The Kingspan QuadCore™ Karrier System was specified alongside the cassettes to ensure the extension achieved the outstanding thermal performance required to create the right climate to care for the Foundation’s extensive collection of over 750,000 items.
Both PD5454:2012 (Guide for the storage and exhibition of archival materials) and PAS 198:2012 (Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collection) emphasise the importance of maintaining a stable, constant environment within storage spaces to prevent the rapid deterioration of archival materials.
Designed to support the façade, the factory-engineered building system incorporates high performance insulated panels that can achieve U-values as low as 0.08 W/m2∙K. Meanwhile, the unique castellated and symmetrical tongue and groove jointing ensures excellent air-tightness, reducing the demand on the facility’s controlled ventilation systems.
This outstanding level of thermal performance is not only beneficial within the storage rooms, but it also helps to provide a comfortable, energy-efficient environment throughout the building, helping the Foundation to reduce its running costs.