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PlastiSpan® Insulation is used in Cathedral Ceiling, Continuous Insulation, Exterior Foundation, Interior Basement Walls, Basement Floor, Under Slab, Hydronic, EIFS and handi-pac Packaging & Display.


Plasti-Fab PlastiSpan insulation board is installed under the floor slabs of
artificial ice rinks to minimize the effect of soil frost heaving beneath the ice
surface. In addition, it shortens the time required to make or remove an ice
surface and may also permit a reduction in the capacity of the refrigeration
equipment. These benefits are important as they reduce the energy costs
for the operation of the ice rink.

PlastiSpan insulation board meeting CAN/ULC-S701, Type 1 is adequate for
this service. If a higher compressive strength material is required as a result
of additional compressive loads on the insulation, PlastiSpan HD insulation
board meeting CAN/ULC-S701, Type 2 or PlastiSpan insulation board
meeting CAN/ULC-S701, Type 3 may be used.

PlastiSpan insulation can be placed directly over a drained granular fill for
economical construction or over a concrete slab where the building design
requires it.
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SI VALUES
BRINE TEMPERATURE
& SERVICE
MONTHS IN SERVICE
6 7 8 9
-90 C to -80 C
(Skating & Curling)
38 mm 63 mm 75 mm 100 mm
-100 C (Hockey) 75 mm 100 mm Design as
continuous operation

IMPERIAL VALUES
BRINE TEMPERATURE
& SERVICE
MONTHS IN SERVICE
6 7 8 9
160 F to 170 F
(Skating & Curling)
1.5" 2.5" 3" 4"
120 F (Hockey) 75 mm 100 mm Design as
continuous operation
These tables based on dew point of air over ice rink of 7 C (45 F) and ice thickness of 25 mm (1'').
Higher dew point or thicker ice will require lower brine temperature. The tables assume that building is at
a normal average temperature or 16 C (60 F) where ice rink is out of service and in the thaw phase.
The thaw can be accelerated by heating the building in the spring and fall or by circulating warm brine
through the freezing coils. These procedures may allow some extension to the service season of the rink.