RHS turns over a new leaf with Kingspan TEK

The Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) has been erected in just three weeks to form the structure of a new office building at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) flagship gardens in Wisley.

RHS Wisley is currently undergoing a major renewal programme, including re-landscaping its grounds and the construction of new laboratory and learning spaces. As part of this work, Evelegh Designs collaborated with design and build contractors, Ashley Group, to create a single storey office building for the site’s 72 staff members. Whilst the building has the appearance of a traditional barn, its construction is thoroughly modern with the walls and roof formed from 142 mm and 172 mm Kingspan TEK Building System panels respectively.

Kingspan TEK Building System panels feature an OSB/3 facing bonded to a highly insulated core. The panels were factory cut to the office building’s design, including space for the specified windows and doors. This ensured a straightforward erection programme once on-site and allowed Ashley Group to erect and weathertight the building shell in a matter of weeks.

The excellent thermal performance provided by the Kingspan TEK Building System was another key benefit as Tony Frend, Contracts Manager at Ashley Group explained:

“The original tender specified that the walls needed to achieve a U-value of 0.22 W/m2.K. The Kingspan TEK Building System was our preferred specification as, in addition to providing a reliable build programme, the 142 mm wall panels also allowed us achieve an enhanced U-value of 0.19 W/m2.K on the walls. For the roof construction we were able to go one step further, installing the 172 mm Kingspan TEK Building System panels to achieve a U-value of just 0.17 W/m2.K.”

The OSB/3 facing of the Kingspan TEK Building System panels supports a wide range of façade options. To complete the barn’s rustic external aesthetic, black weatherboarding was installed on timber battens fixed to the facing of the panels, whilst clay tiles were used to clad the roof.

Kingspan TEK Building System panels also feature a unique jointing system which, in combination with their OSB/3 facing, can help to create highly airtight buildings. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. As standard, the OSB/3 facing of all Kingspan TEK panels is PEFC certified.

Excellent performance rating following fitting of Kingspan cavity boards

A new development in Orpington, Kent, by award-winning developer London Square, has been fitted with Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board, helping to achieve external wall U-values of 0.16 W/mK with a slim construction.

London Square Orpington, a gated development of 58 private three and four bedroom houses, is set in 6.3 acres of idyllic green space within easy commuting distance of the capital. Inspiration for the design of the new properties has been taken from the traditional architecture of Bassetts House, a locally-listed mansion on the edge of the site which has been sensitively restored by London Square to become 32 private one and two bedroom apartments.

Whilst the external appearance of the new properties reflects the heritage of the site, internally they have been completed to the highest standards in contemporary living. To ensure the homes are energy efficient and warm, the project team sought to surpass the Building Regulations with a design strategy which placed an emphasis on passive measures. This led to the specification of 4700 m2 of Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board for the new-build elements of the estate.

The product is part of Kingspan’s new K100 range of premium performance insulation boards which boast a thermal conductivity of just 0.18 W/m.K across all available board thicknesses. In addition to its inherently outstanding thermal performance, Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board also features a water–tight, vapour–open polypropylene fleece outer facing which protects against moisture penetration. As a result, it can be installed with a void of just 10 mm, limiting the thickness of the external walls.

Roger Hind, director from Stanford Eatwell Technical Limited, commented:

“The ethos of this project was to ensure that passive measures are adopted prior to the application of high efficiency or renewable technologies wherever feasible. The use of premium performance insulation, such as Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board, within the building envelope and careful detailing to limit thermal bridging will reduce winter heat loss and consequently the required heating energy.”

In addition to delivering excellent thermal performance the buildings are also very airtight, with a design air permeability target of 3 m3/h/m2 @ 50Pa for the flats and 5 m3/h/m2 @ 50Pa for the houses. Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery systems are fitted in all the properties. The systems use the heat from outgoing stale air to warm incoming fresh air. This helps to maintain a comfortable internal environment and further reduces heating demand.

A free BIM object for Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board is available from both the Kingspan Insulation website and its popular online U-value calculator: www.uvalue-calculator.co.uk. Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board produced at Kingspan Insulation’s Pembridge manufacturing facility is certified to BES 6001 (Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products) ‘Excellent’.

London Square Bassetts House is now sold out. London Square Orpington launched in spring 2017, with a show apartment and show house now available to view.

Luston Primary are guardians of greens


Luston Primary School pupils have recreated a little bit of Africa right here in Herefordshire, using funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust to construct a ‘Keyhole Garden’.

Unlike a conventional garden, a ‘Keyhole Garden’ is a circular raised bed with a compost basket in the centre. It is designed to make the most of limited resources, such as kitchen scraps, soil nutrients, and used water, to improve the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. The concept of the garden is to help developing countries, and areas affected by poverty, by teaching children the fundamentals of how to grow produce to feed themselves and their families.

