Buildings are at the centre of our lives; this is where we spend of the vast majority our time. The design of a building, its comfort and its technical standards also influence our productivity, well-being, moods and our interactions with others. Energy consumption is also affected by these characteristics. They affect how much heating, ventilation and air conditioning is needed to create a pleasant environment.
At Kingspan, we believe our products and solutions create healthier, more energy efficient buildings. We do research to understand the ways in which we can continue to have a positive impact on the environment and society, through innovation and practical solutions. Here is some of our most recent research.
After extensive research we have developed an approach to design and construction which makes a building cheaper to build and to run. It becomes a ‘Cost Optimal Energy Saving Building’s. These buildings consume less energy, they emit less carbon dioxide, and they are environmentally responsible over their lifetime. The path to achieving this is divided into three steps and is called: The Route to Net-Zero Energy
STEP 1 - EnvelopeFirst & Optimised Building Services - optimises the insulation, airtightness, heat loss/gain and daylight design of the building envelope for its intended life, while also ensuring building services are geared to energy efficient operation.
STEP 2 - Insulate & Generate - Low or Zero Carbon Technologies - introduces– new enhancements to the building envelope and/or internal duct/pipework and adds low or zero carbon or renewable energy technologies to further reduce its overall energy footprint.
STEP 3 - Net-Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) - ensures that the overall annual performance of the building balances out. This usually involves enhancing the low or zero carbon or renewable energy technologies already incorporated in the building and may require investment in off-site energy saving schemes called ‘allowable solutions’ in the UK.
In 2014 we started an exciting new project focused on bringing the principles of Passivhaus to a supermarket. Passivhaus is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency that significantly reduces the buildings carbon footprint. The supermarket has been developed to suit climate zones across the globe, regardless of the building specifications.
This extremely energy-efficient design, based on 35,000ft2 net floor area supermarket, allows clients to significantly reduce energy costs. Traditionally, supermarkets are extremely energy intensive buildings with large carbon footprints. Our innovative three step holistic design process of Route to NetZero (click here for more information), underpinned by Passivhaus design principles, enable the design, the construction and the operation of highly efficient supermarket buildings.