The owners of a new home located on the edge of the north coast of Tasmania overlooking the blue waters of Bass Strait chose Paarhammer windows and doors to meet both functional and aesthetic objectives.

After spending some time at the award-winning Saffire Freycinet Resort in Tasmania, where Paarhammer windows and doors have been installed, the clients made their decision as designers and owner/builders to select Paarhammer as their window and door supplier. The clients sought to maximise the breath-taking views from the stunning location as well as increase their comfort level within the house by reducing extreme temperature fluctuations.

A wall of Paarhammer’s triple glazed fixed glass units combined with openable lift-slide doors provides sweeping views of the land and water. Tall narrow vertical windows were also installed adjoining floor to ceiling expanses of fixed glass to enhance the wide unbroken view while also incorporating air circulation. A casement opening in these venting windows allows controlled air flow into the home. The windows are locked into position with a multi-point locking system. Flyscreens have been fixed to the narrow vertical windows while the large fixed windows frame the view without interruption.

The giant lift-slide doors, which have to withstand extreme winds of up to 150km per hour, are manufactured with a unique airtight framing design, incorporating multi-level rubber seals to eliminate drafts.

Paarhammer’s Victorian Ash timber windows and doors have been sealed with a clear finish on the interior, enhancing the beauty and warmth of the timber, and are painted on the exterior to enhance the architecture.

Manufactured at the Paarhammer factory in country Victoria, the windows and doors together with a glass lifter were shipped to the Tasmanian project. The extra-large triple glazed glass units were delivered directly by Viridian and then installed onsite.

The location as well as the extremely high wind speeds presented huge challenges; however, Paarhammer was able to achieve the best solution for the project with U-values of 1.0 to 1.8 and low air infiltration of 0.05 to 0.3 for openable windows and doors.

Motivated by the superior insulating properties of Paarhammer’s triple glazed windows, the clients specified R 4.0 insulation in the walls and ceiling with additional R 2.0 under the Cliplock roof and a polished concrete floor over Waffle Pods with in-slab hydronic heating.

The house has been able to achieve an energy rating of 8.8 stars, enabling the clients to enjoy their unique home and stunning views in extreme comfort.