Staff were given a chance to create one of these composting gardens during a visit to partner school, Manyata Primary in Tanzania. They decided it would provide an ideal, interactive learning environment for pupils back home. Allowing the children to get their hands dirty whilst learning about conservation and bio-diversity.

The school successfully applied for £400 from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, which covered materials such as metal stakes, meshed wire, top soil, gravel for footpaths, and breeze blocks. A pupil-led Garden Committee and After School Club was set up to manage the growing of the vegetables and the maintenance of the garden, ably supported by a team of volunteers made up of parents and carers.

Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Mary Freeman, explained:
“The children were really keen to get started on their new garden which has a variety of vegetable crops planted in a raised bed. Older pupils also have the responsibility of being compost collectors and help to collect fruit waste from all classrooms and compost waste from the staffroom.  We have found that activities like this reinforces and promotes the importance of being guardians of our physical and natural environment.”

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, added:
“It is vital that we encourage an appreciation for the natural world at an early age and help students understand how they can protect it. The ‘Keyhole Garden’ provides an excellent opportunity to teach both hands-on skills and talk more widely about the impact of climate change in other countries. By cultivating this in our young people, we can trust that we are raising champions for environmental protection and conservation.”

Anyone within the catchment areas of Wigmore High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Earl Mortimer College in Herefordshire and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Worcestershire, and the Parish of Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire is able to apply for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Projects requiring funding must meet at least one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover conservation, encouraging biodiversity, health and fitness of young people, and road safety. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted.

Application forms, and details of other local projects involving the Trust, can be viewed on the website: www.KingspanInsulationCommunityTrust.org

Outdoor Staircase Completes Idyllic Greek Houses

One of British Spirals & Castings’ Victorian staircases is living out the dream in the Mediterranean sun after it was installed externally on a renovated village house which is one of three individual charming dwellings available for holiday rental.

For owners, Jo and Alan Boyd, it was love at first sight when they saw the homes in Gavalahori on the west of the island. The couple decided to take the plunge, breathing new life into the properties and creating a perfectly formed community of homes which are now available for holiday rent.

To help visitors to make the most of the warm Greek evenings, Jo and Alan wanted to provide guest access to a roof terrace. The issue they faced was that the only way to reach it was through their personal bedroom. They needed an outdoor staircase; as Alan explained:

“We wanted a period exterior staircase which would be in keeping with the village architecture. After searching around online, we came across the British Spirals & Castings website and were impressed with the designs, so we got in touch.  From the moment of enquiry to delivery in Crete, it was a seamless operation”

Jo and Alan chose a Victorian spiral staircase with two railings per tread. The spiral design helped them to retain space in the lower level courtyard whilst adding further character to the space. British Spirals & Castings forged the staircase from lightweight aluminium at its foundry before refining it in its workshop. Finally, a cream coloured powder coating was then added, helping the staircase to blend with the building render, and we sent it on its adventure.

The assembly was done by myself and brother in law,” Alan explained. “Providing you have a scaffold tower, assembly is very straight forward. I have had local builders asking to see it and they have been impressed by the design and quality.”

At British Spirals & Castings, we have been designing and manufacturing bespoke staircases and balconies since 1980. We produce and export staircases to customers right across the globe and pride ourselves on our ability to handcraft all our designs to match each customer’s exact requirements.


Kingspan Insulation exhibits at RCI Show


Industry leading manufacturer, Kingspan Insulation, will be showcasing its latest product developments and running a series of CPD talks at the RCI show this November.

The exhibition, based at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, runs from 1st-2nd November and will feature a number of seminars, demonstration zones and skills drop-in sessions. With a roofing focus, Kingspan Insulation is set to take over the exclusive Jaguar Lounge, offering an interactive learning area, product displays and information on the services it can provide to contractors and specifiers. Amongst the products on display will be the latest addition to the Kingspan product range which is set to make it even easier to achieve a desired U-value with the slimmest possible construction.

Kingspan’s expert technical and sales teams will be on hand throughout the 2-day event to answer any questions visitors may have. They are also running two in-depth CPD seminars each day. The first of these seminars will discuss various flat roof construction and insulation methods, looking at the benefits tapered insulation can offer in these applications. The second will focus on fire safety in façade applications, identifying the regulatory requirements and how best to meet them.

Westgate Oxford revitalized with Kingspan Kooltherm

Westgate Oxford

PHOTO CREDIT: The Westgate Oxford Alliance

The premium thermal performance of Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board has led to it being installed as part of the £440 million redevelopment of Westgate Oxford, a retail and leisure destination in the city centre.

Developed by the Westgate Oxford Alliance and constructed by Laing O’Rourke, the development is scheduled to open in October 2017. It has been designed by Glenn Howells Architects to reflect the heritage of the surrounding Oxford architecture, with an articulated brick façade and a focus on long-term robustness, quality and endurance. This concept was carried throughout the project, leading to the selection of the Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board to ensure the building achieved a high level of thermal performance within a minimal cavity width.

