Project: Review of the potential for composite cladding systems primarily in the residential sector, but exploring the feasibility for some commercial applications.
The system comprised low K-value, closed-cell insulation board (Phenolic not EPS), waterproof barriers, fixing mechanisms, and a facing substrate material for carrying the external finishes.
The research was undertaken with a range of specifiers, architects, and major builders across Australia.
The results were that in our opinion, the systems were not likely to be adopted broadly because of inherent weak points in the system. These included the potential for moisture ingress and fixing problems and a general perception that the foam would be highly flammable.
As a result, the client did not pursue this market further which potentially prevented investment losses.