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STRENGTH, VERSATILITY AND SIZE When it comes to selecting windows and doors for your new home, looks count – but so too, do strength, versatility and size. The Metro Series and the APL Architectural Series are New Zealand’s most popular high-performance products for architectural homes and apartments for just that reason, delivering sleek, contemporary style while also meeting growing demand for large format joinery capable of handling challenging weather environments.

APL Window Solutions offers two series of products with a unique look and feel, as well as different capabilities in terms of size and span. Both have a comprehensive portfolio of product options, including sliding, hinged and bi-fold doors, plus all the window types.

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Contents METRO SERIES....................................................................... 6 Windows and doors................................................................................... 9 Playtime. . ........................................................................................................ 12 An adventure in a small box................................................................... 18

METRO SERIES THERMALHEART........................................ 24 Paint it black........................................................................................... 30

APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES............................................. 36 Windows and doors................................................................................... 39 Line in the sand........................................................................................... 42 On the ocean wave.. ................................................................................... 48 Simple forms and elements.. ................................................................... 54

HARDWARE............................................................................. 60 SURFACE FINISHES - POWDERCOATING. . ......................... 68 SURFACE FINISHES - ANODISING. . ..................................... 70 PASSIVE VENTILATION......................................................... 71 GLASS OPTIONS. . ................................................................... 74 5


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METRO SERIES The Metro Series is all about clean lines and a contemporary look. This is also a product capable of handling the worst that Nature can throw at it.

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METRO SERIES Whether you’re building or renovating in an exposed location, or a lover of unfussy, clean-lined style, consider Metro Series windows and doors for: Strength: Metro Series can cope with higher wind pressures than many other residential products, providing reassurance in strong weather. Flexibility: This product works around your needs. For example: there is a bi-fold layback option, that allows the panels to lay flat against the wall, in order to keep your decks clear of any projection. Style and ease of use: Flushline sliding door sills and easy glide panels not only look sharp, but are efficient and user-friendly.

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METRO SERIES WINDOWS & DOORS

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HINGED AND FRENCH DOORS

AWNING, CASEMENT & FIXED WINDOWS

Even in very high wind zones, the sturdy, 45mm thick panels allow for doors of 2.4 metres – potentially higher, depending on site conditions.

When they’re closed, window frames sit perfectly flush for a simple, sleek look.

French doors are also available when there is limited space and sliding or bi-fold doors are not suitable.

They are a traditional, yet modern look. Available in either a bottom opening awning window or side opening casement option, the choice is yours.


METRO SERIES WINDOWS & DOORS

SLIDING WINDOWS & DOORS

BI-FOLD WINDOWS & DOORS

When you don’t want projecting windows and doors, a sliding option works well.

The bi-folds’ bottom-rolling system ensures total ease of movement, while the windows or doors are fully supported from the sill.

Weathertightness is crucial, which is why only exterior sliding panels are used.

There’s a layback option, that allows the panels to lay flat against the wall, in order to keep your decks clear of any projection.

Perfectly flush sill-tracks maintain the clean-lined theme, and assist indoor/outdoor flow for sliding doors.

For sheltered areas where you want to maximise indoor/outdoor flow, bi-folds tick all the boxes.

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Playtime. The owners of this coastal property wanted to build a holiday home in the truest sense – casual, relaxing and focused on outdoor living.

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If there was an entryway quote to greet visitors to this appealing coastal holiday house, you imagine it would be something like ‘Leave your shoes and your worries at the door’. The fact that there is no formal front door above which to hang such a motto just underscores the point: this is a true bach, the kind of place that you enter via a front deck and feel the weight of the world slip from your shoulders. Architect Jonathan Hawksworth of Black Box has helped the owners create their dream retreat by including three generous decks, each catering for different scenarios of privacy, wind protection and sun. To maximise the space, a number of the wide-opening Metro Series bi-fold doors are recessed, so they open against walls, rather than project onto the decks. Other Metro Series products used in the house include raking and coventional fixed lights, awning windows and full-height louvres, all finished in Duratec Matt Black.

