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Light and Shadow when using Altair Louvre Windows

IMG_9721a_lowresLight and Shadow when using Altair Louvre Windows

With almost the entire eastern façade of the Breezway Head Office (in Australia) made up of a wall of Altair Louvre Windows there are two characteristics of our building that most visitors comment on….1) How pleasant it is to feel the breeze and 2) How much natural light streams into our building.

There’s another aspect that I really enjoy which few visitors get to see because it only happens first thing in the morning when the sun is low in the sky – and that is the light patterns caused by the angled, open blades.

Our Altair Louvre Windows have green tinted glass blades to reduce the amount of heat entering the building in the form of sunlight. The sunlight passing through the tinted blades and the sunlight passing between the tinted blades forms geometric patterns on the walls and floors.

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Comparing the energy efficiency of ‘Esky’ buildings

beachComparing the energy efficiency of ‘Esky’ buildings to passively designed buildings.

Years ago I attended a week long training course in the conference centre of a large hotel right on the beachfront. The food was pretty good but the conference room felt a bit like a dungeon! There were no windows at all and one of the presenters had this cruel theory that making the air conditioning extra cold would ensure that no-one fell asleep during the after-lunch sessions.

A few years later I attended another conference at a different venue that was also only 100m from the ocean. In contrast, this venue had windows looking out to the ocean and we could enjoy the fresh ocean breezes.

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Enjoy the day while reducing your electricity bill

IMG_0212Enjoy the day while reducing your electricity bill – open your office windows!

It’s a beautiful winter’s day in Brisbane (Australia) today: blue skies, 23C with a breeze blowing from the west. Unlike most other office workers around the city today, I can actually feel the breeze. It’s not because I’m working outside though, it’s because the air conditioning is off and the office windows are open. No, I don’t work in a small home office, the Breezway head office here in the suburb of Coorparoo (Queensland) has a floor area of 660m2 spread over 3 floors.

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