|Leading insulated ducting innovators, Kingspan Air Delivery Systems, has become the first pre-insulated ducting manufacturer in Australia to release BIM models for its KoolDuct® range of high performance products.
The models have been produced in Revit format to the widely-used BIM-MEPAUS (BMA) standard, developed by the Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association.
Kingspan Air Delivery Systems Business Development Manager, Mr. Ross Baynham, says the KoolDuct® BIM models will create efficiencies in project delivery.
“Projects which use these models can be carried through from design to fabrication almost seamlessly because the duct fabrication machines are able to read directly from the BIM files,” he says.
“This saves an enormous amount of time and also reduces errors and deviations from the original system design.”
By engaging multiple disciplines associated with a construction project from engineers, consultants and architects, right through to fabricators, contractors and building product suppliers, projects which employ Building Information Modelling systems and workflows have been demonstrated worldwide to benefit from efficiencies in both time and cost of complete project delivery.
Mr. Baynham adds that the KoolDuct® system helps achieve regulation compliance in less space than conventional sheet metal ductworked insulated with glasswool blanket.
"As a high-performance rigid thermoset insulation, the KoolDuct® system can achieve the required R2.0 in only 42 millimetres. This is almost half the thickness of conventional glasswool-insulated systems, which means a lot of precious ceiling space can be saved.”
“These space savings will be evident when ducted systems are designed using BIM practices.”
According to Kingspan Air, the KoolDuct® system can also reduce air leakage by up to 80% compared to conventional sheet metal systems.
The company’s Marketing Manager, Mr. Karim Muri, says the system delivers efficiencies on multiple levels.
“Energy efficiency is improved with reduced air leakage, installation times are reduced being a lightweight product, and now with BIM models the efficiencies extend to design, fabrication and project delivery,” he says.
“It truly is most advanced system of air-distribution ductwork available in Australia.”
The BMA product library now has over 330 manufacturer’s Revit families available.