Finding the Meaning in the R-Value and U-Factor of Insulated Metal Panel Building Envelopes

This new white paper provides a complete discussion of IMP thermal performance, while making specific, detailed
recommendations for specifiers to follow to ensure their evaluation of materials is complete and accurate,
resulting in the desired outcome.

K-factor, R-value and U-factor

When specifying building envelope materials or systems, specifiers turn to U-value and R-value to establish a baseline for efficiency.

  • K-factor represents the thermal conductivity of a material, measuring its ability to conduct the heat. The lower the K-value, the better the product is at insulating the envelope.

  • R-value measures a product’s thermal resistance to heat flow through a single material, like a single metal panel. Because R-value measures resistance to heat flow, the higher the R-value, the better the material is at insulating the building.

  • U-factor measures a product’s thermal transmittance of heat flow through a building envelope assembly, like an IMP system. Because U-value measures the transmittance of heat, the lower the U-value, the better the total system is at insulating the building.

Download the Thermal Value white paper today

Curious about R-Values and U-Factors? Download our Thermal Value white paper 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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