Airtight argument for energy saving buildings from Kingspan

There’s an airtight argument for saving energy – and it’s all about envelopes. Insulation heavyweight Kingspan says businesses can cut energy by making their workspaces carbon neutral with airtight insulation […]

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By ELN reporter

There’s an airtight argument for saving energy – and it’s all about envelopes.

Insulation heavyweight Kingspan says businesses can cut energy by making their workspaces carbon neutral with airtight insulation “envelopes”.

Peter Turley, Business Unit Manager of Kingspan Energy says: “Buildings that are carbon neutral are designed in a way that reduces their demand for centralised electricity generation, saving energy, CO2 and fossil fuels.

“This is usually done by improving the energy efficiency of the building envelope and by harvesting energy on-site. At Kingspan, we have done exactly that at our own sites and we know it works.”

It’s a step by step process which is guaranteed to keep air “leakage” to a minimum, according to Kingspan which is a lead sponsor at Energy Live 2013 in November.

Peter explains: “The first step is to optimise the insulation and airtightness performance of the building envelope for its intended life. This is done by using energy-efficient products offering guaranteed high thermal performance and low air leakage over the lifetime of the building.”

Make life as easy as possible by picking insulation which fits into buildings is part of the second step called ‘Insulate & Generate’. This is about adding improvements to the building fabric and going for renewable energy systems.

Peter says: “One of the key aspects for the success here is the ease of integration into buildings so the future will lie with products like Kingspan PowerPanel which insulates, generates and allows for a quick and easy installation.”

To top it all off, it’s important to check the yearly performance of the building “balances out”, he adds: “This usually involves enhancing the renewable energy producing technologies incorporated into the building, and may require investment in off-site energy saving schemes.”

For more tips and expert advice on making your buildings as efficient as possible, book a one to one session with Peter at Energy Live 2013 on November 7th at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden.