Pushing the Envelope

To achieve a truly energy efficient building, the envelope must be the starting point. It doesn’t matter how much a business incorporates renewable technology or adopts efficient operational practices – if the building envelope isn’t up to scratch, the building won’t achieve its potential in terms of energy-efficiency.

 

Put simply, an airtight, thermally-efficient envelope is the foundation for a better-performingbuilding. At Kingspan, we describe this principle as “Envelope First”.

 

Fortunately, getting an optimised building envelope is achievable today. By following a holistic design process, and choosing products that are designed to work together optimally, it is possible to get an envelope that is the hardest-working element of the building in terms of energy efficiency.

 

The four principles of “Envelope First” building design are below:

 

• Choose the highest-performing insulated panel. This means specifying a panel core with the best thermal conductivity (QuadCore Technology delivers industry-leading performance) together with the optimal panel thickness for the targeted building performance.

• Minimise thermal transmission at junctions.

• Minimise air leakage with best-practice installation methods.

• Optimise the roof design to maximise thermal efficiency, natural lighting and solar gain with an integrated system incorporating high-performance rooflights, roof panels and PV, together with smart LED lighting.

 

Fundamental to this process is getting the right insulation. Choosing the right product and system, and making sure it is installed properly, reduces air permeability and improves the overall thermal performance of a building.

 

This improved thermal performance creates a domino effect:  more comfortable buildings, better environmental credentials and significant reductions in heating and cooling costs; both operationally and in terms of the capital investment required for smaller HVAC plant in better-insulated buildings. This leads to further efficiency investments, as reduced costs boost yields and asset values - a virtuous circle.

 

Using insulated panels with an QuadCore Technology insulation core helps to create the most advanced, high-performing building envelopes in the world. With its unmatched thermal performance, superior fire certification, enhanced environmental credentials and unmatched 40 year structural and thermal performance guarantee, QuadCore Technology sets a new standard for insulation that, in turn, makes the business case for a better envelope even more compelling. A recent study by energy consultants AECOM showed how QuadCore Technology can reduce building annual energy demand by up to 14% compared with a notional Part L2A warehouse, when incorporated as part of an optimised building envelope design.

 

As the market evolves, and building owners, tenants and society demand more from the performance of our built environment, the spotlight will fall on building envelopes more and more. Innovations like QuadCore Technology, together with optimised building envelope design principles as advised by Kingspan’s Building Performance team, are helping to meet this growing need. QuadCore Technology is redefining what insulation can and should do for a building.

 

To discuss how QuadCore Technology can improve the  performance of your building, contact our Building Performance team.