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Renovation Hints & Tips when using Breezway Louvre Windows

Renovation Hints & Tips when using Breezway Louvre Windows

Seasoned investors know that the secret to success is to maintain and upgrade a property with the best products on the market. Giving renters and potential buyers a taste of a premium space by carefully selecting high-impact areas for improvement will attract...

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Automated Windows are best for High Level Natural Ventilation

Automated Windows are best for High Level Natural Ventilation

The fact that air rises as it heats up has been used for centuries as a way to draw fresh, cooler air into a building. This is one of the prime reasons that double height voids and windows positioned close to the ceiling are common features of naturally comfortable...

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Useable Outdoor Living Space with Breezway Louvre Windows

Useable Outdoor Living Space with Breezway Louvre Windows

Outdoor living spaces always have some form of protection from the sun and therefore create welcoming, comfortable spaces where we can enjoy the glorious weather… except of course when it’s raining… or very windy… or just plain cold. Truthfully, when the weather isn’t...

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The Energy Benefits of Woven Mesh Screens on Louvre Windows

The Energy Benefits of Woven Mesh Screens on Louvre Windows

“Can your louvre windows be screened?” is one of the most common questions we are asked. Altair Louvre Windows sure can be screened! They can be screened with fibreglass mesh to keep the insects out or woven metal mesh to keep intruders out. Most people don’t realise...

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Ventilation Through Windows with Restricted Openings

Ventilation Through Windows with Restricted Openings

The New Zealand Building Code has measures in place to safeguard occupants from falling through openable windows of 1 metre or more. The amount of ventilation through an Altair Louvre Window with its openings restricted is relatively unaffected, but for many window...

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Light and Shadow when using Altair Louvre Windows

Light 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...

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Comparing the energy efficiency of ‘Esky’ buildings

Comparing the energy efficiency of ‘Esky’ 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...

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Enjoy the day while reducing your electricity bill

Enjoy the day while reducing your electricity bill

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...

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The Double Glazing Myth(s)

The Double Glazing Myth(s)

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” - H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) The energy efficiency of a building is influenced by many different design aspects. Orientation, insulation, ventilation, shading, sealing and building size...

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Two reasons why Altair Louvres should be used in bathrooms

Two reasons why Altair Louvres should be used in bathrooms

It’s not unusual to see Altair Louvre Windows in award winning designs and in the pages of glossy magazines. Not only are they a very stylish window, but they also remain functional at unusual shapes and sizes, allowing them to be fitted in unusual wall spaces, and...

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