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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
Do Louvre Windows Leak? Even During Monsoons?
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 different window types in the Technical Report on Monsoon Olwyn published by the James Cook University Monsoon (Cyclone) Testing Station(1) in Australia.read more
Comparing Breezway Louvres with Other Aluminium Window Types
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 unaware of the various advantages and disadvantages associated with the various window types.
Whilst some things are common to all window types, like keeping rain out and letting light in, the variety of window designs commonly used in Asia have a number of differences in the benefits that they will bring to your building.read more
Louvre Windows in Schools Can Improve Your Child’s Learning!
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 scientific studies showing that it is possible to improve their performance at school and reduce the frequency that they get sick by simply opening up windows to let in more fresh air.
Studies Showing Improved Learning Outcomes
A study in 2006 showed that children in classrooms with higher outdoor air ventilation rates tend to achieve higher scores on standardised tests in math and reading than children in poorly ventilated classrooms.
Controlled studies published in 1999 and 2000 showed that children perform school work with greater speed as ventilation rates increase. The performance of adults, including teachers and school staff, were also shown to improve with higher ventilation rates.read more
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 homes.
Our Altair Louvre Windows are well suited to these applications for three reasons:
1. They remain fully functional even when using short and wide window shapes,
2. They maximise ventilation, and
3. They are one of the few window types which can be operated when out of reach.
Around 1 in 10 of the Altair Louvre Windows that we manufacture and sell have Ring Handles which are specifically designed for clerestory windows which will be out of reach and will be opened and closed using a Map Rod. Honestly, this frustrates me a bit. Not because I think that Ring Handles are bad, but simply because there are five really good reasons to upgrade these windows to automated Powerlouvre Windows.read more
The Energy Efficiency Benefits of Woven Mesh Screens on Louvres
“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 though that mesh screens offer more benefits than protection from insects and intruders. Specifically they offer some great energy efficiency benefits in the form of shading and thermal insulation.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