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Insulation Systems and Vapor Retarders - July 2018

Insulation systems and vapor retarders featured in Metal Architecture's July 2018 issue.

Covertech Fabricating’s rFOIL reflective insulation has a layer of polyethylene bubbles bonded to and sandwiched between a radiant barrier metalized foil and white polyethylene sheet. It controls heat gain/loss and prevents interior condensation in metal and metal-clad buildings. RFOIL blocks 96 percent of radiant heat transfer. It is puncture resistant, tear resistant and UV resistant. It is Class 1/Class A fire-rated (ASTM E84-09).

Kingspan Insulation’s Type IV GreenGuard insulation board can be used for various applications including over metal decking with standing seam roof systems. The insulation features a closed-cell extruded polystyrene core with a minimum compressive strength of 25 pounds per square inch. The 4-foot by 8-foot board is produced in thicknesses from 1/2-inch to 4 inches. It has an R-value of R-5 per inch of thickness and meets ASTM Type IV and Type X specifications. To seal seams between the boards, Kingspan Insulation’s GreenGuard Butyl Flashing is applied.

Reflectix’s Double Reflective Insulation can be used in metal roof and wall assemblies. It has two outer layers of 96 percent reflective material bonded to two layers of heavy-gauge polyethylene bubbles (5/16-inch thick). The reflective insulation comes in 16-inch to 10-foot widths by 50-foot to 125-foot lengths. Standard edge and staple tab edge configurations are offered. Double Reflective Insulation does not require specialized tools for installation.

Silvercote’s Energy Saver FP insulation system provides high R-values in roof and wall envelopes for new construction. It consists of a network of banding straps, bright interior support fabric and un-faced ECOSE glass mineral wool insulation. The insulation uses hot melt technology, which gives it instant adhesion, fiberglass recovery, and minimal wrinkles and slip on the facing. Single- and double-layer configurations are available, providing solutions that meet IECC 2015 energy code requirements.

Skyliner Fabrics’ Skyliner Insulation Systems have NAIMA 202-96(R) (Rev 2000) fiberglass insulation and a bright white, tarp-like fabric that covers purlins and girts. Bay-wide, long-length fabric is packaged in rolls on cores for dispensing on roofs. The insulation system has flange brace covers that facilitate standard connections. It utilizes a safety banding and clip system, and meets OSHA requirements for leading-edge fall protection.

Therm-All is the exclusive distributor of Pacific Insulation Products LLC’s R-Seal rigid polyurethane board insulation in the U.S. The insulation board has integral tape tabs and can be installed directly to metal framing with thermally broken fasteners. Six thicknesses are available: 2-inch (R-15), 2 1/2-inch (R-19), 3-inch (R-22), 3 1/2-inch (R-27), 4-inch (R-30) and 5-inch (R-37.5).

Thermal Design’s AutoCeil is a ceiling and wall insulation system with a continuous vapor retarder and air barrier. It is a seamless, tensioned, ceiling support sheet manufactured to fit building bay. AutoCeil covers sidewalls and an entire building bay with a single piece of continuous sheet material. The insulation system uses a winch to lift and pull material across metal building support struts and encapsulate purlins and girts.