When designing a home, future homeowners rarely think much about windows beyond wanting to frame views, or maximising natural light.

According to Breezway Product Manager Clinton Dickens, most people are unaware of the various advantages and disadvantages associated with the different types of windows.

All windows are designed to keep out rain and let light in; however, where they differ is in the number of benefits they deliver to the home or building. Using a comparison table, Breezway has explained the various characteristics of different window designs, showing how Altair louvre windows perform against conventional window choices such as awning windows, sliding or double hung windows, casement windows and fixed windows on a range of criteria.

The different window types have been evaluated on several performance factors including the extent that the window can be opened for ventilation; effect of large window sizes on ventilation openings; practicality of leaving the window open for ventilation during light rain; support for window automation; hazards to passers-by; privacy and ventilation; ability to be screened; ability to provide safety from falls while allowing good ventilation; and air infiltration.

Altair louvre windows have performed extremely well on all of the criteria.

For instance, the Altair louvre window can be fully opened for ventilation regardless of the window size or shape. Altair louvre windows can be left open during light rain without fear of water ingress. These windows can also be automated for convenience.

The multiple ventilation openings in Altair louvre windows deliver both privacy and fresh air to the resident. Compliant with the fall prevention requirements of the Australian Building Code, Altair louvre windows can also be fitted with screens.

Altair louvre windows have been successfully tested to both BAL-29 and BAL-40 ratings without requiring bushfire shutters.