As high profile clients at Nishi Apartments in Canberra and Saffire Freycinet Resort can attest, the higher the quality of your windows and doors the less you spend on energy.
Moving from Austria in 1990 to a freezing flat in Bacchus Marsh, about 60 kilometres north west of Melbourne, exposed Edith and Tony Paarhammer to Australia’s relatively low standards for thermal and draft performance of windows and doors. And trying to source high-performing windows and doors for their own home was the beginning of their business designed to remedy that issue.
“People just said to close the curtains to keep the heat in, and in summer to close the curtains to keep the heat out,” Edith says. “But if you can’t see through them, why have windows?’’
Tony – a master woodworker – made the energy efficient windows for their house and a sample window that Tony and Edith displayed at trade shows, alongside their cabinetry and joinery.
Eventually, enquiries about windows outstripped those for joinery and Paarhammer moved exclusively into windows and doors 15 years ago. In 2010 they built a new purpose-built factory at Ballan, Victoria, from where they now deliver Australia-wide.