Ductus has joined forces with Kingspan to be the new national distribution partner for KoolDuct.
Kingspan KoolDuct is an advanced and innovative pre–insulated rectangular HVAC ductwork system, which is installed in a single–fix.
Kingspan Insulation Australia managing director, Scott Gibson, said the phenolic based KoolDuct insulation board, which is produced at the company’s Somerton facility in Victoria, is proving to be a real game changer for the HVAC market.
“We are excited to be able to make it more readily available to Australian consumers through our new partnership with Ductus,” Gibson said.
Ductus is a leading supplier of high-end air conditioning ducting supplies, ventilation and duct system products.
The company specialises in supplying innovative products that meet the required strict building standards of the medical, industrial and commercial industries, according to Ductus managing director, Jim Malek.
“Ductus has always focused on delivering proven and tried products into this sector of the market,” he said.
“We are excited to add a global leader into our product range and we feel that the Australian made Koolduct, with its green credentials, is the perfect fit for us.
“Our experience and knowledge within the sector along with our vast experienced fabricating partners, ensures that we deliver quality all the time, every time.
“We will continue to focus on the implantation of Koolduct with the engineers introducing the concept of qualified pre-insulated duct systems within the region. Sheetmetal has its place, but I see that its time has come.”
Malek said building owners and occupiers globally have become more environmentally focused on their HVAC systems, demanding products that are more sustainably manufactured, lighter, more airtight and ultimately deliver greater energy efficiency and comfort.
He said Kingspan KoolDuct System is the clear leader in the new generation of pre-insulated ductwork. It offers the triple benefits of cutting energy, cutting carbon and cutting cost.
KoolDuct is the only premium performance pre–insulated ductwork in the world to be UL Listed as a Class 1 Air Duct under the UL 181 Standard for Safety when fabricated to the UL specification.
It weighs up to 75 per cent less than ductwork constructed from conventional galvanised sheet steel and bulk insulation – this makes it ideal for refurbishment projects, where existing building structures have insufficient load capacities for new services.
Made from a thermoset phenolic material, KoolDuct has exceptional fire performance, demonstrating low flame spread, smoke emissions and toxicity emissions under fire.
Meanwhile, an updated version of the Australian insulation standard 4859.1 has been introduced under the new National Construction Code (NCC).
The updated AS/NZS 4859.1:2018 requires a statistical assessment of at least 10 test results for each material assessed under the standard.
This statistical assessment determines the R-value and thermal conductivity for the products tested from the statistically adjusted mean values representing a 50 per cent fractile with 90 per cent confidence for a one-sided tolerance interval.
To ensure products are NCC 2019 compliant, Kingspan has released a handy guide which provides information on what goes into a Thermal Value Summary Report.