V&A Dundee

Scotland’s first dedicated design museum blends architectural expression with energy conscious design.

The Project

Sitting on the banks of the River Tay, the angular form of V&A Dundee immediately demands attention. KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES’ concrete-faced design draws inspiration from the dramatic cliffs of East Scotland and sets the tone for the visitor experience. Inside, carefully curated permanent galleries explore the past and future of Scottish design, while world class exhibitions will explore a wide range of subjects.

The building also celebrates the best in energy efficient design, utilising air source heat pumps in combination with geothermal energy from thirty, 200-metre deep bore holes to heat and cool the building. To maximise the fabric performance of the external building envelope, a number of Kingspan Insulation products were installed on the floor and roof of the building. 

The museum’s expansive flat roof was not only a potentially significant source of heat loss, but also required careful drainage management to prevent long-term maintenance issues.

Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM, Kingspan Thermaroof TR26 LPC/FM, Kingspan Kooltherm K3 Floorboard
BAM Construct UK
Over 6,500 m² of Kingspan Thermataper TT46 LPC/FM was specified. The product, installed under a roof membrane, provided excellent thermal performance and the required structural fall within a single, lightweight board. Its use, in combination with a further 1,000 m² of Kingspan Thermaroof TR26 LPC/FM, allowed for a fast-track installation across the museum roof.
Kingspan’s tapered roofing design team created the detailed layout and specification for the final roof insulation scheme. Their layout plans provided a simple reference guide for Q9 Cladding Solutions, ensuring rainwater is effectively channelled off the flat roof. Careful U-value calculations were also completed to ensure the design U-value was met with the slimmest possible insulation thicknesses, minimising the weight of the final construction.
To insulate the ground floor throughout the building a further 5,300 m² of Kingspan Kooltherm K3 Floorboard was installed. Kingspan Insulation has now released Kingspan Kooltherm K103 Floorboard as part of its Kooltherm K100 range of premium performance insulation boards, offering a thermal conductivity of just 0.018 W/m·K across all board thicknesses.
As part of the project’s commitment to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating, considerable care was taken to ensure the materials specified met the highest standards in responsible sourcing. All three Kingspan Insulation products installed at the museum have been assigned the highest possible BRE Green Guide Summary Rating of A+. The insulated boards, manufactured at its facilities in Herefordshire and North Yorkshire, are also certified as ‘Excellent’ under the demanding BES6001 Responsible Sourcing Standard. As a result, they will contribute toward the award of credits within the Materials section of the building’s BREEAM assessment.

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