Val-U-Therm brings a range of significant environmental, performance and business benefits.
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Val-U-Therm has exceptional insulating properties and can achieve a top-of-the-range thermal conductivity (lambda declared) λD-value of 0.025 W/mK.
U-values measure how well a building component keeps heat inside a building. Val-U-Therm can achieve thermal insulation U-values in the range 0.09 W/m2K to 0.23 W/m2K. Panels are available in a choice of configurations and stud sizes - which allow customers to select the panel thickness and thermal performance characteristics they require.
Val-U-Therm’s U-Values are calculated using the BRE U-Value Calculator Version 2.03 (which is a calculation method consistent with BSEN ISO 6946). Values are available for four different wall stud sizes: 90mm, 140mm, 184mm & 235mm and for a range of roof rafter depths and floor joist depths. For further U-Value information contact our associate manufacturers.
Val-U-Therm panels have been assessed to prove there is a minimal condensation risk. Computer modeling of this aspect has been carried out for all typical configurations using ICond Calculator version 2.03a to calculation method BS EN ISO 13788. This information is available from our associate manufacturers if required.
Val-U-Therm has been optimised to reduce thermal bridging and a range of performance characteristics can be specified. (Thermal bridging is where heat flows through the path of least resistance in an insulating layer.) Val-U-Therm’s associate manufacturers can provide a full set of technical details for non-repeating thermal bridges, which have been thermally modelled using HEAT 2 and HEAT 3 software. These programs are validated against the EN ISO 10211, EN ISO 10077-2 and EN ISO 10211 standards. Many of our details have been independently third party assessed by C4Ci.
Val-U-Therm adds an additional level of air permeability performance on top of that provided by a conventional vapour control layer. This means that, by using Val-U-Therm airflow in a building can be carefully controlled to remove drafts and reduce the leakage of heat. This provides the opportunity to manage the quality of the air with a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system.
Air permeability testing is used to assess uncontrolled airflow through a building. Val-U-Therm will typically deliver a class-leading air leakage rate of less than 3m3h-1m-2 at a pressure difference of 50 Pa. It can also be specified to meet PassivHaus requirements of an air change rate of less than 0.6h-1.
The insulation used in Val-U-Therm has zero ozone depletion potential (ODP) and is also CFC (chloroflurocarbon) and HCFC (hydrochloroflourocarbon) free.
Val-U-Therm contains an insulation polymer (polyol) derived from recycled renewable vegetable oil. This polyol has an 86% Bio-based content based on independent testing to ASTM-D6866 by Beta Analytics in the USA.
Full ‘eco profiles’ are available for the two manufacturing constituents of the insulation and the final insulation product itself. These profiles assess key ‘life cycle’ aspects, including the raw materials they use, the fuel required to produce them and the pollution their manufacture is responsible for.
All of the timber in Val-U-Therm comes from renewable sources accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/or PEFC (the world's largest forest certification organization).
BRE Green Guide Rating
The timber frame and insulation technology used in Val-U-Therm delivers an "A/A+" BRE Green Guide Rating (depending on the cladding used).
This rating is part of the BRE Environmental Assessment Method, an accredited environmental rating scheme for buildings. It provides a straightforward assessment of which specifications within an element group have the lowest environmental impact. Those with A+ ratings have the lowest possible overall environmental impact.
Val-U-Therm panels and the timber and insulation it is made of can be reused a number of times. At the end of their final service life, panels and their constituent parts can be incinerated in a clean, controlled manner for energy as a substitute fossil fuel.