WINDOWS Magazine Autumn 2016 - Page 6

member profile Thermeco Thermal Break Performance by Design Melbourne-based manufacturer and supplier to the Australian window industry, Thermeco, is expanding its client base by combining highperformance thermally broken framing systems with equally stunning European door and window hardware - it’s a savvy combination of form and function. I n an era of tightening energy efficiency legislation and ever-larger windows, it’s no surprise that thermally broken window framing solutions are becoming increasingly popular among building designers and owners of exclusive homes. Thermally broken windows involve the use of a synthetic insulating material to form a ‘break’ in metal section, thereby limiting heat transfer through the framing material and enhancing overall energy efficiency. Not only has Thermeco developed an incredibly energy-efficient, high-quality thermally broken window system, using local aluminium and premium components imported from Europe, but it has ‘taken the next step’ by matching this high-performance technology with some of Europe’s sleekest framing solutions and most sophisticated hardware products. Importantly, all Thermeco product ranges are manufactured in Australia to meet WERS rating requirements and all relevant local standards, including AS 2047. As a wholesale supplier of advanced window systems to window manufacturers throughout Australia, Thermeco is pushing boundaries on many levels. Since the company’s establishment in 2000, General Manager, Carl Costabile, says the focus has been on the development of cutting-edge, European-inspired window 4 Australian Window Association Autumn 2016 systems that enhance energy efficiency while satisfying consumers’ cravings for ever-larger, aesthetically pleasing doors and windows. In addition, the company has gone out of its way to assist its window manufacturing clients (or ‘licensees’) with customised support services – including software, systems manuals and machinery to ensure that all fabricators of Thermeco-based systems are able to maintain premium quality and productivity. The list of manufacturers using Thermeco products is expanding all the time. hardware as for its energy-efficient window systems, Carl admits! Manufacturing licensees are able to choose from 13 different Thermeco product ranges and systems catering to residential and commercial requirements, and spanning an array of product classes from awnings and fixed panels to casement and ‘tilt & turn’ windows, and bi-fold doors. “It’s got a 22 mm stile and all the frame is hidden in the structure. It has a flush jamb european sensibility Carl says many customers these days are embracing the Thermeco approach to window systems, which clearly recognises the value of style alongside performance. While stricter energy efficiency requirements are certainly stimulating an interest in thermally broken window systems, there is an equally strong push for contemporary framing devices and associated hardware. Indeed, Thermeco has become almost as well known for its European designer “In particular, we’ve become Australian distributors for two European products; Keller minimal windows® from Luxembourg, which is a thermally broken, minimal, aluminium sliding door system featuring double glazing (or triple glazing, if required),” Carl says. “It really pushes the boundaries in terms of how big we can offer the product and how thin the sections are – they are almost invisible. Image left: Carl Costabile accepted the Highly Commended award to European Window Co. in the category of AWA Best Use of Windows and Doors: Residential New Construction up to $500,000, for the Origami Pool House, Hawthorn, Victoria, at the 2015 Fenestration Australia Design Awards. The project used Thermeco window systems. Image centre: Managing Director, Geoff Costabile, and General Manager, Carl Costabile, interviewed by AMP to promote Small Business in Australia. Image right: Curva House, East Malvern, Victoria, uses Thermeco window systems. The project was awarded a Highly Commended in the category of AWA Best Use of Windows and Doors: Residential Renovation at the 2015 Fenestration Australia Design Awards.