The suitability of OMNIE’s underfloor heating (UFH) range for providing occupant comfort – especially in retrofit situations – has been further enhanced through the introduction of LowBoard® RdB. The new version of the manufacturer’s widely specified LowBoard® panel comprises a 15mm thick moisture resistant, high density wood board with an 8mm acoustic rubber backing, offset to create an interlock at the edges. This combination offers a low build-up UFH installation also providing acoustic separation suitable for laying over concrete slabs or existing timber floors. It is designed to dampen vibration and attenuate impact as well as airborne sound. The panels are additionally supplied with a perimeter isolation strip to prevent flanking sound transmission.
Introduced this year, LowBoard® RdB joins FoilBoard and ClipPlate Compact – as well as the standard LowBoard® system – in creating OMNIE’s UltraLow product offering: minimising the loss of headroom and even avoiding changing doors or skirtings in refurbishment situations. The latter will normally make use of panels routed to create a 150mm pipe spacing, while a version set to 200mm centres is available for new build projects where heating demand is normally lower. LowBoard® RdB is furthermore one of OMNIE’s DrySystem solutions, able to speed installation work and avoid the need for the drying out of screeds. The 1200 x 600mm panels are laid in a brickwork like bond pattern and the 12mm diameter pipe is simply pushed through the soft temper aluminium diffuser foil which is bonded to the upper surface of the routed wood panel.
The installation is completed by overlaying a t & g laminate/ engineered timber floor finish or mechanically fixing a 6mm layer of plywood or MDF for all other finishes (specific manufacturers/ suppliers requirements may apply).
If the floor finish is to be vinyl or tiles then the acoustic rubber on the underside of the LowBoard® RdB must be bonded to the substrate to provide a rigid base.
With flow and return temperatures of 40/33 degrees Centigrade and a tiled finish, LowBoard® RdB would provide an output of 43 W/m2, rising to 84 W/m2 if the circuit temperature is increased to 55/48 degrees C.
As with all of OMNIE’s underfloor heating systems, LowBoard® RdB is ideal for maximising the performance of condensing boilers or the manufacturer’s high performance ground and air source heat pumps. They also deliver a healthier and more comfortable living environment, while freeing up walls from unsightly radiators.
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