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24/11/21 - Corner House by Archier with BINQ Windows wins Residential New - Up to $1mil
The Corner House is worth spending time with. The more that the members of the jury learnt about the project; the greater their appreciation. Archier has created a home that serenely does unexpected things. The home is warm, generous, beautifully detailed and closely connected to the landscape. Further investigation reveals a home with a complex brief, that is sustainably responsible and which spirals up, in and out of the courtyard to carefully mediate between spaces. The jury congratulates Archier and encourages everyone to look further into what is a very special project.
24/11/21 - BINQ Windows featured in Architeam's People's Choice Award
Designed by Open Creative Studio, Thinking Paddock House is an adaptable multi-generational dwelling that in a regional context on Tasmania's South-arm peninsula. While taking advantage of the incredible views, the aging clients wanted the house to fit in with the rural context and be thermally resilient as they age in place. They wanted their home to be as much about resilience for the future as their contemplative lifestyle requirements.
22/11/21 - BINQ Windows awarded the window contract for another 22 sustainable apartments
Another day, another mutli dwelling, sustainable project window contract awarded to BINQ Windows. Designed by Six Degrees Architects and built by Manresa, these apartments has been designed to achieve a 7.5 star energy rating
15/11/21 - BINQ Windows feature in View House by Archier
Taking its name from the breathtaking views of Hobart that informed the architecure, View House was designed by Archier Director Chris Haddad as an enduring home for his parents. View House employs a rich colour palette, forming a home of dynamic and contrasting forms.
15/10/21 - BINQ Feature in The Local Project Issue No. 6
European designed and Australian made, the Archetto series is a high-performance range of world standard timber windows developed exclusively by architectural window and door company BINQ Windows.
27/8/2021 - BINQ windows to feature in 74 high performance townhouses
After many hours of consultation between the stake holders of Northcote Place, BINQ Windows succesfully won the contract to supply each of the 8 star NatHERS rated townhouses with our high performance window systems.
Responding to tomorrow's world, while address the needs of today, Northcote Place has been equipped with the plethora of sustainable features, which is why high performance tmber windows were the perfect fit.
31/3/21 - BINQ's Lift Slide to showcase at Nightingale Ballarat
Designed by Breathe Architecture, Nightingale Ballarat is the first regional Nightingale project - and the first regional, multi dwelling project that will feature BINQ's World Standard Windows. Partner up with reputable builder, H. Troon, BINQ Windows will supply each of these 27 apartments with it's World Standard Lift Slide door.
29/1/21 - BINQ Windows at Nightingale Anstey
The first Nightingale project of the year, Nightingale Anstey will consist of 54 sustainable apartments, which each featuring the Archetto series Lift Slide Door. Scheduled for completion in early 2022, BINQ will manufacture these Lift Slides throughout the first half of the 2021 year.
30/7/21 - Sustainable townhouses in ‘collaborative development’ feature BINQ doors and windows
A townhouse development like no other, this project consists of three highly sustainable homes built on a single block in Brunswick, Victoria. This project is aligned with the principles of the deliberative development model known as Collaborative Development by HIP V. HYPE, under which the owners of each of the townhouses pooled resources and their respective professional expertise in architecture, sustainability and project management to design and build the three homes on Davison Street in Melbourne.
Each townhouse is split over two levels, and contains three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one car and considered circulation to ensure separation between public and private spaces, maximising liveability in higher density living.
The development targeted a minimum environmental rating of 8 stars and 100% fossil fuel-free electric green power.
Designed by Archier and enabled by HIP V. HYPE, the development features the Archetto Series doors and windows from BINQ,
BINQ Tilt and Turn Windows
The tilt and turn windows feature BINQ’s proprietary design, making them the best performing (lowest uValue) windows manufactured in Australia. With the turn of a handle, the window tilts in at the top, promoting passive and secure ventilation, keeping your house fresh as well as safe. Turn the handle again and the window turns in at over 90 degrees, giving you rapid ventilation. BINQ’s tilt-turns feature Australian made double or triple glazed safety glass and high security multipoint locking system providing the ultimate security.
uVal - as low as 1.1
SHGC - as low as .258
BINQ IV68 Hinged Doors
BINQ IV68 hinged doors assure high security, thermal performance, ease of use and an elegant aesthetic, making it the ultimate door solution. These doors feature heavy duty European hinges to sustain weights up to 120kg (per sash), Australian made double glazed safety glass, high security multipoint locking system and a unique Italian made key produced exclusive for BINQ, making it impossible to replicate.
uVal - as low as 1.1
SHGC - as low as .32
Archetto series lift & slide doors enable indoor-outdoor living at Noosa waterfront home
Lift & slide glazed doors from BINQ were extensively used in a new home with waterfront views in Noosa, Queensland, facilitating a connection with the beautiful outdoors.
