Ahoy! EcoTherm at the National Maritime Museum

EcoTherm Eco-Versal insulation has been installed in the new Exploration Wing at the National Maritime Museum (NMM) in London.

Concept Building Services (Southern) ltd, have undertaken the base-build works for the National Maritime Museum’s new Exploration wing. Part of the design includes constructing a link bridge and re-purposing back of house spaces to create four new galleries; Pacific Encounters, Polar Worlds, Tudor and Stuarts, and Sea Things, which will display over 1000 artefacts from the national collection and transform the visitors’ experience of the Museum.

Jan Powell from Concept Building Services (Southern) ltd commented on the project:

“EcoTherm provided technical data sheets to us showing the products performance and U-values, allowing us to select the most suitable product for the project that was within budget and delivered in time for work commencing.”

120 mm thickness of EcoTherm Eco-Versal was supplied by insulation and dry-lining specialists, Elliotts Builders Merchant, then installed and fixed to the timber frame walls by hygiene wall and ceiling experts, MBF Hygiene Systems. The insulation has a thermal conductivity of 0.022 W/m.K, making it a cost-effective solution for achieving a compliant U-value.

EcoTherm Eco-Versal’s rigid insulation board is faced with aluminium foil composite and can also be used on floors, walls, dormer cheeks and ceilings. All EcoTherm products have a fibre free core manufactured with a blowing agent which has zero Ozone Depletion Potential, (ODP) with a low Global Warming Potential (GWP).

EPIC supports system testing for fire safety

As the eagerly anticipated initial report from the Hackitt Review is published, the construction industry has been readying itself to respond swiftly to any early recommendations. One thing is already clear: large scale, whole system testing is the best indicator of how a building envelope will perform in a fire situation. Respected industry body Engineered Panels in Construction (EPIC) is calling for such tests to be applied to all façade systems, regardless of their composition.

EPIC has been actively involved in fire testing and research for over a decade, contributing important information and proven data about the fire performance of insulated panel systems to specifiers, contractors and fire professionals.

Over this period, results from large scale, insurer-backed tests such as LPS 1181 from the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), and FM 4880 from FM Approvals, have been shown to have a strong correlation to how buildings constructed from insulated panel systems perform in real fires. The tests are similar in scale and severity to the BS 8414 test currently used under Building Regulations for buildings with a storey above 18 m.

Building envelopes contain many different components, and it is the interaction between these components that can affect whether and how a fire spreads. Therefore, EPIC recommends that large scale system testing should form the benchmark for regulatory compliance, rather than reliance on simple product classifications derived from small scale individual tests.

The EPIC research, case studies and the findings of reports carried out by independent fire experts can be downloaded from the EPIC website: www.epic.uk.com/fire-performance/fire-case-studies/fire-research-case-studies/.

Kingspan OPTIM-R drives success at new golf clubhouse

Golfers at Centurion Club in Hemel Hempstead have found their performance matched back at the clubhouse, following the installation of the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System.

Situated in the Hertfordshire countryside, Centurion Club offers members and their guests the finest facilities and customer service both on and off the course. The contemporary clubhouse provides a comfortable yet opulent place for meeting and entertaining, with a stylish restaurant and private rooms available for hire.

A recessed roof terrace was incorporated into the building design to take full advantage of the views across the lake and 18th green, extending the Member bar seating area. To ensure a level threshold for a smooth transition from inside to outside, whilst also keeping the area well insulated, the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System was specified.

The next generation insulation solution features vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) with a microporous core which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope. With a declared thermal conductivity 0.007 W/m.K, Kingspan OPTIM-R VIPs can deliver an insulating performance up to five times better than that of commonly available insulation materials.

The 20 mm Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System was installed on the terrace below Kingspan Thermataper TT47 LPC/FM. The use of this product eliminated the need to incorporate a structural fall into the design, and provided a lightweight and dry alternative to screeding.

As with every installation of a Kingspan OPTIM-R System, Kingspan’s specialist technical team provided detailed layouts and instructions for the project, to ensure it achieved the best possible level of thermal performance from absolute minimal thickness.

20-40 mm thick Kingspan OPTIM-R panels are also certified under the demanding BDA Agrément® scheme. This independent certification is accepted by NHBC and the LABC and can help to fast-track projects through the procedures and approvals processes, further reducing project costs.

