|Altis Termite Reticulation System
Altis is a patented Reticulation system which was invented around fifteen years ago. It is designed to treat the area under concrete slabs, for protection against subterranean termites and around the external perimeter of structures to prevent termites entering from the outside of a building.
When it is installed
Altis is installed prior to pouring the concrete slab for the internal system and after external work has been completed but prior to any concreting, paving etc. for the external system.
What is different about Altis
Unlike any other system which uses pipes which have been perforated, the Altis system uses flexible unperforated pipes, which have emitters fabricated into the pipe. These emitters distribute chemical at a measured rate, and is of particular advantage in difficult areas such as clay sites, uneven sand pads, and step-downs. The termiticide is induced at low pressure, which combined with controlled rate emitters maintains an even distribution at all points along a pipe. Because of this “even flow” it is not necessary to balance each line in the system against other lines. Lines do not need to be of similar length. A requirement of other systems. A further benefit is that each line can be run for up to 45 metres, making it possible to treat the entire circumference of most residences from one pump up point.
The use of emitters ensures no grit, roots from vegetation, or other form of intrusion will clog the pipe and render it ineffective.
Another unique, patented difference in the Altis system is that the pipes are laid over a perforated plastic membrane, beneath the builder’s membrane. In this way chemical is distributed evenly and reduces the risk of any area being untreated.
An Altis system avoids the cost of expensive retreatment caused by hand spraying methods when the limit of the chemical life is reached, a process that may be repeated several times. This adds up to a substantial nett saving in the long term and makes Altis a true investment, not a cost.
Re-treatment of properties, which were originally treated by the hand spray method usually involve drilling the internal floor area, external trenches may also be needed and paving bricks lifted. This may cause costly damage to floor coverings and inconvenience to tenants or homeowner. A preinstalled ALTIS system means that this intrusion would be unnecessary. A substantial saving in costs and no intrusion or damage by drilling or trenching.
A condition of the ALTIS warranty is annual inspections with retreatment if required. The Australian standard 3660.1-2000 recommends that maintenance be carried out within 3 months of completion of the building and then not less than every twelve months thereafter. The primary purpose of the yearly inspection is to ensure breaches of the chemical barrier have not occurred. Altis systems are installed by our Altis trained and accredited persons.
The low-pressure system with flexible pipes, controlled rate emitters and plastic membrane uses the most recent technology which is far superior to other reticulation systems. Altis materials are made in Australia.
Altis complies with the requirements of the Australian Standard 3660.1-2000 and the requirements of the building code of Australia, BCA 96. Laboratory work, field trails, engineering reports and computer simulations support these opinions. Altis are constantly re-appraising their system, CSIRO opinions are updated frequently and the Altis system has National accreditation.
Altis is now certified to the Building Code of Australia under the CodeMark scheme which replaces the Australian Building Products and Certification System (Certificates of Conformity), previously administered by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB).
Altis premium slab system
With a premium full under slab system and an external perimeter system every corner is protected. Even a slab built to Australian Standard 2870 can crack enough to produce a 1.3mm opening. This is sufficient for subterranean termites to enter and disperse undetected. There is a misconception that most attacks start on the outside of a construction. In fact many attacks are under the slab, and full protection is the best insurance. Spread over the 50 year life of a system the cost is less than $2.00 per week for a typical home. An Altis system is cheap insurance. Pipes are spread 300mm intervals and emitters are located every 175mm along the length of the ribbon, tape or pipe which is at least double the recommended minimum material needed to deliver and spread the chemicals. The Altis Premium system incorporates an Altis External perimeter treatment to provide the best possible protection. No other system contains this huge safety margin.
Altis standard system
A lower cost but a extremely effective alternative to the Premium Altis System. The Altis Standard System is installed to the common entry points for termites into a building. The Altis Standard system covers both the internal and external perimeters of the building as well as service penetrations through the concrete slab. This results in a lower installation cost. A Standard System must only be used when the concrete slab is constructed in accordance with Australian Standard 2870.