LOW EMISSIVITY CEILINGS
Emissivity: Describes the ability of a certain material
to radiate heat rather than absorb it. Materials that
radiate 100% have an (EM) of 1.0, while other materials
that radiate no heat have an EM of 0.
Typical arena ceiling materials (wood, steel, concrete)
have a high EM rating around .9 radiating about 90%
of the heat absorbed back down onto the ice surface.
Radiant heat always travels form a warm surface to a
cold surface, so we know that the major heat load in
an ice arena is coming from the ceiling.
The amount of heat that is radiated onto the ice surface
is directly decided by the EM of your arena ceiling
materials. Thus, reducing the EM of your arena ceiling
will have a large impact on the heat load to your ice
plant, which will greatly reduce running costs and provides
much better ice conditions in many ways. This will also
create a harder ice surface and increase the candle
power on the ice by up to 50% on most installation applications.
Low E ceiling materials usually have an EM rating around
0.05, Reflectix insulation has an EM of just 0.032,
which is the reason Reflectix is the original and most
effective product for your Low-E ceiling.
It is important to make sure you know what product
is going into your arena, there are other Low -E products
in the market that have different specifications and
are designed for other purposes.
There are many different ways that a Low-E ceiling
can be installed, depending upon the overall look required,
roof type, lighting positioning and ceiling height.
For faster service on obtaining a quote for your arena,
it is beneficial to have digital photos of your ceiling
and surrounding areas of your rink that can be easily
emailed upon request.
The installation of a Low-E ceiling in your facility
will provide you with many benefits. An increase of
up to 50% in candle power on the ice surface, as well
as the most beneficial factor of a 15% to 20% reduction
in refrigeration costs. The other benefits include a
reduction or complete elimination of condensation, improved
acoustics as well as building aesthetics.
The total heat load in an arena is comprised of a number
of elements that can vary greatly; most can be controlled
and some can be eliminated.
Convective loads can be reduced by controlling the
rink air temperature and humidity.
Radiant heat loads to the ice sheet can be reduced
significantly by the installation of a low emis-sivity
ceiling. In addition, since the ceiling is not cooled
by radiant heat loss, item temperature is maintained
above the dew point of the rinks air, often eliminating
condensation, ceiling dripping, and resultant deterioration
of materials. This means that by installing a Low-E
ceiling in your facility you are:
1) reducing the UV ray penetration to your facility
and ultimately creating better efficiency of your refrigeration
2) Creating an attic space to create the
thermal break to allow for proper air movement and reduce
THE REFLECTIX ADVANTAGE
Most people have heard of, or are familiar with Low Emissivity
ceilings. Their primary function is to block radiant en-ergy
emitted from the ceiling structure. This has the effect
of reducing the heat load on the ice, thus reducing run
time on the refrigeration system. This translates into
enery savings and reduced maintenance costs on the system.
Reflec-tix does more because it is insulation.
Following are some advantages of using Reflectix and
the benefits to the operator of a facility:
Many buildings could use an improvement in appearance,
especially the older wooden structures, or those where
the insulation has suffered considerable damage. It has
the effect of giving the building a new look.
Aluminum is a highly reflective material. This is the
reason that many customers have experienced a 40-50% increase
in candle power at ice level. It will reduce the glare
and shadows very effectively. When contemplat-ing new
lights, it is an excellent idea to put in a reflective
insulation in the ceiling because it will reduce the lighting
Reflectix will improve the quality of sound because
of the air bubbles inside the insulation. It has a
cushioning effect that will change the
reverberations in a positive manner. It can also reduce
the noise level in a building.
Condensation has a deteriorating effect on steel and
wood. In a colder climate hoar frost accumulates on
the ceiling structure if the insulation and vapor barrier
are damaged or if there is no insulation at all. When
Re-flectix is installed, it creates a vapour barrier
and a thermal break, thus eliminating condensation on
the un-derside of the roof structure.
When Refelctix is installed, it blocks off an upper
air space. This increases the R-Value of a roof structure
because the air space becomes an excellent insulator.
Bulk insulations do not increase the R-Value; they reduce
convection currents. R-Value is only a measurement of
the resistance to heat flow in the conductive mode.
Air, being a very low density material, is the best
insulator against heat flow by conduction. During the
cold winter months, Reflectix will help to reduce heat
loss by conduction.
Reduction of Energy, Operating and Maintenance Costs:
The primary function of Reflectix is to block the flow
of Radiant Heat or Infrared. Studies have shown that
about 28% of the heat load on the ice is in the form
of radiant energy. Aluminum has the physical character-istic
of blocking radiant energy by about 96%. This has the
effect of reducing the heat load on the ice, thus reducing
run time on the refrigeration equipment. Some of our
customers are saving as much as $1000 per month on their
energy consumption. This does not include the reduced
costs on maintenance due to the re-duced run time. Seeing
as Reflectix is insulation, it will also reduce heating
costs if the building is heated. Reflectix will pay
for itself in three to six years, depending on whether
you have ice for six or twelve months of the year.
The Low E Ceiling can put you into a positive cash
Product Details Two layers of polyethylene bubbles sandwiched
tween two layers of metalized polyester film.
Nominal Thickness 5/16
Tensile Strength 14.6 lbs
Tear Strength 4.9 lbs
Water Vapor Transmission 0.00 perms
Contact Temperature Range -60 degrees F to +180 degrees
Fire Rating Class A/Class 1
Smoke Development 0
(ASTM E-84 mounting 2599)
Flame Spread 25
(ASTM E-84 mounting 2599)
Reflectivity/Emittance 0.96 (96%)/0.04 (4%)
Manufacturing Capabilities Include:
16, 24, 48, 60, and 72
Our reflective bubble insulation in an industrialized
product that is manufactured to last and maintain the
enclosed air space. The bubble layers are sealed with
multiple layers of polyester creating a closed air bubble
which prevent the loss of air.