Installed by Kilnbridge Construction Limited on the stair cores at each level, the rigid insulation board has a thermal conductivity of just 0.018 W/m·K, whilst its water-tight, vapour-open polypropylene fleece outer facing allows it to be installed with a 10 mm residual cavity. This combination makes it ideal for projects such as Westgate Oxford, where developers want to meet demanding U-value targets, without moving away from preferred cavity sizes and reducing the internal space.

The Oxford development is expected to achieve a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ for Block 1. Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board can assist, both directly and indirectly, towards the award of credits within the Energy and Materials sections of the assessment. All Kooltherm, Therma and KoolDuct insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s facilities in Pembridge and Selby are certified to BES 6001 (Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products) ‘Excellent’.

Kingspan Kooltherm K106 Cavity Board is BBA certified. Its rigid phenolic fibre-free insulation core is manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and very low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The insulation boards are non-deleterious, easy to handle and install, and are unaffected by air infiltration.


Student population growing at Durrington High School

Durrington School 

Durrington High School in Worthing, West Sussex, has successfully completed work on its expansion, using the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel. The Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) was specified to help target a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating and to achieve excellent fabric performance against a tight project deadline.

The school is now able to accommodate an additional 210 students thanks to a double extension developed by architects, Seaman Partnership, in tandem with West Sussex County Council. The primary extension, situated at the heart of the school, includes laboratories, a performing arts studio, general teaching accommodation, and ancillary accommodation. 600 m2 of the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel in a 142 mm thickness was installed on the steel frame by delivery partners, Thomas Carter, in the school’s three-storey ‘Courtyard’ expansion.

Gareth Phillips, Contracts Manager at Beard Construction, commented:

“The build programme needed to be achieved on a short timescale, and the very challenging lead in times made it trickier to get from order placement to construction commencing on site. Thomas Carter provided us with a timber SIPs solution for the external walls of the new ‘Courtyard’. The Kingspan TEK Cladding System was fixed to the steel frame of the building quickly and the installation was completed to a high standard.”

Delivery Partners, Thomas Carter, added:

“Kingspan TEK panels suited the project as the large format build meant that significant areas of elevations could be installed in one application. Despite starting later than scheduled, the fast and predictable installation was completed on time and ready to hand over to Beard Construction for the next stage.”

The highly insulated core of the 142 mm Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel can allow them to achieve U-values of 0.20 W/m2.K and better, whilst their OSB/3 facing and unique jointing system help to minimise unnecessary air loss. This can contribute toward the award of credits within the materials section of the BREEAM assessment.

The Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel is also available in a 172 mm thickness, delivering U-values of 0.16 W/m2.K or better, without the need for additional insulation. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. As standard, the OSB/3 facing of Kingspan TEK panels is PEFC certified.

Utilising BIM can help with project planning, clash detection, wastage reduction, and costing. The Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel is available as a BIM object:  www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk/BIM

Kingspan Light + Air illuminates warehouses


Kingspan Light + Air has helped to transform two outdated warehouses in Stockton-on-Tees into bright, modern workplaces with a specification combining Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture rooflights and Kingspan Smart-Lite Kite lighting – delivering projected lighting cost savings of over £13,000 per annum.

The warehouses, situated on the Teesside Industrial Estate, are currently leased by a flat pack furniture company. The main warehouse featured no rooflights and both buildings were lit with dim, high pressure sodium lights, making it difficult for staff to read labels. To resolve the situation, Hambleton Group Ltd contacted Kingspan Light + Air to develop an energy efficient lighting solution.

Kingspan Light + Air ’s expert technical team carried out a detailed daylighting analysis of the existing buildings –  using 3D models and radiance simulation software to assess illuminance within the warehouses throughout the year. Based on this analysis, Kingspan specified and supplied 134 Kingspan Smart-Lite Kite modules along with 13 Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture rooflights.

Installers, Mara Electrical, fitted the new lighting system over a period of three weeks with a carefully co-ordinated program designed to allow the warehouses to remain fully operational with minimal disruption. The modular design of the lights allowed them to be configured to each warehouses’ exact requirements whilst their high quality LED’s ensured excellent durability. To further reduce energy consumption, occupancy and daylight harvesting controls were also installed.

Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture rooflights were fitted above the main thoroughfare for lift-trucks.  The rooflights are 100% UV resistant, can achieve a light transmission of up to 83% and meet non-fragility requirement ACR[M]001:2014 Class A.

Simon Rees from installers –  Roofing & Cladding Services – discussed the fit-out:

“The process of fitting rooflights into an existing metal profile roof could be costly due to the weathering detailing. In collaboration with Kingspan Light + Air, we were able to avoid this issue by staggering the rooflights along the ridge line. This allowed us to simply weather seal the roof lights back to the ridge.”

In addition to creating a light, pleasant working environment, the systems are also expected to reduce the warehouses’ energy usage by 80%. This should allow them to deliver full pay back in just over three years and deliver a return on investment of over 210% on the cost of the system within 10 years.