Kingspan builds ductwork BIM objects

Kingspan Industrial Insulation is demonstrating its commitment to the industry-wide advancement of Building Information Modelling (BIM) with the launch of free BIM objects for The Kingspan KoolDuct System, Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Kingspan Therma Duct Insulation – available for download from www.bimstore.co.uk.


The new items are compliant to BIM Level 2 — the mandatory BIM standard for all public-sector buildings. They are compatible with the popular Revit format and feature a wealth of detailed product information, allowing project teams to make informed choices about specification based on accurate performance data. The easy to use objects can be simply added as the insulation layer on top of generic ductwork objects within Revit.


The Kingspan KoolDuct System, Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Therma Duct Insulation are suitable for use on ductwork and associated products with an operating temperature range of –20°C to 80°C. They can deliver thermal conductivities as low as 0.022 W/m.K, providing a slim insulation solution and allowing more installation space. The products, manufactured at Kingspan Insulation’s Pembridge site, are certified ‘Excellent’ under the demanding responsible sourcing standard BES 6001.


Ductwork fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System can reduce air–leakage rates to a fraction of those typical of rectangular sheet metal ductwork. Research has shown that this can lead to “whole life” HVAC savings of over 25% compared with traditional galvanised sheet metal ductwork. The System is also UL Listed as a Class 1 Air Duct, to Standard for Safety UL 181 (Underwriters Laboratories: Factory Made Air Ducts & Air Connectors), when fabricated to a specification clearly defined by UL.


Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation and Therma Duct Insulation, manufactured at the Pembridge site offer ductwork solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Kingspan TEK offers speedy fit at Surrey Square Primary

Off-site construction has facilitated the quick erection of an Early Years Centre for an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ school. The building envelope was successfully completed in just over two weeks, with the help of the Kingspan TEK Building System of structural insulated panels (SIPs).


Surrey Square Primary School commenced a 10-year improvement plan in 2006, the final part of which included the erection of its single-storey Early Years Centre (EYC) and crèche. This new build is situated in the existing playground and will accommodate up to 34 pre-school children and eight under three-year olds. Earle Architects specified 420 m2 of the Kingspan TEK Building System in a 142 mm thickness for the walls and roof of the new centre.


Earle Architects, commented on the specification:

“The Early Years Centre and crèche have been designed to achieve harmony with the original Victorian school building through the use of natural materials including exposed glulam beams. We chose Kingspan TEK as all of the panels are PEFC Chain of Custody certified with low embodied energy and excellent U-values, to ensure minimal environmental impact.”


The Kingspan TEK Building System panels have been fixed to the glulam frame on the walls and roof, which provided a secure building envelope that was then sealed with a breather membrane to make it watertight. Following this, the rooflights were installed down the centre of the roof and the Kingspan TEK panels clad with western red cedar shingles creating a visually striking aesthetic. Kingspan TEK Building System panels are light which ensured there was less structural stress on the school building in addition to being easy to handle. They were pre-cut by delivery partners, Glosford Timber Solutions, to specification and delivered to site ready for installation.


Earle Architects, added:

“The entire building envelope was manufactured off-site and transported to the school. The fast-track Kingspan TEK Building System panels were craned into position and fully assembled, along with the entire outer shell, in 2 weeks and 1 day.”


With their high-performance insulation core, and their ability to achieve U-values of 0.20 W/m2.K or better, SIPs have helped the school to meet the criteria for materials to be sustainably sourced and thermally efficient.


Mike Fleming, Director from Glosford Timber Solutions, commented:

“As a leading SIP provider and a key delivery partner for the Kingspan TEK Building System, we were able to provide a quick solution not only for the on-site build but also for the intricate design process. Both the Glulam Frame and the SIPs came together seamlessly whilst meeting the client’s requirements for both performance and programme.”


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.

Kingspan Insulation invests in new production lines

Leading insulation manufacturer, Kingspan Insulation Ltd, has announced it is investing €17 million in two state-of-the-art, low waste production lines at its facilities in Derbyshire and North Yorkshire, further enhancing its portfolio of construction and mechanical engineering insulation products.

