What is Kingspan OPTIM-R and should I use it?

Kingspan OPTIM-R is an optimum performance rigid vacuum insulation panel (VIP) with a declared thermal conductivity of just 0.007 W/m·K, providing you with an insulating performance that is up to five times better than commonly used insulation materials.

It comprises rigid vacuum insulation panels with a microporous core which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas–tight envelope, giving outstanding thermal conductivity and allowing for the thinnest possible solution to insulation problems. The vacuum insulation panels are accompanied by high performance rigid insulation infill panels which can be cut to fit around problem areas such as penetrations, load-bearing walls, roof lights and drainage gutters.

Where can I use Kingspan OPTIM-R?

Kingspan OPTIM-R Systems are most commonly installed in floors, terraces and flat roofs. The system itself comprises two elements: the OPTIM-R VIPs and OPTIM-R flex infill strips.

It comes with a supporting design service which ensures the ratio of OPTIM-R panels to OPTIM-R flex infill strips is maximised for each project. The panel layout will be designed quickly and effectively, ready for client approval. Each layout will illustrate the size, number and location of any OPTIM-R panels. It will also illustrate the size, number and location of any strips required.

The system can be used on new build and refurbishment project, and can offer considerable cost savings on retrofit projects where modern building standards need to be complied with while still maintaining the existing fabric and/or setting out of the building structure. An OPTIM-R System can be easily retrofitted where conventional insulation materials would most likely not meet the necessary thermal requirements without costly design changes or expensive structural alterations, taking up minimal space while still achieving superior thermal performance.

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