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to your dream home


Contents Getting Started..................................................................4 Which range suits my home?............................................6 Products............................................................................8 Residential Series..................................................................... 10 Metro Series............................................................................... 18 APL Architectural Series.......................................................... 26 ThermalHEART................................................................34 Klima Series.....................................................................36 Smartwood......................................................................38 Custom Windows.............................................................40 Roof Windows..................................................................42 Entrance Doors................................................................44 Latitude...................................................................................... 46 Plasma........................................................................................ 46 Axis.............................................................................................. 47 Classic......................................................................................... 47 Aquila.......................................................................................... 48 Glass Plasma............................................................................. 48 Lindo........................................................................................... 49 Finishes...................................................................................... 49 Hardware.........................................................................50 Urbo............................................................................................ 52 Miro............................................................................................. 54 Icon.............................................................................................. 56 Elemental................................................................................... 58 Surface Finishes..............................................................60 Passive Ventilation..........................................................62 Glass Options...................................................................64 Case Studies....................................................................66 Black on white........................................................................... 68 Small but perfectly formed..................................................... 72 Coastal retreat........................................................................... 76 A clean slate............................................................................... 80 Seaside shanty.......................................................................... 84 Window Configurations..................................................88 Door Configurations........................................................89 Care and Maintenance....................................................90

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Versatility and excellence – that’s what we’ve come to expect from First Windows & Doors. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the market, First has evolved a diverse range of products united by a common theme of high performance, thermal efficiency and painstaking attention to detail in aesthetics and engineering. With options to upgrade to the clean-lined Metro Series, the prestigious APL Architectural Series and the Klima range which provides the ultimate in thermal efficiency, First offers homeowners and designers the best possible solution to suit their particular project and budget. It’s called First for a reason.

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Step 1 Consider how you will live in your home

Getting Started

■■ What is the landscape/environment like that you live in?

Simple steps to choosing the right windows and doors for you.

■■ Do you spend a lot of time using outdoor living or entertaining areas?

■■ How do you need your house to function? ■■ What life stage are you at? Do you have children at home?

Step 2 Create a pin board and start to build a picture of your home using online tools or magazines Look at things like: ■■ Living spaces ■■ Colours ■■ Styles ■■ Textures.

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Step 3

Step 6

Products

Glass

■■ Look at our product ranges and decide what best suits your needs - consider thermally efficient products as well

Glass can enhance the way your home looks and feels, but it also adds to the warmth and thermal efficiency of your home.

■■ The handy tools on our website will help you through this process.

Step 7 Step 4 Colours ■■ Consider the colour options that are available, how they tie in with the look of your home, and how they look from the inside ■■ Look at the latest colour trends.

Ask the experts Talk to our Manufacturers about our products and surface finishes for the right advice ■■ See our website for handy tips so you can ask the right questions firstwindows.co.nz.

Step 5 Hardware Explore your hardware options – what kind of look do you want to achieve? ■■ Blending in or a statement ■■ Contemporary or classic look.

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Which range suits my home? First Windows & Doors offer a comprehensive range of products to complement any project. Find the perfect format for your home.

RESIDENTIAL SERIES 2.1m high doors

Versatile mainstream range at an economical price. Available with ThermalHEART to reduce hot and cold transfer.

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Depending on wind zone and span requirements, other sizes are possible within each range. Contact your local manufacturer for further details.

Tip: Fixed or opening windows can be placed above these doors to increase the overall height of the unit.

APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES METRO SERIES

2.7m high doors

2.4m high doors

Premier contemporary range for use in demanding environments.

High performance range with architecturally styled homes in mind.

Available with ThermalHEART to reduce hot and cold transfer.

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Products What window and door types are available in our product ranges? We offer a wide variety of window and door formats to suit almost any application, and custom-designed windows and doors are also an option. Most of the formats are available across all of our product ranges.

Awning, casement and fixed windows

Hinged and french doors

Sliding windows

Sliding doors

Bi-fold windows

Bi-fold doors

Roof windows

Entrance doors

See the configurations page at the back of this brochure for further detail.

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Custom windows in Silver anodised


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Residential Series Clean, contemporary lines, smooth surfaces and generously sized profiles – that’s the essence of Residential Series. It is our most economical, mainstream range of windows and doors.

Residential Series offers: ■■ A complete portfolio of window and door types, including custom-designed ■■ Expertly designed to cater for the majority of residential building projects ■■ Recommended door height of 2.1m, however doors can potentially be higher depending on site conditions ■■ Seamless transition using our flush sill sliding doors for the ultimate indooroutdoor flow ■■ Scope to choose specialised features – e.g. passive ventilation (page 62) ■■ Available with ThermalHEART to reduce hot and cold transfer (page 34).

Visit our website to see more inspirational images of First Windows & Doors - firstwindows.co.nz Residential ThermalHEART awning window in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

Bi-fold window and sliding window in Matt Appliance White with Aria colour matched hardware

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Stacker sliding door in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware


Residential Series

French doors in Matt Lignite with Miro colour matched hardware

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Sliding window and louvres in Black anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

Casement window in Silver Pearl with Miro colour matched hardware

Awning windows in Matt Canvas Cloth with Miro colour matched hardware

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Residential Series

Awning window and fixed window in Matt Lignite with Miro colour matched hardware

Residential Series ThermalHEART stacker sliding door in Palladium Silver with Urbo colour matched hardware

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Stacker sliding door in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

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Residential Series

Bi-fold doors and awning windows in Matt Titania with Aria colour matched hardware

Corner stacker sliding doors in Matt Appliance White with Aria colour matched hardware

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Residential ThermalHEART sliding door in Warm White Pearl showing a flush sill

French doors in Matt Lignite with Miro colour matched hardware

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Metro Series Metro Series is all about clean lines and a contemporary look. It is a stylish and heavy-duty range, suitable for residential and architectural applications. Metro Series offers: ■■ Clean, flat surfaces ■■ Large-sized formats capable of handling a wide range of weather conditions, engineered to stringent strength requirements ■■ Recommended door height of 2.4m, however doors can potentially be higher depending on site conditions ■■ Flush sill-tracks maintain the clean-line theme, and assist indoor-outdoor flow for sliding doors ■■ Specialised features available e.g. passive ventilation (page 62) ■■ Available with ThermalHEART (page 34).

Visit our website to see more inspirational images of First Windows & Doors - firstwindows.co.nz Stacker sliding doors in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

Stacker sliding doors in Matt Gravel with Urbo colour matched hardware

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Awning windows, louvres and fixed windows in Metropolis Coal Dust


Metro Series

Hinged door in Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Stacker sliding doors in Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

Awning window in Matt Charcoal with Icon stainless steel hardware

Louvres and sliding door in Black anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Metro Series

Awning windows, louvres and sliding window in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

Bi-fold doors in Duratec Matt Black with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Metro Series ThermalHEART fixed and awning windows in Black anodised with electronic operators


Metro Series

Bi-fold doors in Black anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Stacker sliding doors in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

Metro Series ThermalHEART sliding window in Metropolis Electric Cow with Urbo colour matched hardware

Sliding doors in Black anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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APL Architectural Series Targeted at architectural homes and apartments, APL Architectural Series of high-performance windows and doors are meticulously designed. APL Architectural Series offers: ■■ Large formats suitable for most weather and environmental conditions ■■ Square-edged shape and flush surfaces ■■ Assured strength and versatility ■■ Recommended door height of 2.7m, however doors can potentially be higher depending on site conditions ■■ Flushline sills and easy-glide panels available for sliding doors ■■ Specialised features available e.g. passive ventilation (page 62)

Visit our website to see more inspirational images of First Windows & Doors - firstwindows.co.nz Awning window in Black anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

Stacker sliding doors in Black anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Stacker sliding doors, bi-fold windows and louvres in Metropolis Coal Dust with Urbo colour matched hardware


APL Architectural Series

French doors in Silver anodised with Urbo Electro Natural Silver hardware

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APL Architectural Series

Fixed windows in Duratec Matt Black

Casement windows in Black anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Stacker sliding windows in Silver anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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APL Architectural Series

Awning windows and stacker sliding doors in Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

Stacker sliding doors in Black anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Awning windows and stacker sliding doors in Silver anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware


ThermalHEART Double glazing is standard these days. But our innovative ThermalHEART technology takes the fight against winter cold a step further, with an additional thermal insulator stitched into the core of every aluminium profile.

Why choose ThermalHEART?

ThermalHEART offers:

Comfort: Choosing windows and doors that increase your family’s wellbeing makes perfect sense.

■■ A full range of window and door options are available

Warmth: Keeping cool temperatures out in colder months, and decreasing solar gain in warmer months assists in year-round warmth and comfort.

■■ Thermal performance up to 35% better than standard double glazed windows ■■ Heights of up to 2.1m for Residential Series and 2.4m for Metro Series generally apply ■■ Dual colour is available within the Metro Series range – different colours on the interior and exterior.

Health: ThermalHEART can aid in managing the risk of condensation forming, therefore reducing the risk of mould growth.

Warm and cold areas are separated

ThermalHEART nylon barriers insulate the frame

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Energy Rating Systems For many New Zealanders, energy efficiency is top of mind, and increasingly a factor when it comes to making purchasing decisions. The same concern applies to windows and doors, given the impact that glazing can have on the comfort levels of your home. WEERS allocates between one and six stars to a job lot of windows and doors. This system has been adopted by the Window and Glass Association of New Zealand and uses its own star logo. The more stars, the better the thermal efficiency. Look for the WEERS rating on your window quote or in a separate report from your local manufacturer. ■■ Allows consumers to see the precise rating for a job lot of windows and doors ■■ Endorsed by the Window and Glass Association of New Zealand. Pivot Magnum doors in a flush glaze frame in Matt Charcoal with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Klima Series Based on a premium series from Europe by Kömmerling and optimised for Kiwi conditions, Klima is the ultimate performer when it comes to keeping out the winter cold. Being made of highly durable uPVC, Klima Series windows and doors can also withstand the harshest sunlight.

