Due to the low profile of the basement roof, it was necessary to find an insulation solution that would not only be thermally effective, but which would also take up minimal space and satisfy the required fire rating.
Kooltherm® K10 FM Soffit Board was the obvious choice. This Kingspan-supplied insulation board was installed in over 2,000 square metres of the roof area of the carpark, with the foil surface exposed and positioned under the floor slab.
Another 400 square metres of white-faced board was placed on the carpark ceiling near the entry. The thin profile of the board meant the ceiling height could be maximized without sacrificing performance. It is worth noting that Kooltherm® K10 FM Soffit Board achieves CodeMark certification standards, providing assurance to specifiers and designers that the product will meet its claimed performance benchmarks. This assurance is crucial when calculating energy efficiency targets for approved Green Star rating assessments.
The exposed foil surface itself harmonises with the overall building design, offsetting the darkness of the space and creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.
All insulation products used in this landmark structure enhance the functionality and efficiency of the building as far as the external walling is concerned; it also safeguards and preserves comfort for building occupants.
The structure features a number of rooms of irregular shape and dimension, making full use of unusual spaces and inviting users to challenge their preconceptions about what is ‘normal’ in a tertiary learning environment.
First-class insulation is fundamental to this process, as it allows students to remain comfortable while they test the boundaries of oval classrooms, feature staircases and informal meeting hubs throughout the complex.
The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building showcases the genius of a team of dedicated design consultants, architects and engineers, all of whom were obviously committed to the task of assembling the best possible materials in the best possible way.
The goal of achieving a space that would support and engender an inventive academic spirit has undoubtedly been achieved. All design elements meld function and form without compromise, which underlines an ethic of success based on hard work and inspiration.