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Kingspan K7

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Thickness

20mm - 100mm

Length

2.4m

Width

1.2m

Product Summary

Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is faced on both sides with a low emissivity composite foil facing which is highly resistant to the transmission of water vapour. This reflective, low emissivity surface can effectively double the thermal resistance of the cavity in which the board is placed

How does it differ from Kingspan TP10

Kingspan K7 is a premium product. The whole K range or phenolic range produced by Kingspan is an upgrade on the standard PIR foam used in their other boards.
We believe that the K range is different in three areas.

1) Thermal Performance. In R value terms TP10 around 7-10% inferior
2) Fire rating, both class 1 but the phenolic range marginally better.
3) Compressive strength. K range being about 12%
So even if it is specified to you you have to ask is the extra expense justified.

Select Performance data of K7 versus TP10

R Value (mK/W)

Thermal Conductivity (W/mK)

U Value (W/m²K)

Compressive strength (kPa)

Water vapour resistance (MNs/g)

Reaction to fire

K7 20mm

0.80

0.024

1.25

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

TP10 20mm

0.85

0.023

1.18

≥ 140

> 100

Class 1

K7 40mm

1.70

0.023

0.59

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

TP10 40mm

1.70

0.023

0.59

≥ 140

> 100

Class 1

K7 60mm

2.85

0.021

0.35

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

TP10 60mm

2.60

0.023

0.38

≥ 140

> 100

Class 1

K7 75mm

3.55

0.021

0.28

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

TP10 75mm

3.25

0.023

0.31

≥ 140

> 100

Class 1

K7 100mm

4.75

0.021

0.21

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

TP10 100mm

4.30

0.023

0.23

≥ 140

> 100

Class 1

 

Product Application

Technical Specifications
The Facings

Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is faced on both sides with a low emissivity composite foil facing which is highly resistant to the transmission of water vapour. This reflective, low emissivity surface can effectively double the thermal resistance of the cavity in which the board is placed.

The Core


The core of Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is a premium performance CFC/HCFC–free rigid phenolic insulant of typical density 35 kg/m3. CFC/HCFC–free
Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is manufactured without the use of CFCs/HCFCs and has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP).


Compressive Strength


Typically exceeds 125 kPa at 10% compression when tested to BS EN 826: 1996 (Thermal insulating products for building applications. Determination of compression behaviour).


Water Vapour Resistance


Modified to include board facings, the boards achieve a resistance far greater than 100 MNs/g when tested in accordance with BS 4370–2: 1993 (Methods of test for rigid cellular materials. Methods 7 to 9).


Durability


If correctly applied, Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board has an indefinite life. Its durability depends on the supporting structure and the conditions of its use.


Resistance to Solvents, Fungi & Rodents


The insulation core is resistant to short–term contact with petrol and with most dilute acids, alkalis and mineral oils. However, it is recommended that any spills be cleaned off fully before the boards are installed. Ensure that safe methods of cleaning are used, as recommended by suppliers of the spilt liquid.
The insulation core is not resistant to some solvent–based adhesive systems, particularly those containing methyl ethyl ketone. Adhesives containing such solvents should not be used in association with this product. Damaged boards or boards that have been in contact with harsh solvents or acids should not be used.


Fire Performance


The rigid phenolic insulation core of Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 will achieve the results given below, which enable it to be classified by the Building Regulations as being Class 0 and as Low Risk by the Technical Standards in Scotland.

The fire rating of Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 boards when subjected to British Standard fire tests, will vary, depending on the particular application.

Test - BS 476–6: 1989 (Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of test for fire propagation for products) ... Result - 1989 Index of performance (1) not exceeding 12 and sub Index (i1) not exceeding 6 (for rigid phenolic insulation core)

Test - BS 476–7: 1997 (Fire tests on building materials and structures. Method of test to determine the classification of the surface spread of flame of products ... Result - Class 1 rating

Test - BS 5111–1: 1974 (Smoke Obscuration) ... Result - < 5%

Unventilated (Sealed and Unsealed) and Ventilated Constructions

Kingspan K7 Fully Filled Insulation Between Rafters – No SarkingBoard Typical Design Details Unventilated – Insulation Between & Under Rafters recommended for New Build or Re–roofing There is generally a choice between either approach, except in the case of refurbishment / loft conversions. In these instances, unless the whole roof is to be stripped, it is impossible to use an unventilated roof, because a breathable sarking membrane cannot be installed. Recent research suggests that the unventilated, sealed roof approach yields a more energy efficient roof as the impacts of ventilation and incidental infiltrating cold air are negated.

Position of Insulation

Dependent on the designed insulation value of the construction and the available rafter depth and headroom, different approaches can be taken. It is recommended to use two layers of insulation to achieve required U–values.

