Useable outdoor living space

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21 February 2014
Useable outdoor living space
Altair Louvre Windows are great for enclosing balconies.

These days more and more people are living in apartment buildings with outdoor living spaces in the form of balconies. The relatively more compact floor space of apartments increases the value of the outdoor living space of balconies and therefore makes it frustrating when that outdoor living space is unusable due to rain, wind or cold.

Queenslanders on the other hand typically have more than one veranda that are used as outdoor living areas. Louvre windows were often used in older Queenslanders to enclose these veranda spaces, protecting them from rain or cold winds while still being able to be opened wide to maximize natural ventilation.

This same design solution can be applied to balconies. Altair Louvre Windows are available with the Stronghold System which mechanically locks the blades into the clips to allow Altair Louvres to easily pass the Building Code requirements for fall prevention through openable windows. Altair Louvres seal tightly to provide protection from the elements yet can be opened wide to enjoy the gentle breezes of a perfect summer evening and have no metal bars to spoil your view.

Altair Louvre Windows also offer three additional benefits:

  1. Additional safety for children
    While Australian Building Codes require balustrades on all balconies, it is not uncommon for children to climb over balustrades using chairs or other objects. Enclosing a balcony with Altair Louvres with the Stronghold System provides an additional barrier to protect children from falling from balconies.
  2. Additional noise reduction within the apartment
    Enclosed balconies can reduce the amount of noise which reaches the doors leading out from the apartment onto the balcony, thereby reducing the noise that passes through the doors into the apartment.
  3. Adjustable privacy
    Obscure glass or aluminium blades can be used in Altair Louvres to provide additional privacy.

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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