In addition, Hambleton Group Ltd were also able to apply for tax relief through the ECA Enhanced Capital Allowance.

By the seaside with Kingspan Kooltherm

Cwrt Y Bedw housing development

The premium performance of the Kingspan Kooltherm K108 Cavity Wall Board has led to its specification on a new residential development in Hendy, North West Swansea, helping the project to meet its thermal performance requirements with a slim construction build up.

Situated in one of the most desirable postcodes in Wales, Cwrt Y Bedw is a collection of 82 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, including 19 affordable homes, being constructed by Persimmon Homes West Wales. With an intimate village location and easy access to the region’s beautiful coastline, the development has been designed with first-time buyers and families in mind. In order to ensure the dwellings were as energy efficient as possible, Persimmon Homes used a variety of techniques and cutting-edge technologies throughout the project, including Kingspan Kooltherm K108 Cavity Board.

Carl Davey, Construction Director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, explains:

“The Kingspan Kooltherm K108 Cavity Board provided the technical solution we needed to easily secure a compliant level of thermal performance, within a standard cavity depth, at an economical price. Our site teams found the product clean and easy to install and we were impressed with both the product’s features and the quality of the installation we have achieved at the Cwrt Y Bedw scheme.”

Part of Kingspan’s new Kooltherm K100 range, Kingspan K108 Cavity Board features a fibre-free phenolic core with an outstanding thermal conductivity of 0.018 W/m.K. This excellent performance enables housebuilders to meet or exceed target external wall U-values, without encroaching on living space or moving away from preferred cavity sizes. 460 m2 of Kingspan Thermapitch TP10 was also installed on the slated pitched roofs of the new homes, providing a high thermal performance of 0.022 W/m∙K.

All Kingspan Kooltherm, Therma and KoolDuct insulation products and cavity closers manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s facilities in Pembridge and Selby are certified to BES 6001 (Framework Standard for the Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products) ‘Excellent’. The products are manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

Victorian Staircase Keeps California Dreamin’

Victorian Staircase

One of the great joys of life here at British Spirals & Castings is that you never know which near or far flung location the next order may come from. Every year we ship staircases, railings and balconies to clients right across the globe. Recently we had a chance to revisit a Victorian spiral staircase which made it all the way to the Golden State when the owner kindly sent us some pictures.

When Lisa Flippo and her family first purchased a period style bungalow in Morgan Hill, a small-town south of Silicon Valley, they knew they had a challenge on their hands. The house had been abandoned some years prior and had to be completely remodelled. After ten years enjoying their revitalised property, they decided to undertake another major renovation, this time expanding the building from around 100 m2 to almost 550 m2. This process threw up a few challenges, particularly in the open plan Family Room, as Lisa explained:

‘The Family Room in our home is a two storey open beamed ceiling with a game room/pool table loft that is situated over the kitchen.  We did not have much space for stairs, so I had this idea to put up a spiral staircase.  I looked at a couple of options in the States but everything was modern and not the style we were looking for.

Our home is a little bit farmhouse, a little bit Tuscan villa and a lot just “home”. I somehow found my way to British Spirals & Castings and fell absolutely in love with the Victorian cast iron stairs and railings.  It just adds more character to the room.’

The Victorian spiral staircase is one of our most popular cast aluminium products. The decorative appearance is ideal for period style homes and its three balusters per tread design reduces the gap between balusters to less than 100 mm, keeping users safe.

Of course, each of our staircases are customised to the owner’s unique specifications. For this spiral staircase, we included a 60 degree landing plate and elaborate finials on the underside corner of each tread. Perhaps the most notable design choice, however, was the walnut handrail and intricate cast metal railings. These run the length of the staircase and across the loft balcony – perfectly matching the oak panelling installed on the rest of the loft façade.

We stayed in close contact with the owners throughout to ensure the staircase was everything they had imagined when it arrived. Our cast aluminium staircases are far lighter than traditional cast iron whilst still retaining the same strength. With that said, any large metal staircase will carry some weight as Lisa discovered:

‘It was quite comical getting stairs up. WOW… they were heavy!  My husband, who is a builder, and his employees installed it but we all contributed to holding it in place while the steps were lowered down the pole and then the last piece was attached to the landing on the loft floor. It was actually an experience to remember.

The quality of the product is flawless. Everyone who has come into our house over the past 12 years has admired and commented on the staircase. We love the UK and feel like we have a little bit of it in our home that we get to enjoy every day.’

At British Spirals & Castings, we have been designing and manufacturing bespoke staircases and balconies since 1980. We pride ourselves on our ability to handcraft all our designs to match each customer’s exact requirements, and embrace the challenge of creating products which truly reflect the character of the homes they will be installed in.


New ductwork installation guide from Kingspan

Kingspan Duct Installation Guide

Kingspan Insulation has released a new installation guide for Kingspan Kooltherm FM Ductwork Insulation and Therma Duct Insulation, available for download from www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk.

