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Breezway Altair Louvre Windows can be used to enclose outdoor balconies so you can create extra year round living space for the whole family to enjoy. Not only do Altair Louvres in outdoor rooms provide extra living space, but they can also act as a primary noise...read more
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...read more
We all want the best for our children. We want them to do well in their studies, remain in good health, be friendly and have good manners. While I haven’t seen any scientific studies recently about how to improve their manners or be more friendly, there are many...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
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...read more
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 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.read more
Comparing 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.read more
Enjoy 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.read more