In the recent ‘Man versus Wall’ live challenge Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard had an install time nearly twice as fast as traditional stud and track with glasswool batts and the more modern clip and channel using foil-faced polystyrene board.
In the increasingly competitive world of commercial construction where the speediest delivery and leanest quotes win contracts this difference offers major advantages with substantial savings in time and costs for building contractors says Kingspan Insulation Technical Services Manager Killian Smith.
“In fact using Kooltherm K17 can be up to three times faster on site – it requires less site deliveries and less crane lifts and if programmed correctly it can allow trades to get on site earlier. With no steel and no bulky batts it’s far easier to store, move and handle on site.”
Kooltherm K17 also requires no mixing glue, can be ordered in custom lengths, offers continuous insulation without thermal bridging, is thinner and most importantly, CodeMark-certified, providing quality assurance and absolute confidence in claimed performance data.
In the Man versus Wall challenge two apprentice installers installed Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard, stud and track with glasswool batts and clip and channel with foil-faced polystyrene board on an 8.64 square metre wall that included a window.
While the two installers were experienced stud and track users they had only installed Kooltherm K17 once before.
The results were clear-cut: Kooltherm K17 32 minutes, stud and track with glasswool batts 55 minutes and clip and channel with foil-faced polystyrene board 60 minutes.
When these results were applied to a 1400 square metre apartment block Kooltherm K17 would take just over seven days to install compared to more than 12 days for stud and track with glasswool batts and over 13 days for the clip and channel system using foil-faced polystyrene board.
The cost savings are also substantial with Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard knocking just under a third off the total installed cost of the two older systems.