Hi-therm+ wins Housebuilder building fabric award
Keystone Lintels has won the ‘best building fabric product’ award at the 2018 Housebuilder Product Awards for the company’s Hi-therm+ lintel.
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Keystone said that it has invested heavily in R&D to re-engineer its Hi-therm lintel utilising its industry leading ‘top hat’ design. The innovative design of the Hi-therm+ lintel, while still utilising a rigid polymer thermal insulator as an effective thermal break, now incorporates a steel inner and external leaf.
The company said that the product is as thermally efficient as the original but is now similar to a standard steel lintel for simplified installation. Hi-therm+ offers specifiers a low-cost solution to reduced carbon emissions.
Keystone Lintels managing director Derrick McFarland commented: “Keystone recognises the challenges facing house builders in relation to the increasingly demanding regulatory controls on thermal performance and sustainability.
“We recognise that a fabric-first solution is preferable to builders, particularly something that is easily installed, maintenance-free and can allow them to design with 100mm cavities to ensure maximum floor space in developments.
“We are therefore proud to have been recognised for our commitment to the fabric-first approach. Our original Hi-therm lintel won this award in 2013 and 2014, so for our innovative new design to be recognised again is fantastic.”
As winners of a Housebuilder product award, Hi-therm+ lintels automatically become a finalist in the overall ‘product of the year’ category at the Housebuilder Awards 2018, which will be held in November. For more information visit Hi-thermlintels.com