Product Detail

Ensystex Australasia – TRITHOR Termite Protection System (Also marketed as SMARTFILM Termite Protection System and Flickguard Termite Protection)

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Overview

 

A pesticidal and physical termite protection system designed to prevent concealed termite entry into buildings. It is suitable for use in domestic, commercial and industrial applications.

 

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Options

1500 mm wide sheets for full underslab installations

500 mm, 300 mm, 250 mm, 200 mm, 150 mm or 100 mm wide strips for slab edge

TRITHOR Pipe Penetration Shields and TRITHOR Pre-formed Corners

Colours

TRITHOR Termite Protection: blue and yellow

SMARTFILM Termite Protection: aqua-marine and white

Flickguard Termite Protection: green and red

Warranty

50 Years $100,000 Termite Damage Warranty, provided that building has annual inspections.  Refer to the warranty document for complete details. Optional life-of building $250,000 Warranty available.

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Expected Life

50 years+

Indicative Costs

$1,000-$1,200 typical residential installation

Purchase Options

Product is available through trained and licensed installers only.  Product can usually be installed on a lead time of 1-2 days.

Constituents

Deltamethrin 1.0 g/m2

Propylene glycol <0.1 g/m2

Polyethylene <20% w/w

Polyamide/Polypropylene <80% w/w

Technical Specifications

 N/A

National & International Standards

APVMA

AS 3660 Termite Management Series

AS 4347 Damp-proof courses and flashings

AS 4347 Impact Resistance

ASTM E96 Moisture Vapour Transmission

BCA BP1.1, BP1.2, P2.1, QLD P2.1.1

Singapore Green Building Council (2 ticks)

ISO14001:2004

Country of Origin

Manufactured in China. TRITHOR Corners assembled in Australia.

Projects

  • NSW Rugby Centre of Excellence at Aussie Stadium
  • Australia Post Building at Mitchell, ACT
  • Perth Hospital, WA
  • Numerous nursing homes, retirement villages and schools including Bulahdelah Shool, East Gunghlin School, Harrison NSW, and the RSL Nursing Home, Collaroy

Thousands of residential homes

Preparation

TRITHOR should be installed by an Authorised Operator, who liaises with the Builder to ensure that installation procedures are correctly performed. See 'Technical Specifications' for installation guidlines.

TRITHOR is able to be installed in complicated situations, such as multiple penetrations and step downs, and is easily cut and moulded.

TRITHOR must be installed as a complete and continuous system and penetrations must be managed as an integrated solution in accordance with manufacturer directions.

ECOSPECIFIER LIFE-CYCLE ASSESSMENT

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND POLICY ISSUES

The upper plastic portion of TRITHOR also acts as a vapour barrier and when installed as edge barrier protection (rather than full slab installation) its combined effect relies on the dual use of the in situ slab as an integral part of the termite management system.

HUMAN HEALTH

Health

TRITHOR's active ingredient, deltamethrin, is a pyrethroid, which is a manufactured versions of a pesticide derived from the extract of chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethroids are one of the least poisonous insecticide groups to mammals. The deltamethrin is impregnated in a dense blanket of fibres, laminated between plastic, preventing possible exposure which can cause dermatitis and discomfort to installers and building occupants.

Product offers a safer alternative to liquid chemical sprays and the occupational health risks associated with spraying or handling liquid pesticides.

Comfort

Not applicable.

Indoor Environment Quality

Not applicable.

Electromagnetic Radiation

Not applicable.

Safety

Not applicable.

Accessibility

Not applicable.

ECOLOGICAL QUALITY

Terrestrial

Emissions – There are minor toxic emissions to land localised around production facilities during the production of the constituent materials. Production complies with ISO14001:2004.

Physical –  Constituents are petrochemical based, and will therefore have some limited physical

pollution due to oil extraction.

Aquatic

Emissions –  Deltamethrin is considered highly toxic to aquatic organisms.  However, if handled and disposed of correctly, the deltamethrin in TRITHOR remains locked within the blanket fibres so that leaching is unlikely and therefore the risk of contact with surface water is extremely low.

Ethylene is produced in the initial production stage of polyethylene and the emissions to water consist of methanol and butane.

Physical – The petrochemical portion of the constituent results in potential sea pollution in the extraction or spilling of oil.

Atmosphere

Greenhouse gas (GHG) – Fabrication of the petrochemical based constituents are associated with GHG emissions.

Greenhouse intensity –

 ~ 45 kg CO2 per functional unit (excluding chemical data)

Functional Unit = 28 m2

Transport intensity Product is manufactured in China. GHG intensities for shipping product are shown below. Shipping port from country of origin is Shangai. Destination port is Sydney for TRITHOR and Flickguard, and Brisbane for SMARTFILM.

  • Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of TRITHOR/ Flickguard – 1.44  kgCO2e / functional unit (28m2)
  • Greenhouse Intensity for Container Shipping of SMARTFILM – 1.31 kgCO2e / functional unit (28m2)

Table below provides land transportation greenhouse intensity figures to help calculate the greenhouse gas intensity of land transportation from shipping port.

Light commercial vehicle

Rigid Truck

Articulated Truck

0.001451kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000195kgCO2e / kg.km

0.000069kgCO2e / kg.km

Transport intensity figures sourced from Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory 1990, 1995 and 1999 and WWF International, Inland Navigations and Emissions, 2005.

Operational efficiency – Once installed, will last the lifetime of building without having any more chemicals applied.

Re-use Efficiency – No.

Toxics and Pollutants –  Not applicable.

Ozone Depletion –  Not applicable.

Urban Heat Island Effects –  Not applicable.

Noise –  Not applicable.

Biodiversity

Petroleum, the primary raw material of polyethylene and propylene, can have localised marine biodiversity impacts in its extraction and potentially catastrophic impacts when spills occur.

If proper care is not taken in the disposal of installation offcuts or demolition waste significant impacts on aquatic ecosystems may occur.

RESOURCE DEPLETION

Resource Efficiency

Product is designed to last the life of the building.

Embodied Fossil Fuel Energy

28 m2 of TRITHOR Termite Protection has an approximate embodied energy of 1343.7 MJ.

Transport intensity - Product is manufactured in China. Shipping port from country of origin is Shanghai. Destination port is Sydney for TRITHOR and Flickguard, and Brisbane for SMARTFILM.

  • Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of  TRITHOR/ Flickguard - 17.63MJ/functional unit (28 m2)
  • Energy Intensity for Container Shipping of  SMARTFILM – 16.1MJ/functional unit (28 m2)

Embodied Water

1 L/28 m2

Water used in production has been reduced from 2.5 L to 1 L per 28 m2

Durability

TRITHOR is a highly durable product, designed to remain in place and protect the property for the economic life of the building, without the need to use additional chemicals.

TRITHOR's fibre density of 200 g per square metre can provide rigid protection beneath the weight of heavy building loads. Manufacturer claims TRITHOR is tough and sharp cutting blades are required to penetrate the TRITHOR fabric.

Reusability

No. Product is designed to provide termite protection for the life of the building.

Repairability

Any gaps or tears present in the sheet after installation must be repaired. If a hole is accidentally produced, product is easily repaired by applying a patch.

Design for Dematerialisation

Manufacturer claims that TRITHOR uses 50% less deltamethrin than similar products.

Design for Disassembly

No.

 

Recyclability

No.

Maintenance

Annual inspection of property is required in accordance with the specification of the Australian Standard Series AS 3660 Termite Management.

Product Takeback Scheme

No.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

No.

 

CORPORATE AND SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Audits and Environmental Reporting

Annual Audits in accord with Codemark Accreditation through the Australian Building Codes Board.

Convictions

No.

Environmental Policy

Yes.

Social Enhancement Programs

Ensystex is a strong supporter of Australian Wildlife Conservancy and makes significant donations in support of the protection of wildlife habitats in Australia, see www.awc.org.au.

Technology Transfer Programs

No.

Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

Process controls and air-filtering technology are used during production to prevent the escape of insecticide into the environment.

ECOSPECIFIER ISSUES OF CONCERN / RED LIGHT

Deltamethrin: Skin contact of deltamethrin by sensitive persons may cause skin irritation or numbness. Exposure may also aggravate existing respiratory conditions (R23/25).  Synthetic pyrethroids are also of concern if they are able to leach into aquatic environments (R50/53). However, since the deltamethrin in TRITHOR remains locked up within the blanket fibres, human and aquatic ecosystem contact is, according to an ecospecifier risk assessment, 'unlikely' and hence these risks are minimal.

Information last verified on 24th October 2017

ASSESSMENT COMPARISON

Liquid chemical termite control.  

RELATED TOPICS

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sustainability criteria satisfied

Habitat & Biodiversity Conservation

Reduced aquatic impacts

Reduced terrestrial impacts

Independent management accreditation

Air Pollution

Reduced or no toxicity through life cycle

Resource Depletion

Resource efficiency

Durability

Corporate Responsibility

Legal Compliance

Environmental policy

Social/environmental enhancement programs

Other Vital Signs

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)

Documented manufacturer claims

Expert Assessment

Quality Management System

Certification Mark

Workplace OHS, Occupant Health, Human Wellbeing

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