The major benefit of two layer systems and the Insulation Over Rafter approach is that thermal bridging caused by the rafter is prevented and the potential for pattern staining in the position of the rafters is completely avoided. The choice may be influenced by the available headroom and concerns over the depth of barge boards.

Approaches with a layer of insulation over rafter are likely to yield very tall fascia boards and so generally, between and under rafter insulation approaches are probably more desirable

Note: However, where the choice is for two layers, the layer with the greatest effective R–value should be placed uppermost in order to prevent condensation between the two layers.

Unventilated Roof – Ventilation ConsiderationsKingspan K7 Fully Filled Insulation Between Rafters – 18 mm SarkingBoard Typical Design Details Unventilated – Insulation Between and Under Rafters recommended for New Build or Re-roofing

Unventilated roof approaches create a warm pitched roof space, which does not require cross ventilation.

Recent research suggests that sealing an unventilated roof yields amore energy efficient roof, as the impacts of ventilation and incidental infiltrating cold air are negated.

Therefore, if creating an unventilated roof, it is preferable to fully seal all joints in the breathable sarking membrane with tape.

Any water vapour reaching the breathable sarking membrane escapes without condensing. There is then adequate air movement beneath the tiles to dissipate this water vapour to the outside atmosphere.

Tape for sealing joints in the breathable sarking membrane should be specified in accordance with the recommendations of the breather membrane manufacturer.

The requirement for a vapour control layer and / or under–tile ventilation should be assessed to BS 5250: 2002 (Code of practice for control of condensation in buildings).

Vapour check plasterboard or a separate vapour control layer can be specified as preferred, if required.

Note:Kingspan Kooltherm ® K18 Insulated Dry–lining Board,as used in Figure 1, contains an integral vapour control layer.

Ventilated Roof – Ventilation Considerations

In these cases the Building Regulations / Standards require a 50 mm ventilation air gap between the insulation and the sarking felt, so as to avoid condensation.

The requirement for a vapour control layer should be assessed to BS 5250: 2002. Vapour check plasterboard or a separate vapour control layer can be specified as preferred, if required.

Note: Kingspan Kooltherm® K18 Insulated Dry–lining Board, contains an integral vapour control layer. Breathable Sarking Membrane BS 5250: 2002 recommends that the vapour resistance of the breathable sarking membrane must not exceed 0.60 MNs/g,e.g. Kingspan nilvent®.

Position of Breathable Sarking Membrane

The taping of breathable sarking membrane joints is considerably easier to achieve if the membrane is installed on a continuous surface.

In these cases, the breathable sarking membrane is installed under the counter–battens, which provide a channel for water drainage, or in situations with a sarking board under a slated roof, directly under the slates (as neither tile battens nor counter–battens are used).

Generally, when a continuous surface is available, it will prove easier to install the breathable sarking membrane in horizontal runs, whilst still enabling easy sealing between runs.

In some cases with a continuous surface (when counter–battens, tiling battens and tiles replace slates nailed directly into the sarking board) when counter–battens, tiling battens and tiles replace slates nailed directly into the sarking board) the breathable sarking membrane can be installed over the counter–battens.

This yields a marginally better design U–value but it may be more difficult to seal the breathable sarking membrane joints effectively, as the membrane must be draped over the counter–battens in horizontal runs so as to provide a water drainage channel.

The air movement allowed by the unsealed membrane may negate the benefit of putting the membrane above the counter–battens.In situations where there is no continuous surface, the breathable sarking membrane can be draped over the rafters in horizontal runs to provide a channel for water drainage.

In this situation, sealing of the breathable sarking membrane joints will prove difficult.In roofs with no continuous surface, it is preferable, though more difficult, to install the breathable sarking membrane in vertical runs with junctions between runs sealed by counter–battens placed over the laps in rafter positions.

The breathable sarking membrane is installed taut as the counter–batten provides a space for water drainage.

Recommended Solutions for New Build / Re–roofing

The ideal solution for new build or re–roofing projects is,therefore, between and under rafter insulation with continuous surface for the breathable sarking membrane so that it can be installed in horizontal runs under counter–battens with laps sealed.

The next best solution is, therefore, between and under rafter insulation with no continuous surface for the breathable sarking membrane, and the breathable sarking membrane installed in vertical runs with laps sealed under counter–battens.

Mansard Roofs / Walls

Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board can be used for the construction of insulated tiled or slated mansard roofs /walls. Its application on such contracts is identical to the standard specification, which is given here.

Over Rafter Layer of Insulation

Over rafter insulation without a sarking board (Figure 3a), is simply fixed by placing the Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board over the rafters and under 38 x 38 mm treated softwood counter–battens in line with the rafters. Secure the counter–battens to the rafters by fixing through both the counter–battens and the Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board.

Over rafter insulation with slates fixed directly into a sarking board (Figure 3b), is simply fixed by placing the Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board over the rafters with the sarking board overlaid. Secure the sarking board and Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board to the rafters by fixing through both the sarking board and the Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board.

