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comfort • warmth • health thermally efficient residential windows and doors


Comfort... Warmth... Health...


Our three steps to build a warmer, healthier and more comfortable family home ...


Smart choice ...

Smart choice . [more comfortable interior temperatures] [greater insulation from the cold] [condensation minimised] [reduces outside noise] [affordable performance enhancements}

It’s smart in more ways than one – a discerning choice and a very clever product. A polyamide insulator has been stitched into the core of every FIRST Thermal Heart™ window and door to minimise cold and heat transfer. Interior comfort just got a whole lot easier and a lot more affordable. FIRST Thermal Heart™ offers the best of both worlds – the impressive pedigree of the FIRST brand of aluminium joinery cross-bred with the latest in thermal break technology. It’s the smart step up from FIRST Residential with a small price premium that’s more of an investment than a cost.

Smart choice. Smart product.


reduce the condensation on your windows and doors by choosing thermal heart


Comfort...

Comfort [thermal heart and careful glass selection give outstanding results] [optimised temperatures, light and sound] [added flexibility for building code compliance]

Comfort is closely tied to the concept of happiness. Our sensory responses to elements like temperature and noise influence markedly how good we’re feeling. So choosing windows and doors that enhance you and your family’s sense of wellbeing makes perfect sense. Not only are temperatures optimised with FIRST Thermal Heart™ but double glazing means that exterior noise levels are substantially reduced.

There’s also a potential advantage when large areas of glass are desired for exploiting views – the thermal break in every profile allows designers additional flexibility in achieving Building Code compliance with large panes.

Increased comfort levels - for all involved.


Warmth...

Warmth... [thermal performance is 35% better than standard double glazed windows] [130% more effective than single glazed windows] [more heat is retained indoors] [reverse benefits apply in summer]

Keeping your home warm comes down to maximising its R-value. This is the tell-tale measure of thermal resistance. The higher the R-value the less heat escapes.

FIRST Thermal Heart™ windows and doors are superior performers in this respect. They offer 35% better thermal performance over and above standard double glazed windows and doors and a whopping 130% improvement over standard products with single glazing. Of course, this doesn’t just mean that your home will remain warmer in winter; it will be cooler in summer as well with less heat penetrating through the window system. Appropriate glazing selection will improve things even further, optimising light and heat levels passing through the glass.

If you’re looking for the best windows - you’re getting warm.


it feels like summer all year round with thermal heart windows and doors


create a healthier home with thermal heart windows and doors


Health...

Health..

[superior climate control possibilities] [quieter home with lower humidity] [wide product range for a choice of functional requirements]

Insulating the family from winter’s probing fingers is more than just a question of comfort, it’s also a smart part of a healthier lifestyle. The Government’s tough new insulation regulations for new homes recognise the individual and national benefits from more sustainable and efficient living spaces. The environmental benefits of FIRST Thermal Heart™ extend beyond temperature control to noise and condensation control. Quieter homes and lower humidity. Fine tune this further with careful glass selection and you have a package that’s the last word in healthy climate control. A full window and door range with products and formats to suit every requirement adds the finishing touch – awning, casement, sliding and bifold windows, hinged sliding and bi-fold doors.

Thermal Heart costs a little bit more but remember health is wealth.


better performance at a more economical cost


The technical benefits..

technical... What makes Thermal Heart the smart choice ... •

The Thermal Heart™ insulator in every profile is an excellent 'thermal break' to minimise the transfer of cold and the incidence of condensation.

Designed to be used in conjunction with insulated glass units (double glazing) up to 24mm thick for a fully effective barrier system.

The jointing process for window and door extrusions ensures that the composite Thermal Heart™/aluminium profiles have optimum straightness and rigidity.

Frames are based on a large 46mm platform ensuring suitability for a wide range of residential projects.

Doors are generally suitable to heights of 2.1m in ‘very high’ wind zones.


The technical benefits... When compared to non thermally broken single glazed frames, FIRST Thermal Heart™ delivers a 130% improvement in thermal performance. When compared to non thermally broken double glazed frames the improvement is 35%.

FIRST THERMAL HEART™ - COMPARISONS

WERS (Windows Efficiency Rating System) WERS is an industry rating system that outlines the minimum value for the thermal performance of frame and glass combinations.

THERMAL HEART™

COST

R Value

R Value

$

Clear Double Glazing

0.31

0.35

A

Low E + Argon

0.41

0.47

B

FIRST THERMAL HEART™ with

‘R’ Value The measure of total thermal resistance of a building element. The larger the ‘R’ value the better the performance.

FIRST RESIDENTIAL (non-thermally broken) with

FIRST Thermal Heart™ exceeds the WERS ratings. Energy use in the average New Zealand home In the average New Zealand home, space heating amounts to about a third of total energy use. The improved R value provided by FIRST Thermal Heart™ can lead to lower heating requirements, and therefore lower total energy use.

The Thermal Heart advantage is simple - better performance at a more economical cost

WERS

Clear Single Glazing

0.15

C

Clear Double Glazing

0.26

D

Low E + Argon

0.32

E

-40%

0

C

D

+50%

+25% E

A

B

THERMAL PERFORMANCE -40%

+25%

0 C

D

A

E

+50%

B

COST INDICATOR* *Cost comparisons based on a model houselot where non thermally broken clear double glazed frames are used as the reference


Thermal performance ...

Condensation control...

These thermal models demonstrate the superior insulation provided by the FIRST Thermal Heart™ barrier. • The left hand illustration shows a clear double glazed window without a thermal break. The outside air temperature in this instance is 3°C while the temperature on the inside of the frame is 8°C. • On the right is a FIRST Thermal Heart™ frame with clear double glazing. The outside air temperature is 3°C but the inside frame temperature is now a warmer 15°C.

D

R Value 0.26 R Value ==0.28

Outside 3°C

Non-thermally broken with clear double glazing

• In the illustration on the right (same glass format with a FIRST Thermal Heart™ window barrier and the same relative humidity) the dew point surface moves left and no condensation occurs on the frame.

D

R Value = 0.26

Inside 21°C

A

Outside 3°C

R Value = 0.35

Inside 21°C

Frame 15°C

FIRST Thermal Heart™ with clear double glazing

o

21.0 C

o

3.0 C

o

• In the illustration on the left (non-thermally broken frame / clear double glazing) the air temperature on the outside is 3°C, the inside temperature is 21°, and the relative humidity is 50%. The blue line indicates the dew point surface.

Outside 3°C

Outside 3°C Frame 8°C

21.0 C

R Value = 0.35

A

These illustrations demonstrate the superior performance of the FIRST Thermal Heart™ barrier in influencing the dew point, the temperature at which condensation forms.

Non-thermally broken with clear double glazing

FIRST Thermal Heart™ with clear double glazing


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