Plopsaqua Water Park

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Location: De Panne, Belgium

Wall products: Architectural Wall Panel, Mini-Micro

Finishes: Kingspan XL Forté (Deep Blue, Denim, Midnight, Pastel Blue)

Visually Exciting

Fun, colour and inspiration was at the heart of this design, with an emphasis on appealing to children and the younger generation. The idea behind this project was to create colourful and inspiring shapes, all concentrated around a simple yet appealing structure. Our panels gave the designer the freedom to incorporate different shades of blue to reflect the water environment on the inside.

The result is a playful eye-catching design, providing a real flagship building that represents the values of the client.

Faster Construction

As a significant summertime attraction, adhering to strict time restrictions during the construction process on this project was crucial. Deadlines were fixed and communicated in press and national media, meaning the advantages in build speed associated with our insulated wall panels were vital in meeting the strict timelines.

Design Solutions

One of the most important aspects of the project was the flawless integration of windows and water slides. Naturally water tightness was essential and highlights the flexibility of our insulated wall panel systems in even the most uncommon of applications. Co-ordinating flashings were fabricated to match the colour scheme of the panels, perfectly representing the designed scheme.

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Protection Against the Elements

Belgium’s warm climate was not the only element that needed to be considered when choosing an appropriate coating, as it was imperative to also ensure the panels would withstand the corrosive nature of the swimming pool’s internal environment.

Our Kingspan XL Forté coating was specified, offering a functional protection, ideal for this specific aqua application.

Under the Kingspan Ultimate Panel Guarantee, our XL Forté coating range can be guaranteed for up to 40 years depending on application. This range consists of a variety of protective PVC coatings with a leather-grain effect, and is available in an inspiring selection of colours.


Australian National Maritime Museum Warship Pavilion

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Location: Sydney, Australia

Wall/Façade products: BENCHMARK Evolution

Finishes: Woodland Grey

The project brief was for a building that made an architectural statement, yet did not overpower the vessels adjacent and integral to the Pavilion. The form was inspired by the techniques and geometrical rigour of boat building while the conceptual approach closely referenced the wake of a boat as it passes though the water.

Incorporating Form and Function

Almost an art installation, the use of BENCHMARK Evolution insulated panels enabled architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmtstudio) to design a unique statement building which delivered outstanding thermal performance and the ability to withstand a corrosive marine environment.

BENCHMARK by Kingspan’s insulated panels unite high aesthetic values with high performance. The technical excellence of our science led research and development facilities allow us to offer industry leading guarantees.

Meeting the Challenges of Design

  • Colourfast in the harsh marine environment of Darling Harbour.
  • Slim design maximised useable internal space with no loss of thermal resistance values.
  • Provided an external and internal face.
  • Spans large distance with no unsightly joints.
  • Seamlessly integrated with a glass oculus creating unique installation challenges and complex joint geometry.

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Strong Design Intent

The 891m2 of Evolution BENCHMARK panels provided a single façade component in which foam insulation lay at the heart of a finished internal lining and an external face. Kingspan delivered a series of complex geometrical rotations of 1m wide panels that tackled the complex design whilst delivering a watertight external skin.

“The panels had not previously been used in this way which provided an opportunity to rethink how the product could be adapted to suit the technical challenges, while still maintaining the very strong design intent.” James Perry, Senior Associate at fjmtstudio.

The Kingspan Technical team worked closely with fjmtstudio and specialist subcontractors JML Engineered Façades (NSW) to develop a complex design with custom vertical joint details.




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Project overview

A £5million Storagebase self storage facility adjacent to Junction 9 of the M6 motorway in Wednesbury, the latest addition in an extensive re-development of the area. With a total of 5,200m2 of Kingspan insulated panels used on the walls and roof of the build, a distinctive landmark has been created in this corner of the West Midlands.

Design stage

The brightly-coloured storage facility was brought to life using an array of Kingspan products including Architectural Wall Panels, Mini-Micro in Kingspan Spectrum Citroen Red, Pearl & Adventura, and Trapezoidal Roof panels in Kingspan XL Forté Goosewing Grey. This variety of colour gives the building a striking appearance, with the arrangement of the panels reflecting the modular nature of the building’s interior.

Build stage

Spanning seven floors, the building provides over forty different sized rooms for customers’ belongings. With a large amount of personal property being kept within the building at all times, safety and durability of the products used in the construction were of the utmost importance. It was for these reasons that Kingspan Insulated Panels products were chosen.

