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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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Top 5 Renovation Regrets

Monday, November 16, 2015 Paarhammer

Insufficient insulation, air leakage, poor lighting, not selecting double glazing, and poor design are the Top 5 renovation regrets, according to the research of the Victorian Government and as stated on their website www.sustainability.vic.gov.au (http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households/energy-efficiency/smarter-renovations/top-5-renovation-regrets) Let’s look at those regrets in the context of Paarhamm ..

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Francesco the Robot

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Paarhammer

Latest technology in window manufacturing: making windows and doors is not as it used to be. To make technologically advanced products which save energy, are draft proof and sound proof as well as bushfire safe, advanced machinery is a must. Enter Francesco, Paarhammer’s newest recruit. An Italian, Francesco is handsome and sometimes a bit temperamental. He has been named after the software technician who trained him. Francesco ..

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Sustainable Production

Monday, June 22, 2015 Paarhammer

It is not enough to produce sustainable products from sustainable materials, the manufacturing process and facility have to fit in with the overall ideology at Paarhammer. When building the new factory 5 years ago several sustainable features were included: Light Management: an automatic monitor dims lights or turns them off depending on natural light levels at each workplace. This results in better and constant light to work in for staff ..

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Fensterbau Frontale 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 Paarhammer

Paarhammer has visited the bi-annual expo in Nuremberg again this year, taking several key staff. As a market leader in innovation and energy efficiency, Paarhammer is always striving to be at the forefront of the window industry. Fensterbau is a great place to keep up-to-date. Trends for the future and new hardware solutions can be seen at the world’s leading trade fair for windows, doors, facades and shading. The wish for more sustainab ..

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New ECO-Facade

Monday, March 03, 2014 Paarhammer

Great News: ECO Facade was awarded ‘Best New Product’ by Selector at the recent DesignBuild Melbourne Energy Efficient and sustainable Glass Facades are now a reality. With a low U-value from 0.8 you can’t go past the new glass façade by Paarhammer, released at this year’s Designbuild. Constructed from timber, double and triple glazing and aluminium cladding, curtain walls have come a long way. Door, windows, fixed glass or solid pan ..

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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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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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This post is in answer to a question under 'Ask Tony' as the topic of bushfire, especially Flame Zone might interest a number of readers.

Rob asks: We live in NSW in a FZ area and would like to use your windows as these are the only ones approved to the AS for Flame Zone. We are told we cannot use them as they are timber. Any solutions?

Tony's anwers: Unfortunately NSW is a bit different to the rest of Australia. While we have done a number of Flame Zone jobs outside Sydney, it depends on the wording of your Planning Permit and on your Building Inspector whether you are allowed to use our timber BAL-FZ windows and doors or not.

The RFS in NSW has a Fast Fact Paper as an advice document for local councils and fire engineers which states no timber to be used for window frames disregarding whether they comply with the relevant Australian Standard or not. Unfortunately Councils rarely rule against this advice, but please keep in mind that the NSW RFS is in their own words ‘only an advisory body and not a certifying body’.

The sad thing is that this Fast Fact advise allows aluminium windows with aluminium shutters to be used. A small fact from our Flame Zone test: The aluminium handle of our sliding door melted within 10 minutes into the Flame Zone test AS1530.8.2.

Observation on the timber showed that the timber was charred during the gruelling 30 minutes test at plus 850 degrees in the test furnace. After our timber windows and doors were removed from the furnace there was no visible flaming. The test also includes another 60 minutes as a cooling down period.

Our innovative window and door solution for Flame Zone passed the relevant Australian Standard test without any problems whatsoever and are therefore approved for use in the highest bushfire area BAL-FZ according to the Australian Standard (NSW can be tricky).

 

Flame Zone in NSW

Monday, June 17, 2013 Paarhammer

This post is in answer to a question under 'Ask Tony' as the topic of bushfire, especially Flame Zone might interest a number of readers. Rob asks: We live in NSW in a FZ area and would like to use your windows as these are the only ones approved to the AS for Flame Zone. We are told we cannot use them as they are timber. Any solutions? Tony's anwers: Unfortunately NSW is a bit different to the rest of Australia. While we have do ..

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