As parts of New Zealand are again experiencing seismic unrest, and there is uncertainty of when or where the next event will occur, specifiers must look to future-proofing buildings in the best way possible. One of the ways Asona can contribute is through its lightweight glass wool ceiling tile range, Triton.
As a leading New Zealand manufacturer of decorative acoustic glass wool ceiling panels, Asona is uniquely positioned to supply a locally produced, environmentally efficient solution to the commercial ceilings market for seismically sensitive areas.
Asona's lightweight glass wool Triton Range is ideal for earthquake zones. With the panels weighing between 1.1 to 2.5 kg/m², there is less load on the structure, bracing costs are reduced — saving time on site, and in the event of a ceiling suspension failure, the soft fibre composition means there is a lower risk of impact injury compared to hard mineral or other high density materials.
With Asona's lightweight glass wool, more ceiling space can also be covered using less material. For example, one tonne of locally recycled glass waste can be converted into 900m² of Asona Triton 25mm deep ceiling panels — that's up to 300% more ceiling than a tonne of imported wet felt mineral fibre panels, and 800% more ceiling than a tonne of gypsum panels.
New Zealand is also blessed with the second highest level of renewable energy production in the world at over 70%. This means less carbon is produced compared to overseas manufactured ceiling panels where coal, oil and gas are the primary energy sources.
Asona's Triton Range of high sound absorbing ceiling panels offer good thermal insulation and come with an optional aluminium foil backing to reflect radiant heat and provide a moisture barrier to the back of the panels.
Asona believes that its NZ made lightweight glass wool panels are the most energy-efficient ceiling panels on the market and the perfect choice for future-proofing buildings.