The Trapezoidal Roof panels selected maintain excellent standards across thermal insulation (Green Guide A+ rated by the BRE), fire safety (LPCB and FM Approved) and air tightness. All of this contributes to the long-term integrity of the products, meaning the building owner can be confident of a stable and secure internal environment. This is an essential factor in the storage of customers’ possessions that can be damaged by fluctuating internal temperatures or moisture.

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Simon Hallowell, Director from Hallford Refurbishments Ltd said: “Using Kingspan insulated panels with contrasting colours was a relatively simple way to create a visually stunning and unique building. Kingspan provided valuable assistance on the Storagebase project during the initial design work and also helped us overcome some of the challenging access issues on-site.” – Simon Hallowell, Director, Hallford Refurbishments Ltd

“Functionality and speed-of-construction will always come first for storage buildings, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be interesting architecturally too. The team at Hallford Refurbishments have done an excellent job in showing what can be achieved with Kingspan Insulated Roof & Wall Panels and a little bit of imagination, creating a building that prioritises form as well as function.” – Martin Robinson, National Sales Manager, Kingspan Insulated Panels

Queen Alia International Airport



Project overview

The award-winning new terminal at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, is a potent symbol of the growth of Jordan’s economy. The $750m project was designed to replace three existing, outdated terminals at the site – creating an ultramodern new gateway to the wider region, and supporting enormous passenger growth over the next 25 years.

Kingspan’s technical team worked closely with contractors J&P Ltd to deliver a bespoke engineering solution to bring Foster + Partners’ architectural vision for the terminal to life. Together, they created an environmentally sensitive landmark that makes a lasting first impression on visitors from both the ground and in the air.

Design stage

Foster + Partners’ vision was to create a terminal building to reflect the importance of the airport as an important gateway to the Levant, while remaining sensitive to regional tastes and the environment.

The main feature of the building design is the tessellated roof canopy, which extends to provide shade for the façades. This consists of 127 shallow curved concrete domes, inspired by Bedouin tents, which branch out from supporting columns like palm leaves. The domes are covered by unique, double-curved steel ‘petals’. Daylight enters the building beneath through split beams at the column junctions, while a geometric pattern based on traditional Islamic forms appears on each exposed soffit.

The local climate presented a challenge for the energy performance of the terminal, with dramatic variations in summer day and night time temperatures an issue. To resolve this, the main bulk of the building is constructed entirely from concrete, the high thermal mass of which provides passive environmental control. To protect the dark-coloured roof from expansion and high heat gain during the day, a 300mm void was specified between the steel standing seam system and the precast concrete shells, which were in turn insulated and covered with a single-ply weatherproof membrane. The void was then ventilated with a series of 50mm holes drilled into the centre of each dome, designed to encourage convection to prevent the space from becoming too warm.

Build stage

A bespoke engineered solution was required to meet the complex technical, aesthetic and environmental brief, but with Kingspan’s expertise the complex double-curved 3D roof design became a reality.

The Kingspan Insulated Panels technical team worked with project contractors J&P Ltd to design a solution using the KingZip SF standing seam system. KingZip SF was the ideal solution for this project because its flexibility allows architects to meet almost any design need. It is available in multiple metal types and paint system finishes, and an enormous variety of lengths, widths and curvatures.

A lightweight steel structure was created, covered with KingZip SF standing seam sheets, which were curved from the eaves to the apex, and on the opposite side from the apex to the eaves. This layout met all of the necessary criteria, forming the roof’s unique double-curved petal shape and maintaining the 300mm void between the standing seam sheets and the concrete shells. The lightweight steel frame designed to support the standing seam system needed to be strong enough to accommodate the negative wind loadings possible across the entire 45,000m2 roof.

Kingspan prepared all of the working drawings for the standing seam and designed the supporting steel arrangement. During installation, the team was on hand to modify the design for individual domes where variance occurred in the concrete substructure, using curved tapered sheets and packers to ensure the desired appearance was maintained.


 The new building opened in 2013, and has already become an essential infrastructure node for Jordan and the wider region. It is enabling the airport to fulfil its passenger growth targets of 6% per annum for the next 25 years, boosting annual capacity from 3 million to 12.8 million by 2030.

As soon as we got the brief in from Foster + Partners, we knew we wanted to speak with the team at Kingspan Insulated Panels. We’ve worked together on a number of different projects before, and we know that Kingspan delivers, when we need unique, high performance structural solutions for our clients.”J&P Ltd

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Awarded “Best Improvement by Region: Middle East” and “Best Airport by Region: Middle East” in the Airport Council International ‘Airport Service Quality Survey’.

