Kingspan Panels a Proven Solution for Achieving
Energy Efficient, LEED Certified Buildings

by Rob Petit, Associate Editor

A millenium ago, the Irish served as an island of civilization during history's dark ages. The Emerald Isle became known as the center of Europe's learning, its art, its music, and its literature. Through a dynamic organization known as Enterprise Ireland, today's Irish aim to lead the world in a more urgent task – greening the planet through practical and innovative sustainable technology.
It might be surprising to U.S. construction professionals to learn that Kingspan Panels is a member of Enterprise Ireland, because the company seems so thoroughly American. After all, a company with five North American product facilities has truly established its roots here. Kingspan is a major supplier of insulated metal panels for use in the construction of commercial and industrial buildings, for big-box retail structures, for university dorms and classroom buildings, and many other construction projects. In fact, Kingspan Panels are so energy efficient they are widely used in the cold storage and food processing markets.
To describe the product in brief, Kingspan Insulated Panels are pre-engineered, single component systems with high R-value, excellent airtightness and superior moisture control suitable for new and retrofit buildings. According to Ralph Mannion, General Manager of Kingspan Insulated Panels, their roof and wall panels provide the most energy-efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective building envelope solution available.
And that's not just one man's opinion. Many buildings with Kingspan panels have earned the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification as well as the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Building status. And Kingspan's insulated metal panels can provide a significant first step to achieving net-zero energy standards.
“We've been involved a wide range of building projects in North America with a great deal of depth in each of those categories,” said Ralph Mannion, General Manager of Kingspan Insulated Panels. But there's plenty of room for growth, he adds. “Penetration of metal panels for wall applications in the U.S. is probably just double digit - 10 to 12 percent. The penetration for metal panel roof applications in the U.S. is probably just 2 to 3 percent. So the upside for us in the U.S. is immense.”
“We want to be seen as the best provider of high performance envelope solutions,“ Mannion continued. “We feel we need to bring a lot of emphasis and education on the importance of envelope integrity to building design, and we will bring a lot of attention to how Kingspan is America's best high performance envelope provider. We're quite bullish about this opportunity, even though the market has been soft the last couple years. But we see the advantages of our materials compared to other envelope types is what will grow our business over the next 5 years.”


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