Accentuating the bachy feel, the external cladding of randomly spaced cedar battens has been continued into the open-plan living space, where it serves as a rustic fireplace surround. In the same vein, the use of hoop pine ply for the ceilings as well as polished concrete floors keeps things casual, while the latter also adds plenty of thermal mass to keep the house warm in winter. The result is a house that lives up to another motto, the one spelled out in fridge magnetstyle like cutouts on the kitchen wall: “Play”, it suggests. And: “Relax”.

‘Leave your shoes and your worries at the door’

Right — Duratec Matt Black bi-fold doors using Urbo Hardware and glass louvre blades

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Right — Duratec Matt Black 3+3 bi-fold doors in the foreground, with Urbo Hardware which is colour matched throughout the bach. Raking fixed windows are also shown above the bi-fold doors Left — Duratec Matt Black two panel bi-fold door with glass louvres beside

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An adventure in a small box. That’s how the architects describe this retreat near Punakaiki.

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Designed by James Warren of Upoko, this six metre by six metre upscale cabin is dwarfed by its bush setting. But what it lacks in physical size it more than makes up for in terms of capturing the essence of West Coast living. Immediately beyond the building platform rise lush tree ferns and mature nikaus, and that sense of camping in the heart of the forest is enhanced by the use of wide APL Architectural Series sliders downstairs, and a Metro Series sliding door upstairs.

cedar, which is nicely matched by anodised light bronze joinery from the Metro Series. Downstairs, they’ve gone for a colour split, choosing anodised Silver joinery for the heavyduty, 2.5 metre high sliders. Urbo hardware is deployed throughout.

Downstairs, they’ve gone for a colour split, choosing anodised silver joinery.

In the living area, access to the outdoors is simplified by the absence of obstrusive aluminium corner posts, while the tracking system allows panels to fully retract back over walls, creating the appearance of ‘disappearing doors’.

The result is a beautifully simple box in the bush – just add adventure.

The owners previously spent years holidaying simply on the site, and wanted a bach that maintained that unfussy, natural approach. Timber appears everywhere. The upper sleeping floor, for example, is clad in warm

Downstairs - APL Architectural Series sliding doors in anodised Silver with Urbo hardware in Electro Natural Silver finish Upstairs - Metro Series sliding door, in anodised light bronze with Icon stainless steel hardware

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Below - APL Architectural Series window in anodised Silver with Urbo wedgeless fasteners Left - Metro Series sliding door, in anodised light bronze with Icon stainless steel flush pull

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METRO SERIES THERMALHEART: SMART TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS COMFORT AND SCALE. Offering the benefits of scale and flexibility, combined with the highest level of thermal efficiency.

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METRO SERIES THERMALHEART

Incorporating high-performance double glazing and the latest in thermal break technology, ThermalHEART uses built-in insulators in every window and door to minimise heat and cold transfer. Offering all those desirable Metro Series benefits like superior sizing, flexibility and deluxe frames, ThermalHEART also enhances your: Comfort: Choosing windows and doors that increase your family’s wellbeing makes perfect sense. Warmth: Keeping cool temperatures out in colder months, and decreasing solar gain in warmer months assists in year round warmth and comfort. Health: ThermalHEART reduces the risk of condensation forming, therefore reducing the risk of mould growth.

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Warm and cold areas are separated

ThermalHEART nylon barrier insulates the frame

THERMALHEART TECHNOLOGY ƒƒ

Thermal performance can be up to 35% better than standard double glazed windows

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ThermalHEART can reduce condensation on your aluminium frames

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A full range of windows and door options are available

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Maximum heights of 2.4 metres generally apply

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Dual colour is available within this range.

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Paint it Black. A smart new apartment/garage takes its colour cues from Nature.

