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8 Key Points To Remember When Buying Commercial Architectural Windows

Jul 31st 2015 at 3:06 AM

When buying commercial architectural windows, whether you’re building a new premises from scratch or renovating an existing one, there are a number of key points that must be kept in mind. These are important for not only ensuring that your premises complies with laws and regulations, they will ensure that your premises continues to look its best well into the future. In this article, we have outlined 8 of the most important points to consider.

  1. Know the correct wind loads
    Each site and construction will have its own wind load requirements that must be met. These will ensure that the windows remain in the building and aren’t popped out with a strong gust of wind or that they will succumb to wind damage.
  2. Choose windows that meet site requirements
    On top of this, there are various site requirements that must also be met, such as the climate (eg coastal) and the intended function of the building (eg security). The frames must be up to par to ensure that they will withstand the environment.
  3. Remember thermal comfort requirements
    Whilst much of the heat loss and gain within a building occurs through glass, there are a number of windows currently available that can help you to counteract this. Ensuring thermal comfort can also help to lower heating and cooling costs.
  4. Choose windows that meet energy values
    These days, it is actually a legal requirement that any openings into a building comply with strict energy values. Unfortunately, there are still some products on the market that do not comply. This can also help to lower energy bills in the building.
  5. Know the BAL of your site
    As bushfires are a common occurrence in Australia, it is important that you are aware of the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) that has been assigned to your property. This will dictate suitable materials, which are more resistant to catching fire.
  6. Choose materials that meet all requirements
    There are other requirements besides their bushfire resistance that the materials used in the construction of commercial architectural windows melbourne must meet, such as the strength of the glass. In most cases, toughened safety glass is required.
  7. Ensure that windows meet BCA provisions
    The Building Code of Australia (BCA) outlines all of the provisions that openings must meet. This includes minimum size, distance from floors and ceilings, proximity to other elements, and so on. State and local government may have their own provisions.
  8. File verification documents
    When you receive your windows, you will also receive verification or validation documents that outline much of the information discussed above. Ensure that you keep these documents on file so that they can be referenced if required.

If you are in the market for commercial architectural windows, we hope that you will keep each of the above points in mind during the purchasing process. At the end of the day, ensuring that your premises legally complies and will stand the test of time should be more important than anything else. Choosing a reputable manufacturer can help to ensure both of these things are achieved, as their products will comply as standard with many of these points.

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