In designing the new Pepkor Distribution Centre in Hammersdale, KwaZulu-Natal, architect Philip Thornhill from TC Design specified the 4mm white Alububble® 2906 radiant barrier, of which 85 248m² was manufactured by Africa Thermal Insulations (ATI).
“Alububble is cost-effective and it achieves the necessary thermal insulation performance criteria for a large distribution facility,” notes Thornhill. “It is relatively easy to install and it gives a neat, clean finish within the warehouse environment. The internal white underside of the Alububble also improves the effect of natural light.
“The only challenge pertaining to the installing of Alububble is wind levels during roofing, but if this is managed successfully the installation is incredibly neat,” he adds.
Achieving thermal comfort
The product is manufactured using a sophisticated continuous laminating process which consists of a layer of low-density polyethylene air cells laminated on both sides with aluminium foil or alternatively on one side with a white polyethylene layer, which provides an aesthetically pleasing finish to the underside.
It uses the thermos principal of providing a reflective barrier along with adjacent air space to keep the building cool in summer and warm in winter. It has also been designed to not propagate fire, and meets the fire performance requirements of SANS 428:2007.
Craig Mackie, contracts director at Impact Engineering, points out that Alububble is tried and tested in the market, is easy to install and performs well. “The Pepkor project has been an exciting one with a very competent contractor and professional team. It has been a real privilege to be associated with them.”
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Africa Thermal Insulations (ATI) supplied 85 248m² of the 4mm white Alububble® 2906 radiant barrier for the new Pepkor Distribution Centre in Hammersdale, KZN.