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Sometimes doing the right thing brings unanticipated dividends. In the case of this urban garage and apartment project, the desire to save an aged Pohutukawa meant the form had to be stretched across the site, creating a slim black box with sharp-edged street appeal. The project was conceived as a solution to two

For the clients, a key consideration was that the structure blend in with an existing timber fence and surrounding Pohutukawas.

problems: what to do with a badly dilapidated garage, and how to cater for regularly visiting country-based parents? The answer delivered by

The choice of ThermalHEART was an easy one: the

Lower Hutt-based architectural designers Intelligent

apartment has been given generous glazing, and the

Design is a clever combination, with a new two-car

clients were keen to retain winter warmth. On the

garage below, and a compact one-bedroom city pad

street side, wide sliding doors were used to make

above, including living/kitchen and ensuite.

the most of late afternoon sun and views of the western hills, while the designers again drew on the

For the clients, a key consideration was that the

Metro Series for the awning windows and the raked

structure blend in with an existing timber fence and

and standard fixed lights.

surrounding Pohutukawas. Taking a cue from those dark trunks, black dominates the palette, from the

The result is a snug, darkly stylish nest that sits

black-stained cedar cladding, to the steeply pitched

easily in its leafy surroundings.

steel roof, to the artfully incorporated Metro Series ThermalHEART windows and doors, all powdercoated in Matt Black.

Top — Matt Black awning and fixed windows Bottom — Matt Black sliding door with Urbo pull handle

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Right — Matt Black powdercoated Metro Series ThermalHEART fixed and opening windows shown. Plasma horizontal tongue and groove entrance door with a Stainless Steel pull handle

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APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES The APL Architectural Series is ‘big picture’ joinery, offering residential projects the option of extra size and span, even in settings exposed to seriously big weather.

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APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES Perfect for architectural homes and apartments, this range of high performance windows and doors is both modern and meticulous in design. Strength: Ability to withstand very high wind zones. Additionally the width of the aluminium profile is greater than our other offerings. Doors up to 2.7 metres high are capable of withstanding most wind exposures. Performance: Our largest format range of windows and doors. APL Architectural Series doors can span taller and wider than Residential or Metro Series, with sliding door panels up to 2.5 metres wide possible, depending on wind zones. The look: The box-shaped frame has the look of a deluxe commercial system. Two frame widths are available, with the standard 106mm or a 152mm option.

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APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES WINDOWS & DOORS

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HINGED AND FRENCH DOORS

AWNING, CASEMENT & FIXED WINDOWS

Options of open-in and open-out doors, plus easy joining to sidelights.

The inclusion of a sub-sill adaptor ensures that frames are weathertight.

French doors are also available when there is limited space and sliding or bi-fold doors are not suitable.

The matching of frame depths on windows and doors creates a seamlesslooking continuous edge when products are placed next to each other.


APL ARCHITECTURAL SERIES WINDOWS & DOORS

SLIDING WINDOWS & DOORS

BI-FOLD WINDOWS & DOORS

Sliding window rails are sized to suit the smaller proportions of windows, therefore maximising your view by allowing more glass.

Offering all of the functionality of bi-fold windows and doors, with the additional benefit of the windows being available in a larger height.

Weathertightness is crucial, which is why only exterior sliding panels are used.

The bi-folds’ bottom-rolling system ensures total ease of movement, while the windows or doors are fully supported from the sill.

Perfectly flush sill-tracks maintain the clean-lined theme, and assist indoor/outdoor flow for sliding doors. Sliding options include multiple variations for specialised formats, including cavity sliders, over-the-wall applications (see image above) or corner sliders with no corner post. 41


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Line in the sand. In Tauranga, designer Trevor Jones has created a unique beach house that can retreat in the face of future coastal erosion.

