RAD Building

Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel has been included as part of the innovative design for the Research Acceleration and Demonstration (RAD) Building at The University of Nottingham.

The Project

The RAD Building has been designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and will include Passivhaus measures to reduce energy requirements, providing a comfortable space for users whilst maintaining outstanding energy efficiency.

The £7m development, funded by Innovate UK, houses many of the UK’s leading academics in its laboratories, offices and breakout spaces. The 172 mm Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was used in the walls of the iconic 2000 m2 building, in order to restrict energy demand.

Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel
Delivery Partner:
SIP Build UK
Main Contractor:
Woodhead Construction
The University of Nottingham
Lewis and Hickey
The original specification indicated both SIP and Steel Frame System (SFS) internals. Through teamwork between Kingspan Insulation and SIP Build UK, we changed the specification to a thinner build, saving up to 250 mm. The Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was selected for the project as it offered reliable performance, space saving opportunities and quality delivery by qualified installers.

Chris Duckworth - Managing Director, SIP Build UK
Rising to the challenge

A multi-disciplinary approach was taken to meet the project’s challenging performance targets including input from building fabric engineers, specialist designers and BREEAM consultants. The use of Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was essential to maximise space in the laboratory building, whilst maintaining excellent levels of insulation.

High performance

In addition to their excellent thermal performance, the combination of the panel’s OSB/3 facing and unique jointing system also help to limit air loss from the building. This allowed the project team to limit air-leakage to below 0.6 ach@50 Pa.

The use of Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel was essential for maximising space in the laboratory building, whilst maintaining excellent levels of insulation. The RAD Building development offered the opportunity for creating a building with a dynamic appearance and unique identity, consistent with the aspirations of the ERA initiative. The use of Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel aligns perfectly with these aspirations, due to the panels’ FSC® (FSC®-C109304) certification, which demonstrates sustainable sourcing of construction materials.

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