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The Kingspan TEK Building System of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) has been installed as part of the modular construction of Virido, a new, highly energy efficient housing development in Cambridge.

Developed and constructed by Hill, Virido is situated in the leafy suburbs of the university city and features 208 apartments and townhouses in a grid of quads around a central courtyard. Pollard Thomas Edwards designed each property with a high performance fabric specification, made possible with the Kingspan TEK Building System.

The Kingspan TEK Building System comprises a high-performance insulation core sandwiched between two layers of OSB/3. The lightweight panels were designed and factory cut to the project’s unique requirements by Kingspan Timber Solutions. This ensured a fast-track erection programme with minimal onsite adjustments and waste.

To maximise the energy performance of the dwellings, the envelopes of all properties on the development have been designed to be extremely airtight. This was a key consideration in the specification of the Kingspan TEK Building System as its unique jointing system and OSB/3 facing supports highly airtight constructions. On completion, each property was individually assessed and achieved recorded air leakage rates of below 1.5 air change per hour @ 50 pa.

The highly airtight design necessitated the use of mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems (MVHR). These systems use the heat from the outgoing stale air to heat incoming fresh air, further reducing heating demand and maintaining comfortable internal living conditions.

The Kingspan TEK Building System also contributed towards the excellent fabric performance of the properties as Heike Messler from Pollard Thomas Edwards explained:

“The walls of the Virido properties allow approximately 20% less heat loss than a typical building, without having to compromise on room sizes. This high level of thermal performance means that the homes don’t really need radiators, but we have included them for personal comfort.”

Both the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel and Kingspan TEK Building System panels are also available in a 172 mm thickness, offering enhanced insulation performance with U-values of 0.17 W/m2.K or better. The manufacturing facility where the panels are produced carries both FSC® (FSC®-C109304) and PEFC Chain of Custody certification. As standard, the OSB/3 facing of all Kingspan TEK panels is PEFC certified.

Kingspan Insulation offers a range of insulation solutions for roof, walls and floors, which include the most thermally efficient and thinnest products commonly available: Kooltherm and Optim-R.

Kingspan Insulation also offers the Kingspan TEK Building System of structural insulated panels (SIPs), which are joined together to create an energy efficient home that is stylish, comfortable and cheap to run: www.kingspantek.co.uk/selfbuild.

Whether you are looking to build a new home or make improvements to your existing home – Kingspan Insulation has a solution that is right for you.

So, why don’t you give your home the very best that it deserves?