MACO Hardware Part Of Passive Home Worthy Of Grand Design Status

A full range of MACO window and door hardware has been fitted to complete solutions on a simply stunning Passive house.

The home and separate office block sit at the bottom of a small wooded valley nestled to the Mendip hills on one side and a stream on the other, the designer, Luca Biselli came up with concepts of Flower, Leaf, Water and Wood to interpret and compliment the surrounding area.

Windows, doors, patio’s play a critical part within Passive House design, free warmth that comes into the property through solar gain is critical, and then how much of that heat is retained.

The entire window should have a U-Value of 0.80W/(m2K) or less, with the installed product with no more that 0.85 W/(m2K). Windows and doors themselves need to be airtight, are normally triple glazed with low conductivity spacers.

The house features some of MACO’s key products to suit the solutions that were needed to create and give it passive house status. One of the MACO products that is part of a key feature of the house is the, Timber Aluminium Clad lift and slide patio doors.

Along with MACO hardware being part of the passive house solution the MACO Lift & Slide hardware offers a range of practical features such as being able to hold weights up to 400Kg, essential for these large format triple glazed products.

The MACO A-TS was the lock of choice for the three entrance doors on the property. Multiple locking points ensure that the required airtightness is guaranteed  automatically each and every time the door is closed and had a part in why this lock was chosen.

Interestingly the windows for this project were all Tilt & Turn, combining two MACO Tilt & Turn solutions the MACO MUTLI MATIC MAMUT solutions for the larger sized windows along with the MULTI MATIC POWER Hinge for a concealed finish on the smaller windows.

Today’s design trends are often characterised by concealed hardware and flush window profiles. So it’s easy to see why the MULTI POWER solution was chosen. It meets the aesthetic requirements without compromising functionality and performance. The system can support multi-sash elements and its flat surface makes the window very easy to clean and of course aesthetically pleasing. The fully concealed hinge-side represents the hinge technology for a high performance home such as this.

Featuring burglar-resistance to PAS24-2016 and optimally sealed thermal insulation, the MULTI POWER can support sash weights of up to 130 kg on windows and up to 150 kg for doors.

The Homeowner (Rob Franklin GBCT) comments, “Windows for a Passive House project are probably the most important decision of the build. Choosing a manufacturer with expertise, experience and proven track record are all considerations for triple glazed windows but the aesthetic is equally important. When the dust has settled and the builders are a fading memory it’s the look that will remain. We chose Pazen for those reasons”.

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