A thermal facade system from Kingspan Insulation played a major role in the recent construction of a five-storey timber frame apartment building in Melbourne.

Built by Australand using its hybrid construction methodology, The Green residential apartment complex in Parkville, an inner-northern suburb of Melbourne combines traditional elements with cutting-edge development techniques in Australia.

Several design and material innovations were made to provide a faster and more efficient construction methodology with the entire building getting ready in about 12 months.

The timber framed building was constructed in layers, with the floor of each level ‘dropped in’ using largely prefabricated flooring cassettes and all the internal walls were simultaneously installed.

Workers were also able to install walling systems while the structure of the levels above was being completed. Most walls were made using prefabricated frames of 3.6m lengths, and enclosed with full walling systems on site.

The walls included the new Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal façade system, a rigid cladding system with a high performance thermoset insulation core, fixed to the timber framing with metal or timber battens.

Developed jointly by Kingspan Insulation and Dulux AcraTex, the Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal façade system is a proprietary CodeMark-accredited walling product that delivers high-performance insulation characteristics, lightweight rigidity, and excellent thermal efficiency.

The Kooltherm K5 boards in the Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal façade system are fixed and coated with Dulux AcraTex weatherproof coating system. Exsulite-Kooltherm thermal façade system delivers exceptional thermal efficiency; R-values of up to RT7.0 (heat flow in) can be achieved by adding R2.5 wall batts.

Australand confirms that apartments in The Green have an average performance rating of 7 Stars.