Winner in Transport category, Cityscape Architectural Review Awards



IPNQuadCore Shortlisted for Product Innovation of the Year at Building Awards 2016

IPN_QuadCore_Logo_BLUEGREENIPNQuadCore, the new insulated panel core from Kingspan Insulated Panels, has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Product Innovation of the Year’ category at the upcoming Building Awards 2016, the UK’s most prestigious construction industry awards. IPNQuadCore is Kingspan’s most significant insulated panel technology breakthrough in a decade and offers the best thermal, fire and environmental performance of any closed-cell material.

Delivering a thermal improvement of up to 20% over standard polyurethane insulated panel core insulation, IPNQuadCore has an industry-leading lambda value of just 0.018W/m.K and achieves U-values as low as 0.08W/m2K.

This performance means that an enhanced IPNQuadCore building envelope can help achieve six more BREEAM credits in Ene 01 than a typical retail or distribution warehouse. It is also the first closed-cell insulated panel core to get FM 4882 approval for smoke sensitive occupancies. The package of benefits is completed by the addition of the industry’s first 40-year guarantee, which covers both structural and thermal performance of each panel.

Commenting on the shortlisting, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland said:

“Thanks to IPNQuadCore, an energy-efficient commercial or industrial building is no longer a nice-to-have – it’s an essential component of operating a cost-effective business. As more owners opt to benefit in this way, we can expect to see a step change in the energy consumption of the UK’s largest buildings, with a sustainability benefit for all.”

The awards ceremony will take place at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the evening of 22nd November, where winners will be announced.

Kingspan Insulated Panels wins Manufacturer of the Year

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Kingspan Insulated Panels has won ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2016, the prestigious awards programme that recognises the businesses, NGOs and executives across the UK that are turning sustainability pledges into reality.

Explaining the award win, the judging panel said “In a highly competitive category, Kingspan Insulated Panels stood out for both its development of energy saving products and its rapid progress towards becoming a ‘Net Zero Energy’ company. The judges were particularly impressed by its commitment to renewable power, its zero waste sites, and its halving of carbon emissions inside five years.”

Kingspan’s Net-Zero Energy programme began in 2011 with a firm commitment to achieve net-zero energy across Kingspan’s operations by 2020. Kingspan Insulated Panels has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 50% since beginning this process. Furthermore, in 2014, over a third of the energy used by Kingspan Insulated Panels came from renewable sources, with carbon emissions from non-renewable electricity down 44%.

On the products side, the award win recognises Kingspan’s achievement in the development of IPNQuadCore – a groundbreaking new insulation core technology.

Commenting on the win, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland said:

“We’re delighted that our sustainability initiatives are being recognised through awards like this, especially in the context of so many other strong entries. But our ambition is that our Net-Zero Energy programme serves as a useful model for the construction industry, and the wider business community as a whole, to follow. By demonstrating that its possible to both reduce carbon emissions and improve the bottom line, we hope to press home the strong business case for sustainability. Making this case clearly could well be the single biggest driver for sustainability improvements the business community will ever see.”

You can learn more about Kingspan Insulated Panels’ Net-Zero Energy journey by visiting

Not all insulation is the same

Author: Roy Weghorst, Head of Regulatory Affairs – Fire, Kingspan Group

I’ve just returned from delivering a seminar at the Firex conference at London’s Excel, discussing the impact of insulation technology on building fire resilience.

I opened the session by addressing common misconceptions about the fire performance of different insulation types, and the way different materials are categorised and compared. Not all insulation is the same, and there’s a world of difference between a standard thermoplastic foam insulation and a thermoset one.

For example, there is often confusion about the relationship between reaction to fire and fire resistance. The former relates to general combustibility, while the latter is a more specific measure of performance in construction when used in buildings. A material can score highly under reaction to fire, but poorly under fire resistance, making it possibly an inappropriate insulation choice (for example, materials that are incombustible but melt at relatively low temperatures).

We went on to review a number of detailed fire case studies, illustrating the difference in performance between insulation types through real-world scenarios. This included a recent fire in an army surplus store in the Netherlands that occurred in April of this year.

The store was a fully enclosed compartment, separated from the other sections of the building by fire walls. Although the fire devastated the store, it was prevented from spreading to the rest of the building by the fire wall in combination with the insulated panels crossing the fire wall that made up the exterior wall of the building. We reviewed photos of the interior of one of the affected panels, showing the charring on one side and the integrity of the insulation on the other, as the panel did not propagate the fire.

