choice. Led by the famous award winning ‘Forte’ – the tallest apartment building made of cross laminated timber in the Southern Hemisphere, more and more architects are using timber in a major way. Michael Green and his firm in Canada developed North Americas tallest timber building with a height of 27.5metre, the new home of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. In  ..

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Glass Matters

Monday, October 14, 2013 Paarhammer

Glass is an important factor for the performance of windows and doors. Here are some terms and explanations and how glass can be used: Annealed Glass: the common flat glass often used in double glazing. It tends to break into large jagged shards. Toughened Glass: annealed glass is heated to above 600 °C and the surface then rapidly cooled, resulting in increased resistance to breakage. If it does break it breaks into small regular, mo ..

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U-value of 0.8

Thursday, September 05, 2013 Paarhammer

Hot off the press! The latest energy efficiency test for Paarhammer achieved a very low 0.8 U-value. Testing is performed for the whole window system which includes the frame, glass, seals and spacers. All components make a difference to the energy used in your home. A lower U-value number indicates better energy efficiency. Tested by Ian Bennie & Associates, an Australian Fenestration Rating Council - AFRC – accredited organisation,  ..

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Q&A Bushfire

Tuesday, September 03, 2013 Paarhammer

Martin: My son has to build in a so called flame zone, at least for his north east facing windows. Do you make to order only, or do you have stock sizes? What is the rough cost according to size. Tony: Hi Martin, we don’t have any standard sizes as we make to order. For costing best to give us a call on 03 5368 1999 or send through plans to mail@paarhammer.com.au .Please include your (or your sons) phone number so we can call i ..

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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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Renovations on the Rise

Monday, June 24, 2013 Paarhammer

Australia's love affair with renovating is expected to continue with property equity levels beginning to improve. In Victoria, current levels of housing starts remain higher than anywhere else and renovation investments are at record levels. The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveal that in 2012 building approvals for home renovations totalled $6.35 billion or around $500 million every month. This trend  ..

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