Archive for the ‘Windows and Doors’ Category

Glass Screens

Posted on: June 9th, 2015 by Barley Store

Staircases make up the main traffic ways around, up and down the 5×4 building, and with that comes necessary safety precautions. This generally means installing bulky balustrades to keep people slipping off the edges, however within our tight space this would have reduced the sense of space between floors within the building.
The solution? Glass Balustrades.

These are made with heavy-duty glass, and attached around the stairs.


Window Screens Install

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

The screens have been installed. In the bedroom they’ll be used to block light and provide privacy, while on the deck level they’ll also shield the wind.


Flyscreens arrive

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by Barley Store

The flyscreens have arrived and are gradually being installed.
Being such a tight build, windows are a important part making the 5×4 building feel spacious, even more so when they are open. Flyscreens will help keep bugs out while the windows are open. They were also made by Paarhammer to fit the windows exactly.


Blower Door Test

Posted on: January 30th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s no use trying to create an airtight home if you don’t know how airtight it actually is!
To help us find out how we had gone as far as making our building airtight, John from Efficiency Matrix came round to conduct a Blower Door Test.

Part of the test is wrapping or covering the obvious places where the air would be leaking – so all the windows and doors. (more…)

Glass install

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s finally time for the glass on the east facade to be installed!

Early Morning

 With the help of a scissor-lift, the Audsley Windows installers attached the 10 ft pieces of class to the frames, while Grand Designs got it all on camera.



Posted on: December 8th, 2014 by Barley Store

The process of air-tightening the building has begun!
On top of the external layer of Spaceloft insulation sits the Pro Clima, the exterior airtight layer as advised by Passive House Australia.
This was boarded roughly in place, and then taped at all the edges and joins to create an airtight wrap around the whole building.

Not surprisingly, the windows proved to be the tricky parts, although it was very important that we had a completely airtight building so as to utilise both the geothermal heat as well as the heat recovery system from Passive House. (more…)


Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Barley Store

The windows have been installed on the rear (west) side of the building. The windows, made and glazed by Viridian, and framed by Paarhammer, are built to be airtight, like the rest of the house. This means sturdy latches and tight seals.
They will endeavor to keep the afternoon sun at bay, but will need some help from the blinds that will be installed in the next few months!