Features include: ■■ Thermal efficiency: perfect for use in the New Zealand climate, particularly where there are cold temperatures ■■ Healthier homes: an affordable investment to create a warmer, healthier home ■■ Noise reduction: offers very good levels of noise reduction ■■ Durability: can withstand New Zealand’s harshest sunlight without discolouring or degrading, due to the fact it is made of highly durable uPVC ■■ A new premium design, easy to slide 2.4m ‘lift-andslide’ door is available within the Klima Series range ■■ ‘Tilt–and–turn’ hardware allows opening windows to swap between side opening or top opening for more ventilation. Recommended door height of 2.1m for most products, however doors can potentially be higher depending on site conditions.

AluClip system Klima Series products are available in white, but can also be supplied in other colours using the AluClip system.

Awning windows with espagnolette fastener

It is a powdercoated aluminium facing clipped on to the exterior frame. As a result, your colour choice becomes virtually unlimited.

See our Klima Series brochure for more information

Fixed windows

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Awning windows, french doors and casement window


Smartwood The best of both worlds: Smartwood composite windows and doors combine the natural glow of wood on the inside with the durability of aluminium outside.

Features include: ■■ Thermal efficiency: good thermal properties, helped by internal timber facings ■■ A wide range of timber options including cedar, jarrah, kwila, American white oak, and others ■■ Comprehensive range of windows and doors, plus a host of enhancements. Recommended door height of 2.4m in very high wind zones.

Casement windows in cedar and Matt Black with client supplied hardware

Casement windows in cedar with Miro Matt Silver hardware

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2+2 Bi-fold window in cedar and Matt Black with Miro Matt Silver hardware


Sliding door in cedar with client supplied hardware


Custom windows Tailored to suit your preference. A wide range of shapes, sizes and configurations are possible, from curved tops, to angular windows and louvres.

Electronically controlled awning windows in Silver anodised

Aluminium louvres in Matt Black

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Custom windows in Silver Pearl


Custom windows in Silver anodised


Roof windows Designed to be thermally efficient, First roof windows include a thermal break, and are available in either a fixed or opening option to allow for ventilation. ■■ Roof windows can be customised, and are available in dual colour to match the interior and roof colours ■■ Manual or keypad activated opening available.

Opening roof window in Matt Ironsand

Opening roof window in Silver Pearl

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Manual winder roof window in Matt Ironsand


Fixed roof windows in Matt Black


Entrance doors A good entrance door is the defining feature of your home

Note – Configurations are subject to change. Also, dark colours may not be suitable for doors that are exposed to prolonged direct sunlight. Consult your local manufacturer for further advice.

See our Entrance Door brochure for more information


Plasma entrance door in Jalapeno Red with Apex turn set and client supplied pull handle


Entrance Doors

Latitude Tongue and groove planks, in either a vertical or horizontal version with a sturdy frame around the door panel.

LAT00

LAT03

LAT101

Plasma Flush, flat surface with different options available, including horizontal negative detail lines. Slimline Plasma, an economical version with fewer options, is also available.

PLA00

* Configurations are available in a range of options. Consult your First manufacturer for further information.

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PLA01

PLA03


Axis Tongue and groove planks arranged vertically with no frame around the door panel.

AX01

AX02

AX03

Classic Designed with rectangular patterns in either scrolled or contemporary edgings for a traditional look.

CLA00

CLA06

CLA4109

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Entrance Doors

Aquila A combination of horizontally stacked tongue and groove boards, with a chunky modern frame.

AQ00

AQ03

AQ06

Glass Plasma Clad in 5mm toughened glass sheets with a minimal aluminium edge.

GPL00 - GL

* Configurations are available in a range of options. Consult your First manufacturer for further information.

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GPL00 - GL

GPL00 - GL


Lindo Highly personalised design using a custom plank system.

Finishes You can never have too many options, which is why we offer a comprehensive range of colours and finishings.

Mannex A low sheen surface finish highly resistant to marking and scuffing – specifically for use on entrance doors. There are a wide variety of colours available. Please ask your manufacturer for a colour brochure to see our full range of Mannex powdercoat options. Please note that the finish of the Mannex powdercoating will look slightly different to the powdercoating on your aluminium joinery.

Fading and bowing Dark colours may not be suitable for doors that are exposed to prolonged direct sunlight as this may cause the colour to fade, so careful consideration needs to be made when choosing your entrance door colour/s. Doors with a thermal break built into them may experience slight temporary bowing due to the difference in temperature between the inside and outside of the door, especially when exposed to direct sunlight. We stress that this is only a temporary effect and the door will revert back to its normal shape as the aluminium cools. This may occur primarily with dark colours, so can be minimised by selecting lighter external colours or increasing cover over the door area.

Intensity There are six bold, bright colours in this Dulux Duratec range, ensuring excellent colour retention and exceptional durability.

See our Entrance Door brochure for further information

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Hardware

APL Architectural Series sliding door with Icon stainless steel hardware


Hardware

Urbo Urbo is all about fine lines, clean shapes and a combination of square and radiused edges, delivering a lighter look without compromising on strength.

