Atlite Australia, VIC

Researcher: Associate Professor Blair Kuys

Swinburne University of Technology

Interior Architecture & Industrial Design

Finding a new window of opportunity

Business Foundations is working to support local manufacturers like Atlite Australia.

Business Foundations is working to support local manufacturers like Atlite Australia.

Openable skylights are increasingly fashionable in home renovation and construction and are a fast-growth item in the skylight industry. In most cases, however, imported skylights are used.

Atlite has been operating in this sector for more than 50 years and in early 2015, it pursued its ambition to design and fabricate a new fire-rated openable skylight. After being introduced to Jim Grigoriou and Swinburne University’s School of Design, an Innovation Connections grant was used to conceive, design and test an openable skylight, with increased fire-rated specifications and longevity.

The design project concluded in February 2016, fulfilling the brief and meeting the client’s expectations – design, test data and production specifications. The project is testament to Atlite’s ambition to work with a creative and energetic design team from Swinburne University, conceive a unique design and replace imports.