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Kingspan News: Next generation insulation for exclusive development


A stylish purpose built development of three houses in Buckingham Road, Leeds is the latest project to benefit from OPTIM-R - an optimum performance Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) from market leaders Kingspan Insulation.

With great links to the city centre and within walking distance of Headingley this exclusive project offers occupants the opportunity to benefit from city living in a leafy location.  Each of the three houses has two double bedrooms, one bathroom and a balcony.



The Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System installed by APP Construction was the product of choice for architects West & Machell, as it ensured an even transition between the indoor and outdoor levels onto the balcony without losing space from the bedrooms below, whilst also attaining an impressive U-value of 0.14 W/m2.K. This was achieved using 40 mm of Kingspan OPTIM-R overlaid with 25 mm of Kingspan Thermaroof TR27 LPC / FM.

Steve Sullivan, Contracts Manager for APP Construction commented “In this high quality development it was critical that APP Construction maintained all U-values whilst not impacting on the living spaces. The solution proposed following consultation with Kingspan was the OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System. This allowed us to achieve optimum levels of thermal performance within a very limited floor void. The end result was a very satisfied client “.

This next generation insulation solution from Kingspan Insulation comprises a rigid Vacuum Insulation Panel which is evacuated, encased and sealed in a thin, gas-tight envelope, giving outstanding thermal conductivity, with the thinnest possible solution to insulation problems.  Kingspan OPTIM-R panels are accompanied by high performance rigid infill panels which can be cut to fit around problem areas such as drainage gutters.

Suitable for both new build and refurbishment projects, and with an aged design value thermal conductivity of 0.007 W/m.K, the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System provides an insulating performance up to five times better than other commonly available insulation materials and is available in thicknesses of 20-60mm.

If installed correctly and protected from damage and penetration, the Kingspan OPTIM-R Balcony & Terrace System will provide excellent long-term thermal performance over the lifetime of the building.

All Kingspan OPTIM-R Systems come with a supporting design service to ensure that the panels are used as effectively as possible in the space available.

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