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Kingspan’s Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board was installed on each of the four basement levels of the VCCC, and in 12 levels of ceiling throughout the building. This high-performance board’s slimline profile makes it an impressive space saver, which is ideally suited to these applications. Specifically designed to insulate concrete roofing and flooring, this phenolic insulation board provides an attractive and thermally efficient protective barrier. It’s as safe as it is practical, with a Group 1 BCA fire classification.
‘Careful consideration of all materials and their origin is more important than ever before,’ says Melina Thomas, Director and architect at STH. ‘Compliance and measurable performance are equally critical when considering all materials, and Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board's CodeMark Certification provided that assurance.’
Insulation Contractor Pat Moore from Arc, who installed Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Boardthroughout the VCCC, had much to say about the product’s key role in the project’s success. ‘It met the performance specifications of this brief perfectly,’ says Pat. ‘It’s very fast to work with and readily available.’
One aspect that particularly impressed Pat was the ease and speed of installation. ‘Due to the user-friendly nature of the Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board, along with Kingspan’s supply and stockholding, our initial order size increased significantly,’ he says. ‘Working with Kooltherm proved to be a positive experience for all concerned.’
At the outset, the contractor was so enthusiastic about the initial use of Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board that he ordered more – a great deal more! The initial order of 7,000 m2 was increased to 17,000 m2 and with the continued speed and ease of installation, in excess of 35,000 m2 was eventually installed.
According to Pat, the project’s well-executed planning and tight organisation ensured its success. ‘Of all the hospitals that have been built in Australia in the last few years, this one opened right on schedule. Working with Kingspan was a very positive experience for us, and enabled us to move faster on the job.’
Fire safety is paramount in every building, but especially so in public health care facilities. As well as being ideally suited to environments where internal space is at a premium, Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board delivers exceptional fire performance. It’s FM approved to Class 1 fire rating (Class No. 4880), and has Group 1 BCA fire classification. The product has also undergone the rigours of fire collar performance testing, and is compliant to AS 1530.4.
Smoke emissions are also an important consideration, particularly in health facilities, where occupants’ mobility is often restricted.
Kooltherm K10 FM Soffit Board has been tested to substantially out-perform alternative rigid panel insulation products. Products such as PIR have been tested to release approximately 2.5 times more smoke than Kooltherm K10, delaying or possibly affecting a safe escape.