Paarhammer has announced that its tilt & turn timber windows, doors and sliding doors are now Flame Zone-approved, making them the first doors and windows in Australia that do not require additional shutters or fire screens in Flame Zone designated areas.

Up to now, the new Australian Standard for buildings in bushfire-prone areas (AS3959-2009 and AS1530.8.2.), allowed only windows combined with a screen system for buildings in the highest Bushfire Attack Level (BAL-FZ).

Paarhammer has developed its tilt & turn timber windows, doors and sliding doors to withstand temperatures exceeding 850 degrees over 30 minutes, with a cooling down period of one hour.

Subsequent fire safety and risk testing to AS 3959-2009 and AS 1530.8.2 was conducted by Exova Warringtonfire Melbourne, with Paarhammer's products passing beyond expectations.

After the test, the tilt & turn, sliding and locking operation of Paarhammer's windows and doors was found to be in perfect working order, with the inside of the products showing no signs of the fire and heat generated by the test, which simulated the highest level of bushfire outside.

Radiated heat through the windows and doors did not exceed 6kW, which is less than half of the 15kW allowed by the Australian Standard 3959-2009 and AS 1530.8.2.