Led by Prof Blair Kuys, the Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) teamed up with Atlite to create a revolutionary new skylight that was certified up to BAL40 Bush Fire Attack Level, the first of its kind designed and manufactured in Australia.
The product has since won three consecutive Good Design Awards, which is the highest honour for design innovation in Australia.
Final rendering of the Atlite openable skylight.
Elevating the standard for Australian skylights
Director of Atlite Skylights Suresh Sutrave set out to benchmark and upgrade his Australian-made range of skylights to world standard.
Sutrave’s prime goal was to develop a product to meet Australia’s bushfire standard—Bushfire Attack Level BAL-40, described in AS3959 (2009). At the time, only one imported product met this challenging standard.
Working closely with Atlite engineers and fabricators, the CDI product development team explored markets, manufacturing options and materials over two separate project phases.
Across the design phases, the CDI product development team and Atlite realised two exciting outcomes:
- the new Atlite ‘Premium’ Skylight range that exceeded BAL-40 requirements,
- a modular production process that achieved optimal window size/shape flexibility and a 70 per cent labour saving across most of the Atlite range.
CDI and Atlite at the Good Design Awards.