Project Files: Institutional InsulationCompany: Armacell LLC

Customer: Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California

Installation: ArmaTuff elastomeric thermal insulation with heavy-duty 12 mil white cladding

Completion: 2013

Objective: Provide quality insulation for the rooftop ducts on Allan Hancock College’s new 44,788-square-foot student services and 21,053-square-foot administration building. With associated on- and off-site improvements, the project was targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Silver certification.

Work Completed: Combining all these objectives was the job of Soltek Pacific Construction. These goals were quite distinct and, in some cases, conflicting. After investigating a variety of options, workers chose ArmaTuff elastomeric thermal insulation with heavy-duty 12 mil white laminate. The product’s closed-cell nature offered exceptional water vapor transmission properties and its laminate added an additional vapor retardant to the system. ArmaTuff met the energy code requirements of California Title 24 and ASHRAE 90.1 for r-values and provided UV protection for the exterior ducts. The aluminum cladding laminated to Armaflex® insulation ensured heavy-duty, year-round weather protection, delivering the results American Inc. sought.

Quote: “Cost-wise, [ArmaTuff] was definitely in our ballpark. It was versatile and was a superior choice when it came to long-term maintenance costs. Honestly, it [visually complementing the design of the buildings] was my biggest concern. Insulation is not supposed to look beautiful, and I thought it might not be attainable. Fortunately, ArmaTuff’s white laminate furnished the look needed." — Warren Oldfield, project manager, American Inc.

Publication date: 9/8/2014

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