Colin Hawkes, Managing Director at Apollo Energy Research explains how membrane technology helps control heat while reducing a building’s carbon footprint
Long-life Heat Reflecting Membranes made from various sheet materials were conceived by NASA space scientists to protect orbiting craft from solar radiation. This heat control technology has spawned a variety of terrestrial applications. These include the famous “space” blankets that keep athletes and accident victim’s warm, heat-reflecting sheaths for water tanks, air- conditioning ducts, heat-sensitive equipment and even racing car components.
Established in 1995, Apollo Energy Research developed mass production techniques allowing the manufacture of tough, cost-effective membranes for the construction sector. Successfully used worldwide within domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural premises they reduce a building’s carbon footprint by blocking radiant heat, stabilise heat loss or heat gain, air movement and the ingress of humidity.
Heat reflecting membranes
In recent years Apollo Heat Reflecting Membranes (HRMs) have gained an international reputation for quality and performance as yet unmatched by any other company supplying these types of product. One of the first international distribution deals were with a Singapore-based company that sold the product in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Noteworthy projects where a HRM was installed included Raffles Hotel and Olympic venues.
Apollo has developed a product range that now includes low emissivity Heat Reflecting Membranes for lining various building types including timber-frame structures and cabins.
Eco-Brite® is just one of the membranes developed by Apollo. BBA Certified, it is a 135 microns thick, composite laminate of aluminium foil, a tough polyethylene film and metallised polyester film finished with a non-tarnish coating. It prevents 96% of radiating energy passing through structures, is a vapour barrier and helps make cabins’ air-tight. Every square metre will save 23kg of CO2/annum when fitted within an un-insulated wall or roof. For over 15 years it has been successfully specified in cabins providing the most cost-efficient insulation method for this type of building. To see the full range of membranes offered please visit our website.
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