Paarhammer Windows & Doors played a key role in a new mixed use development in Canberra achieving an 8 star NaTHERS rating. Paarhammer windows and doors helped the Nishi Complex achieve the coveted thermal performance rating.

The 15-storey NewActon Nishi Complex in Canberra combines beautiful hotel accommodation and event and conference facilities with sophisticated and sustainable apartment living.

Nishi represents a significant advance in environmental sustainable design with every aspect of the complex’s originally Japanese-inspired design carefully considered to benefit tenants with its innovative solar heat retention principles.

Nishi delivers an average 8 star NaTHERS rating while also providing the highest rated appliances, fixtures and fittings. One of Canberra’s most sustainable mixed-use building complexes, Nishi was designed by world-renowned architects, Suppose Design Office (Tokyo) and Fender Katsalidis Architects (Melbourne) in conjunction with engineering consultant group, ARUP (London).

The dual aspect design in the apartment allows for natural ventilation through openable windows and doors. All windows have two opening tilt positions for regular as well as increased ventilation. Paarhammer made almost 200 windows, fixed glazing and glazed doors for the project, using FSC certified Manilkara Bidentata (Pacific Jarrah) timber, which has not been treated and will therefore age to a natural grey colour. High performance glazing reduces heat loss by 70% and improves thermal comfort while maximising daylight transmission.

NewActon Nishi represents a complete and apt response to the global movement for sustainable environmental change, with the design reflecting a totally reconsidered, more connected approach to contemporary living.