The easy-reference document covers all aspects of the installation process for rectangular, circular and flat oval ductwork applications; from initial preparation, to TICA recommended methods of insulating flanges, stiffeners and connections. Clear annotated diagrams are included throughout, illustrating best practice in a range of areas such as dealing with radius sections and circular bends.

Both Kingspan Kooltherm FM Ductwork Insulation and Therma Duct Insulation offer a number of advantages for installers. The product’s high and premium performance insulation cores can help to keep ductwork dimensions to a minimum, without compromising energy performance. They’re suitable for indoor and outdoor applications on ductwork and associated products within an operating temperature range of –20°C to 80°C. Whilst their fibre-free insulation cores make them particularly well suited to controlled environment applications such as laboratories, food preparation and server rooms.

For further peace of mind, Kingspan Kooltherm FM Ductwork Insulation is also certified by FM Approval to Factory Mutual Research Approval Standard – Pipe Insulation Class Number 4924, when manufactured and installed in accordance with the conditions defined by the approval.

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Therma Duct Insulation produced at Kingspan Insulation’s Pembridge and Selby manufacturing facilities are certified to BES 6001 ‘Very Good’ and have been assigned a highest possible 2008 Green Guide Summary Rating of ‘A+’.

Kingspan takes manufacturing prize

Manufacturer of the Year

Kingspan Insulation has been crowned Manufacturer of the Year at the 2017 Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The ‘Best of British’ themed ceremony took place on 15th June with over 50 finalists competing across 11 categories.

The company’s award win follows a year which saw the successful launch of its new Kingspan Kooltherm K100 range of premium performance rigid phenolic insulation. The products are available for a wide range of applications and feature an industry-leading, low lambda insulation core. This allows architects and contractors to achieve a desired thermal performance with a slimmer thickness of insulation than other, worse-performing products will allow.

Production from Kingspan Insulation’s ground-breaking Kingspan OPTIM-R line has also steadily increased. The largely automated facility, based at its manufacturing site near Pembridge, is helping to make vacuum insulation technology accessible to builders and renovators.

In addition to their award win, Kingspan Insulation was also shortlisted within the Excellence in Customer Service category.

Adrian Pargeter, Head of Technical and Marketing at Kingspan Insulation UK commented:

“We are delighted to receive this recognition from our peers at the Chamber. Innovation and manufacturing excellence are central to our company ethos and this award is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our staff at the Pembridge site.”

Keeping cosy with Kooltherm

Chelmsley social housing

Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board has been specified as part of an innovative, large-scale whole building retrofit system installed on a social housing development in Solihull, dramatically reducing its energy requirements.

Grandy’s Croft, a low-rise block of six flats, was upgraded to meet the demanding EnerPHit Standard using a revolutionary off-site, wrap-around large scale (OWLS) retrofit solution: the Beattie Passive TCosy™. Funded by Innovate UK through their ‘Scaling-up Retrofit Competition’, the pilot project was a collaboration between Solihull Community Housing, system designers and installers, Beattie Passive, and Passivhaus consultants and project managers, Encraft. Additional technical and tenant management support was also provided by Coventry University.

The all-in-one retrofit solution was installed around the existing building to create a highly-insulated envelope, limiting thermal bridges. Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board was selected as a key component of the system due to its ability to deliver premium thermal performance relative to its thickness. Ron Beattie, Managing Director of Beattie Passive, explains further:

“Using the Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board within our retrofit system has helped us to achieve U-values of just 0.099 W/m2.K for the walls and an airtightness test result of 0.93 air changes per hour (ach) @ 50 Pa. These calculations mean that the Retrofit system easily meets Enerphit Standards.”

Due to the level of airtightness, it was also necessary to install a Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. The ductwork could not be installed inside the properties themselves, so Beattie Passive utilised their patented void around the outside of the building to incorporate the services.

Tenants remained in their homes for the duration of the project and have already been enjoying the benefits of living in a healthier, more comfortable environment. It is anticipated that their energy bills will be reduced by 85%, from £1,064 per flat to just £166 per year. Mark Pinnell, Head of Asset Management at Solihull Community Housing commented: “We have a strong commitment to improving the energy efficiency of our homes and this project makes a real contribution.”

Kingspan Kooltherm K5 External Wall Board features a fibre-free core and is manufactured with a blowing agent, which has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The product is certified ‘Excellent’ under the demanding BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products standard and has a Green Guide rating of A+.

Coventry University, in collaboration with the contractors, building owners and tenants, will be carrying out ongoing monitoring of energy usage, temperature and indoor air quality in the flats to ascertain the impact of the project.

Kingspan TEK is fit for a king

Haggerston Castle

Holiday-home owners at Haggerston Castle Holiday Park in Northumberland will be relaxing in style this summer at the Park’s new owners’ lounge, constructed from the Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) during the short off-season period.

