A non-tinted Swiss glazing product is set to revolutionise your view and energy consumption, writes Anna Flanders.
September 5th, 2011
A luxury Swiss frameless glass option for windows and sliding doors has entered the Australian market and claims to have a better U Value than double brick.
Sky-Frame is one of the leading frameless aluminium sliding windows and doors brands in Switzerland and is now available in Australia thanks to Swiss Building Products.
Company owner Renato Martellosio worked as a designer and architect in Switzerland for over 30 years and used the brand in his high-end clients’ projects.
When he moved to Perth, he felt the quality of windows and other building products was lacking, so launched his company in 2009 and launched Sky-Frame into the Australian market this year.
“Sky-Frame is a product that was invested, built and engineered in Switzerland from a small company with about 85 people. They have sold the product since 2002/03, and have installed 80,000sqm of windows on 2000 different projects around the world, including Europe, South Africa, the United States and now Australia,” Renato says.
Panels come in double or triple glazing and in panels of up to 5 metres in height. The beauty of this product is that the frame can be completely hidden within ceiling or wall construction. The company states the end visual result is 98 per cent window and 2 per cent frame.
“Sky-Frame is about a view, not a window – that is what we have on our marketing material. We sell the view. It is a lifestyle product,” says Renato.
“If you have a house on the river in Perth or on the harbour in Sydney, the view is what you buy. You don’t want to destroy that view with ugly window framing.”
The window is fully tested according to Australian standards and has a better U Value than a double-bricked wall – Sky-Frame has a 1.45 rating, while the double brick is 1.6.
“It is the best sealed glass sliding door system they have tested in Australia. And it is the best U Value, so it’s the best option in terms of energy efficiency in a sliding door system in Australia,” adds Renato.
The window system has entered the Perth and Sydney markets, where Swiss Building Products has installers on the ground.
Renato is now speaking with architects in Melbourne and Brisbane, and he has one project underway in Canberra.
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