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Talk about future proofing. When experienced Tauranga architectural designer Trevor Jones undertook a tricky residential project on the Mt Maunganui shoreline, he was presented with what was essentially a challenge from a possible world to come.

pass, the dwelling can be jacked back to 19 metres, the designated ‘100 year’ predicted erosion limit, allowing for a dignified retreat in the face of an environmental assault. To make the three-storey structure as light as possible, he designed it with a steel skeleton,

Thanks to council erosion zone requirements,

aluminium composite panels on soffits and a

the house either had to be set well back from the

monolithic plaster cladding, and exploited weight-

previous coastal building line, or it had to be

saving features such as 3mm thick interior tiles.

moveable, a hedge against climate change one day swallowing the section. Faced with that choice, the

When it came to joinery, Jones went with windows

owners were adamant: they wanted to be as close to

and doors largely from the APL Architectural Series,

the beach as possible.

most notably a set of large-scale sliding doors in the living area that meet without any support from a corner post. It’s a dramatic gesture, and required

It’s just about the smartest – and largest – mobile home you’re ever likely to see.

tweaking to be able to run a three-track system across the main axis, and a one-track counterpart along the other. Elsewhere, the designer has made use of other APL Architectural Series products, including bi-folds, louvres and hinged doors, all stylishly presented in 25 micron Silver Anodised finish to complement the

Jones, calling on all of his 40-plus years of design and

white minimalist surrounds.

engineering experience, decided to mount the house on foundation beams running the full depth of the

It’s just about the smartest – and largest – mobile

property. If the doomsday scenario ever comes to

home you’re ever likely to see.

Right — Corner slider and corner stacker slider in 25 micron Silver Anodised finish complemented with Icon Stainless Steel hardware

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Left — Stacking sliding door joined to a louvre frame in 25 micron Silver Anodised finish with Icon Stainless Steel hardware Right — Custom glazing fixed windows in 25 micron Silver Anodised finish

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On the ocean wave. A harbourside development in Wellington makes smart use of the APL Architectural Series’ mix of endurance, scale and style.

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From Wellington harbour, the Clyde Quay Wharf apartment development appears like some low-slung ocean-going vessel, complete with prow and ship-like decks. The impression is no trick of the light; rather, it expresses the architects’ desire to pay tribute to the historic wharf setting and the ocean-going vessels that once berthed there.

and Electric Cow for the ground-floor commercial premises.

For all its ‘worst that Nature can throw’ robustness, however, the APL Architectural Series is also elegant joinery.

A long finger stretching into the harbour between Te Papa and the Port Nicholson Yacht Club, the maritime site provided challenges as well as inspiration. Gales are common in the capital, and

That latter aspect of the development includes

even lighter winds come heavily-laden with salt

shops, restaurants and cafes, office space and a new

at the harbour’s edge. Yet despite the difficult

hub for Chaffers Marina berth holders. Here, the

conditions, Athfield Architects were keen to deliver

architects went for APL’s 135mm Flush Glaze System

something special here, right down to the inclusion

for the primary windows, including 5 metre high

of extra wide, 2.7 metre high sliding doors to

glazed shopfront facades. Again, durability was key.

maximise the stunning views. For all its ‘worst that Nature can throw’ robustness, Going big, meant building strong. The APL

the APL Architectural Series is also elegant joinery.

Architectural Series was chosen precisely because it

At Clyde Quay, all of the sliders have been recessed

offers large format joinery that is also robust enough

at the sill to create a flush indoor/outdoor plane,

for the toughest of environments. In addition to

while frame heads are set into the ceiling to

sliders, awning windows and fixed lights from

minimise visual intrusion and simplify sightlines. If

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you were of a nautical bent, you might say it’s been

upper-level apartments. All of the window systems

built like a battleship, but with raceboat lines.

were given a Fluoroset powdercoating to protect against salt spray – Pewter Pearl for the apartments,

Top — Fluoroset Pewter Pearl APL Architectural Series sliding door with Icon Stainless Steel hardware Bottom — Fluoroset Pewter Pearl APL Architectural Series sliding door with an Urbo colour matched handle

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Left — Fluoroset Pewter Pearl APL Architectural Series sliding door with Icon Stainless Steel window fasteners Right — Fluoroset Pewter Pearl APL Architectural Series bi-parting doors with Icon Stainless Steel hardware

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Simple Forms and Elements. From the street, this Noel Jessop designed Hamilton house presents as a cluster of beautifully clad but inscrutable forms, softened by elegant landscaping.