Located in the coveted river suburb of Noosa Sound, mere minutes from Hastings Street, this waterfront block has stunning views of the waterways and national park. Features such as large stacking doors, internal gardens as well as a material palette based on natural stone and timber allow indoor-outdoor living with a seamless connection to the outdoors.
The Noosa Sound house features nine lift & slide doors, including a huge 14-metre bi part stacking lift & slide door. No expense was spared when it came to the selection of high quality materials and finishes.
With thermal efficiency in mind, BINQ’s Archetto series was specified for most of the project, which gave the client flexibility in design with large scale openings, without compromising the thermal performance of this home.
18/6/21 - BINQ Feature in The Local Project Issue No. 5
Renowned nationally for combining the benefits of local Australian manufacturing with the performance of European technology, BINQ Windows is on a mission to raise the industry standard by providing customers with excellence in products and service. Putting this mantra to the test after being tasked with facilitating an established connection with the outdoor environment, the BINQ Archetto Series of timber windows and doors have been used to maximum effect in Kew Residence by Chamberlain Architects.
26/3/21 - BINQ Feature in The Local Project Issue No. 4
Combining the benefits of local Australian manufacturing with the performance of European technology, BINQ Windows is leading the way with architectural window and door systems that play an integral part in building a sustainable future for generations to come.
18/1/21 - BINQ glazed doors create light-filled interiors at Clifton Hill House
BINQ supplied a range of lift & slide and entry doors during the renovation of the Clifton Hill House in Melbourne.
Part of a row of late 19th century terraces, this heritage dwelling had gone through several renovations over the years. The latest renovation designed by Field Office Architecture aimed to strip back all the additions with only the original front two bedrooms retained in the house. The property’s location on a block with double-width proportions to the back opened up a number of opportunities in terms of how the architects approached the brief to create a new simple, modern, light-filled living, dining and kitchen area, along with a master bedroom and studio.
Once past the original part of the dwelling, the width of the block expands rapidly, presenting an ideal configuration to create a large, north-facing courtyard in this area with both the dining and living spaces connected directly. The dining area, which sits adjacent to the courtyard also acts as a ‘gallery’ of sorts with a number of original paintings by the client sitting bathed in the natural light from the courtyard, and a series of skylights above.
The living room is wrapped on either side with full height 3.0m double glazed timber lift & slide doors, which look northwards to the new courtyard as well as the south to the rear garden. Field Office Architecture also provided the landscape design for the project.
Level 1 houses the master bedroom and walk-in robe, along with a studio for the client. The controlled north-facing light to these rooms was critical for the owner and his work, as was the Juliet balcony to the bedroom, which can be left fully open in warm weather.
A combination of dark feature timber framing along with marine grade ply and rendered recycled brickwork makes up the primary material palette externally – a simple, affordable and robust selection that juxtaposes elegantly against the heritage part of the dwelling.
17/12/20 - Large BINQ windows light up interiors in Castlemaine period home renovation
BINQ windows and doors were specified for the renovation and extension of a period home in Castlemaine, Victoria. Located close to the centre of town, the neighbourhood is steeped in history, and exemplifies the distinctive character of Victoria’s goldmining past.
Once a tiny, rundown two-bedroom cottage, the period home drew the new owners who were charmed by its facade and history. Looking to preserve its historical character, they decided to retain the existing house rather than demolish it. Instead, they added a large contemporary extension and pool to the rear.
When viewed from the street, the house shows very little change; however, the property is full of surprises and exemplifies how to sensitively respond to a location without sacrificing anything when it comes to lifestyle.
Advantage Draft Design, who worked on the renovation and extension, has designed the house for entertaining, with clever partitioning separating the original property with its private master suite and sitting room from the modern, Scandinavian-inspired extension where living, dining, kitchen (including wine cellar) and bathroom spaces open to a stunning outdoor living area including a pool and landscaped gardens.
The architects have prioritised clean simple lines, a restrained material palette and a focus on form and function, with the flow between the old and the new, indoors and out integral to the success of the design.
Large BINQ double glazed windows from the Archetto Series flood the interior spaces with light, drawing the eye to the sparkling pool and serving as extra seating with their hardwearing DuPont Corian sills. Bi-fold doors from the Azione Series have also been used extensively in the house. The suspended fireplace, designed by world-renowned French brand Focus, is both functional and a design feature. In the kitchen, DuPont Corian benchtops and integrated appliances combined with perfectly and precisely aligned drawers, create a seamless appearance.
