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Showroom Closed This Saturday

Posted on 13 October 2017

Due to the Sunday Mail Home Show this weekend, our Seaford showroom will be closed. Please feel fee to visit us at Stand E188.

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See Us At The Building & Home Improvement Show

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 5 July 2017
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Buyer Beware - Once Again!

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 27 May 2017

With the failure of yet another double glazed window company in Adelaide, this time Euro Eco Windows who this week went into receivership, buyers really should be asking more questions of their potential suppliers!

Australian Window Solutions were founded in 2009 and since then no less than TWELVE companies have tried and failed to enter the market selling uPVC double glazed windows and doors here in Adelaide. Some have simply gone out of business and some have just stopped selling the product, in both cases leaving warranties and customers high and dry. And nearly all of them have one thing in common............almost none of those companies had the experience or knowledge of the products they tried to sell, manufacture or import before they set up in business!

In Adelaide, South Australia, only TWO companies can genuinley say they know and understand the product having been involved in the industry for many years. Here at Australian Window Solutions, our Owner has been invloved in manufacturing and installing uPVC double glazing for over THIRTY years. Infact, with 17 staff and growing, the combined experience of our employees is almost 200 years of product knowledge experience!  

So when choosing your supplier to work with Buyer Beware, too good to be true prices are just that, hundreds of customers are again out of pocket with no warranties as yet another cheaply priced and inexperienced company folds.

If you want to take the safe option, choose Australian Window Solutions, Adelaide's largest and most experienced manufacturer and installer of uPVC double glazed windows and doors. 

BUYER BEWARE - experience cannot be beaten for trust and reliability!

 

 

 

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Seaford Showroom Closed - See Us at The Home Expo

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 28 April 2017

Due to the Home Expo this weekend our Seaford showroom will be closed. Visit us at stand F222  in the main hall.

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CLOSED THIS EASTER WEEKEND

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 13 April 2017

Australian Window Solutions will be closed over the Easter weekend and re-open on Tuesday 18th April. You will be able to view our products at the Home Ideas Centre, Anzac Highway, Ashford. please check with the centre for Easter opening hours.

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Discounted Home Show Tickets!

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 13 April 2017
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See Us At The Home Expo........

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 4 April 2017
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See us at the HOME SHOW!

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 24 September 2016

Australian Window Solutions are Adelaide's most experienced manufacturers of ultra energy efficient double glazed windows and doors.

Owner Stuart Waring has been in the double glazing window industry for nearly 30 years and has been involved in the sales and specification of almost one million uPVC windows and doors in Europe and Australia!

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CAN A WINDOW BE AS THERMALLY EFFICIENT AS A WALL?

Posted by Australian Window Solutions on 15 September 2016

Adding insulation to walls in new construction or upgrading insulation in existing residential buildings has gradually become common sense in Australia.
It has been seen as a relatively cost-effective way of improving the star energy efficiency rating of new builds and renovations. However, we also know that holes and thermal bridges in the building fabric compromise thermal performance and a major source of these are the windows.
Windows are traditionally the weakest link in residential buildings when it comes to energy efficiency but here, we love our windows! So, can a window be as thermally efficient as a wall and help improve the energy star rating of our homes?
We normally measure the thermal performance of walls with R-values, the measure of resistance of a building fabric to heat flow, where the higher the better. On the other hand, the thermal performance of windows is usually expressed in U-values, the measure of heat loss through the window system, the lower the better.
For the purpose of comparison, using the U-value measure, an uninsulated cavity wall might have a U-value of approximately 1.6 W/m2K, while a solid wall approximately 2.0 W/m2K. Adding insulation will improve the U-values even further.


The Building Code of Australia suggests that for Melbourne, the minimum total R-value for walls should be 2.8, which is equivalent to a U-value of less than 0.4 W/m2K.
But window systems currently offered in Australia commonly have U-values of well over 4.0 W/m2K. In fact, of the WERS rated residential window products offered in Victoria for example, almost half have U-values at or higher than 4.0 W/m2K. Less than three per cent of products offered have U values under 2.0 W/m2K.
A 2010 report prepared for the government investigating the pathway to 2020 for low energy, low carbon buildings found that there are diminishing returns to adding or upgrading insulation in walls and roofs. Once insulation has been optimised, windows become the next most important element in residential energy efficiency.
Good building design optimises solar passive design through window distribution, glazing ratios as well as orientation. Good window design means considering the glazing, sealing, frame material and installation of the window system.

Glazing

Glazing options are growing in Australia as supply of insulated glass units (IGUs) and low emissivity coatings improves. Single glazed clear glass should be a thing of the past, as it is in American residential architecture. The standard in the US for some time has been an insulated double glazed low emissivity window.
Better performance is achievable with hermetically sealed IGUs with at the very least a 12-millimetre gap between panes. Less than a 12-millimetre gap and the insulation effect starts to drop exponentially. Increasing the gap to 16 millimetres can reduce U-values closer to, or below two where low conductivity frames are used.
To complicate things, it is not necessarily the same glazing system for every window in a building the choice of glazing depends on the building's design, the window's design and orientation as well as climate. Visible light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient are necessary considerations.

Seals

Higher performing windows have continuous, built-in double sealing systems and multiple locking points to provide a tight seal between the sash frame and the house frame reducing air infiltration. It is also worth looking at whether there are pressure seals on sliding glazed doors and windows to reduce the progressive wear and tear that otherwise occurs with regular seals.
It has been reported that a fairly common practice in Australia is to rely on the architrave to provide a barrier to the wall cavity instead of sealing windows between the window frame and house frame.

Frame material

The material used in frames plays a significant role, not just for structural strength but also for thermal performance of the window system. Frames should overall be poor thermal conductors. Aluminium, however, is the fourth most conductive material (after silver, copper and gold) and about 1,000 times more conductive than uPVC. It therefore needs thermal breaks to improve performance.
Thermal resistance of a window system can be improved by choosing insulating materials like uPVC or timber and/or frames with insulated cavities and the thermal bridges eliminated. Highly thermally conductive frames have become virtually extinct in Europe, yet remain a standard offering in Australia.

Installation

To improve thermal performance, windows need to be installed airtight to the building. This can be achieved by using expanding foams or tapes, which together with good sealing systems can dramatically improve airtightness. Under the Building Code, all windows have to meet Australian Standard air leakage rates. The UK and the USA, for example, go further by mandating physical air tightness testing of new buildings.

There is no doubt that windows have a hugely important role to play in improving the energy efficiency of residential buildings. What we install today, whether for new builds or upgrades, will potentially lock in greenhouse gas emission impacts for decades.
A valid concern is the initial purchasing cost. High performance windows are more expensive in Australia than the incumbent standard, single glazed, thermally bridged window. And no doubt a function of supply-demand, they are costlier here than in major overseas markets where they are mainstream.
However, an Australian Window Association capacity/capability study found there was capacity locally to switch to majority fabrication of IGUs within 12 months. Based on overseas experience, the cost of IGUs can be expected to drop substantially when codes and policies shift the market to higher performing windows. With the right policy transition pathways and market pull, there is no reason not to expect a move to efficiently insulating windows similar to that of the US or European window markets.
So can windows be as thermally efficient as a wall? In theory, yes, evidenced by the emergence of 'Super Windows' with U-values less than 1.0 W/m2K in overseas markets. But here, we must first acknowledge that window systems are an important element for achieving residential energy efficiency.
 

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