Business News of Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Home Décor and Construction Ghana (HDC Ghana), a building construction services provider, has launched rFoil, a Canadian-made interior reflective insulator designed to control heat gain and loss in buildings.
The rFoil™ is a single or double layer of polythene bubbles fitted between a metallic foil and a white polythene sheet which works to reduce the transfer of heat inside a building’s air spaces by reflecting away 95 to 97 per cent of the heat that strikes the surface.
Installed properly, this could improve cooling inside a building and reduce energy usage and utility bills associated with heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems by as much as 35 per cent.
The product is also able to prevent internal condensation and is especially effective in metallic buildings that conduct more heat.
Mr Christopher Thornley, the Canadian High Commissioner said that the launch of the product is another stride in economic ties between Ghana and Canada. “Ghana is our third largest Sub-Saharan African market,” he said.
He also highlighted the product as an energy saver in light of the current energy crisis in Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer of HDC Ghana, Edward Obiri Yirenkyi encouraged key institutions such as the Energy Commission, Ghana Green Building Council, Ghana Institute of Architects and the Association of Building Contractors of Ghana, to take advantage of the product in their building projects.
“In this era of erratic power supply, it is a product required to ensure both energy and financial savings. It prevents interior condensation in all types of metal and metal-clad buildings, ”he said.
He also hinted at a partnership with another Canadian firm, Durock Alfacing International, to distribute Durock architectural coatings in Ghana.
The HDC, is the sole distributor in Ghana of the rFoil™ insulator, which is manufactured by Canada-based Covertech Fabricating Incorporation.
The product comes with a 10-year warranty.