Q: How does TigerLoc save on cost?
A: When using TigerLoc, insulation does not need to be tapered; this can save thousands of dollars in project labour costs. Second, installing window and door frames into TigerLoc is expedited. Third, as the building's design becomes more energy efficient operating costs will be saved over the life of the building. Finally, as the concrete wythes are truly separated for all details maintenance costs to repair cracking associated with wythes being locked together will be eliminated.
Q: Can TigerLoc act as a fire barrier?
A: TigerLoc can act as a fire barrier protecting insulation within your concrete assembly. Standard TigerLoc achieves VO standard under UL 94 which means that it self extinguishes within 10 seconds after being exposed to fire contact. In addition, JK Thermal Solutions offers custom fire barrier solutions. If you need additional fire ratings for your assembly please contact us for a custom solution.
Q: How is TigerLoc better then treated wood?
A: Treated wood or wood in general should not be used in insulated concrete assemblies. Treated wood is not an insulating material therefore by using treated wood in your insulation assembly you have not met the energy code requirement of continuous insulation.
Besides the problems associated with splitting and twisting of wooden members, the chemicals within treated wood counteract with both fasteners and aluminum materials (such as window frames) causing a chemical reaction that eats away at these materials. Ultimately, your window detail will be compromised by using treated wood in your assembly. For further information see the article located here.
Q: Does TigerLoc expand and contract thermally different then concrete?
A: Yes. The materials that TigerLoc is built out of expands thermally different then concrete. This has been factored into the construction of TigerLoc so the anchors that tie it into the concrete are flexible enough to compensate for any differences in thermal expansion and contraction.
Q: What is the R value of TigerLoc?
A: TigerLoc has an R value of 2 per inch. As an example, in a 3" assembly the R value would be R6.
Q: What applications can TigerLoc be used in?
A: TigerLoc was developed to save cost and create more efficient building details for insulated concrete panels. The system can be used in precast applications as well as a variety of other applications within the concrete industry.
Q: Are there any limitations to TigerLoc?
A: Yes. TigerLoc has been designed to work within concrete insulated panels as part of the envelope system for installing window and door frames into.
It has also been designed as a fire barrier to protect polystyrene insulation exposure to the inside of a structure. This is something that is required by almost all building codes.
We do not recommend using TigerLoc for applications beyond this.