Surface mount sliding door handle An all-in-one handle and lock for sliding doors or windows. Snib or keyway installed in the body of the handle. ■■ 180mm h

Pull handle Lock is fixed separately to the door, and is activated by a key or interior turn knob. A four-point locking system is available.

Small

Large

■■ 255mm h

■■ 323mm h

Lever door handle Offers multi-point locking, and when the handle is lifted upwards it activates locking rods at the top and bottom of the door for added security.

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Small

Large

■■ Handle length 120mm w

■■ Handle length 150mm w

■■ Baseplate 212mm h

■■ Baseplate 292mm h


Bi-fold handle This swivel lock activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel. ■■ 220mm h x 25mm w

Flush pull The flush pull is ideal for lighter sliding panels where a robust hand grip is not required. ■■ 220mm h x 44mm w

Wedgeless fastener Combines a sure hand grip with clean lines. The PVC closing wedge is matched to the handle colour. Also available in a low profile option. ■■ 110mm w x 33mm d

Wedgeless venting fastener A venting option of the wedgeless handle is available which allows the window to be fastened in a partially open position for passive ventilation. ■■ 110mm w x 33mm d

Window fastener This window fastener with separately fixed wedge is suitable for the APL Architectural Series. ■■ 110mm w x 40mm d

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Hardware

Miro The Miro range of die-cast handles is a contemporary classic, characterised by elegant, ergonomic curves.

Lever door handle Available in a variety of locking options. An upward handle movement activates multi-point locking. ■■ Handle length - 117mm w ■■ Baseplate - 210mm h

Sliding door handle The smaller sliding door handle is suited to Residential Series sliding doors. The larger sliding door handle is suited to Metro Series and APL Architectural Series sliding doors.

Small

Large

■■ 166mm h

■■ 240mm h

Bi-fold handle This swivel lock activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel. ■■ 153mm h x 24mm w

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Wedgeless fastener Combines a sure hand grip with clean lines. The PVC closing wedge is matched to the handle colour. Also available in a low profile option. ■■ 100mm w x 39mm d

Venting wedgeless fastener A venting option of the wedgeless handle is available which allows the window to be fastened in a partially open position for passive ventilation. ■■ 100mm w x 39mm d

Window fastener The window fastener with separately fixed wedge is suitable for the APL Architectural Series. ■■ 100mm w x 48mm d

Surface mount sliding door handle This all-in-one handle and lock for sliding doors or windows has no separately installed snib or keyway. ■■ 175mm h x 54mm d

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Hardware

Icon New Zealand’s first fully integrated range of 316 grade stainless steel hardware for aluminium windows and doors.

Lever door handle A clean compact lever handle. Available in a variety of locking options. An upward handle movement activates multi-point locking.

Small

Large

■■ Handle length 110mm w

■■ Handle length 150mm w

■■ Baseplate - 210mm h

■■ Baseplate - 290mm h

Pull handle Fixed to the door on both the interior and exterior with a lock fixed separately. ■■ Small - 325mm ■■ Medium - 630mm ■■ Large - 930mm ■■ Extra Large - 1230mm or 1820mm

Bi-fold handle This swivel lock activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel. ■■ 170mm h x 25mm w

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Wedgeless fastener This fastener for Residential Series awning and casement windows blends square-edged and radiused looks. There is a matching grey nylon wedge. Also available in a low profile option. ■■ 110mm w x 31mm d

Window fastener The Icon window fastener with separately fixed wedge is designed for high specification window systems including APL Architectural Series. ■■ 110mm w x 36mm d

Sliding door flush pull The flush pull is ideal for lighter sliding panels where a robust hand grip is not required. ■■ 230mm h x 43mm w

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Hardware

Elemental The unique Elemental hardware range strives for simplicity. Elemental hardware is made from extruded aluminium and is available in a Silver or Black anodised finish.

Flush pull Ideal for lighter sliding panels. The lock is mounted separately from the pull, and is operated by a key or snib. ■■ 269mm h x 44mm w

Pull handle Available in two sizes - large or small, but can be made to any length by special order. The sliding door handle is separate from the lock, which is operated by a key or snib.

Small

Large

■■ 250mm h

■■ 325mm h

Bi-fold handle A sleek swivel lock that activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel. ■■ 160mm h x 34mm w

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Lever door handle Available in two sizes – small or large. Snib or key operation is available for secure four-point locking.

Small ■■ Handle length - 125mm w ■■ Baseplate - 221mm h

Large ■■ Handle length - 140mm w ■■ Baseplate - 292mm h

Espagnolette window fastener Single hand, robust operation. Includes a secure venting position. Also available in a low profile option. ■■ 110mm w x 37mm d

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Surface finishes Powdercoating You can never have too many options when it comes to choosing a colour for joinery – which explains why powdercoating is such a popular surface finish for Kiwi homeowners. No other treatment offers such a diverse palette. And when it comes to First, colour is just one of the alternatives to mull over. Matt finishes, for example, have been introduced as an alternative to satin for the popular colours, offering a more consistent look. And there’s also a Mannex finish that creates a low sheen surface highly resistant to marking and scuffing – perfect for entrance doors. For the majority of residential developments, the highly popular Duralloy powder grade will be more than adequate. However, for buildings in particularly exposed locations, such as coastal holiday homes vulnerable to salt spray, additional protection makes sense. Premium grade Duratec powder offers more advanced weathering capability and a superior warranty, and has proved popular for high-end houses and apartments near the beach. (It may well be required, in fact, depending on where your building project is located in relation to coastal corrosion zones. Please see our Care and Maintenance brochure). Finally: when you are choosing your aluminium joinery colours, always assess aluminium swatches in natural light.

