Recently Australia has suffered through a range of damaging bushfires, including Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The Kangaroo Island Fire which started in December 2019 was caused by lightning strikes and burnt a total of 211,474.02 hectares, covering half of the Island. Ametalin had the opportunity to assist with the build…

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Why you should insulate your shed Your typical Aussie shed represents the best in all-purpose domestic utility, functioning as storage, a space for activities, or potentially the ultimate entertainment den. However, the cladding – usually less than half a millimetre of steel – provides absolutely no barrier at all to swings in outside temperature. In…

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In Australia, the energy efficiency of new homes is required by the National Construction Code to be estimated through the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and meet certain minimum standards. However, research from the University of South Australia indicates that even housing that performs well on paper isn’t necessarily resistant to the stresses of…

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The 2019 revision of the National Construction Code (NCC) will be released and come into effect at the beginning of May. For the first time, guidance will be provided regarding the interaction of climate zones, wall construction, and condensation risk. The new provision states: Where a pliable building membrane is installed in an external wall,…

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Ametalin ThermalBreak 7™ is an Extra Heavy Duty reflective insulation for use in all roof and walls types which complies with AS/NZS 4200.1:2017 Pliable building membranes and underlays, Part 1: Materials. Its closed cell foam structure provides an R0.2 thermal break, required for steel frame construction, and a Class 2 vapour barrier. The reflective surfaces…

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Choosing the right building wrap, with the necessary performance properties and compliance with national standards (AS/NZS 4200.1 and AS/NZS 4859.1), is only the first step. Installing it incorrectly can have near- and long-term impacts on the function of the building, including a reduced R-value, leaks, draftiness, and condensation. Different manufacturers will provide different advice in…

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Choosing the right building wrap, with the necessary performance properties and compliance with national standards (AS/NZS 4200.1 and AS/NZS 4859.1), is only the first step. Installing it incorrectly can have near- and long-term impacts on the function of the building, including a reduced R-value, leaks, draftiness, and condensation. Different manufacturers will provide different advice in…

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