The prototype Continuous Process Line 3 (CPL3) – which is expected to go live at Kingspan Industrial Insulation’s site in Glossop in August 2018 – is the latest evolution in the firm’s Queen’s Award winning CPL technology. The twin manufacturing line will provide greater capacity, meeting growing market demand for the premium performance building service insulation. Its precision central bore design will also set a new benchmark for production accuracy.

CPL production technology automates the lamination of the product’s internal and external liner and has allowed Kingspan Industrial Insulation to achieve significant reductions in manufacturing waste when compared with the ‘cut from block’ approach.

A further €10 million investment is being made at Kingspan Insulation’s facility near Selby with the introduction of a manufacturing line for Kingspan Styrozone insulation. The new facility will offer even greater choice to specifiers and installers, producing boards in a comprehensive range of lengths, thicknesses, densities and compression strengths. Once fully operational, the line’s advanced design will also ensure a 100% recycled waste stream.

Richard Burnley, Managing Director at Kingspan Insulation Britain & Ireland commented:

“At Kingspan, we are constantly working to identify and employ new and advanced manufacturing methods, keeping our products at the cutting edge of the market. These new lines will allow us to continue to meet the growing market demand, providing greater choice to customers whilst also achieving significant improvements in the efficiency of our production processes.”

KoolDuct performing swimmingly at leisure centre after 15 years

When Gloucester Leisure Centre was regenerated in 2002, it was vital that the new facility offered a wealth of sport, leisure and cultural opportunities to Gloucester and the surrounding areas, all within a building built to last. Renamed to GL1 and now managed by Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust, the centre features a top-quality specification, which included the use of The Kingspan KoolDuct System.


With four swimming pools, a gym, spa areas, along with other luxury amenities such as performance spaces and a café, GL1 plays a vital role in supporting the physical, mental health and wellbeing of the local community. To ensure resources could be focused on offering the best possible opportunities, reducing long-term running costs was an important consideration. The Kingspan KoolDuct System was specified as part of this approach.


A total of 9,000 square metres of The Kingspan KoolDuct System was installed throughout the leisure centre. The System was used to fabricate ductwork in a variety of sizes, from 1800 x 1200 mm to 200 x 100 mm, connecting to eight air handling units (AHU) inside the plant room.


The steel ductwork used to extract the moist air from the swimming pool areas are also connected to the plant room with The Kingspan KoolDuct System. Unlike traditional ductwork constructions, which require sections to be lagged with insulation once installed, The Kingspan KoolDuct System panels are pre-insulated with a premium performance insulation core. This single-fix, lightweight design helped to reduce installation time when the leisure centre was built in 2002.


The ductwork is inspected annually by CJP Ducting, who have reported no reduction in performance since its installation. A recent assessment of the ducting showed that, aside from a small section which needed routine repairs, the ductwork was in perfect condition with all joints and seams sealed, preventing corrosion caused by moisture ingress.


Ductwork fabricated from The Kingspan KoolDuct System can reduce air–leakage rates to a fraction of those typical of rectangular sheet metal ductwork. Recent research from Sweett (UK) Limited has revealed that this can lead to “whole life” HVAC savings of over 25% compared with traditional galvanised sheet metal ductwork.


The Kingspan KoolDuct System is UL Listed as a Class 1 Air Duct, to Standard for Safety UL 181 (Underwriters Laboratories: Factory Made Air Ducts & Air Connectors), when fabricated to a specification clearly defined by UL.

Kingspan OPTIM-R provides slim solution for Scottish renovation

A derelict Grade B listed hotel in Kinross, Scotland, has been transformed into an impressive modern family home, with help from the ultra-slim Kingspan OPTIM-R Flooring System.


Delivered by M&S Character Homes, the renovation plans combine the former Royal Hotel’s main two storey building with the L-shaped additional building to create a single dwelling home. Built in the early nineteenth century, the property boasts striking period features such as oak beams and low ceilings. However, both the owners and architect’s dedication to retaining as many of these features as possible and the listed status of the building, meant there were some inherent design issues that needed to be considered in order to comply with the Scottish Building Standards.


Architect Scott Strachan commented: “the much-altered historical building fabric, current dilapidated state of repair & new owners’ enthusiasm for the property provided a unique opportunity at this stage in the life of the building to both conserve the existing historic building fabric and create a new 21st century chapter in the history of the building.”


