At the recent African Construction Expo in Johannesburg, South Africa Knauf Insulation launched its new Acoustic Batt insulation. Acoustic Batt has been specifically developed to meet demand for a noise reducing insulation slab for the South African market.
Acoustic Batt is a high-performance mineral wool insulation slab designed for use in internal partition walls and intermediate floors to reduce the transmission of noise between rooms. The 100mm Acoustic Batt has a calculated Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) value of 1.04.
Suria Ramnarain, sales development manager at Knauf Insulation, says, “We noticed some of our customers preferred to use an insulation slab for internal partitions. To meet this demand, we have developed the Acoustic Batt, which offers exceptional acoustic performance and complements our popular acoustic insulation range.”
Unlike closed cell or PET insulation, mineral wool has excellent sound absorption properties. This is because mineral wool has an open structure, which traps sound between its individual strands and turns it into heat energy. As a result, when acoustic mineral wool is used in walls or floors, sound cannot travel through the structure into an adjacent room or reverberate back into the source room as echoes.
Acoustic Batt holds the classification with non-combustible Euroclass A1 Reaction to Fire. It is a semi-rigid slab with a width of 600mm to suit standard stud centres, making it quick and easy to install. The insulation is lightweight, which together with compression packaging, means packs are easy to carry. This also helps to prevent damage to packaging associated with dragging larger, heavier packs on site.
Compression packaging also means less packaging is used and the units of insulation or indeed full pallets of material improve logistics and efficiencies at site through reduced storage space and handling.
Acoustic Batt is manufactured using ECOSE Technology, Knauf Insulation’s patented sustainable bio-based binder that contains no added phenol or formaldehyde. As a result, products made using this technology are 70% less energy-intensive than mineral wool products made using traditional chemical-based binders, further reducing their ecological footprint. They are also odourless, softer to touch and have the best possible Eurofins Gold Certificate for Indoor Air Comfort, contributing to a high level of indoor air quality.
This is the third new product that Knauf Insulation has developed specifically for the African market over the past 12 months. It follows the successful launches of both Ceiling Roll (Multi Pack) and Ceiling Roll (Combi-cut) last year.
To ensure its customers specify the right insulation, Knauf Insulation has also launched an Insulation Solutions Guide, which features its extensive range of non-combustible, high-performance insulation solutions ordered by application.
For more information on Acoustic Batt or to download the datasheet, contact Knauf Insulation.