See our Popular Colour brochure for further information Entrance door in Mannex New Denim Blue with Silver anodised external frame and a Lockwood 145 pull handle

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Anodising

Silver Black

Anodised finishing is a highly popular choice for architectural projects, and with good reason: that glowing matt sheen looks terrific on aluminium. As for colours and film thicknesses, there are plenty of options: Silver, in 12 and 25 microns. Bronze in light, medium or dark, 12 and 25 microns. Black, 25 microns only. Champagne, in 25 microns only. For properties in coastal, industrial or other corrosive environments, 25 microns is recommended, and may even be required to qualify for a warranty. (Note: the anodised coating has a 10-year warranty for 12 micron anodising, and 20-years for 25 microns).

Champagne

Light Bronze Dark Bronze Medium Bronze * Colours shown give only an indication of colour. Please contact your local manufacturer for an accurate aluminium colour sample

APL Architectural Series products in Black anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Passive ventilation First have a range of passive ventilation options available – from the straightforward Sashvent and Aerovent systems to the sophisticated Ventient system.

Benefits of Passive Ventilation:

Sashvent

Aerovent

An effective background ventilation system through the bottom of an opening window.

Improved airflow with less visual intrusion.

■■ Installed into bottom opening windows (awning) meaning it is hidden away ■■ A manual slide allows the vent to be opened and closed ■■ Insect mesh barrier ensures only fresh air is allowed in.

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■■ Introduces fresh air into the building interior ■■ Makes homes healthier by improving air quality ■■ Easier and more efficient to heat, reducing energy consumption.

■■ A cover on the inside also acts as a manual slide for opening and closing ■■ Air movement is directed upwards to prevent draughts ■■ Internal insect mesh barrier ensures only fresh air is allowed in ■■ Ideal for cross-ventilation and air flow.


Ventient Naturally automated trickle ventilator suitable for high-end residential and commercial projects. ■■ Opens and closes based upon air temperature. This ventilation option is fully automated without the use of power, sensors or human intervention ■■ Installed in Metro Series or APL Architectural Series windows or doors ■■ Mesh prevents insect entry to the aluminium Ventient box, and dust and pollen filters are also incorporated.

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Glass options Glazing choices are an important area to consider. Selecting options that reduce UV and minimise heat loss to increase year-round comfort are decisions that impact your project. Thermal performance is becoming increasingly important to many homeowners. We offer a variety of performance glass options to suit most requirements. Please contact your local manufacturer for further advice and information.

Clear Single Glazed Glass 4mm clear Clear float glass is transparent and offers high visible light transmittance. As such most Ultra Violet (UV) light and solar heat passes through it. Economical but has a high heat loss in winter.

Clear Single, Glazed Glass

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

INSIDE 98% heat

OUTSIDE

Clear Single, Glazed 90% Glasslight 68% U.V.

Heat

100%

Light 100%

Double Glazing Double glazing offers year-round thermal advantages. Benefits include significant reduction in UV light and a good retention of internal heat. As a bonus, it also dampens sound. Within the general category of double glazing, there are plenty of options to further boost your home’s thermal efficiency. Low E (the ‘e’ stands for emissivity) glass, for example, enhances the insulation value for a modest premium. Further wins can be had by using Argon gas in your double glazing. Argon creates an additional barrier to heat loss and heat absorption, achieving good thermal performance gains.

Safety Glass Warmth is one thing, but safety is key. All First Windows & Doors come with glass that complies with NZS 4223, the glazing standard cited in the New Zealand Building Code.

U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

INSIDE 98% heat 90% light

Clear Double Glazed Glass 68% U.V. Clear Double, GlazedHigh Glass heat loss 4mm clear / 12mm air gap / 4mm clear

Heat 100% This is a common Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) and contains aLight thermally effective air gap between the panes. 100% INSIDE Also acoustically effective and greatly reduces the U.V. 100% heat 77% appearance of condensation. light Clear Double, Glazed81% Glass

OUTSIDE Heat

100%

58% U.V.

50% heat loss

reduction

Light 100%

INSIDE

U.V.

77% heat

100%

81% light OUTSIDE

58% U.V.

Tinted Grey, Double Glazed with Glass 50% Clear heat loss reduction

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V. 64

High heat loss

100%

INSIDE 58% heat

OUTSIDE 51%Clear light Glass Tinted Grey, Double Glazed with 23% U.V.


23% U.V.

Clear Double, Glazed50% Glass heat loss

reduction

Heat

Heat

100%

Light 100%

INSIDE

U.V.

77% heat

100%

81% light

Double Glazed with High Performance Low E 58% U.V. OUTSIDEGrey, Double Glazed Tinted with Clear Glass 50% heat loss Heat

68% U.V.

