Previously considered as somewhat of a luxury, roof terracing is finding prevalence in new-build and refurbishment projects, as householders and builders look to maximise increasingly precious living space within evermore dense housing developments. Due to height restrictions caused by window and door thresholds, insulating roof terraces in order to achieve regulatory thermal performance presents a challenge. Chris Knowles, Business Manager (Vacuum Insulation Panels) at Recticel Insulation, one of the world’s leading PIR manufacturers, looks at how these challenges can be overcome by offering a guide to roof terrace insulation, as well as highlighting the benefits of a slimline panel that has been specifically created to achieve an excellent thermal performance in building projects where space and height are issues.
With suitable plots at a premium, an increasing number of property developments are being built with outdoor space in order to optimise available land. As such, keeping thresholds low through innovation of ultra-thin insulation and waterproofing design is a growing challenge. The following guide provides some useful tips on dealing with issues relating to roof terrace design, which can be overcome with VIPs vacuum insulation panels: a super-slim solution which provides maximum performance but at a much reduced product thickness, thus helping to overcome threshold issues.
The aforementioned VIP solution Deck-VQ® has been specifically developed by Recticel to deliver high thermal performance for applications such as terraces where insulation build-up thickness is an issue. Its superior thermal credentials – it has a lambda value of the core of 0.006 W/mK – come to the fore in enabling even the most complex terrace projects to be carried out without the need for structural changes, thus reducing on-site working times and and materials.
Roof terraces have practical purpose, as well as add to a building’s feel-good factor. Their thermal performance is every bit as crucial to a property’s overall energy output. Therefore, the availability of Deck-VQ®, which simplifies the insulating of such spaces to excellent effect, will ensure this modern design feature doesn’t detrimentally impact a building’s sustainable wellbeing.
For more information, please visit the Recticel Insulation website.