Reducing the Construction Costs of Industrial Buildings

The purpose of this comparison study is to understand how the installed cost of Kingspan QuadCore® IMP wall systems compare to other common exterior wall assemblies used in industrial buildings.

The study examines the installed costs of Kingspan QuadCore® IMP wall systems, insulated precast
concrete and tilt-up concrete wall systems, in typical warehouse or light manufacturing buildings
of around 150,000 sf GFA. A total of 18 cities across the United States and Canada were included in the
study to provide a broad representation of regions.
This white paper seeks to unpack the perceived trade-off that low-carbon materials cost more, by systematically comparing the installed costs of various exterior wall assemblies commonly used in industrial buildings.

To conduct this study, Kingspan engaged global construction and asset management consultancy Currie & Brown. The firm applied standard construction cost estimating methodologies, leveraging historical data of actual projects to identify warehouse and light manufacturing buildings around 150,000 sf GFA, which had used IMP walls, insulated precast concrete or tilt-up concrete walls. Costs were normalized based on material costs for Quarter 2, 2021 and local labor rates were applied across the 18 different locations.

The comparison study revealed that the installed costs of Kingspan QuadCore® IMP wall systems were on average 25% lower in the United States and 27% lower in Canada compared to insulated precast and tilt-up concrete walls. The potential cost savings ranged from averages of 18% to 32% depending on location, with the variation being largely driven by differences in local labor costs.

The results demonstrate that reducing embodied carbon in buildings does not have to cost more. In fact, using Kingspan QuadCore® IMPs instead of concrete wall assemblies could save on both construction costs and embodied carbon.


Download the Cost Comparison White Paper today

Interested in how IMPs compare against traditional building materials? Download our Cost Comparison whitepaper to see the technical details.

Planet Passionate Program to Further Drive Down Embodied Carbon

Some of the targets that will specifically the impact embodied carbon of our products include:
  • Increasing the use of direct renewable energy to 60% by 2030
  • Increasing our on-site renewable energy generation to 20% by 2030
  • Reducing the product CO₂ intensity from our primary supply partners by 50% by 2030
  • All QuadCore® to use upcycled PET by 2025

Through Planet Passionate, we are playing our part by driving energy and carbon out of our business operations and supply chain, as well as increasing our recycling of rainwater and waste, while also accelerating our participation in the circular economy.

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