Double Glazed with High Performance Low E High heat loss

reduction

100%

5mm / 12mm air gap / 4mm clear Lightgrey100% INSIDE

U.V.tinted100% The pane significantly reduces solarheat heat and UV 62% transmission for windows OUTSIDE as well as light entry. Suitable 80% light receiving intense summer sun. 48% U.V.

Tinted Grey, Double Glazed with Clear Glass 78% heat loss

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

light Clear Double, Glazed80% Glass 48% U.V. Tinted Grey, Double Glazed with Standard Low E 78% heat loss

Heat

Light 100% U.V.

100%

INSIDE 58% heat

OUTSIDE 51%Low lightE Glass Tinted Grey, Double Glazed and 23% U.V.

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

50% heat loss

reduction

INSIDE 55% heat 44% light

Double Glazed with 22% U.V. Double Glazed with Low E Standard LowHigh E Performance 72% heat loss reduction

reduction

100%

5mm / 12mm air gap / 4mm Low E Lightgrey100% INSIDE 100% of solar heat reduction and cold weather AU.V. combination 77% heat insulation - a good option for overhead 81%glazing. light A reflective outer pane can provide an extra layer of 58% U.V. OUTSIDE solarGrey, protection. Tinted Double Glazed and Low E Glass

50% heat loss

reduction

Heat

100%

62% heat

OUTSIDE

reduction

Heat

INSIDE

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

INSIDE 55% heat

OUTSIDE 44% Clear light Glass Tinted Grey, Double Glazed with 22% U.V.

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

72% heat loss

reduction

INSIDE 58% heat 51% light

Double Glazed with 23% U.V. Double Glazed with Standard E High Performance Low E Low 50% heat loss

reduction

4mm clear / 12mm Argon / 4mm Low E

4mm clear / 12mm Argon / 4mm Low E

Light 100%

This unit maximises the potential insulative properties Light 100% INSIDE of an IGU. It’s ideal for room heat retention in winter.

Heat

100%

INSIDE Low E (or low emissivity) glass enhances the insulation U.V. 100% value of the double-glazed unit. Includes an Argon gas fill 62% heat in order to gain maximum heat retention. OUTSIDEGlazed with Standard 80% Low light E Double 48% U.V.

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

78% heat loss

reduction

INSIDE 56% heat 69% light

100%

U.V.

100%

56% heat

OUTSIDE

69% light Low E Double Glazed with High Performance 49% U.V.

Heat

100%

Light 100% U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

72% heat loss

reduction

INSIDE 62% heat 80% light

49% U.V.

48% U.V.

72% heat loss

78% heat loss

Tinted Grey, Double Glazed and Low E Glass reduction

Heat

Heat

reduction

100%

Light 100%

INSIDE

Percentage reductions are indicative for comparison purposes; technical performance numbers available on request.

U.V.

100%

OUTSIDE

55% heat 44% light 22% U.V.

Tinted Grey, Double Glazed and Low E Glass

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Case Studies Metro Series bi-fold and sliding doors in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware


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Case Study

Black on white For such a monumental structure, this Noel Jessop-designed Waikato house has more than its share of intrigue.

APL Architectural Series stacker sliding door and custom windows in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

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At the entrance – a large 3.2-metrehigh glazed door, set between dark cedar and a towering expanse of white brick. A long passageway stretches ahead of you, then disappears left. From here, the house unfolds in a series of ‘reveals’, none more thrilling than the living and dining area, dominated by a dramatic 13-metrelong, five-metre-high facade of glass. This is framed by a two-storey bookcase and a floating bridge that leads to an upstairs bedroom. How do you create such generous spaces? For the five-metre high facade, Noel Jessop Architecture used APL Architectural Series, favoured by designers who want to achieve sizes and formats that are beyond mainstream residential joinery (the square-profiled aesthetic is also nicely suited to his clean-lined modernist style). A four-track, 2.8-metre-high sliding door opens to the deck, with a mix of fixed windows and opening windows above, the latter operated electronically.

APL Architectural Series awning window and fixed window in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

Elsewhere, he’s mixed things up. The high-level windows in the passageway are from the Residential Series, while Metro Series sliders connect the bedroom wing to the deck and gardens. As for that outsized front door, here Jessop used a high-performing product from the Magnum range, which pivots on a concealed door closer within a First shopfront frame. When you add in the overlight, the entrance spans 3.8 metres from floor to ceiling – truly, architecture on a grand scale.

100mm Magnum Commercial Series pivot entrance door in Matt Black with custom hardware

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Metro Series fixed windows in Matt Black

APL Architectural Series and Metro Series products in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

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Metro Series bi-fold and sliding doors in Matt Black with Urbo colour matched hardware

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Small but perfectly formed Thirty-five square metres of living for a family of four, including a bunkroom, master bedroom and a third bed, plus kitchen and bathroom? Surely not.

