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...
Three great benefits of positioning Altair Louvre Windows up high

Three great benefits of positioning Altair Louvre Windows up high

It’s not uncommon to see short, wide windows (particularly Altair Louvre Windows) installed near the ceiling and above head height. These windows are commonly known as highlight or clerestory windows and besides looking great, they also offer a number of specific...
Is there such a thing as a window with impenetrable security”?

Is there such a thing as a window with impenetrable security”?

Claims of “impenetrable” security should always be met with some scepticism. After all, ‘impenetrable’ is a pretty big claim! Would it resist a crowbar, or a hammer? What about a bull-dozer, or the jaws of life? And even if a window was ‘impenetrable’, would it offer...
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...