Kingspan takes an open and collaborative approach to fire safety. We share knowledge with key stakeholders, work with well-respected third-parties like FM Global and the BRE, and conduct intensive ‘in-situ’ testing far beyond regulatory standards. Sharing our findings at events like Firex is an important part of our commitment to raising standards and driving product development across the insulation technology industry.

BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

Kingspan Insulated Panels has been shortlisted in the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ category at the upcoming 2016 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards, the prestigious awards programme that recognises the businesses, NGOs and executives across the UK that are turning sustainability pledges into reality.

Kingspan has been recognised for its Net-Zero Energy programme. The programme started in 2011 following a commitment to achieve net-zero energy across Kingspan’s operations by 2020, by using its own products and solutions to reduce carbon emissions while remaining profitable and productive.

Since the start of this initiative, Kingspan Insulated Panels has almost halved its carbon emissions across its global facilities. Performance in the UK has been particularly impressive, with a 57% reduction in emissions and over 34% of energy coming from renewable sources. Importantly, the efficiency measures undertaken across the Kingspan Group between 2013 and 2014 saved 15GWh of energy, which translated to an additional €1 million in profit.

Commenting on the shortlisting, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Kingspan Insulated Panels UK & Ireland said:

“We’re very proud that Kingspan’s own sustainability initiatives are being recognised through awards like this, but our real hope is that our Net-Zero Energy programme serves as a useful model for the wider construction industry to follow. We’re committed to making the business case for sustainability by demonstrating that its possible to both reduce carbon emissions and improve the bottom line.”

The awards ceremony will take place at The Brewery in central London on the evening of 6th July, where winners of the 24 award categories will be announced.

Flying the Net-Zero Energy Flag at EUROCONSTRUCT

Written by Mel Courtney – General Manager, Kingspan Energy

At today’s excellent EUROCONSTRUCT event in Dublin, I was proud to talk about Kingspan’s Net-Zero Energy programme.

In 2011, we committed to achieving net-zero energy across our entire global operation by 2020, with an interim goal of 50% by 2016. The commitment is extraordinary in scale, encompassing operations in 85 countries, across four divisions.

Our Net-Zero Energy programme is an unambiguous and very public commitment from Kingspan to practise what we preach – using our own products and solutions to reduce carbon emissions while remaining profitable and productive. This has made success imperative to Kingspan, with potential for a direct impact on our reputation and the commercial viability of our solutions.

So far, the results have been impressive. Globally, Kingspan Insulated Panels has reduced its carbon emissions by almost 50% since 2011. In the UK, emissions were reduced from 12,883 tCO2 in 2013 to just 5,719 tCO2 in 2014 – a 57% saving. In 2014, over 34% of energy came from renewable sources, with carbon emissions from non-renewable electricity down 44%.

At a Kingspan Group level, the energy efficiency measures undertaken between 2013 and 2014 saved 15GWh throughout the year, adding circa €1 million to our net profit.

The construction industry has needed a model to follow for stepping up to the sustainability challenge and reduce the 36% of European carbon emissions associated with buildings. My intention at today’s event was to show how our Net-Zero Energy initiative proves the business case for sustainability, and helps Sustainability Directors persuade their own organisations to begin a similar Net-Zero journey.

Walking the talk: Kingspan’s Selby refurbishment

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Last year we launched our sustainability report; ‘Walk the Talk – Our Responsibility and Performance’. But the lessons we’ve learned from our net-zero energy journey go beyond the pages of the report. By undertaking our own extensive building investment programme, we’ve been able to develop new products and services and test better methods for achieving successful refurbishments to almost any commercial building.

This is demonstrated in our extensive refurbishment of a 32,000m2 manufacturing facility in Selby, undertaken as part of the net-zero energy programme.

By taking a holistic approach to the refurbishment project, we were able to unlock more opportunities for energy and cost savings in the building than would otherwise have been possible. A new, high-performance insulated roof was installed at the site, incorporating rooflights, rooftop solar PV panels and intelligent LED lighting in a single package to ensure the optimum balance between the technologies.

This has transformed the 1980’s-built warehouse into an ultra-efficient building suitable for the company’s operations today and for the next 25 years. The building now achieves an ‘A’ EPC rating (up from F), and is rated BREEAM ‘Very Good’.

Not only does this help Kingspan to be a more environmentally-friendly, cost-effective business, it also provides a practical example to customers and end users of the immediate and long-term benefits of net-zero energy buildings.