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Passersby have been known to wander up the driveway in an effort to pierce the mystery of this home.

“The Architectural Series functional capabilities mean I can use it to achieve sizes and formats that aren’t possible with mainstream Residential Series joinery,” he says.

What they find is a deceptively simple solution to the issues of the site, a 250sqm dwelling comprised

But the other motivation was aesthetic. Jessop’s

of three forms, with a dark-stained cedar-clad core

a big fan of the Series’ sharp, clean look, which

of kitchen, dining and living areas, flanked by two

complements his taste for simple and uncluttered

lighter-toned cedar structures framing a deep entry

forms. It’s a style that draws to a degree on the Los

courtyard. All the living is oriented towards the

Angeles ‘Case Study’ houses of the 1940’s and ‘50s,

north, and large scale glazing has been used to draw

which had such a pronounced effect on international

winter sunshine deep into the home.

architecture. “I admire their simplicity and what they were able

I admire their simplicity and what they were able to achieve in a

to achieve in a small space”, he says of those midcentury dwellings. Elsewhere in the three-bedroom home, the architect

small space

has mostly gone for mainstream Residential Series windows and doors.

Jessop, who designed the house for longtime friends,

There is, however, one exception: a tall and narrow

selected APL Architectural Series sliders, among

set of aluminium louvres set in an internal wall,

other reasons because of the scale of the spaces he

colour matched to the Matt Black powdercoat finish

was working with. Some of the sliders span 10.4

of the rest of the joinery. It’s another sleek feature of

metres and are installed floor to ceiling with a

a house that expertly balances style and substance.

height of 2.7 metres, while the living area is fitted

Mystery solved.

with 3.3 metre wide stacking sliders in a right angle return.

Left — Matt Black louvre blades and frame Right — Matt Black APL Architectural Series sliding doors with Urbo colour matched hardware

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Left — Matt Black APL Architectural Series sliding door with Urbo colour matched hardware

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PULL HANDLE

LEVER DOOR

SURFACE MOUNT SLIDING DOOR HANDLE

BI-FOLD HANDLE

FLUSH PULL

A comfortable grip with inner edges that are smoothly radiused.

The lever door handle gives hinged doors the ideal finishing touch. Snib or key operation is available.

This all-in-one handle and lock for sliding windows or doors. Has no separately installed snib or keyway.

This swivel lock activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel.

The flush pull is ideal for lighter sliding panels where a robust hand grip is not required.

Small - 255mm h Large - 323mm h

Small Handle length - 125mm Baseplate - 214mm

180mm h x 54mm d

220mm h x 25mm w

220mm h x 44mm w

INTERIOR HANDLE

WINDOW FASTENER

WEDGELESS VENTING FASTENER

WEDGELESS FASTENER

Handles for interior timber doors provide continuity between your exterior and interior joinery.

The window fastener with separately fixed wedge is suitable for the APL Architectural Series.

A low-profile option with an opposing tongue for passive ventilation. Turned one way, the window is tightly closed; turned the other, it allows for some ventilation.

The nylon wedge is matched to the handle colour. For Residential windows, including ThermalHEART. Available in a low profile option.

