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Everglaze Hebel Fixing Detail
uPVC framed double glazed windows & doors in Bushfire Prone Areas
In response to the devastating bushfires in February 2009, Australian Standard 3959 has been updated and republished AS3959:2009.
The Australian Window Association have subsequently released a booklet for its members titled “A Guide to Windows and Doors in Bushfire Prone Areas”.
The chart that follows shows the various Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL) that Everglaze uPVC framed windows comply to.
Everglaze uPVC frames have been tested by the AWTA (Australian Wool Testing Authority) at their laboratories in Melbourne. These tests show our frames to be self-extinguishing and that they will not support a flame once the fire source is removed.
Other key features to prove their suitability are the steel reinforced frames, twin rubber seals and internal multipoint locking mechanism which secures the sash to the frame to all four sides of the window and compresses the seals – thereby preventing any gaps for embers and hot wind to blow through and potentially ignite curtains etc.
Examples of this with photographs follow. The first is from one of our customers who built a pre-fabricated concrete home in Hazelwood with 200 acres of bush surrounding his home.
As a result of the Black Saturday Bushfires, the bulk of his property was destroyed, including a number of 300 year old trees, yet his house – and windows – remained intact. A couple of the windows had minimal scorching and required minor adjustment, but not significant damage to require replacement.
This construction shot shows how close the bush “was” to his house.
The second example of the effect of fire on Everglaze uPVC framed windows, is from another customer whose French Doors were the target of a Molotov Cocktail (Glass bottle containing petrol and an alcohol or paraffin soaked wick - when the bottle smashes on impact, the ensuing cloud of petrol droplets and vapor are ignited, causing an immediate fireball followed by a raging fire as the remainder of the fuel is consumed).
Whilst the smoke damage is obvious, fortunately it was largely surface damage only and didn’t require replacement. The owners initially attempted to clean it and subsequently decided to paint it. The above photo shows how close the bomb was upon exploding.