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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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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Are your windows child safe?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Paarhammer

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in NSW reported that from 1998 to 2011 there have been 113 young children admitted after falling from windows. To reduce such incidents the National Construction Code now requires window barriers to openable windows where the sill is less than 1.7m above floor level and the floor below the window is more than 2m above the surface beneath, effective from May 2013. These new rules apply for all w ..

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