110mm w x 33mm d

110mm w x 33mm d

Handle length - 125mm Baseplate - 60mm diameter

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Large Handle length - 125mm Baseplate - 290mm

110mm w x 40mm d


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

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SLIDING DOOR HANDLE

SLIDING DOOR HANDLE LARGE

LEVER DOOR LOCK

SURFACE MOUNT SLIDING DOOR HANDLE

This smaller sliding door handle is suited to Residential sliding doors.

This larger sliding door handle is suited to Metro Series and APL Architectural Series sliding doors.

Available in a variety of locking options. An upward handle movement activates four-point locking.

This all in one handle and lock for sliding doors or windows, has no separately installed snib or keyway.

Small - 166mm h

Large - 240mm h

Handle length - 117mm Baseplate - 210mm

175mm h x 54mm d

BI-FOLD OPERATOR

WINDOW FASTENER

VENTING WEDGELESS FASTENER

WEDGELESS FASTENER

This swivel lock activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel.

Suitable for APL Architectural Series. A separate colour matching wedge is fitted to the frame or transom.

A venting option of the wedgeless handle is available which allows the window to be fastened in a partially open position for passive ventilation.

Combines a sure hand grip with clean lines. The PVC closing wedge is matched to the handle colour. Available in a low profile option.

153mm h x 24mm w

100mm w x 48mm d

100mm w x 39mm d

100mm h x 39mm d


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

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PULL HANDLE

LEVER DOOR LOCK

SLIDING DOOR FLUSH PULL

Fixed to the door on both the interior and exterior with a lock fixed separately.

A clean compact lever handle. A lifting movement of the handle activates locking rods at top and bottom of the door.

An alternative to a sliding door handle. It’s ideal for lighter sliding panels. A lock is fixed separately.

Small Handle length - 110mm Baseplate -210mm

230mm h x 43mm w

Small - 325mm Medium - 630mm

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Large - 930mm Extra Large - 1230mm or 1820mm

Large Handle length - 150mm Baseplate - 290mm

BI-FOLD HANDLE

WINDOW FASTENER

WEDGELESS FASTENER

This swivel operator throws locking stainless steel bolts into the frame at the top and bottom of the panel. Optional keylocking (separately installed) is available.

The Icon window fastener with separately fixed wedge is designed for high specification window systems - including APL Architectural Series.

This fastener for Residential awning and casement windows blends square-edged and radiused looks. There is a matching grey nylon wedge. Available in a low profile option

170mm h x 25mm w

110mm w x 36mm d

110mm w x 31mm d


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

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PULL HANDLE

FLUSH PULL

LEVER DOOR 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.

Ideal for lighter sliding panels. The lock is mounted separately from the pull, and is operated by a key or snib.

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

269mm h x 44mm w

Small Handle length - 125mm Baseplate - 221mm

Small - 250mm h Large - 325mm h

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BI-FOLD HANDLE

ESPAGNOLETTE WINDOW FASTENER

A sleek swivel lock that activates locking rods in the top and bottom of the door or window panel.

Single hand, robust operation. Which includes a secure venting position.

160mm h x 34mm w

High profile - 110mm w x 37mm d Low profile - 110mm w x 21mm d

Large Handle length - 140mm Baseplate - 292mm


Elemental Hardware As its name implies, the Elemental hardware range strives for simplicity. Architect-designed with the goal of eliminating frills and fuss, Elemental is a unique range of hardware that is made from extruded aluminium, and is available in a Silver or Black Anodised finish.

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P OWD ERCOATIN G You can never have too many options when 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. When it comes to the Metro Series and the APL Architectural Series, colour is just one of the alternatives to mull over. Matt finishes, for example, have been introduced as our standard finish for the popular colours, offering a smoother, more consistent look. 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 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, a word to the wise: when you are choosing metal colours, always assess swatches in natural light. 69


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Surface Finishes ANO D I S I NG Anodised finishing is the most 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: ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ ƒƒ

Natural/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.

