Thermomass insulation panels feature on Melbourne project

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12 May 2015
Thermomass insulation panels feature on Melbourne project
Thermomass 15 m wall panels are used to great effect to insulate the four-storey building, displayed here in a 3D render of the finished building.

With construction nearing completion on this Melbourne superstructure, the four-storey mixed residential/office space is starting to take shape. In its raw, unfinished form, the structure’s most striking features are the continuous 15 m tall exterior panels that span from the ground to the full height of the glassed-in penthouse office space on top. These are not ordinary precast panels – each of the 14 separate panels that make up either of the two main exterior walls are insulated with the Thermomass precast insulation system.

For architect Alvaro Larosa, Thermomass was a deliberate choice. With this being his third Thermomass building in the same street, Larosa is familiar with the merits of this patented insulation system. Larosa seeks to highlight the raw materiality of concrete in his works, while also maintaining a strong focus on functionality. He is not just concerned the liveability of a residence, but the ease with which it can be constructed and maintained.

Cringing at the thought of traditional methods of insulating concrete panels – placing insulation against the interior of the concrete shell and then plastering over – Larosa believes in using insulated concrete sandwich panels that allow the internal thermal mass of the concrete to work in tandem with the insulation to vastly reduce diurnal fluctuations in temperature.

What sets Thermomass apart from the rest is the patented composite connectors that create the bond between the internal and external concrete leaves. Thermomass connectors have been specially developed to have the same thermal expansion coefficient as concrete so as to prevent cracking and spalling common with many other proprietary connector systems.

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