Metro Series over-the-wall sliding doors and Residential Series windows in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Residential Series sliding window in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

If you were to consider this Raglan bach on the raw numbers alone, it really shouldn’t work. Thirty-five square metres of living for a family of four, including a bunkroom, master bedroom and a third bed, plus kitchen and bathroom? Surely not. Yet the owners of this ‘tiny house’ have managed to pack all of the above into a slick-looking 4.3-metre high timber structure without it feeling like a squeeze at all. Among the clever sleights-of-hand involved are a pulldown wall-bed, and the use of a ladder and trapdoor to reach the loft bedroom, along with a variety of nifty storage features. They also chose a mid-green for the interior that links it directly with the views of bush and distant grassed hills, fostering a sense of space. It helps, too, that they’ve made smart decisions on windows and doors, optimising the flow between inside and outside with generous openings.

For the largest of these, a four-metre-plus opening between the living area and the deck, they went for an innovative over-the-wall slider from the First Windows & Doors range that not only maximises access, it retracts over a room that needs walls more than glazing – a snug use of space in every sense. The rest of the house uses windows from the First Residential Series, a mix of awning windows, fixed windows and a louvre set in the loft bedroom, all finished in a light bronze anodised finish to complement the house’s vertical cedar cladding. In such a diminutive house, where space is at a premium, every element has to fight for inclusion. Nevertheless, there’s always room in any residence for at least one flamboyant gesture – in this case, a goldframed mirror in the bathroom. Small house, big heart.

Metro Series sliding door in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Metro Series over-the-wall sliding door interior view when opened

Metro Series over-the-wall sliding door and Residential Series windows in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

Metro Series sliding doors in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Metro Series over-the-wall slider in Light Bronze anodised with Urbo Matt Black hardware

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Coastal retreat So many shades of grey in the world, but the owners of this sleek contemporary Northland house like the view in black and white.

At ground floor, they’ve gone for a stacked Devonshire stone wall, alabaster-pale; above it, an upper storey of dark vertical aluminium cladding, as black as midnight on a moonless night. And they didn’t stop there. In collaboration with designer Chris Fraser, of Habitus Mode Architecture, they colourmatched the joinery with the inky cladding using Metropolis ‘Coal Dust’ powdercoating. Maintaining the coordination, the ground-floor windows and doors have a deep fascia in the same colour. Fraser says it makes design sense. “We don’t like the windows standing out as an object.” It’s not the only way to go, of course. Plenty of new home builders prefer a contrast in joinery colour, or opt for neutral, silver-like finishes. But you have to know where to stop.

Residential Series fixed windows in Metropolis Coal Dust

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Residential Series products in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

Builder Rex de Baugh, who constructed this home, says he recommends a maximum of three exterior colours. More than that, he says, “and there’s just too much going on”. In this case, that coal-toned finish is from First’s economical ‘Popular Colour’ range, while all the sliders, fixed and awning windows throughout the house are drawn from First Residential Series. Nice and simple – and black and white.

Residential Series awning windows and fixed window in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

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A combination of Residential Series products in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

Residential Series stacker sliding doors in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

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A combination of Residential Series products in Metropolis Coal Dust with Aria colour matched hardware

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A clean slate When the Canterbury earthquakes badly damaged their previous 1950s home, the owners of this home made the call to start again from scratch. Rather than try to recreate what they had, they instructed architect Richard Ormsby of X Design Architects to take a ‘clean slate’ approach. Instead of a dwelling that stepped down the hillside, this time they built on a single level, a move that demanded large-scale earthworks. Where the old place had felt closed-in, they created a more open, light-filled, easy-flow home – an achievement helped by Ormsby’s use of Metro Series, First Window & Door products. The big design move in this house is a wide central spine that functions as something more than just an entryway. Incorporating a spill-over space adjacent to the living area, it makes for a stunning link between the public and private areas, with a handsome timber floor and ceiling, and big overhead windows offering views of the sky and the tops of nearby hills. To ensure warmth and help minimise condensation, high-performance Metro Series ThermalHEART products were specified for this part of the house, as well as for a set of bi-folding doors

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Metro Series ThermalHEART sliding doors and fixed windows in Silver anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

and sliders that open onto an expansive entertainer’s deck at the sunny northwest corner. Elsewhere, a mix of First Residential Series ThermalHEART and other First products have been used to meet functional and budget objectives, all finished in Silver anodised. The result bears out the old ‘no cloud without a silver lining’ addage. Faced with a disaster, the owners saw an opportunity, and built the house they wanted.


Metro Series ThermalHEART bi-fold doors in Silver anodised

Residential Series ThermalHEART custom windows,

with Icon stainless steel hardware

awning window and roof windows in Silver anodised

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Residential Series ThermalHEART roof windows, awning windows and fixed windows in Silver anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

Residential Series ThermalHEART bi-fold doors and awning windows in Silver anodised with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Residential Series ThermalHEART fixed roof windows in Silver anodised

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Seaside shanty “Shanty-ness”: that’s the word coined by the owner of this Northland beach house to describe the effect he was after, which evokes the abandoned cars, machinery and barns he sometimes spots when driving the region’s roads.