The Haven holiday park is situated within the lush former grounds of Haggerston Castle, with its award-winning landscape gardens and picturesque lakes. Designed with guidance from Hill Cannon to complement its lakeside position, the new owners’ lounge offers a light and modern multifunctional space with a bar, restaurant and outdoor terrace. Kingspan TEK Delivery Partners, SIP Build UK, erected the Kingspan TEK Building System to form both the walls and roof of the lounge. Chris Duckworth, Managing Director of the company, discussed the specification:

“It was vital for the new owners’ lounge to be fully complete and ready to welcome guests by the end of the closure season in March. That gave us five months, over the worst of the winter weather, to get the build completed. The Kingspan TEK Building System really comes into its own in these conditions. We pre-cut the SIPs to the project’s exact specifications in our factory. As a result, the delivery was carefully scheduled in advance and once we arrived on site, our team were able to erect the system with virtually no alterations. The panelised design meant there was no need to wait for wet trades to dry and we were able to erect the main shell in just two weeks. Once we had the shell erected and a membrane applied, the building was weathertight meaning the first fix could begin internally whilst the external cladding was being applied.”

In alignment with Haven’s dedication to preserving the natural environment, the excellent fabric performance of the Kingspan TEK Building System should also help to reduce the facilities’ energy requirements. The highly insulated core of the 142 mm Kingspan TEK Building System panels can allow them to achieve U-values of 0.20 W/m2.K and below, whilst the OSB/3 facing and unique jointing system help to minimise unnecessary air loss.

Both the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel and Kingspan TEK Building System panels are also available in a 172 mm thickness, delivering U-values of 0.17 W/m2.K or better, without the need for additional insulation. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification.


Airedale goes home with the help of quick construction

After suffering fire damage in 2013, Airedale International Air Conditioning’s Headquarters needed to be rebuilt on a tight schedule. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was installed on the successful rebuild in Rawdon, Leeds, due to its wide operating temperature envelope which suited the capabilities of their R&D centre.

The air conditioning company’s offices, production area, and research & development area are located on one level in the new factory, accompanied by an under-croft car park. To ensure employees could move from their temporary premises, the programme needed to be completed quickly. BAM Construction used BIM at the design stage along with making the decision to have the industrial development as a turnkey project to help save time and resources. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was specified and is available as a BIM object from the BIMStore and from www.kingspanindustrialinsulation.com.

All pipe insulation used on the project was required to have FM Approval. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is FM Approved per Approval Standard Class 4924. FM Approvals LLC state the benefit of FM Approved pipe insulation as “Pipe and duct insulated with FM Approved insulation do not require supplemental sprinklers, sprinkler inspections, and sprinkler maintenance, thereby reducing long-term operating costs.” Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation also offers a European Reaction to Fire classification of BL,s1,d0, the best available for phenolic insulation, and was installed on the pipework by thermal insulation contractors, Western Thermal Limited. This third-party certification demonstrates that the product conforms to the highest standards for safety and performance. In addition, the product has been developed to provide optimum performance with regards to insulation efficiency and can operate within a wide temperature range.

Tony Cole, Managing Director from Airedale International, commented:

“Due to the function of the building, it was imperative that the pipe insulation used supports extreme temperature ranges. The R&D test chamber temperatures can vary between –20 to +50 Degree Celsius and there is over 2 km of pipework within the rebuild.”

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is CFC/HCFC-free, thermally efficient and has thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m·K (at 10°C mean declared in accordance with BS EN 14314).

Nick Howdle, project manager from BAM Construction, added:

“Using BIM has been an invaluable resource for ensuring that we could accurately estimate the costings and timings, including effectively overlapping M&E installations without incident. We would have struggled to achieve the programme without offsite methods. BIM helped with clash detection, and we had zero snags with the pipework. On a £1.3 million package that is highly unusual, if not unheard of.”

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation achieves Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold certification and a BRE Green Guide A+ rating, as well as being manufactured under a BS EN ISO 14001: 2004 scheme. Furthermore, Kingspan Industrial Insulation has a free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363. They also have Premier and Premier Plus Services which support purchases of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation and the Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System (incorporating insulated pipe support inserts and fire sleeves) respectively, delivering clear advice and guidance at every stage in a project, from the initial specification, to site visits and certification.

Growing the future with Leintwardine Primary School

The children at Leintwardine Primary School are feeling empowered to make a difference with their Keyhole Kitchen Garden project, organised with help from funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

Fuelled by its pledge to be ‘Waste Watchers’, Leintwardine Primary School and its partner school in Tanzania have been taking part in a joint learning project about kitchen gardens. Headteacher, Anne Brandrick, went over to Nganana Primary School to learn more about the gardens and their benefits. She explains:

“The gardens are a raised circular bed of compost with a watering access point in the middle, to ensure crops can be watered efficiently. Water is such a precious commodity in countries such as Tanzania. Every drop counts, and it is vital that crops grow well so that there is enough food for families to eat. To help the children back at Leintwardine Primary School understand more about how some countries have limited food and water, and why it is important to make better use of the resources we have, we decided to build our own keyhole garden.”

