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Pre-finished Plasterboard: 60% Faster Than Painting Walls

Pre-finished Plasterboard Saves Time in Warehouse Conversion Project

The construction of the new ELIM Christian Centre in Pukekohe has seen an old factory converted into a modern church with a main auditorium for 350 people along with breakout rooms for various activities. To modernise the interior and make it fit for purpose, the ELIM team chose to line existing and new partition walls with ClimateLine pre-finished plasterboard panels with matching aluminium joiners.

“We wanted to achieve a very modern, sharp look,” explains Project Manager, Bill Kathagen, ELIM. “We could have used paint, but we’d heard about Climate’s pre-finished product and thought it’d be very good for our project. The main benefit for us was that the surfaces are pre-painted and pre-coloured.”

For the walls of the 350-person auditorium, 10mm ClimateLine powder coated in Black matt finish with the new Slimline jointer was selected. “We went with the black so that we could easily control the artificial lighting in the auditorium,” explains Bill. With the high walls of the auditorium, installing pre-finished plasterboard simplified the construction process. “The walls are massive — 6m high and 20m long,” says Bill. “If it had just been finished with ordinary plastered joints and painted, it would have been a very big job. It would have been extremely difficult to get it as clean and tidy as this product.”

In the break-out areas, the ELIM team opted for ClimateLine powder coated in Resene Half Iron, a light off-white which helps create a sense of space in those rooms. “The walls in these spaces are still very high at 4m, so the lighter coloured walls create a nice, light airy feel,” says Bill.

Installation of the wall linings was completed by FBS. While the large panels made for a big installation job, the process was quick and simple with linings attached to lightweight steel framing. For Phill Ford, Builder, FBS, the use of Climate’s products helped simplify the job. “There’s no plastering, no sanding, no dust, no painting, no fumes,” he says. “I haven’t seen anything like that here in NZ before.” With the ELIM centre located next to a food preparation facility, the minimisation of dust was a huge benefit.

Phill adds that should any damage occur, repairs will be simple and cost-effective. “If you get a hole you don’t need a builder, a plasterer and a painter, you just take the sheet off and replace it, so that’s a real advantage.”

With the time-saving benefits and high-quality finish of the ClimateLine plasterboard system, both client and builder are very pleased with the final result — sleek, low-maintenance walls for the church interior. “It’s exceeded our expectations,” says Bill, “It looks fantastic and has saved us time and money in terms of plastering and painting.”

3.6m boards in custom colour

Matt Black

Anodized aluminium skirting

Sustainable Powder Coating for Wood and Plasterboard Substrates

Paints and coatings are a large contributor to pollution and reduced indoor air quality because they are typically water- or solvent-based products that emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) during application, drying and clean up.

Powder coating is referred to as a 100% solid coating system, which means no solvents/water are used to carry the pigments, resigns etc.  The upside is less waste with low or nil VOC’s emitted into the atmosphere.  This sustainable advantage is driving the adoption of powder coating in countries like Germany, where legislation has been in place to reduce airborne pollution caused by VOC’s from paint related industries e.g. car and furniture manufacturing.  BMW and Audi’s made in Germany now have a powder coat clear finish, instead of the traditional liquid based finishes.

Auckland based Climate Surfaces, after 10 years of development and operations, is a global leader in commercially powder coating non-metal substrates, such as MDF, Plywood and Plasterboard.  Powder coating on these substrates provides cost, performance and aesthetic benefits as well as a more sustainable coating solution compared to liquid or PVC based coatings. PPG Industries manufacture a specialised low cure powder for Climate, which is applied electrostaically and thermally cured to the substrate in a state of art factory environment.  No water or solvents are used in the process or materials and up to 95% powder utilisation is possible with any waste powder being reclaimed and reused.

Climate is poised to deliver greater advances in powder coating technology for a range of building product substrates, which will provide a more sustainable alternative without compromise on cost, performance and aesthetics.

ClimateLine Pre-Finished Plasterboard Saves Time and Eliminates Dust

Because of a need to save time and create a specific design aesthetic, Tauranga architect Richard Hale specified ClimateLine pre-finished plasterboard in his latest commercial project.

During construction he discovered there was more to ClimateLine than he initially thought.

ClimateLine is a pre-finished plasterboard that eliminates the need for stopping, sanding and painting, therefore cutting down on labour time and costs, and ridding building sites of dust and mess.

“Rayonier is an American forestry management company and we were hired to refine the office, enhance interoffice communications and create a more presentable space,” Richard says. “They wanted us to use a lot of timber products and we had only a strict six week window to strip out and rebuild a 250m² office.”

Due to the expanse of timber Richard planned to use a negative detail. He learnt that ClimateLine would be able to achieve a similar look, with its knife-edge hinging system in a contrasting finish. ClimateLine would also save crucial time and could be custom coloured in the company’s corporate shade.

“It was easy to put up and involved no stopping, sanding or painting which can often take a couple of weeks to complete.” Richard says. “This was a high-IT environment but we didn’t have to use drop sheets or worry about dust getting into the equipment. Plus it was winter which is traditionally a difficult time to get paint dry quickly.”

Builder Jeff Parkes of Jafa Construction says he hadn’t used ClimateLine before and was curious about its benefits.

His thoughts post-installation? “Brilliant.”

“It was easy to install, fitted together well, was easy to work with and reduced the amount of clean up because there was no dust created in the construction process. I was worried about handling it but there’s so much strength in it; it’s a very strong product.”

Because there was sub-contract work remaining after installation of the sheets, Jeff had concerns about accidental damage, but was pleased to discover the plasterboard came with a protective plastic coating that peeled off at the last minute to reveal a perfect finish.

“I would definitely use it again. It was very enjoyable to work with,” Jeff says.
Richard echoes his sentiments: “There is no way we would have finished this project on time if we’d used the traditional methods of stopping and painting plasterboard.”

ClimateLine can be used in dry, wet and hygienic areas in both commercial and domestic projects. A range of joiners is available – in a colour-matched powdercoat finish or natural anodised finish – to suit all design specifications. The durable plasterboard can be found in many projects around the country including hospitals and medical buildings, restaurants, early childhood learning centres, transportable homes, offices and residential homes.

Register for an info pack on ClimateLine by July 26th 2013 and be in to win two nights accommodation at Ohtel in Wellington.