Altair® PowerlouverTM Windows

Electronically Control your Altair® Louvers

A sleek and elegant solution

 

Low voltage Altair Powerlouver Windows are a sleek, elegant solution to your window automation needs. Designed for easy installation, the Powerlouver Window removes the complexity of sourcing special trades to install the system and is ideal for a range of design applications such as high out-of-reach locations or as floor-to-ceiling feature windows.

The Powerlouver is available in Breezway’s Easyscreen Window System. For more information visit Frame Types.

Breezway Powerlouvers can be controlled by Apptivate Control Units or a third party Building Management Systems (BMS). For more information on Building Management Systems please contact your builder or designer.

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PowerlouverTM ApptivateTM Control Unit

 

Operate your Powerlouvers with a simple touch of a button.

  • Touch sensitive, standard sized wall plate.
  • Single touch to fully open, fully close or can be precisely opened to any intermediate position to control airflow into the home.
  • Automatic operation in response to an in-built temperature sensor or timers to maintain indoor comfort.
  • Bluetooth Smart module to permit remote control by compatible smartphones and tablets.
  • Single and dual channel models available to suit individual needs.

PowerlouverTM App

 

Download to your compatible iOS or Android Bluetooth smart phone or tablet.

  • Remote opening and closing of each Apptivate Control Unit. The range of the Bluetooth signal is approximately 10m – 20m. (The range will be maximized by having a clear line of sight to the Apptivate Control Unit.)
  • Set automatic operation in response to the Apptivate in-built temperature sensor and timers to naturally cool or retain warmth when required.
  • ‘Night mode’ adjusts the brightness of the Apptivate Unit LED lights overnight.
  • A single command can open or close all Powerlouver Windows in range.
  • For easy identification personalize the names of Apptivate Control Units and channels controlled by the Powerlouver App.
  • Provides feedback of the open/close position of connected Powerlouver Windows.

ApptivateTM Control Unit and PowerlouverTM App Demo

 

Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the Powerlouver Apptivate Control Unit and the Powerlouver App.

Powerlouver App Operation

The Apptivate Control Unit includes a Bluetooth Smart module which allows wireless communication between the Apptivate Control Unit and a compatible device running the Powerlouver App.

Compatible devices

 

Compatible devices will have Bluetooth Smart modules installed and have an iOS or Android operating system. Devices include:

Apple products running iOS 7 or newer:

  • iPhone 4s and newer
  • iPad 3 and newer
  • iPad Mini and newer
  • iPod Touch 5
Devices running Android 4.3 and newer, including:

  • Samsung Galaxy Range
  • HTC One, MAX
  • Sony Experia Range
  • Droid RAZR, Ultra, Maxx, Mini
  • Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Security

 

Establishing associations between the Powerlouver App and Apptivate Control Units requires:

  • Close physical proximity between the Powerlouver App and the Apptivate Control Unit, and
  • An access code (defined by the first Powerlouver App to be associated to the Apptivate Control Unit).
If the Access Code is forgotten, a factory reset button can be activated by snapping off the front cover plate of the Apptivate Control Unit and pushing a paperclip through a small hole to hold a button down for a brief period. Security will be maximized by positioning the Apptivate Control Unit in a location that restricts unauthorised access.

If restricting access to the Apptivate Control Unit is not practical then users can seal the hole to block access to the factory reset button from the front panel necessitating the unscrewing of the Apptivate Control Unit from the wall in order to carry out a factory reset.

Automatic operation in response to temperature

 

Temperatures can be set at which the Apptivate Control Unit will:

  • Automatically open the windows to naturally cool the room, or
  • Automatically close the windows to retain warmth within the room.
Automatic response to temperature can be enabled or disabled:

  • Remotely from the Powerlouver App, or
  • Directly on the Apptivate Control Unit.
Notes:

  • As the temperature sensor will be located within the wall cavity it may be susceptible to environmental conditions so the temperature readings will be indicative of the air temperature within the room, but will not exactly reflect the air temperature within the room.
  • When responding to temperatures both channels of Dual Channel Apptivate Control Units will respond simultaneously to the temperature sensor.
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Automatic operation in response to timers

 

Timer events (time of day and day of week) can be set to:

  • Open the windows
  • Move the window to an intermediate position
  • Close the windows
  • Begin responding automatically to temperatures.

This allows the windows to be set to operate in anticipation of the building occupant’s daily routine. For example, opening before employees arrive to pre-cool the building, or responding to temperatures from when a homeowner goes to bed so that the windows close when the temperature drops in the early hours of the morning.

Timer events can be enabled or disabled:

  • Remotely from the Powerlouver App, or
  • Directly on the Apptivate Control Unit.

This allows timer events to easily be disabled as the homeowner leaves the house or enabled as they arrive home.

Note: When responding to timer events both channels of Dual Channel Apptivate Control Units will respond simultaneously.

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Control of multiple Apptivate Control Units

 

Up to 6 Apptivate Control Units can be associated to each Powerlouver App allowing building occupants to control windows around their home from their Powerlouver App.

For ease of identification:

  • Each of the Apptivate Control Units can be given a customised name.
  • Each of the channels of a Dual Channel Apptivate Control Unit can be given a customized name.
  • The Powerlouver App will indicate any Apptivate Control Units which are out of range, or with which a Bluetooth Smart connection cannot be made.
  • For maximum control and ease of use, all the Apptivate Control Units associated to a Powerlouver App can be operated simultaneously or independantly.

