High Performance Expected

High Performance Expected

Kingspan Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard has been proving its credentials in some of New Zealand’s most notable projects, such as the National Archives Building.

A high performance, fibre free, rigid thermoset phenolic insulation, sandwiched between a front facing of tapered edge gypsum based plasterboard and a reverse tissue based facing, autohesively bonded to the insulation core, Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard is lightweight with a thin profile, allowing for a bigger footprint, and an easier, faster installation.

Working with traditional stud and track systems can be time consuming and messy as the products are made of fibrous materials, which need to be handled with care to prevent harmful health reactions. While traditional systems, are relatively cheaper to install at face value, the long install time as well as thick wall footprint needed to achieve thermal requirements can easily make them more expensive in the long run.

That is why Kingspan Insulation has worked to deliver a wall insulation product that doesn’t compromise on the excellent thermal performance and is at the same time faster, cleaner and cheaper to install.

Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard can be installed directly onto a concrete wall, enhancing the overall floor area yet still providing a high thermal performance. Using Kooltherm K17 can be up to three times faster on site as it requires less site deliveries and crane lifts; if programmed correctly, it can allow trades to get on site earlier while the absence of steel and bulky batts makes the material far easier to store, move and handle on site.

The product is well demonstrated in the new National Archives Building, replacing its predecessor, tragically destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

The protection and maintenance of the valuable records was at the forefront when it came to designing the modern facility. It was vital the new building could offer superior vapour management and a controlled, stable temperature to ensure the archives were kept in the best condition possible.

A Condensation Risk Analysis was carried out at the specification stage of the project to ensure that the product would be able to satisfy the requirements of the build.  Installed to the external walls of the building, Kingspan’s Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard offered a continuous insulation solution, resulting in a more consistent thermal performance, a reduction in the effects of thermal bridging, and an increase in energy efficiency.

New Zealand case studies with Kooltherm K17:

Ideal for new build and refurbishment. Manufactured with a CFC/ HCFC-free blowing agent that has zero ODP and low GWP Compliant with AS/NZS 4859.1. CodeMark-certified for NZBC compliance.

More information: https://www.kingspan.com/nz/en-nz/products/insulation/kooltherm-insulation-boards/kooltherm-k17-insulated-plasterboard