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Choose your Door Style

Choose your Door Style

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Enjoy your outdoor areas all year-round, whether you’re dining alfresco on balmy nights or rugging up and toasting marshmallows in the heart of winter. The doors you choose to connect these outdoor spaces with the interior of your home largely depends on the building design and your requirements.Paarhammer presents its most popular door designs so you can choose to go inside or out in style:Sliding DoorsInterior/exterior flow comes easy with this crowd-favourite option. Think outside the box with custom-made giant sliding doors, sliding stackers and corner sliders. This space-saving door can slide over a fixed glazed area with no protruding
Clerestory – highlight – tilt windows

Clerestory – highlight – tilt windows

Monday, June 07, 2021

Clerestory windows are usually narrow windows placed at the top of a wall, close to the ceiling or roof. Placed above eye level, these windows let in light but avoid overlooking neighbours. These types of windows have been around since Egyptian times and were later often used in churches, but clerestory windows also provide advantages for modern home designs. Depending on design, a glazed area under the roofline can give the impression of a floating roof. In winter when the sun sits low in the sky, light and sunshine flood into the room through high glazing making it warm and welcoming, while
Benefits of triple glazed windows

Benefits of triple glazed windows

Monday, May 10, 2021

While double glazing is a step in the right direction if you are looking for energy efficiency, comfort and security, triple glazing is even better. Especially in a Passive House project where triple glazing with soft-coat low-E glass is used. Glazing In a double-glazed insulated glass unit (IGU) there are 2 panes of glass, sealed, with a space in between. This space can either contain air or is argon gas filled for higher performance. The most energy efficient distance in between the glass panes is from 12mm to 20mm. This is set with a spacer.In a triple glazed insulated glass unit (IGU)
Safe Access for All

Safe Access for All

Monday, April 19, 2021

Whether you want to build a new home or retrofit your existing home, Paarhammer external doors with an optional level threshold that stops drafts, noise and water are the ideal solution and provide safe access for all. Now the zero-threshold designed and patented in Germany has received several awards.AwardsALUMAT is the recipient of the German Design Award for the zero threshold, and also recently received Passive House certification. In addition, this magnetic threshold has been recognised by the internet platform ‘bfb – barrier free building’. bfb determines annually the best barrier-free building products and solutions that enable comfortable and safe
Energy Efficient Bay Windows for Modern Homes

Energy Efficient Bay Windows for Modern Homes

Monday, February 08, 2021

Bay windows are often associated with more traditional homes, but can you also have modern bay windows suitable for high energy efficient homes? Or corner windows without bulky corner post?  Bay windows are usually made up of three parts of which one is straight and the other two are angled back to create an alcove. They let light in from different directions and therefore add extra daylight to a room. The space within a bay window is very versatile and could be used as a reading corner, a day bed, built-in shelving and more.  A bay window can become the
MultiFunction wins National Award

MultiFunction wins National Award

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

This project by Insite Design has just received the 2020 Design Matters National Building Design Awards - Winner – Commercial – under $2M. The building includes a new double height timber framed glazed facade overlooking a garden setting with mature Melia (white cedar) tree. In order to keep the double height glazed façade as expansive & simple as possible, laminated Victorian Ash timber was used to provide structural strength to act as both glazing & structural frame, resulting in no visible structure - just a timber framed façade. The Paarhammer ECO-façade also offers the highest level of thermal efficiency for
Claiming energy stars

Claiming energy stars

Monday, November 09, 2020

In a recent article in ‘The Conversation’ some builders are said to use the star rating system in a way that could mislead customers. The same can be said of the window industry. If you are looking for highly energy efficient windows, do not believe claims like ‘best energy efficient windows in Australia’ if this claim cannot be independently proven.WERS – Window Energy Rating Scheme – is the Australian rating system that gives windows stars for cooling and for heating. It also rates windows for their U-value and air-infiltration. The lower the U-value, the higher the energy efficiency of the
Paarhammer featured on Small Business Secrets - SBS

Paarhammer featured on Small Business Secrets - SBS

Sunday, March 01, 2020

An exciting day of filming wrapped up last week here at the Paarhammer facility for an upcoming episode of ‘Small Business Secrets’ to air on SBS. Small Business Secrets focuses on the stories of migrant entrepreneurs who have turned their business dreams into reality. It all started out of necessity when Tony and Edith were planning to build their own house here in Victoria and were unable to find high performing European style windows and doors similar to those in Austria where they had grown up. From there the dream of helping others to live in a comfortable house with
New Windows for your Renovation

New Windows for your Renovation

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Increase energy-efficiency, security and sound protection in existing buildings. Windows play a very important role in buildings. They let in light but at the same time protect the home from wind, rain and cold, as well as noise and emissions. If your windows don’t perform well anymore it might be time to think about replacing them. Modern double or triple glazed products can save up to 75% of heating bills, or even up to 84% of cooling costs. The warmer months are the best time for renovations, including to change over windows and doors. Some companies have long waiting lists,
Energy Standards

Energy Standards

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

A recent study has shown that Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard. Increase the mandatory 6-star rating by just one star however, and you will reduce your heating and cooling needs – and your energy bills – by about 30 percent. The Nationwide House Energy Rating (NatHERS) is a star rating from 0 to 10 that measures how energy efficient a house is, based on its design. The rating applies to the building envelope: the roof, walls, floor and windows. Houses with higher HERs are more naturally comfortable
New lower U-values

New lower U-values

Thursday, July 11, 2019

   The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) enables windows to be rated and labelled for their energy impact on a whole house, in any climate of Australia. Paarhammer recently had some of their windows and doors re-tested with different glazing options and achieved excellent results. A Custom Rating on WERS provides an exact rating for a window product, based on its exact materials and specifications for frame, glazing and other components. Weather tightness is based on reported air infiltration data obtained according to the AS 2047 performance test. WERS is independent of any one manufacturer and acts as a fair,
Window Trends

Window Trends

Wednesday, October 10, 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