Ceiling height in the ground floor hallway where a new staircase needed to be installed was particularly low. To meet the Building Standards for both the head height for the staircase and thermal performance, the Kingspan OPTIM-R Flooring System was specified in a 30 mm thickness. Homeowner and Director of M&S Character Homes, Murray Mitchell, explains:


“As the property is Grade B listed, there are certain limitations to how far it can be altered. The Kingspan OPTIM-R Flooring System was used as it met our thermal requirements at a third of the depth of a normal insulation board. Additionally, the head height in the other part of the hallway is very limited as there is an oak main beam. If Kingspan OPTIM-R hadn’t been used, the floor-to-ceiling height would have been 60 mm less.”


Kingspan OPTIM-R vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) feature a microporous core which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope. This design allows them to achieve optimum levels of insulation performance with a declared value thermal conductivity of 0.007 W/m.K despite their minimal thickness.


As with every installation of a Kingspan OPTIM-R System, Kingspan’s specialist technical team provided detailed System layouts and instructions for the project to help streamline the installation whilst keeping the construction thickness to a minimum.


20 – 40 mm thick Kingspan OPTIM-R panels are the only vacuum insulation panels in the world to be certified under the independent BDA Agrément scheme. This confirms that the products will perform as expected when installed to Kingspan Insulation’s recommendations. The certification is also recognised by bodies such as the NHBC and LABC.


Be in the know with Kingspan’s fire performance CPD

Kingspan Insulated Panels is running a RIBA Approved CPD programme on the Fire Performance of Insulated Panels and Rainscreen Façade Systems through a series of workshops and webinars.


Recent high-profile fires have reinforced the vital importance of understanding and selecting a cladding system with the correct fire performance for your building. Aimed at a wide audience, from architects to contractors, the CPD focuses on the fire testing and real-life fire performance of external envelope systems, helping to develop an understanding of the various systems, the requirements they must meet and the proven behaviours of insulated panels in real fire scenarios.


Over the years, Kingspan Insulated Panels has shown a continued commitment to improving the fire performance of its products. From considering how the products are used in different contexts, to testing the limitations of various routes to compliance, the company recognises its responsibility to provide the industry with clear, accessible information in order to facilitate the building of compliant, safe and functional buildings.


The accredited CPD article is free of charge and is worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects, with webinars being delivered every week until the end of the year. Dates and registration details are available at: www.kingspanpanels.co.uk/why-kingspan/fire/fire-safety/. To book a face-to-face CPD in your premises, or to express an interest in a webinar at a future date send an email to fireinfo@kingspanpanels.com

Thinking fast with Kingspan Kooltherm

A new special education and training college, dedicated to the future of the UK’s rail industry, is the latest project to benefit from the outstanding thermal performance of the Kingspan Kooltherm K110 Soffit Board.


The National College for High Speed Rail, which opens its doors to learners for the first time in September, is the largest of five new national colleges being created by the Government to ensure British workers learn world-class skills.

The Birmingham-based college has been designed by Bond Bryan Architects to embody the institution’s mission to pioneer technical excellence in the next generation. Constructed by Willmott Dixon, the facility contains a variety of practical and classroom-based learning spaces inside a visually striking, yet simple building shell formed from two intersecting blocks. The solid bronze cladding, redolent of the site’s industrial past, has been perforated in places with binary code patterns. This is effectively juxtaposed with the transparency of large areas of glazed curtain walling which allow onlookers a glimpse of the activities within.


This commitment to creating a truly contemporary facility also included ensuring the building was as energy efficient as possible and, in line with funding guidance from BIS and the Skills Funding Agency, a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ has been targeted for the new development. To meet these requirements, a fabric first approach was adopted and several Kingspan Kooltherm products were specified across the site, most notably the new Kingspan Kooltherm K110 Soffit Board.


The main entrance is defined by a simple yet striking cantilevered upper floor, providing a sheltered social space in front of the building. To insulate this, Kingspan Kooltherm K110 Soffit Board was installed by Sage Roofing. The product is a premium performance insulation board comprising an advanced fibre-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation core with a thermal conductivity of 0.018 W/m·K across all board thicknesses. This performance, combined with its BRE Green Guide rating of A+, help to contribute towards the award of credits within the BREEAM assessments.


