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Low E


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 system

2) Creating an “attic” space to create the thermal break to allow for proper air movement and reduce heat/cold loss.


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:

Improved Aesthetics:

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”.

Enhanced Illumination:

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 requirements.



Acoutics Improvements:

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 Reduction:

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.

Increased R-Value:

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 flow.

Reflective/DOUBLE Bubble/Reflective

Product Details Two layers of polyethylene bubbles sandwiched be-
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
(ASTM E-96)

Contact Temperature Range -60 degrees F to +180 degrees F

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%)
(ASTM C1371)

Manufacturing Capabilities Include:

16”, 24”, 48”, 60”, and 72” widths

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.

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