Three great benefits of positioning Altair Louvres up high

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25 November 2013
Three great benefits of positioning Altair Louvres up high
Three great benefits of positioning Altair Louvres up high.

Benefit 1: Create a thermal chimney to naturally cool your building.

Positioning windows near the ceiling provides a way for warm air to flow out of the building which encourages cool, outside air to be drawn in through the lower windows. This ‘thermal chimney’ effect avoids warm air being re-circulated inside the building resulting in a more comfortable living space. Thermal chimneys are especially beneficial on still days when there is no breeze to generate cross-flow ventilation.

Very short, wide windows are popular for this application and Altair Louvres are an obvious choice not only because they maximise ventilation, but because they remain functional, unlike other window types which require more square shapes to function properly.

Benefit 2: Ventilation, light and privacy.

Positioning windows above head height results in vertically angled sightlines. This means that the only thing neighbours can see through the window is your ceiling! This privacy removes the need for blinds or curtains on windows positioned up high and allows ventilation to be maximised while maintaining privacy.

Another often unexpected benefit of windows positioned up high is that they give pleasant diffused light.

Benefit 3: Light, ventilation and security.

There are plenty of options for making Altair Louvres more secure but the simple fact is that a window out of reach is a more difficult and therefore unpopular target. This allows windows installed up high to be confidently left open, knowing that even if a potential intruder manages to climb up to and through the window, they would still face a significant drop down to the inside floor below the window so are most likely to ignore highlight and clerestory windows.


Breezway manufactures Altair Louvre Windows in glass, timber and aluminium. They are energy and cyclone rated and suitable for multi-storey applications.

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