The boards can be fixed directly to concrete soffits using thermally broken fasteners, making installation quick and simple. The product offers excellent fire protection, passing all the requirements of FM approval to FMRC 4880 Class 1 fire classification. Further details on the fire performance of Kingspan Insulation products may be obtained from the Kingspan Insulation Technical Service Department.

Sliding into compliance with EcoTherm

EcoTherm is putting its technical knowledge in your hands with the release of a handy Eco-Cavity Full Fill U-value Slider. Available in Builders’ Merchants and from the EcoTherm Area Sales Managers, the new tactile aid provides a quick and easy way for builders to select the correct thickness of Eco-Cavity Full Fill to achieve the required U-value.


The tool features ten internal block lambda values for both brick and rendered dense block walls. Users simply pull the slider to reflect their project’s specifications and reveal the U-value that can be achieved by the 90 mm, 115 mm and 140 mm thick Eco-Cavity Full Fill boards.


EcoTherm Eco-Cavity Full Fill board dimensions are sized to co-ordinate with brick and block sizes and heights, allowing them to be easily installed with standard wall tie methods. Their tongue and groove edges offer a superior fit and increased resistance to moisture penetration. A residual 10 mm cavity should be retained when installing the boards to accommodate mortar squeeze and to provide further protection against moisture ingress. Thanks to the product’s low thermal conductivity, it can offer improved thermal performance than comparable mineral fibre solutions.


For further information, please contact EcoTherm’s Technical Services department. A datasheet sheet on Eco-Cavity Full Fill is available from: www.ecotherm.co.uk/cavityfullfill

Church Youth Enjoy CHAOS and CALM

Young members of Sherburn Parish Church have been enjoying a range of indoor and outdoor activities thanks to new equipment, purchased with a grant from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

The CHAOS and CALM youth group was set-up seven years ago to provide a fun space within the church community for children approaching high school age. The group proved hugely popular, quickly accruing 20 regular members, leading the church to begin running additional sessions three years ago.

To make the most of the summer weather, the church planned to run extended holiday sessions including visits to a local park to play sports and other activities. They applied for, and received, £503 from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust to purchase a wide range of equipment including dodgeballs, a Kwik Cricket set, sticks and goals for indoor hockey and table tennis equipment.

Associate Priest, Rev. Martin Otter said:

“The youth group was lucky to inherit a table tennis table, but any other sports apparatus had to be made from scratch or borrowed from local schools. With the new equipment, we’re able to add more variety to the CHAOS and CALM sessions and allow the children to stay active.”

John Garbett, Chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust said:

“We all enjoy different things, so it’s important that children and young people are given the chance to try out a variety of new sports and activities. We were very happy to be able to support the youth group in providing these opportunities to the local children.”

Anyone within the Parish of Sherburn-in-Elmet in North Yorkshire is able to apply for funding from the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted. Projects must simply meet one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover biodiversity, conservation, encouraging health and fitness of young people, and road safety.


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

Kingspan insulates services on visionary science building

The Kingspan Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System and Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation have been installed as part of Coventry University’s flagship scientific teaching and research building, contributing towards the building’s BREEAM ’Excellent’ rating and delivering a high level of fire resistance performance through the use of intumescent lined Kingspan Kooltherm FireSleeves.

The £59 million Science and Health Building has been constructed by BAM. The multi-disciplinary complex consolidates existing research facilities within new ‘super-labs’ and provides state-of-the-art healthcare simulation space. Broadway Malyan’s design is comprised of flexible spaces which can be easily adapted over time to meet the University’s changing requirements.

M&E consultants, Buro Happold, collaborated with NG Bailey M&E and Thermal Clad to ensure that the building services achieved outstanding energy performance. Their specification included 14,000 lm of Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation (as part of the Kingspan Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System) and 5000 m2 of circular and rectangular Kingspan Kooltherm FM Duct Insulation. The products feature premium performance insulation cores with thermal conductivities as low as 0.025 W/m.K and 0.022 W/m.K respectively.

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe and Duct Insulation also offer excellent reaction to fire performance and are FM Approved to Class 4924 when installed in accordance with the conditions defined by the approval. As part of the Kingspan Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System, Kingspan Kooltherm FireSleeves were installed around the pipework at penetrations. When exposed to high levels of heat, the intumescent material within these products swells and forms a hard char. This closes any gaps between the pipework and the penetration edge, maintaining proper compartmentation. They can act as a 2-hour fire stop to BS EN 1366 Part 3 on both steel and copper pipe service penetrations through block wall applications.