9/11/20 - BINQ doors and windows maximise views and light in garden house
The Cricket Pitch house in Plowman, North Bondi is a two-storey garden house, designed by Scale Architecture specifically around the owner’s love of backyard cricket.
The linear organisation of the house creates a long north-facing side yard that maximises solar access to the house, while also forming the ideal dimensions for the cricket pitch.
The roof ridge runs along the diagonal of the building, creating four different facades, each responding to their orientation.
Finely detailed board finished concrete provides texture and mass to the study and entry spaces, while large timber framed glass sliding doors open from the dining and living spaces to the garden.
The upper brick volume is punctuated by horizontal windows, framed by painted steel surrounds that protect the glass from the intense summer sun.
BINQ supplied lift and slide doors and tilt and turn windows for the Cricket Pitch house.
Photographs: Brett Boardman
12/10/21 - BINQ Windows feature in Casa Acton by Archier
Sitting on the edge of arural family property in Tasmania, Casa Acton is an experiment in cost-efficient and moveable housing. Archier combines an immersive understanding of the surrounding landscape with an inquisitive curiosity to develop a bespoke model that is able to be transported to a new location when required while also being a considered response to its current site.
18/9/20 - BINQ windows and doors specified for South Melbourne carbon neutral apartments
Ferrars & York is a residential development in Melbourne, comprising 22 carbon neutral apartments, powered by 100% renewable energy and representing best practice in climate resilient design and construction.
Located 100 metres from the South Melbourne Market, Ferrars & York is designed by Six Degrees Architects and enabled by HIP V. HYPE.
Each apartment at Ferrars & York features high-performance sustainable doors and windows from BINQ for enhanced thermal and acoustic insulation.
Designed and built to deliver quality, durability and long term value to its residents, the development features products and materials that are low impact and responsibly sourced. Design features such as open walkways and a communal roof yard complete with fireplace and BBQ provide spaces that promote quality interactions and a sense of belonging.
BINQ’s thermally efficient windows and doors assist with Nightingale 2.0’s sustainable journey
BINQ supplied their thermally efficient windows and doors for the Nightingale 2.0 residential apartment project in Fairfield, Victoria. Nightingale 2.0 is located right next to the Fairfield Railway Station.
Based on a triple bottom line apartment development model, the Nightingale aims to deliver apartments that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide quality urban housing at an affordable price by simplifying the development process and the building itself.
Nightingale 2.0 is the second project in this series and consists of 20 apartments and 3 ground floor retail tenancies designed to help with street activation and improve the amenity of the station precinct.
For the Nightingale 2.0 project, BINQ collaborated with HIP V. HYPE and Six Degrees Architects to provide a thermally efficient window and door package from the Archetto Series that allowed them to create the sustainable footprint they sought to achieve.
Photography by: http://www.tesskelly.net/
BINQ solutions contribute to Nightingale 1’s sustainability outcomes
BINQ windows and doors were part of the ‘honest material palette’ adopted by the architects of the Nightingale 1 residential apartment project in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Brunswick.
The first project based on the Nightingale Model – a replicable, triple bottom line housing model with an overarching priority towards social, economic and environmental sustainability, Nightingale 1 was designed by Breathe Architecture based on a strategy to ‘build more with less’. Emerging from the success of The Commons project, the architects combined a carefully selected material palette with a focus on reduction to conceptualise a building where people wanted to live.
At its heart, Nightingale is all about people, its architecture serving as a catalyst to unite a group with similar values and build a community.
Nightingale 1 is a well-designed community-led building for owner-occupiers, with buyer engagement early on in the building process ensuring the apartments were designed completely to suit the end user’s requirements.
In terms of its exceptional sustainability outcomes, Nightingale 1 is the first residential building in the country to be connected under an embedded network that is 100% fossil fuel free. Nightingale is carbon neutral in its operation – every Nightingale resident receives 100% green power at wholesale rates and cheaper than everyone else in Australia is paying for black power.
BINQ was a proud project partner for The Commons, a sustainable apartment building in Brunswick, Melbourne, designed by Breathe Architecture.
The design strategy for The Commons was to build more with less – to give space and height, light and air. Binq’s lift & slide doors have helped achieve the project’s design intent with residents of the eco-friendly high performance apartments enjoying being cool in summer and warm in winter.
With the apartments located next to a train line, Binq lift & slides provide the ultimate in acoustic performance shutting out all the noise of a busy city train line.
The Commons is about sustainable urbanisation – a replicable triple bottom line development with apartments that are spacious, generous, simple, affordable and sustainable, and add value to the community. Made up of a series of small, but delightful architectural moments, The Commons, at its core, is about people, not architectural form; what is most impressive is the way in which people use the building and interact with each other.
