Kingspan Insulation will share insights and perspectives based on the findings of its new whitepaper, “The Real Value of Space in Commercial Real Estate,” in booth 4107 at the AIA Conference. The whitepaper provides a comprehensive look at the financial value of the additional floor area that can be gained through the use of thinner wall insulation solutions in new non-residential buildings.

Based on a study by Currie & Brown to quantify the financial benefits of insulating external walls  using Kingspan’s Kooltherm insulation, the paper provides findings based on two categories of research. In the first, Currie & Brown analyzed a database of 70,416 buildings that was generated from a model that considered a range of physical and financial building characteristics.

Part two of the report is based on a review of 11 buildings in the cities of Boston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. To correlate the database findings with real buildings and real cost information, the same method of calculation as that used in the analysis of the database buildings was applied to real case study buildings. The results showed that in 91.5%. of buildings instances, Kooltherm provided an overwhelming Return on Investment and yielded significantly more additional square footage versus comparative insulation solutions.

“Our focus is on providing high performing, thin wall insulation solutions for various wall constructions that help to maximize usable space,” said Suzanne Diaz, Marketing Manager for Kingspan Insulation in North America. “This whitepaper quantifies the cost and ROI benefits as well as the additional square footage that can be gained from using Kooltherm versus comparative insulation solutions.”

In conjunction with “The Real Value of Space” whitepaper, Kingspan Insulation’s booth will showcase the Kingspan Kooltherm® line that offers an extensive range of products for wall, floor, soffit (structural ceiling), rainscreen, and concrete sandwich wall system (precast and tilt-up) applications. It has a fiber-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation core and exhibits outstanding fire performance. With an R-value of 16 on two inches, Kooltherm® has a higher R-value than any commonly used insulation. It is manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The product is light weight, easy to install, and is unaffected by air infiltration and is resistant to the passage of water vapor. It is ideal for new construction as well as retrofit.

Other featured products include Kingspan Optim-R, a next-generation insultation comprising rigid vacuum insulation panels (VIP) with a microporous core, which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope to give outstanding R-values and an ultra-thin insulation solution. The high level of thermal efficiency—up to R-28 on 1 inch and R-57 on 2 inch using calculated edge thermal resistance properties—combined with minimal thickness, provides an ideal solution for applications where a lack of construction space or depth is an issue such as commercial roofing.

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