As a key element within the Kingspan Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System, Kingspan Kooltherm Insulated Pipe Support Inserts were also installed.  Thermal analysis has shown that these inserts can limit heat loss through pipe supports by as much as a factor of five when compared with metal pipe clips, further reducing energy demand from the building services. Slotted Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was also installed at the University to insulate large diameter pipework.

Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe and Duct Insulation have been assigned a highest possible 2008 Green Guide Summary Rating of A+ by the BRE. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation has also and has been awarded a best-in-class Eurofins Indoor Air Comfort Gold certificate, recognising it as outstanding material according to the VOC Indoor Air Quality emissions standards. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation is the first pipe insulation product to attain BDA Agrement® certification under the scheme.

In addition to its free Pipeline Technical Advisory Service which can be contacted on 0808 168 7363, Kingspan Industrial Insulation has now also launched Premier and Premier Plus Services. These services support purchases of Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation and the Kooltherm FM Complete Pipe Insulation System (incorporating insulated pipe support inserts and Kooltherm FireSleeves) respectively, delivering clear advice and guidance at every stage in a project, from the initial specification, to site visits and certification.

Kingspan Kaptures daylight for longer

Kingspan Light + Air is helping buildings to achieve excellent daylighting levels for a greater number of hours in the day with the launch of Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture – a precision engineered rooflight with outstanding light diffusion.

At the heart of Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture is an advanced, nano-prismatic layer which uses microscopic structures to efficiently scatter light. This innovative design helps to reduce light reflection when compared with conventional pigmented diffusion approaches – ensuring excellent levels of light transmission.

The product’s contoured form is comprised from three overlapping spherical domes. This unique shape allows light to be captured at low sun angles — illuminating internal spaces during early morning and late evening — and performs equally well in any orientation. It also helps to transfer loads, such as snow, to the side of the rooflights.

Kingspan Light + Air understand each building is different, and through its advanced research and development facilities, the firm can adapt and tailor Kingspan Day-Lite Kapture units to each project’s unique requirements.  Options include an enhanced outer UV resistant layer to include IR blocking particles, providing additional protection for properties at risk of significant solar gains, and dual nano-prismatic layers for even greater diffusion.

To maximise the energy and cost savings that can be achieved in each application, Kingspan Light + Air also manufacture and supply low energy lighting with optional daylight harvesting sensors which dynamically react to lighting demand. The firms expert design team generate detailed reports for each project, creating 3D models of the building and applying local climate data to identify the optimal solution and layout. These comprehensive documents provide a clear indication of the expected performance and cost benefits from installing the Kingspan Light + Air solution including expected energy savings, carbon reduction, pay-back period and the total return on investment over a ten year period.

Earn CPD points anytime, anywhere with Kingspan Insight

Kingspan Insulation has introduced its new website, placing a world of in-depth insulation knowledge at the fingertips of specifiers. The clean, easily navigable site provides detailed information on Kingspan’s comprehensive product range and features a free online education centre: Kingspan Insight. Here users can choose from a range of interactive multi-unit courses, covering key industry topics, and earn points towards their CPD.

Kingspan Insight can be accessed at www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk/insight. It launches with three courses covering Building Regulations and Standards, tapered roofing design and the impact of insulation specifications on the long-term rental value of properties. The courses are broken down into short modules presented through videos, articles and quizzes. Registered users’ progress is automatically saved from module-to-module, allowing them to quickly pick up where they left off on any computer, tablet or mobile device. The modules have a clear estimated time and are short enough to allow them to be completed during a lunch break or in the morning commute. users will receive a certificate on successful completion of the course.

These multi-unit courses are just part of the greatly expanded and enhanced knowledge base. The section will feature regular technical articles and advice pieces — covering key issues within the industry — as well as a number of five-minute courses on a variety of topics, from explaining terms such as R-values, to showing how products such as vacuum insulation panels are manufactured.

The wider site has also been completely redesigned, making it simpler to identify the best product for each application. Key product information such as facings, thermal conductivity and BRE Green Guide ratings are all clearly highlighted for at-a-glance reference along with links to relevant case studies, guidance documents, certifications and freely downloadable BIM objects.

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’.

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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.