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Control by multiple Powerlouver Apps

 

Associations can be established between multiple Powerlouver Apps and each Apptivate Control Unit, to allow all family members to control the windows from their smartphones.

Note: Only one Powerlouver App will be able to maintain an active Bluetooth Smart connection with an Apptivate Control Unit at any given time.

For example: Both John and Mary’s Powerlouver Apps are associated to the Apptivate Control Unit operating the Powerlouver Windows in their living room. If John opens the windows using his Powerlouver App, Mary will not be able to close the windows using her Powerlouver App until John minimizes the Powerlouver App on his smartphone or his smartphone enters ‘sleep’ mode.
Powerlouver Installation Considerations

Electrical Requirements & Installation

 

  • Operating voltage: 24V DC
  • Maximum constant current: 0.25A per motor
  • Opening time: Approx 14 seconds
  • Working temperature: -20 to +60 degrees Celsius

Note: In extreme cold conditions the windows will not operate if there is excessive ice build up or if the louver blades are frozen together.

Maximum Constant Current Requirements

 

Powerlouver Window TypeMotors per bayMaximum Constant Current RequiredMaximum Instantaneous Start Up Current Required
2-9 Blades High10.25 amps per bay0.5 amps per bay
10-18 Blades High20.5 amps per bay1.0 amps per bay

Breezway Transformers

 

Breezway supplies transformers (as an optional extra) that have been specified to meet the requirements of Powerlouver Windows.

  • 110V current transformed to 1.0 amp, 24V DC constant current, suitable for powering up to 4 Powerlouver Motors.
  • Able to provide sufficient instantaneous startup current for up to 6 Powerlouver Motors.
  • Built-in overload protection to prevent accidental short circuits from damaging the transformer.
  • It is recommended that transformers are located in a position that enables easy power cycling.

    Battery Backup

     

    The Powerlouver Window has no integrated battery back up. If the power supply fails the window cannot be operated. If battery back up is required, systems are readily available and can be integrated by qualified suppliers.

    View/download Battery Backup Technical Bulletinsmall-pdf4

    Apptivate Control Unit Standard Wiring

     

    Touch sensitive wall plate. Powerlouver Pad

    Powerlouver Motors and Apptivate Control Units require 24v DC power. For ease of wiring the Apptivate Control Unit senses the polarity of the current provided from the transformer and automatically adjusts accordingly.

    Up to 6 Powerlouver Motors can be wired in parallel to each Apptivate Control Unit motor group.

    It is recommended that transformers are located in a position that enables easy power cycling. Powerlouver Wiring

    Converting from a Breezway Remote Control to an Apptivate Control Unit

     

    Powerlouver Windows which are remotely controlled can be updated to allow control by the Powerlouver Apptivate Control Unit but do require some adjustments to the internal and external wiring of the window.

    See pdf link below for more information on converting a Breezway Remote Control to an Apptivate Control Unit Technical Bulletin.

    View/download RC Powerlouver to Apptivate Technical Bulletinsmall-pdf4

    Powerlouver Cabling Requirements

     

    Multiple windows in parallel

    Total wire length does not include the internal wiring of each Powerlouver Window.

    Powerlouver Wire Length

    Tables calculated using a window current of 0.25A and a voltage drop of 5% or 1 V @ 24V.

    MotorsMax Distance from Power Supply to Motor
    12345681012
    20AWG1959565453530---
    18AWG29514595755545---
    16AWG4902451601259580654535
    14AWG755390260195160130957565
    12AWG120060040029524519514511595
    10AWG1800965650490390325245180145
    8AWG325016401050820650490390320260
    6AWG4900245016001200980800570490400
    4AWG26200131008200650049004100320026002100

    Building Management System Compatibility

     

    The Altair Powerlouver Window System has been reviewed for compatibility by the leading suppliers of building management systems. When considering integration into a building management system, the following should be considered:

    • Breezway does not supply the various sensors which could be used to instigate opening or closing of the windows (eg temperature or rain sensors).
    • Transformer requirements may differ from the requirements of Powerlouver Windows controlled by Apptivate Control Units.
  • The Powerlouver Window System does not include an inbuilt electronic mechanism to inform the building management system of its current open or close position.
  • Powerlouver Motors include limit switches which prevent the motors from continuing to attempt to open or close the window once the window is fully open or fully closed, thereby preventing damage to the motors and electronics.
  • Apptivate Control Units are not compatible with building management systems. For more information on Connecting Altair Powerlouver Windows to C-Bus Systems download the Technical Bulletin below.

    View/download Connecting Altair Powerlouver Windows to C-Bus Systemssmall-pdf4

    Maintenance

     

    Breezway Powerlouver Windows should be operated at monthly intervals. Frames should be cleaned periodically as per Breezway Care and Maintenance recommendations.

    Powerlouver Troubleshooting Guides

    Something not working right? Breezway has a troubleshooting guide available to assist you with your Altair Powerlouver Windows. If you are still experiencing some difficulty after reading the troubleshooting guide, please do not hesitate to contact one of our qualified louver experts on 808 484 5999.

    View/download Powerlouver Apptivate Control Unit & Powerlouver App Troubleshooting Guidesmall-pdf4