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Typhoon Haiyan, which is also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda by the locals in the Philippines, was one of the most intense tropical cyclones on record, devastating various sections of Southeast Asia particularly the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Tearing through the...read more
The true test of a window is not how it performs in light breezes and gentle rain, but rather how well it resists strong winds and heavy, wind-driven rain. And the most severe test is a monsoon. Some interesting observations were recently noted on the performance of...read more
When mentally putting together their dream home after watching their favourite architecture or home renovation TV show, few people‘s thoughts about windows would extend much beyond wanting to frame views, or perhaps wanting to maximise natural light. Most people are...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
“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
Cleaning Louvre Windows Made Easy!
Cleaning windows. It’s not a very exciting topic. But no-one wants their view obscured by dirty windows so it’s a topic worth considering nonetheless. Cleaning the inside of a window is straightforward but, if you’re not on the ground floor, cleaning the outside of a window can be tricky, or even downright dangerous. Who wants to be hanging out of windows, stretching to clean the furthest corners?
One of the unique features of louvre windows compared to other window types is that both the inside and the outside of the window can be cleaned from inside the building.read more
Breezway Louvres Breathe New Life into SMK Subang Jaya
Breezway’s care for the community and our deep commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), was demonstrated in our sponsorship of Breezway Louvre Windows for Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Subang Jaya in Selangor. Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Subang Jaya, a school that is more than 40 years old, was in dire need of new windows as the existing louvres were rusty and in bad condition.
As part of its CSR efforts, Breezway undertook the refurbishment of the classroom with new Breezway Louvres and glass, in collaboration with Hargrave Corporation Sdn Bhd, who provided the labor for installation.read more
Breezway Features in the Star Newspaper
Breezway recently advertised in Malaysia’s latest issue of the Star Newspaper in the ‘Going Green’ supplement which was published on 6th December, 2015. Our advertisement promotes the new sophisticated Powerlouvre Window and Apptivate Control Unit that allows homeowners to easily control natural airflow into their home to keep the room at a comfortable temperature at any time of day. The new Apptivate Control Unit has an in-built temperature and timer sensor and uses Bluetooth technology which enables users to operate Powerlouvre Windows from their smartphones and tablets or by the touch sensitive wall switch.
In addition to this, we also received a quarter page editorial that further promotes the sustainability benefits of using Altair Louvre Window products in innovative designs.read more
Useable Outdoor Living Space with Breezway Louvres
Most people love being outdoors. We love outdoor sports. We love the beach. We love bushwalking. So it’s not surprising that we love our homes to include outdoor living spaces too. These 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 co-operating, our outdoor living areas can become un-useable spaces.
These days more and more people are living in apartment buildings with outdoor living spaces in the form of balconies. The relatively more compact floor space of apartments increases the value of the outdoor living space of balconies and therefore makes it even more frustrating when that outdoor living space is un-useable due to rain, wind or cold.
Altair Louvre Windows can be used to enclose these balconies. They seal tightly to provide protection from afternoon thunderstorms or windy days and create pleasant sunrooms on cool, sunny days.read more
Obscure Glass Louvre Window Blades
One of the best reasons to use Altair Louvre Windows in bathrooms is their ability to offer both privacy and ventilation simultaneously.
Another great blade option for this is obscure glass which allows abundant natural light while still providing privacy. Obscure glass has been available for decades but traditionally in the form of glass with patterning on one of the surfaces.
These days obscure glass with a flatter appearance tends to be more popular with this achieved by processing one face of the glass, or by a white laminating interlayer. Laminated glass though is not suitable for use in louvre windows as the edges of laminated glass are exposed to weathering, which can cause the glass to de-laminate within a few years.
Breezway offers silkscreen glass for this type of application.read more
Ventilation Through Windows with Restricted Openings – Buyer Beware
The amount of ventilation through an Altair Louvre Window with its openings restricted is relatively unaffected, but for many window types a restricted opening device will severely reduce the ventilation through the window.
The picture displayed in this article is of a home spotted recently in subtropical Queensland, Australia where it appears that the chain winder of the window has been detached and a piece of timber is being used to hold the window open, most likely in an attempt to get some fresh air into the room.read more