Nuaire’s innovative and time-saving thermal ducting solution, ‘Ductmaster Thermal’, has been recognised by the judging panel at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2014, to the delight of the company.
Nuaire introducted Ductmaster Thermal to support housebuilders in meeting building regulations and to help them save time and costs on site. The innovative all-in-one system solves the issue of insulating ducting through un-heated spaces, an area highlighted by the NHBC guidance document.
Residential Manager Stephen Smith explained: “When installing MVHR systems, a great deal of time is spent on the labour-intensive practice of insulating PVC pipes, and in many cases the processes used to insulate ducting don’t actually confirm with building regulations. Unlike other insulated materials that wrap around the PVC pipe, Ductmaster Thermal is an all-in-one system where the Insulation used for thermal protection is the duct itself. It is the only all-in-one solution that is fully compliant with building regulations.”
Ductmaster Thermal features a unique clamping mechanism that forms an air-tight seal, eliminating the risk of condensation forming in the duct. With no need for any sealant or tape, installation is simple and quick, helping to lower labour costs for installation on site. The new product has recently achieved LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Certification for both round and rectangular ranges, meaning that Ductmaster Thermal is approved for use and backed by the LABC on any of their new build and refurbishment projects.
The Housebuilder Product Award nomination further confirms the popularity of the thermal ducting system. Stephen Smith said: “Being shortlisted for such a competitive industry award is a highlight for Nuaire’s Residential team, proving that our efforts to design a system that saves time and costs for installers whilst meeting building regulations have been recognised by some of the key players in the home building industry. We are in good company in the Building Services Category and wish our fellow nominees the best of luck at the awards lunch in July.”
(Sean Flaherty, Bullock Construction)
Feedback from contractors and installers has been extremely positive. Sean Flaherty, Project Manager for Bullock Construction gave his views on the new ducting system as part of the awards entry, commenting in particular on the increased manoeuvrability of the ultra-light weight ducting. “The Nuaire Ductmaster Thermal is more user-friendly for the operatives to install. It is lighter; the clips come with the ducting and are easy to fix, and the ducting is much easier to use. The old method was time-consuming and much heavier for the installers. Now they can use a step ladder for access which is much easier.”
Bullock Construction MVHR installer Miles also commented: “Normal ducting takes us two to three days to install, but with the Nuaire Ductmaster Thermal it takes half a day to a day, maximum. For me, the best feature is how lightweight it is compared with the old plastic types. It’s much easier going up into the loft and easier to move around when you’re on a step ladder.”