It’s amazing to observe the sense of community and camaraderie in the building. The Commons is filled with great neighbours and good people, and the architecture has been the catalyst for this outcome.
High performance windows and doors deliver views and comfort at Trentham East house
700 Haus is an energy-efficient and light-filled farmhouse in Trentham East, Victoria that blends in with the surroundings while celebrating the beautiful views from multiple directions.
Designed by Glow Design based on the brief from the clients, the house, which is located at an elevation of 700 metres is built to withstand heavy winds and rainfall, and delivers a comfortable living experience to the residents in an environment that’s mostly cold for a major part of the year.
The design lines up various viewpoints on the land with most of the home’s timber framed windows situated on the eastern, western and southern aspects. All windows, doors and skylights are double or triple glazed to ensure thermal comfort for the family.
Photo credit: Peter Clarke
How Binq revolutionised the window and door industry in Australia
The BINQ success story began when one of the founding partners wanted bifold doors for his house and was left disappointed with the products in the market. He decided to build the doors himself after purchasing the timber and hardware. On completion, he put them up for sale on eBay and made a tidy profit. Sensing an opportunity, he partnered with his brother to make and sell the doors in different sizes.
The business took off and the brothers were forced to move from their carport to a proper factory to cater to the increasing number of orders. Two more brothers joined the business and Brothers Incorporated (shortened to Binq) was born on January 19, 2009.
However, two weeks after their official opening, the government officially announced the GFC, and the orders stopped coming in. Pooling in their personal funds, the brothers began to cold call and received their first order for bifold doors within a week. They noticed they were losing sales since they didn’t make windows. Confident that they could apply their knowledge of bifolds into manufacturing windows, they did a lot of research and headed to an exhibition in Germany, where they visited different factories and spoke to industry experts.
Impressed by the Germans’ ability to make triple glazed tilt turn windows with high security in less than a third of the time it took them to make an awning window for a toilet, they decided to adopt the German design philosophy in their manufacturing. Realising that they had the opportunity to completely revolutionise the window and door industry in Australia, they began investing heavily in design, software, machinery and processes.
Binq decided to specialise in offering competitively priced timber products that provided higher energy ratings with a low maintenance option backed by a 10-year warranty.
Today, Binq has outgrown their factory three times over and is now located in a 2000-square-metre factory in Chelsea Heights with over a million dollars' worth of German made CNC machinery, and 25 fulltime employees.
Binq manufactures German spec high performance doors and windows. Their windows can lock in up to 20 spots with the turn of a handle, and survive much higher wind loads than the industry standard.
Binq’s lift slide doors are the biggest doors available in the market, measuring over 3m high and up to 6m wide with just two panels, or 18m wide with six panels.
Binq continues to invest in R&D on existing and new products to further enhance their performance, and make these products available to all sectors of the market.
Why? Because Australia deserves better!
How to make thermal mass work for you
Thermal mass is described as the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. High density materials such as concrete, bricks and tiles require a lot of heat energy to change their temperature, and are therefore said to have high thermal mass. On the other hand, lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass.
When appropriately used, thermal mass can make a big difference to the comfort factor throughout your home as well as your heating and cooling bills.
Thermal mass can store solar energy during the day and re-radiate it at night. When correctly used, thermal mass can moderate internal temperatures by averaging out diurnal extremes, thereby increasing comfort and reducing energy costs. However, poor use of thermal mass can make matters worse and become a huge liability for both energy consumption and comfort. It can radiate heat all night during a summer heatwave or absorb all the heat produced on a winter night.
To be effective, thermal mass must be integrated with sound passive design techniques. This means having appropriate areas of glazing facing appropriate directions with appropriate levels of shading, ventilation, insulation and thermal mass.
How thermal mass works:
During summer thermal mass absorbs heat during the day and releases it by night to cooling breezes or clear night skies, keeping the house comfortable. In winter the same thermal mass can store the heat from the sun or heaters to release it at night, helping the home stay warm.
Thermal mass is not a substitute for insulation: Thermal mass stores and re-releases heat while insulation stops heat flowing into or out of the building. A high thermal mass material is not generally a good thermal insulator; thermal mass is particularly beneficial where there is a big difference between day and night temperatures in the outdoor environment.
A high mass building needs to gain or lose a large amount of energy to change its internal temperature, whereas a lightweight building requires only a small energy gain or loss to change the air temperature. This is an important factor to consider when choosing construction systems and assessing climate change adaptation.
BINQ is a market leader in the manufacture of performance doors and windows.
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