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Product News

New developments in sound control solutions from Tontine


Tontine pioneered polyester as an insulation material and remains a global leader in acoustic insulation solutions.

In addition to thermal insulation, Tontine offers acoustic insulation products in its Sound Control range.

Polyester insulation is preferred on major projects because it is cheaper to install and longer lasting than alternatives, explains managing director Jim Liaskos, adding that Tontine’s products are regularly specified because of their unique attributes.

“Tontine insulation is the only product certified by Testex of Switerland to Oeko-tex 100 Class 1, the global benchmark in safety, and is safe enough for use against an infant’s skin. It is non-carcinogenic, hypoallergenic and contains no skin or respiratory irritants.”

Tontine is a leader in sustainable production. The range is made predominantly from recycled materials, welded with clean heat in a low energy process that doesn’t use chemicals or process water.


Tontine Insulation attributes:

•  Contains no VOCs.

•  Rated Gold Plus by Green Tag, the only insulation manufacturer in Australia that operates a product stewardship program and offers biodegradable packaging.

•  Parent company Pacific NonWovens is Australia’s only textile fibre recycler, generating raw materials for a range of non-woven products.

•  Tontine Insulation works with charities and manufacturers to recycle clothing and fabric waste, helping reduce landfill.

•  Tontine Insulation manufactures across Victoria, Qld, WA and NSW, reducing lead times and carbon footprint from transport emissions.

•  Post production waste is recovered and reused where possible.


The Tontine Sound Control Solution range

Acousti Panel Deluxe is a rigid wall lining developed to absorb noise.

“Acousti Panel Deluxe creates appealing visual interiors in commercial and public buildings, schools, auditoriums, conference rooms, hotels, office lobbies, restaurants and so on and extends the range of applications which might us Tontine’s Decore range of wall linings” says Liaskos.


Features and benefits include:

•  Manufactured under strict ISO 9001 quality standards.

•  Meets AS ISO 9705 Group 1 BCA fire rating classification.

•  Highly durable and impact resistant.

•  Not affected by moisture, mould or mildew.

•  Supplied in a range of decorative finishes.


Tontine Acoustisorb is Tontine’s flagship range of flexible pad, sheet or batt products, engineered to absorb airborne sounds, available in a variety of sound attenuation levels and sits along side other acoustic insulation products Nova, Thermasorb and Fibreblock.

Tontine Ceiling Baffle is designed for use above partition walls in suspended ceiling cavities to reduce room to room sound transmission.

Tontine Sound Blanket (TSB) is ideal for office walls and partitions, reducing noise transfer between rooms.


Tontine felt carpet underlay for heavy duty commercial applications comes in two variants:

•  Wundrerfelt, jute and hair felt underlay used in pubs, clubs, auditoriums and educational buildings and in hand made and premium domestic carpets.

•  Superfelt, made from blended recycled textile fibres as a lower cost alternative. It is environmentally friendly, easy to install, and features improved lower flammability performance and superior acoustic and thermal properties when compared to foam and rubber. It maximises carpet life and makes a low cost carpet feel more luxurious.


Liaskos points out that on site, the Tontine Insulation product range can reduce installation costs, as:

•  It is faster to install.

•  No job safety analyses (JSAs) required.

•  Work areas do not need to be quarantined.

•  Installers do not need personal protective equipment to be worn.

•  Waste disposal is cheaper and easier (some tip sites require fibreglass insulation to be treated in the same way as asbestos).

•  No loose fibres contaminating clothing or the work environment.

•   No precautions required to prevent polyester insulation from becoming wet or damp.


Wilson Fabrics targets commercial market


Soft furnishings wholesaler Wilson Fabrics is targeting the commercial sector with the launch of a sample folder designed to function as a one-stop-shop for commercial fabric needs.

With a mid-2014 market release, the folder covers multiple product categories: Sheers, Uncoated Drapery, Coated Drapery, Blind Fabrics, Upholstery and Utility Fabrics. It will include approximately 35 different designs or product ranges, with each in easy to use swatch cards that clearly state each fabric’s features, benefits and specifications.

The vast majority of products showcased in the new format are Australian Made.


Key ranges covered by the new folder include:

In the uncoated fabrics category, Luxury Satin is an easy care fabric; crease resistant, FR Tested to AS1530.3 and rated for drapery and upholstery, washable and dry cleanable and soft to the touch, Luxury Satin presents a coordinating story, and when combined with Sheer Nature provide a textural softening the overall appearance.

Luxury Oxford is an easy care room darkening triple weave fabric, available in 24 colours and featuring a natural looking woven texture on the face side and matching colour on the back. Luxury Oxford is washable and dry cleanable, crease resistant, FR Tested to AS1530.3 and rated for drapery and upholstery, making it a practical and stylish design.

Wilson’s Australian Made Blind Fabrics are also included and are Oeko-Tex certified and approved, which means they have passed rigorous testing implemented by independent testing institutes. This confirms that no harmful substances are present and that the fabric poses no risk to end-users’ health. They also feature superior PITCH BLACK coating: a full blockout that surpasses the Australian standard for blockouts. Designed to withstand harsh Australian conditions, Wilson Fabrics’ superior blockout properties keep the heat out in summer and in during winter, resulting in significant savings on cooling and heating costs.

Also in the range, Ariel is a sophisticated Metallic Sheer range, with accents of metallic yarns against a raw background. A 300 cm wide polyester sheer, the design is continuous, with the stripe running vertically when railroaded. Ariel is one of Wilson Fabrics’ most popular sheer designs and performs well in the commercial market.

With a history that dates back to the 1920s, Wilson Fabrics has a longstanding reputation for its high quality fabrics, and in particular its Australian Made ranges. Wilson Fabrics’ specialisation lies in designing and developing strongly differentiated ranges of decorative and functional fabrics that take inspiration from leading global trends.


External shading critical to energy savings


External shading devices are increasingly being specified because they help achieve a lower energy footprint by blocking up to 90 per cent of the sun’s heat from entering a building.

Successfully used to secure points under BASIX (The Building Sustainability Index) in New South Wales, as well as making a significant contribution to a 6 star energy rating under the equivalent scheme in Victoria, Markilux awnings can achieve up to 95 per cent reduction in solar thermal energy radiation whilst reducing reliance on air conditioning by up to 75 per cent in summer.

Retractable awnings are a particularly practical solution as they can be adjusted to regulate the amount of solar energy reaching a facade.  “Good shading should offer the flexibility to allow heat inside in winter and to protect from heat in summer,” says Markilux Australia’s Neil Marot.

By contrast, internal shading, such as blinds or curtains, aims to stop the spread of heat throughout a building once it has already passed through the fascia, and fixed shading, like a pergola, is positioned to minimise heat gain during summer.

“External shading devices are the most effective in reducing heat gain because they intercept most of the heat in solar radiation before it reaches the building’s surface,” Marot says.

To reduce the energy footprint further, automation and weather sensors work to ensure that these systems provide consistent comfort year-round.


Intelligent heating solutions with energy efficiency


Heatray by Celmec International comprises a range of both electrically powered and gas-fired outdoor heating solutions with a clear point of difference.

Heatray heaters produce radiant energy, which differs from conventional outdoor heaters as it directly warms people and objects, which absorb the warmth, rather than heating the surrounding air, which just blows away.

The range includes both low intensity and high intensity radiant heaters, with the ability to implement efficiency measures through a Heatray Control Module. This enables heaters to be grouped for zone control, timers to be set, and in some cases thermostatic control.

Celmec also offers a heating design service to enable clients to optimise their heating solutions.