In May 2019 the National Construction Code introduced significant changes to the provisions outlined in Section J, Volume 1, setting new requirements for the energy efficiency of buildings. The Australian Building Codes Board recognises the important impact the construction industry has on the environment, and through more onerous requirements it will increase the energy efficiency of Australia’s buildings by 40 per cent by 2030.

 The new requirements focused specifically upon a method to determine the total thermal resistance of parts of the building, known as NZS 4214: 2006. To demonstrate how the total thermal resistance of parts of the building impacts different types of insulation materials, Kingspan Insulation enlisted Norman Disney & Young to conduct a thermal performance comparison assessment. The assessment compared the performance of a traditional wall lining system with bulk insulation against Kingspan Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard wall lining system.

The assessment identified that using Kingspan Kooltherm K17 insulated plasterboard delivers a high thermal performance solution with a more efficient use of space while reducing your energy costs. Using Kingspan Kooltherm K17 Insulated plasterboard as a continuous layer of insulation helps manage the effects of thermal bridging and reduces wall thickness.

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