[Latin lux, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots]
– bau – m
[German Bau, construction, to build –
in Indo-European roots]
[German Baum, tree]
The name was borne: Luxbaum
The function of fenestration is to provide natural light, ventilation, egress and ingress. Window and door manufacturers are challenged to combine these functional requirements with the recently emerging impact resistant engineering standards.
Fenestration needs to meet the same design criteria as the surrounding and supporting structural walls and columns. In short, it needs to ensure the integrity of the building envelope during hurricanes or cyclonic wind storms. A breach of the building envelope can generate internal and differential pressures that can cause a catastrophic building failure. The potential hazard of wind driven projectiles is greatest at ground level, and therefore particularly affects one to three story residential structures.
- Careful engineering, design, research, development and testing of product prototypes
- Use of sophisticated components manufactured by leading European suppliers
- The selection of merbau, a timber of extraordinary physical characteristics
- The installation of wood working machinery and tooling from the most experienced European suppliers at our factory in Bali, Indonesia
- Employing highly skilled wood craftsmen who come from a proud woodworking heritage
- Hands on management to integrate Western technical, engineering and manufacturing sophistication with the craftsmanship of the Balinese.
Luxbaum Windows + Doors’ full line of custom constructed, impact resistant, wood windows and doors.
We believe that a well constructed high-end residential window or door is a fine piece of furniture with superior performance characteristics. We also believe our products should perform beyond the standards established by the building codes. To that end, our Double French Door has been tested to withstand a negative pressure of 116 pounds-per-square-foot, exceeding the design criteria by 68%. We obtained these superior test results without the employment of internal metal reinforcement.
Impact Resistant Design History:
Two major natural disasters of the twentieth century prompted code enforcers, engineers and window and door manufacturers to re-evaluate fenestration standards. Cyclone Tracey in 1974, which destroyed over ninety percent of the residences in Darwin, Australia, and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which destroyed a vast inventory of housing in South Florida, prompted the development of new design standards. Engineering studies conducted in Australia concluded that a significant portion of hurricane damage was caused by windborne debris. At the time, traditional fenestration design principles assumed damage was mainly caused by single wind gusts. Today, design criteria recognize turbulent winds that change direction, fluctuate in pressure and carry destructive objects.
Today, test protocols have been developed and adopted to test the resilience of windows and doors to hurricane like conditions. These include tests for projectile impact resistance, fluctuating wind pressures and water and air infiltration.