Polymer pipes specialist, REHAU has supplied a range of underfloor heating pipe equipment to Instacoustics, who has been appointed on a prestigious new development in London.
South Quay Plaza in Canary Wharf is set to be one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe when completed. REHAU’s RAUTHERM PE-xa underfloor heating pipe was chosen by Instacoustic to be specified and installed in a total of 685 apartments across 67 floors in the building, to provide underfloor heating with the Instacoustic cradle and batten system.
The building owners were looking for premium underfloor heating that would complement the acoustic solutions chosen. REHAU developed the system in conjunction with a leading provider of quality acoustic flooring, wall and acoustic ceiling systems – Instacoustic. Together, the brands were able to supply an acoustic solution specifically for use in residential buildings where individual dwellings were in close proximity.
Tony Harbour, senior commercial manager at REHAU, said: “We are excited to have supplied our equipment to Instacoustics and this new high-profile apartment development and it is a testament to the quality, flexibility, operational performance and reputation of the Rautherm range.
With over 25 years’ experience, Instacoustic is popularly known for providing innovative environmentally friendly products that help specifiers and developers with comprehensive sustainable solutions for effective sound insulation on new build, conversion and refurbishment projects.
REHAU was tasked with engineering an underfloor heating system that would fit within the fixed structure provided by Instacoustic. Together, both brands created a support bracket and a pre-routed support panel for the underfloor heating that created a very thermal transfer. In essence, they developed a system that provided an effective, thermally efficient and dry installation that delivered on excellent acoustics for the building’s residents.
Renowned for its flexibility and durability, PE-Xa is a crosslinked polyethylene material which is achieved via a change in its molecular structure thereby chemically linking the polymer chains to form a three-dimensional network. Operating temperature and pressure ratings on PE-Xa pipes manufactured for underfloor heating applications include 6 bar at 70°C and short term temperature resistance of up to 110°C in case of malfunctioning safety equipment. All REHAU PE-Xa pipes always have minimum burst pressures way above normal operating pressures.