With Australia’s urban areas increasingly being pushed closer to bushfire prone areas, the awareness and understanding of building loss through bushfire has taken a high priority position with authorities and researchers.
Trend Windows & Doors , in conjunction with the Bushfire–CRC at CSIRO, have undertaken extensive research and development to advance the design of window and door systems to enable them to withstand the extreme heat of bushfires.
In houses, windows and doors are considered the most susceptible area to damage from bushfires. Many houses destroyed in bushfires in fact survive the passing of the fire only to burn down later from attack by embers and flaming debris borne on the wind.
This may occur up to some hours after the fire-front has passed. Damage from either glazing failure or window system failure, allows for the debris to enter the building to cause ignition.
The Xtreme window and door systems are designed to withstand heat flux up to 40kW/m2 without failure from either the glazing or the window system itself, thus helping to prevent internal ignition of the house and loss of precious possessions.
The entire system needs to be considered when designing a house to resist a bushfire. It is not one component i.e. frame, seals, sash or glass that is critical, but how these perform as a whole.
Trend Windows & Doors have combined the technologically advanced Quantum XP Window system with Pyro-Protec seals and 5mm standard toughened glass or toughened double glazing to produce Xtreme windows and doors. This window system is a cost efficient solution to a problem that is fast becoming a national challenge.
The Xtreme window and door system, features break-through technology with the patented Van Door and Pyro-Protec Sealing systems, and protect the home against air infiltration and bushfire penetration.
Extensive testing at CSIRO laboratories has shown that the Xtreme product range of windows and doors withstands the heat generated by extreme range fires (40kW/m2) and passes the relevant testing regime. This testing, which was done in conjunction with whole of house research, is outlined in the report produced by the Bushfire CRC.
- Following are features of Xtreme windows and doors:
Xtreme windows and doors can withstand 40Kw/m2 heat flux. Van Door and Pyro-Protec Sealing Systems act to protect the home against air infiltration and bushfire penetration and as a result improving the performance of the window and door beyond required standards.
- Uniquely smooth sill inhibits the collection of dust and debris, which facilitates a smooth sliding action and enhances the aesthetic appeal of the window.
- Wide range of high performance locking options, including keyed locks, deadlocks, ventlocks and locks designed for egress in emergency situations.
- All Xtreme windows are manufactured with a sturdy 65mm frame and doors with a 100mm frame to provide greater strength and security.
- Smooth lines and rounded profiles give Xtreme the edge with superior aesthetics.
- Flush fitting optional fly screen and security screen or compulsory metal screens are designed to compliment the Xtreme window and door.
- Glazing standard is 5mm toughened glass.
- Energy efficient double-glazed options in 16mm 5-6-5 toughened integrated glazing unit.
- Available in full range of powder coated finishes.
- Bifold doors and windows are available in the Xtreme range; Xtreme is also available in Crestlite aluminium commercial range.
- Available in Decowood timber grain powdercoated finishes; Complies fully to AS2047.
- Xtreme windows and doors also meet the requirements of Section 8 – Construction for Bushfire Attack Level 40 (BAL - 40), Radiant Heat Level 40kW/m2, AS3959 (2009).