Sustainable Design Begins with the Building Envelope
EnvelopeFirst™ is a design strategy pioneered by Kingspan's that optimizes a building's performance and the first step towards achieving net-zero energy. The building envelope and energy conservation tactics must be created to optimize performance to achieve the net-zero energy targets of the DOE Commercial Building Initiative.
The EnvelopeFirst™ design approach focuses on enclosure performance, and includes durability, airtightness, and superior moisture and thermal control.
The Green Benefits of IMPs
Tests and field results show that insulated metal panels (IMPs) promote sustainability and energy efficiency in a variety of ways. Among the most notable:
Energy efficiency. IMPs feature a core of continuous, rigid insulation that results in industry leading R- and U- values, along with superior airtightness performance.
Indoor environmental quality. IMPs help contribute to a stable interior environment.
Recycled and Recyclable. Their exterior skins contain substantial amounts of recycled content, and the panels themselves are recyclable.
Recycled, low-weight materials. Made from recaptured metals, IMPs weigh only 3 pounds per square foot, which reduces transport and installation energy.
Ease of installation. IMPs are easy to detail and attach, which hastens schedules and minimizes installation errors.
Life-cycle benefits. IMPs last as long as the service life of an average commercial building. Their durable panels also decrease operational costs for energy and maintenance, and offer numerous end-of-life reuse options.
Building certification and green targets. IMPs contribute to LEED certification programs and the path to net-zero energy targets.