Our mission at Kingspan is to accelerate a net zero emissions future with the wellbeing of people and planet at its heart. In my role, I feel very much connected to this mission through the work that I am doing in supporting architects, engineers and consultants to design building envelopes with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind by specifying insulation.
One of the most surprising things that I found during my journey and immersion in the industry was the very common under rated role of insulation in the sustainability picture. Almost every nation in South East Asia lacks stringent requirements on the use of insulation in building envelopes. Usually, roofs are well insulated with materials like extruded polystyrene, but the walls are pretty much forgotten about.
Building envelopes are not as energy efficient as they could be. Each time I look at a building, I can almost feel the energy wastage just leaking out. In Singapore, we love air conditioning, in fact we cannot live without it. So, in almost every building here in Singapore we have a perpetual energy battle going on between the hot external climate working its way through the uninsulated walls, whilst the energy hungry air conditioning system pumps cold air into the building, pushing back the heat energy trying to absorb through the external building envelope.