How can I create more space without increasing footprint?

27 March 2019 Kingspan Insulated Panels
The benefits of ensuring a building is energy efficient are widely recognised. However, with standards such as BREEAM and the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) pushing thermal performance requirements further than ever before, it is likely that higher levels of insulation will be necessary. This could result in thicker walls which would either increase the footprint of the building or, more likely, encroach on internal space. 

Useable space is an important consideration for functionality and is a key metric for commercial value. Properties with greater internal dimensions usually command higher rental fees and a greater overall value, often resulting in better return on investment for building developers.

So how can we create buildings that tick the box of energy efficiency, without compromising on internal space or increasing building footprints?
 

Space Matters

Finding the balance between thermal performance and space is a particularly important issue for warehousing. Space is everything for these types of buildings. It is not only the internal measurements that matter, but adequate external land for lorries and other vehicles is also an important requirement for businesses. Yet, the large plots required for such expansive developments are in short supply. A report compiled by the UK Warehousing Association and Savills in 2015 identified that lack of land was one of the main issues affecting the construction of more warehouse units, particularly in prime locations such as the East Midlands.

 

To begin to meet the growing demand for high-quality, energy-efficient logistic facilities, we need to create warehouses that make the most of the land they are allocated using building envelope solutions that offer low thermal transfer without thick wall build ups.

 

Thinner Walls, Better Performance

Comprising a metal façade, insulation and waterproofing in a single panel, insulated panels offer a slim solution providing high levels of thermal, structural and fire performance. These benefits are taken to the next level with Kingspan QuadCore– the latest generation of closed-cell insulation.

With a lambda value of just 0.018 W/mK, QuadCore performs 10% better than standard PIR insulation of the same thickness, allowing for thinner and lighter constructions without reducing the final U-value. This not only protects internal and external spaces, but also allows for a quicker and easier install. What’s more, despite their thinner dimensions, QuadCore panels still offer the same excellent structural and spanning capabilities, with 2m-wide roofing panels and lengths of up to 16m available.

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