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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...