Energy Efficiency

Kingspan OPTIM-R is a next-generation insulation that provides outstanding R-values in an ultra-thin solution where a lack of space or depth is an issue.

Designing a resilient building envelope can seem intimidating, especially with all the building and energy code requirements. And while there is no getting around the complexity of the interactions between a building’s interior, its walls, and the surrounding environment, things make more sense when you take the time to look at the fundamental physics at work.

Q: I’m building a house with 12-inch walls. Is it better to install windows on the inside or the outside plane of the walls?

Space heating and cooling account for 42 percent of home energy costs - double what the typical home spends running its electronics and small appliances.

Closed-cell (medium-density) and open-cell (low-density) spray applied polyurethane foam (SPF) can insulate and air seal wall assemblies in commercial buildings quite effectively, economically, and efficiently.

Many owners, architects, engineers and builders can be confused by the complicated and interrelated science involved in the important layers protecting the building from temperature changes, not to mention the complex factors that affect insulation performance.

To create a house that doesn't feel like a sauna during the summer with an air conditioner that's constantly running, homeowners need an insulation that creates an air barrier – like foam insulation.

A dream home project involved a collaboration between system house Icynene-Lapolla and Foam Tight Insulation, Inc. (FTI), a contractor specializing in SPF applications. FTI became certified to use Icynene’s Classic Ultra, the latest technology in half-pound, open-cell SPF technology.

Kingspan is introducing QuadCore, its most technologically-advanced metal panel insulation to the North American market, delivering performance that far exceeds that of any other metal panel insulation core.


Since asbestos was banned in 1999 in most countries, MMVF has de facto become the replacement technology. However, a new study has raised serious questions over the risks to public health posed by this product.