Kingspan Insulated Panels, Inc. is demonstrating energy modeling programs to illustrate how far Envelope First Strategies could advance beyond Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Energy Code and the Department of Energy (DOE) Net-Zero Energy goal of 2025. Kingspan will showcase the models in their exhibit (#954) during the Greenbuild 2009 International Conference and Expo, November 11-13 in Phoenix.
Envelope First is one of the most important overall strategies for optimizing building energy efficiency. As a global leader in innovative design and manufacturing of sustainable high-performance solutions for the building envelope, Kingspan is dedicated to providing products and solutions that can help contribute to achieving net-zero energy buildings. To demonstrate, Kingspan’s director of environment and sustainability, Paul Bertram, Jr., will present the company’s energy modeling programs during Greenbuild. Using three different building types – a warehouse, a school and an office – Kingspan created energy models that provide a whole energy analysis of the building and show how high-performance building envelope systems are key in delivering net-zero energy buildings. Kingspan’s energy modeling provides data that indicates annual energy costs savings, carbon emission reduction, decrease in BTUs, relationship to LEED energy efficiency targets and DOE baselines – useful energy efficiency baseline references for architects, building owners, facility managers and contractors.
“Given the right inputs, modeling programs are sophisticated enough to reasonably predict performance outcome. Energy models typically provide only an estimate of a building’s future energy performance and require follow up on how a building actually performs once in use. Kingspan’s modeling focuses on comparisons of differential performance between the envelope designs, different ECMs (Energy Conservation Measures) and the addition of renewable solar energy,” said Bertram, Jr. “We take an ‘Envelope First’ approach to energy efficiency – examining how the various components of a building envelope can sequentially integrate with optimized energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.”
Kingspan’s insulated wall and roof systems are energy efficient, cost effective, durable and sustainable, providing the easiest and most economical route to reducing building energy costs. Designed as single component systems that increase the speed of build, Kingspan insulated panels provide superior R-values and thermal performance, unsurpassed airtightness and moisture and vapor drive control to increase energy savings and reduce greenhouse gases. Building energy modeling has shown that Kingspan’s insulated roof and wall panels can yield as much as a 30 percent reduction in a building’s energy use – a significant step towards the development of practical net-zero energy buildings.
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About Kingspan  Insulated Panels
Kingspan Insulated Panels is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of metal panels, providing unsurpassed service to the U.S. market as well as export destinations. With three production locations throughout the United States – Deland, FL, Modesto, CA, and Columbus, OH (Kingspan Benchmark) –Kingspan Insulated Panels focuses on design requirements for applications with factory-engineered insulated composite panels and architectural single element metal wall and roof panels. As the most energy-efficient, cost-effective building envelope solutions, insulated metal panels are at the forefront of sustainability. Kingspan insulated metal panels can help significantly reduce building energy consumption and consistently contribute to U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) credits and overall certification. Kingspan Insulated Panels serves the architectural, commercial/industrial, cold storage and food processing markets, and is committed to delivering one of the most advanced, environmentally friendly building products on the market.