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PASSIVE VENTILATION APL have a range of passive ventilation options available – from the straightforward Sashvent, Railvent and Aerovent systems, to the sophisticated Ventient system. Benefits of Passive Ventilation

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

Installed into bottom opening windows (awning) meaning it is clearly hidden away

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A manual slide allows the vent to be opened and closed

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Insect mesh barrier ensures only fresh air is allowed in.

ƒƒ Introduces fresh air into the building envelope ƒƒ Makes homes healthier, by improving air quality ƒƒ Makes homes easier and more efficient to heat, reducing energy consumption.

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AEROVENT

VENTIENT

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Improved airflow with less visual intrusion.

Naturally automated trickle ventilator suitable for high-end Residential and Commercial projects.

Improved airflow through the top rail of APL Architectural Series or Metro Series sliding doors

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Offering an economical ventilation option for high-end residential or commercial projects

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A manual slide allows you to open or close this venting option

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External insect mesh barrier ensures only fresh air is allowed in.

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A cover on the inside also acts as a manual slide for opening and closing

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Air movement is directed upwards to prevent draughts

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Internal insect mesh barrier ensures only fresh air is allowed in

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Ideal for cross-ventilation and air flow.

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Has an internal device, which automatically opens and closes in response to outside air temperatures

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Optimising comfort levels, by managing the temperature of the fresh air introduced into your home

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Does not require the use of electric power or sensors

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High heat loss in winter

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CLEAR SINGLE GLAZED GLASS

CLEAR DOUBLE GLAZED GLASS

CLEAR DOUBLE GLAZED AND LOW E GLASS

4mm clear

4mm clear / 12mm air gap / 4mm clear

4mm clear / 12mm air gap / 4mm Low E

This is a common Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) and contains a thermally effective air gap between the panes. Also acoustically effective and greatly reduces condensation.

Low E (or low emissivity) glass enhances the insulation value of the double-glazed unit. Consider using with an Argon gas fill in order to gain maximum effectiveness.

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.

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CLEAR DOUBLE GLAZED, ARGON GAS AND LOW E GLASS

TINTED GREY, DOUBLE GLAZED AND CLEAR GLASS

TINTED GREY DOUBLE GLAZED AND LOW E GLASS

4mm clear / 12mm gap “argon gas” / 4mm Low E

5mm grey / 12mm air gap / 4mm clear

5mm grey / 12mm air gap / 4mm clear

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

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The tinted pane significantly reduces solar heat and UV transmission as well as light entry. Suitable for those windows receiving major summer sun.

The tinted pane significantly reduces solar heat and UV transmission as well as light entry. Suitable for those windows receiving major summer sun.


Glass options Glazing choices are an important consideration. Options to reduce UV, minimise heat loss and provide year round comfort are all decisions that can impact on your project. DOUBLE GLAZING Glazing choices count. Opting to reduce UV or minimise heat loss for year-round comfort can have a significant impact on the success of your building project. As a bonus, it also dampens sound. Within the general category of double glazing, there are plenty of options to further boost your house’s thermal efficiency. Low E 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 of our windows and doors come with glass that complies with NZS 4223, the glazing standard cited in the New Zealand building code. ENERGY RATING SYSTEMS AND WINDOWS 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. The WEERS system allocates between one and six stars to a job lot of windows and doors, so is more descriptive than the Energy Star Mark programme. WEERS has been adopted by the Window 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. 75


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Home of quality brands Metro Series and APL Architectural Series brands are owned by APL Window Solutions, New Zealand’s leading window solutions company, and are manufactured nationally by Altherm, First and Vantage manufacturers. From start to finish, the aim at every step is to deliver quality, so that the joinery installed in your house, apartment or commercial building is a product we can truly be proud of. With over 70 manufacturers nationwide, we will have one or more available in your region to deal with. See our websites for manufacturer details and additional photography.

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Metro Series & APL Architectural Series  

When it comes to selecting windows and doors for your new home, looks count – but so too, do strength, versatility and size. The Metro Serie...