Over rafter insulation with a sarking board and tiles on tiling 1 battens and counter–battens, is simply fixed by placing the Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board over the rafters with the sarking board overlaid, and with 38 x 38 mm softwood treated counter–battens in line with the rafters.

Secure the counter–battens to the rafters by fixing through the counter–batten, the sarking board and the Kingspan Kooltherm K7 Pitched Roof Board.

Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board should be tightly butted. Boards may be laid either across or down the line of the rafters and should preferably be laid break bonded in order to help improve the racking strength of the roof. All board joints running from eaves to ridge must occur over rafters.

There is no necessity to tape board joints. A preservative treated stop rail should be secured to the rafters close to the eaves.

Fixings for Over Rafter Insulation

Halifax In–Skew, Target Skewfast, Wallfast Timfix or similar approved fixings should be applied at centres appropriate to the design of the roof and location of the building.

Refer to:
Helifix Limited +44 (0) 20 8735 5222; Target Fixings Limited +44 (0) 1344 777 189; or Wallfast Limited +44 (0) 23 9229 8443.

Between Rafter Layer of Insulation

Between rafter insulation can be installed by three methods.

In cases where the insulation between rafters is to be flush with the top of the rafters but does not fill the full rafter depth, install the insulation by the use of nailable sarking clips. The nailable sarking clips are driven into the upper surface of each rafter at one–metre intervals up the roof slope. The nailable sarking clips then support lengths of Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board suitably trimmed to size and placed between the rafters.

In cases where the insulation between rafters is to be flush with the bottom of the rafters but does not fill the full rafter depth, install the insulation with the aid of battens nailed to the side of the rafters. The battens should be in the appropriate position to ensure the insulation is
flush with the bottom of the rafters.

In cases where the insulation between rafters fully fills the rafter depth, simply install the correct thickness of insulation in such a manner that it is flush with the bottom of the rafters.
In all cases, ensure that insulation boards are tightly butted and that there is a tight fit between the insulation and the rafters. Fill all gaps with expanding urethane sealant.

Under Rafter Layer of Insulation

Please refer to Kingspan Kooltherm® K18 Insulated Dry–lining Board page. Click Here.

Breathable Sarking Membrane

The specified breathable sarking membrane is applied as specified. Application advice should be sought from the appropriate membrane manufacturer.

Sarking Felt

In cases without a sarking board, the sarking felt is draped over the rafters to provide a channel for water drainage and held in place by the slate / tile battens, which are nailed through the felt to the rafters.

In cases with a sarking board, the sarking felt is applied over the sarking board and held in place by the slates or counter–battens which are nailed through the felt to the sarking board.

Slating and Tiling

Slating and tiling over Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is exactly the same as on any other pitched roof except that in some instances the slate / tile battens are fixed to the previously applied counter–battens. It is, however, essential that slate or tiling rubble does not lie in contact with the breathable sarking membrane (if used) as this may allow wind driven rain or melted snow to penetrate the breathable sarking membrane.

Surface Treatment

Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board has a foil faced durable surface and no further treatment is necessary. Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board is not intended
to provide an internal finish and should be underlined with a suitable building board.

Cutting

Cutting should be carried out either by using a fine toothed saw, or by scoring with a sharp knife, snapping the board over a straight edge and then cutting the facing on the other side.
Ensure accurate trimming to achieve close–butting joints and continuity of insulation.

Daily Working Practice

Installed Kingspan Kooltherm® K7 Pitched Roof Board should be protected against inclement weather.

Technical Specs

Product

R Value (mK/W)

Thermal Conductivity (W/mK)

U Value (W/m²K)

Compressive strength (kPa)

Water vapour resistance (MNs/g)

Reaction to fire

K7 20mm

0.80

0.024

1.25

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 25mm

1.05

0.023

0.95

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 30mm

1.30

0.023

0.77

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 35mm

1.50

0.023

0.67

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 40mm

1.70

0.023

0.59

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 45mm

2.10

0.021

0.48

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 50mm

2.35

0.021

0.43

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 55mm

2.60

0.021

0.38

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 60mm

2.85

0.021

0.35

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 65mm

3.05

0.021

0.33

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 70mm

3.30

0.021

0.30

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 75mm

3.55

0.021

0.28

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 80mm

3.80

0.021

0.26

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 90mm

4.25

0.021

0.24

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 100mm

4.75

0.021

0.21

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 110mm

5.20

0.021

0.19

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 120mm

5.70

0.021

0.18

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 125mm

5.95

0.021

0.17

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 130mm

6.15

0.021

0.16

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 140mm

6.65

0.021

0.15

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 145mm

6.90

0.021

0.14

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

K7 155mm

7.10

0.021

0.14

≥ 125

> 100

Class 1

 

 

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