The school successfully applied for £300 from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Made from compost from the school’s compost bin, and watered with waste water from the classrooms and rainwater barrel, the garden provides a great ongoing resource for the whole school to learn about these world issues. The project has led to a visit from a teacher Nganana Primary School, who helped the young gardeners get to grips with effective gardening techniques, and furthered their understanding of the challenges of growing food in a hot climate with limited resources.

Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust, John Garbutt, added:

“It is vital for us to educate young people, the consumers of the future, about the importance of making waste reduction a habit and how they food they eat is grown to benefit both their health and the environment. The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust was thrilled to be able to help the school set up a project which can be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Anyone within the catchment areas of Wigmore High School, Lady Hawkins’ School, Earl Mortimer College in Herefordshire and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy in Worcestershire, and the Parish of Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire is able to apply for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. Projects requiring funding must meet at least one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover conservation, encouraging biodiversity, health and fitness of young people, and road safety. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted.

Application forms, and details of other local projects involving the Trust, can be viewed on the website: www.KingspanInsulationCommunityTrust.org

Kingspan Insulated Panels receives sustainability award

Kingspan Insulated Panels has been recognised with the Excellence in Sustainability Award at the Irish Construction Industry Awards, after impressing the panel of judges with its numerous business community and environmental strategies – in particular its long-term dedication to becoming a Net-Zero Energy (NZE) company by 2020. This means that all of Kingspan’s facilities and production activities will be energy neutral on an aggregated basis over the period of a year.

The Awards are an opportunity to recognise and benchmark excellence within Ireland’s construction industry. The black-tie event was held at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin, and was attended by over 500 key industry figures.

As well as helping to reduce CO2 emissions in the construction industry through the excellent thermal performance of its products, Kingspan Insulated Panels works hard to minimise the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes. The company operates a ‘zero waste to landfill’ policy across its UK and Ireland sites and during the reporting period of its latest sustainability report, a total of 32,147 tonnes of materials were recycled.

Kingspan Group has also achieved 57% of its NZE target, outstripping an interim target of 50% by 2016. To achieve this, it has implemented a number of measures across its estate including upgrading buildings with high performance insulated panels, daylighting, LED smart lighting and rooftop solar PV to reduce energy demand. Staff have also received extensive training to encourage best practice in recycling and energy management. As a result of the NZE initiative, in 2015 and 2016 Kingspan Group was placed on the Climate Change ‘A’ list for the second year running by CDP, an international not-for-profit that measures environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan was the only Irish listed company to be included.

Bianca Wong, Divisional Sustainability Manager at Kingspan Insulated Panels, UK & Ireland, commented on the win:

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award. As the largest division of the Kingspan Group, it is vital that we contribute full-heartedly to the company’s social and environmental responsibility efforts. At a time where the focus is often on the economy, it is all too easy to forget that the social and environmental impacts of any business have equal importance.”

Kingspan Insulated Panels has also been shortlisted in the Responsible Large Business category at the Wales Business In The Community Awards 2017.

 More information about the community and environmental work Kingspan Insulated Panels undertakes is available in its Sustainability Report:


The seventh report is due to be published later this year.

Offsite construction puts school on fast-track to success

The Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) have been used to create the building envelope of a contemporary, energy efficient sports hall and classroom block at Swavesey Village College, South Cambridgeshire.

The new buildings, which form part of the school’s redevelopment plans, have been designed by Lyster Grillet & Harding. To allow the facilities to be completed to a tight deadline, and to minimise the building footprint, the Kingspan TEK Building System was installed by Kingspan TEK Delivery Partners – Lowfield Timber Frames.

Simon Brown, Associate Director at Lyster Grillet & Harding, commented:

“The project needed to be completed within short construction programme dictated by the EFA funding programme and the school calendar. We specified the Kingspan TEK Building System to form the envelope of the classroom block, which enabled a rapid turnaround of design, costing and progression to site, to allow completion of the second phase for Easter 2016.”

The panels arrived onsite pre-cut to the project’s exact specifications. This bespoke approach almost eradicated onsite alterations and, combined with the panelised system construction, allowed the installation team to establish a fast and predictable installation programme.

The highly insulated core of the 142 mm thick Kingspan TEK Building System installed at the school can deliver U-values of 0.20 W/m2.K or better, whilst the OSB/3 facing of the panels and unique jointing system help to minimise unnecessary air loss. This will help to minimise the energy requirements of the facilities, therefore reducing the school’s energy bills.

In addition to excellent thermal and air permeability performance, the Kingspan TEK panels also offered additional design benefits, as Simon Brown explains:

“Our experience of designing projects using the Kingspan TEK panels from the outset allows us to exploit the inherent flexibility of the system, greatly simplifying the incorporation of clerestory windows, adding drama to the corridors in addition to, on a practical level, daylight and natural ventilation strategies without compromising the buildings’ performance.”

