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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
Triple Glazing - Even Better

Triple Glazing - Even Better

Monday, May 27, 2019

The trend for even better energy efficient buildings led Paarhammer to ever more research and development. And it seems clients appreciate it. While a large part of the window industry is still struggling to accommodate double glazing – often into existing frames which are not made to carry the extra weight – clients want more. Just in the last few months a number of orders placed at Paarhammer specified that even triple glazing with clear glass was not enough. Hence the new combination on offer is triple glazing with Viridian LightBridge; Low-E in the Architectural Timber or composite Wood-Alu Range.
New Intelligent Glass Technology

New Intelligent Glass Technology

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Ballarat company iGlass has again developed world leading technology with three new intelligent glass options: Sun Shade for variable solar control, Sun Stop for intuitive self-tinting, and Privacy from opaque to transparent. Paarhammer clients can choose to use iGlass glazing systems to control privacy, heat transfer, visible light, glare and UV penetration. Sun Shade This glass has specifically been developed as smart control for sustainable buildings. The Sun Shade glazing system features electrochromic chemicals between two conductive glass sheets. When low voltage is applied, ions start to migrate which causes a transformation from clear to tinted. Changing from light
Window Care and Maintenance

Window Care and Maintenance

Thursday, August 02, 2018

If in doubt, use water and a soft sponge The timber floor in the living room, the glass in the shower, the family car, all these areas of our lives receive some care and maintenance on a regular basis. On the other hand, windows and doors are often neglected. The only focus may be on the cleaning of the glass, and this can be done without proper consideration to the health of the glass. With a little bit of effort, windows and doors remain functioning, and looking as good as new even after years of service. At least twice a
History of Windows

History of Windows

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"The history of architecture is also the history of windows" said Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French pioneer of modern architecture. The modern window does not only consist of glass and frame, it is a complex structure which provides more than only views. Modern architecture is influenced by technological possibilities of window production, meaning that innovations in the window and façade technology open up opportunities for architects in the design of buildings. While ancient China, Korea and Japan widely used paper windows, the Romans were the first known to use glass for windows around 100 AD. In England    animal horn was
Natural Light Equals Happy Homes

Natural Light Equals Happy Homes

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Light in the home is more valued than ever before. We strive to take advantage of the building’s orientation for energy efficiency, to include views and invite nature into our homes, and to enjoy free flowing spaces for entertaining and our individual lifestyles. When asked what people’s aspirations were when building or renovating, the most common responses are: area, light, room, space, living – according to CSR Viridian Consumer Research. Renovation and real estate sites mention similar words: views, space, light, glass, natural, sun. The conclusion is ‘Natural Light/Space = Design Success and Market Appeal’. Coincidentally, research tells us that
Windows that insulate like Walls

Windows that insulate like Walls

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Paarhammer windows are already known for their excellent insulation performance but a new glass technology brings this performance to a completely new level. Heat Mirror Glass is relatively unknown in the Australian market, but has been used for years overseas. For example, New York’s Empire State Building was refurbished in 2010, including the use of Heat Mirror glazing throughout – changes which were projected to save US$4.4M per year and 105,000 tonnes CO2 emission in 15 years. Heat Mirror (HM) insulating glass units (IGU) contain one or more clear, low-emissivity films suspended within the sealed airspace of a dual-pane IGU
Award for ECO-Facade

Award for ECO-Facade

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Featured at Designbuild 2014, the Eco Façade by Paarhammer wins the Selector Best New Product Award 2014, sponsored by Selector and Architectural Product News, and Designbuild. The award encourages innovation, development and improvement of products for use in architectural projects, and the product must have been released to the Australian market during the 12 months prior to Designbuild 2014. The judges for 2014 include Clare Cousins, founding director of Clare Cousins Architects; Jeremy McLeod, founding director of Breathe Architecture; and Nick Deans, project professional at Woods Bagot. The energy efficient and sustainable glass façade, with a low U-value from 0.8,
Glass Matters

Glass Matters

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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, mostly square fragments. Laminated glass: this is made of two or more layers of glass with an interlayer bonded in between, providing safety and security. In