If you are getting ready to modernise your home with new bifold doors or servery windows, you want to be very careful that you are following the rules.
Climate change in Perth and across Australia has led to tightening of standards in the construction industry. Doors and windows that may have been compliant a few years ago may not be compliant now. In addition, different areas have different standards. Here are a few of the things to watch for.
Your location and the kind of construction you are doing will affect your wind load ratings. High wind areas require higher wind load ratings. Residential ratings may differ from commercial ratings.
In many cases, precautions have to be taken to ensure that children aren’t at risk of falling from windows. This is done by restriction or screening. Also, eliminating the foothold a child can use for climbing is often necessary.
Thermal Exchange Requirements
In many places, you are now required to adhere to U values or solar heat gain coefficients. It is important to exceed or at least match these requirements. It saves you a lot of money for heating and cooling, too.
Bushfire Attack Level
New doors and windows in bushfire prone areas are required to comply with Australian Standard AS3959, pertaining to bushfire attack level.
If, for example, you are located in a transport noise corridor, you will have to comply with an Rw rating. You can’t just use glass-only Rw rating; it is officially non-compliant.
Call Fremantle Door & Window Today
At the Fremantle Door & Window Company, we make our products from the finest timber. Our glass is manufactured right here in WA. We always build everything to exceed all known requirements. We want your home to be safe. We want our doors and windows to save you money on heating and cooling while enhancing your life with superior aesthetics and function.
To learn more or for a design consult, call us today: 1300 308 323.