The Kingspan TEK Building System is also available in a 172 mm thickness, delivering U-values of 0.17 W/m2.K or better, without the need for additional insulation. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. As standard, the OSB/3 facing of the Kingspan TEK panels is PEFC certified at 70%.

Kingspan takes the devil out of detailing

Kingspan Insulation has released a new technical bulletin and RIBA approved CPD article, designed to support enhanced detailing. The documents explore the effects of linear thermal bridging around openings in the building envelope, and present new research on the subject, allowing specifiers to use Kingspan Kooltherm Cavity Closer as a premium performance, one-size-fits-most solution.

The CPD article and technical bulletin are based on a thermal modelling study of jamb details by BRE Scotland. The study covers a variety of cavity wall constructions closed using Kingspan Kooltherm Cavity Closer. The calculated ψ–values within the study are considerably better than those given in the SAP Table K1 “Approved” column (which reflect the values given in “Accredited Construction Details”) and, in the BRE’s opinion, are equally applicable to the equivalent sill details.

Importantly, the resulting ψ–values can also be used as a “safe approximation”, for frame depths and overlaps (between the frame and Kingspan Kooltherm Cavity Closer) for a broad range of constructions. This makes it simpler for designers to specify enhanced detailing around openings in the building envelope.

To quantify the level of improvement, Kingspan Insulation goes on to compare the transmission heat transfer coefficient (HTB) calculated using the “safe approximation” ψ–values from Table 1 with that calculated using jamb and sill ψ–values from the SAP Table K1 “Approved” column, for four different dwellings. The HTB calculated using the “safe approximation” ψ–values is significantly better (up to 13% better) than that calculated using ψ–values from the SAP Table K1 “Approved” column.

The accredited CPD article is worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects and can be accessed from the RIBA CPD website. Alternatively, the full technical bulletin – including the safe approximation ψ–values and relevant constructions – can be downloaded directly from the Kingspan Insulation website:


Manufacturing headquarters takes flight with Kingspan

VACGEN Ltd is redefining manufacturing excellence at its new, purpose-built UK headquarters in Hailsham, featuring a top-class building envelope specification which includes both roof and wall systems from Kingspan Insulated Panels.

The 3,297 m2 development, constructed by CRB Construction, provides state-of-the-art research and production facilities for Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) equipment, and forms the first phase of the Swallow Business Park from Westcott Leach Ltd. To create a modern yet industrial aesthetic reflective of VACGEN’s ambition to be the most advanced UHV manufacturing company in the world, Kingspan KS1000 Curvewall and KS1000 Micro-Rib were selected for the walls of the building envelope.

Both Architectural Wall Panel (AWP) profiles were specified with Kingspan Spectrum coating in complementary shades of silver and obsidian, providing a sleek, metallic façade which is highly durable and corrosion resistant. The panels were installed on the custom-designed steel portal frame by CRB Construction. Director, Richard Burchett discusses the project:

“As a company, we always aim to create buildings that are both attractive and functional. The Kingspan Insulated Panels systems offer the ideal balance between design freedom and unrivalled fabric performance. The combination of the two panel profiles, along with the glazed sections, provides a striking visual contrast. The industrial elegance of the building is further emphasised by the raised parapet, which conceals the pitched roofline and external services to create a sharp, clean external façade.”

“The technical team at Kingspan Insulated Panels were always on hand to provide support and even specific training for our employees on the correct ways to install the products to achieve the best design and performance results.”

The building envelope was completed with a 3492 m2 KS1000RW Trapezoidal Roof. The 115 mm thick through-fix trapezoidal roof panels can deliver U-values as low as 0.18 W/m2K and are suitable for building applications with roof pitches of 4° or more after deflection. The product offers excellent fire protection, passing all the requirements of FM approval to FMRC 4880 and 4471 Class 1 fire classification, unlimited height, for roof applications. The panels are coated with Kingspan XL Forté Symphony in Goosewing Grey. The leathergrain-effect coating uses metal alloy substrates, which provide maximum resistance to corrosion and abrasion.

To allow as much natural light as possible into the building, 414 m2 of the Kingspan Day-Lite Trapezoidal rooflights of the same thickness were also integrated into the roof panel system. The translucent polycarbonate system provides superior resistance to UV degradation, resulting in excellent long-term light transmission, structural performance and U-values of 1.6 W/m2K and 1.0 W/m2K, depending on the thickness.

All the Kingspan insulated panels used on the VACGEN headquarters have a BRE Green Guide Rating of A+. By using both roof and wall systems from Kingspan Insulated Panels, a potential overall air leakage rate of 3m3/hr/m2 @ 50Pa or less can be achieved, therefore allowing energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and resulting costs to be reduced.