Passive House is fundamentally about design. It is best approached as an integrated design process with the whole design team involved. As a fabric-first construction standard summarised by 5 design principles and performance criteria, it ensures a design delivers very high performance and comfort for the lifetime of the building, pluging the “Performance Gap” often experienced in building operations.
It relies on building physics and carefully integrated, minimal building services and technology. By eliminating the need to bolt expensive additional technology onto a poorly performing building, it eliminates the risk of bolt-on green-bling compromising the architecture.
The Australian Window Association
The Australian Window Association is the peak membership organisation representing the Australian fenestration industry made up of over 600 window manufacturers and industry suppliers across Australia and overseas. The AWA operates a NATA accredited product audit program for conformance to NCC requirements, runs an industry training institute and owns and manages the Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS). The mission of the AWA is to endorse the use of compliant, sustainable and fit-for-purpose products and provide services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully.
The AWA-AGGA, is the Governing Body in the window and door industry.
Triple Glazing Australia is a proud member of the AWA-AGGA.
\We are bound by the AWA-AGGA Code of Conduct. AWA-AGGA.
Compliance certificates are provided with Triple Glazing Australia Products.
The mission of the AWA is to be the peak membership organisation of the Australian fenestration industry, to endorse compliant, sustainable and fit-for-purpose products and to provide services to members that support their efforts to operate successfully.
In order to achieve its purpose, Australian Window Association will:
Drive product conformity and compliance
Provide advice and support to members
Facilitate technical capability and knowledge
Develop relevant skillsets through training
Influence industry and product sustainability
Advocate to governments and regulators
Promote to members, stakeholders, the community and consumers
Finance the achievement of the mission
Ensure good governance of the association
Retain and grow membership
Window Energy Rating Scheme - AWA-AGGA Limited
Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) provides a scientifically based, fair and credible rating system for the assessment of fenestration products for their energy efficiency performance. WERS is accredited by the Australian Fenestration Rating Council (AFRC) and adheres to AFRC protocols and procedures for the rating of windows and glazed doors. Energy Ratings provided by WERS are third party certified to the AFRC requirements, compliant with the National Construction Code (NCC), and able to be used to meet regulatory requirements.
Selecting the right glazing for comfort helps builders, designers and consumers address the factors that need to be considered for the appropriate selection and use of windows and glass in new buildings, retrofits and renovations. The emphasis is on taking maximum advantage of the technology currently available to maximise comfort levels of your building.
National Construction Code (NCC)
Products required to perform to the National Construction Code are generally products which affect the structural stability such as;
1. Fire safety
2. Damp and weatherproofing
3. Energy efficiency of a building, including; a) Insulation - ceiling and walls.
b) Thermally rated products such as Triple Glazed Windows + Doors.