Metro Series products in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware


Auckland-based architect Ken Crosson and local builder Ollie Tuck have artfully realised that vision in a structure of jutting angles and layered roofs, sheathed in a patchwork of rusted steel panels that will continue to weather with age. Yet for all the apparent shanty-like randomness of the exterior, this was a highly demanding build, with whiskerthin tolerances when it came time to fit the pre-cut and pre-drilled panels to the steel framing. What’s more, those panels match exactly to the hoop pine plywood equivalents lining the interior.

Metro Series custom windows in Metropolis Silver Pearl

You can imagine, then, that there would be some tough technical challenges involved in glazing this house. From the double-height glazed facades on the east and west elevations, to the paired garage doors, which use aluminium window profiles for a seamless, ‘whole house’ look, this was an assignment that fully tested the expertise of the First Windows & Doors manufacturer involved. “This was easily our most complex residential build,” he says of the project, which relied on products from Metro Series throughout, everything powder coated in ‘Metropolis Silver Pearl’. In total, 140 individual panes of glass were used, two-thirds of them in raked or irregular shapes, many of them translucent for privacy. To meet the brief without compromising the vision, the supplier also had to devise a series of innovations, recessed sills and cosmetic aluminium strips. And now that the builders have left, it’s time to let the sea salt and ocean winds take care of the finishing.

Metro Series sliding doors in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

Metro Series stacker sliding doors in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware


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Metro Series products in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

Metro Series sliding window in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Metro Series sliding window in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware

Metro Series products in Metropolis Silver Pearl with Icon stainless steel hardware


Window Configurations Awning windows Many of these windows can also be made as casement (side opening) windows.

F1

F2

F3

F11

F5

F4

F12

F13

F6

F14

F7

F15

F9

F8

F16

F17

F18

F10

F19

Sliding windows

F20

F21

F22

F23

F29

F24

F25

F30

F31

F26

F32

Bi-fold windows * Indicates bi-fold set is available in layback.

F33*

F34

F36

F35*

F37

All units viewed from the exterior. Configurations are subject to change. Please consult your local First Windows & Doors manufacturer for further information.

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F27

F28


Door Configurations Hinged and French doors

F38

F39

F40

F41

F48

F42

F43

F49

F44

F45

F50

F46

F51

F47

F52

Sliding doors

F53

F54

F55

F61

F56

F62

F67

F57

F58

F63

F68

F59

F64

F69

F60

F65

F70

F71

F66

F72

Bi-fold doors * Indicates bi-fold set is available in layback.

F73*

F74*

F78*

F75

F79

F82

F76

F77

F80

F81

F83*

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Care and Maintenance First Windows & Doors products meet all statutory warranty requirements and are fully tested to ensure compliance with the New Zealand Building Code. Regular maintenance is needed to keep your warranty valid. If you want your joinery to be looking at its very best for years to come, these simple steps will help.

For windows and doors ■■ Clean and remove builder’s debris and dust inside of sills ■■ Clean once every three months – more often in coastal or industrial environments, ideally once a month ■■ Clean with a soft brush, warm water and mild household detergent. Rinse with fresh water ■■ Abrasive steel wool, scrapers, scouring liquids, solvents and thinners will damage the finish ■■ Remove build-up in door tracks ■■ Exposure to excessive heat, heaters or hot air guns may damage the surface finish. Please be aware that powdercoating can be damaged by some sunscreens. The damage occurs when skin which has sunscreen on it has touched the powdercoated metal surface.

For hardware ■■ Clean powdercoated hardware with a wet sponge or soft brush, warm water and mild detergent and rinse with fresh water ■■ Clean plated product with a wet sponge or a dry duster. Never use detergent on plating ■■ Clean stainless steel hardware regularly. It is resistant to rust; however rust spots can occur. Remove with a mildly abrasive cleaner and rinse with fresh water. For heavy corrosion, use Scotch-Brite hand pads. We recommend regular treatment with 3M Stainless Steel Cleaner and polish to further enhance stainless steel hardware.

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For glass ■■ Only use detergents and cleaning solutions recommended for glass ■■ Soak glass first to loosen dirt, then use a mild, non-abrasive solution ■■ Rinse with water, as cleaning residue can permanently mark glass.

Smartwood maintenance To comply with warranty requirements and ensure longevity of Smartwood windows and doors: ■■ Seal interior timber face immediately after installation, using an appropriate finish and to manufacturer’s instructions ■■ Oil or stain will need to be reapplied every few years.


Home of quality brands

The First brand is owned by APL Window Solutions, New Zealand’s leading window systems company. At APL, quality is paramount. From aluminium extruding, to surface finishing, specialised manufacturing, distribution, we continually invest in leading-edge products and processes. APL also brings scale. We have New Zealand’s largest extrusion plant, an in-house powdercoating facility, and a manufacturing subsidiary for specialised aluminium work. We use our distribution fleet to make sure the product arrives at our manufacturers in the best possible condition.

An extensive network of First Windows & Doors manufacturers stretches throughout New Zealand. These businesses are individually owned and managed, with expertise and skills to assist with your next building or renovation project. They are exclusive providers of the First range of products. See our website for manufacturer details, or visit your local First manufacturer to view our versatile and comprehensive range of windows and doors. firstwindows.co.nz

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