The premium Onethree Cheshire commercial showroom and residential development situated in the heart of historic Parnell has utilised Brio’s ‘Weatherfold’ folding and sliding system to fix eye-catching Insol shutters to the building’s exterior.
The shutters on this new Cheshire Street, Parnell apartment building were designed, manufactured and installed by Insol, a local company who specialise in louvre systems and bespoke architectural facade treatments. Insol were approached by the architect to provide a shutter solution and in turn approached Brio to find a sliding and folding system that would be suitable to fix shutters to the building.
The technology that Insol uses to fix the shutters to the building and allows the shutters to slide and fold is Brio’s Weatherfold 4S — a stainless steel hardware system which can hold panels weighing up to 150kg. Weatherfold is often used in conjunction with timber door and window sliding and folding systems, but can in fact be used with almost any flat panel system, including shutter systems. Brio’s Weatherfold 4S can comfortably provide openings of up to 4m high and 19.6m wide.
The Brio Weatherfold 4S system is also highly concealed, which enhances the overall look of the structure. In addition, Weatherfold 4S can be paired with a Brio insect screen system, is highly corrosion-resistant, and has been extensively tested to ensure its durability. It is a complete system which includes pivot sets, hanger sets, hinge sets, top tracks, bottom channels, seals, and locking/flush bolt options.
Why Specify Exterior Shutter Systems?
Exterior shutter systems are gaining in popularity, and why wouldn’t they be? While their most obvious qualities are the weather-related benefits they can provide such as shelter from the wind, rain and sun, they have many other attributes that make them a great addition to any commercial or residential building.
A shutter system can save energy by reducing the need for air conditioning and heating — sun can be kept out of indoor areas in summer and heat loss via large glass areas can be reduced in winter. The benefits inherent in these shutter systems are even greater in countries which have changeable and extreme weather, often experienced in New Zealand.
Shutters have the appeal of creating privacy when desired, and are great for apartment-dwellers and apartment owners who wish to avoid the ‘eye-sore’ of washing being dried on their outside deck areas. They can enhance the visual interest of a building, giving it character, increasing its desirability and resale value, and improving the area where it is situated.
From a compliance point-of-view, it is important to note that local councils are more likely to consent apartment buildings with shutter systems included in their design. This change has mainly been due to the lessons learned during earlier periods of building activity in New Zealand, where poorly designed and built apartment buildings detracted greatly from city skylines and landscapes.
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