The award encourages innovation, development and improvement of products for use in architectural projects, and the product must have been released to the Australian market during the 12 months prior to Designbuild 2014.The judges for 2014 include Clare Cousins, founding director of Clare Cousins Architects; Jeremy McLeod, founding director of Breathe Architecture; and Nick Deans, project professional at Woods Bagot.
The energy efficient and sustainable glass façade, with a low U-value from 0.8, is simple to assemble, and may consist of fixed and openable windows and doors, allowing for flexibility in design. It is constructed of plantation or FSC certified timbers, double or triple glazing and the exterior is cladded with low maintenance aluminium (only 50mm wide and available in a variety of colours).
‘Jury comment: Paarhammer’s Eco-Facade system was a standout product in this year’s Selector Best New Product Award. Locally produced using FSC-certified timber, the Eco-Facade glazing system achieves a highly efficient U-value of 0.8 and combines solid timber internal frames and low-maintenance exterior aluminium trims. Unique concealed frame connections allow for fast on-site assembly. Paarhammer’s proactive sustainable practices are also highly commendable. This is a highly resolved and desirable glazing system.’