The first resort of its kind in Ireland, featuring a signature Subtropical Swimming Paradise. Kingspan supplied the water pumps and wastewater treatment systems that run the water park as well as the insulated panels that form the building envelope.
Location: Peterborough, UK
Architect: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Photography: Martine Hamilton Knight
The two-storey office building was designed in accordance with Passive House principles – a set of five rigorous guidelines employed to help new build projects achieve maximum energy efficiency. Because this approach dictates the use of minimal space conditioning,
British Sugar decided to house their heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) units under the RMG600 raised access floor system.
A range of flooring finishes were specified throughout the building. The Comms Room was fitted with bonded resilient finishes, taking advantage of the anti-static qualities, while the offices were carpeted. porcelain finish was installed with screw-down panels to ensure no movement or cracking.
The real innovation in finishing can be seen in the buildings central atrium, a space designed to harness natural daylight and minimise the need for powered lighting, where Attiro European Oak veneer engineered timber flooring was chosen.
Winston-Salem, the City of Arts and Innovation, has a new facility for artists. Designed to be an economic catalyst for neighbourhood growth, the 14,500-square foot Art for Art’s Sake (AFAS) building features two galleries, an art centre for community education, artist studios for rent, an AFAS board room, event space, leased office space and an outdoor sculpture garden on the building’s front lawn. Together, the unique campus provides a new indoor/outdoor venue for the city, furthering the non-profit AFAS mission to “build, educate and celebrate” community through art.
By cladding the building with UniQuad panels in ice white matte over ice white matte, the UniQuad system met Stitch Design Shop’s energy performance needs and desired look – all in a single panel design.
6 Great Marlborough Street forms part of Manchester’s rich industrial heritage. The five-story, red-brick building was once part of the city’s thriving textile industry and sits within Little Ireland, the earliest area of Irish settlement within Manchester. Sheppard Robson’s sensitive restoration plans make a feature of the historic building fabric, exposing the original brickwork and beams internally, whilst incorporating more contemporary elements such as building services and modern windows.
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
Architects: Skidmore Owings & Merrill / Gensler / Mark Cavagnero Associates
350 Mission Street represents the new headquarters of cloud computing giant Salesforce.
At 492,000-square-feet, 350 Mission Street is San Francisco’s first LEED Platinum high rise, and that focus on sustainability was the driving factor behind every decision made on this project. Chris Heimburger, Senior Vice President of Development for developer Kilroy, describes the goal of the project as the creation of a “high performance work environment” in every aspect from employee performance to optimised operating costs.
One of the key factors in achieving these goals was the utilisation of underfloor service distribution (UFAD). Using UFAD allowed for 100% filtered outside air to be brought into the building and distributed in an energy-efficient method. Running power and cable through the plenum allowed for the creation of a greater floor-to-ceiling height which increased overhead space for employees and allowed larger windows for improved daylighting.
Atlanta’s The Met is an over 100 year old warehouse recently converted to multiuse spaces for entrepreneurs and artisans. The original warehouse, owned by a co-founder of the Coca-Cola Company, has had many uses in its history including distribution for the military during World Wars I & II. Today, the structures have been converted to include office space, art studios, and public use spaces to bring the community together.
As part of this redevelopment, the property underwent renovations to the roof – including replacing the original glass skylights. Over time, the skylights had degraded causing leaks and poor quality lighting inside. Kingspan Light + Air provided modern, polycarbonate skylights to provide high performance for the future.
The prismatic polycarbonate skylights allow ample light to enter the space, diffusing the spaces with natural light, without sacrificing thermal performance in the warm Atlanta sun.
Bunjil Place is a $125 million multipurpose arts, civic and community facility in the outer Melbourne suburb of Narre Warren, housing a library, 800-seat theatre, gathering and meeting spaces, council offices, an art gallery, a flexible event space and an outdoor plaza. The facility is the first of its kind, bringing together creativity, entertainment and community in a way that is unparalleled in Australia.
The multi award-winning building was designed by FJMT and inspired by Bunjil, a character in Aboriginal mythology who created the land, animals and people. Bunjil placed a huge sense of importance on sustainability, encouraging the preservation of the environment, a point which trickled into the choices that were made in terms of the building’s design and construction.
Sustainability was front of mind in the design of this building which utilises environmentally-friendly building materials and high performance façades to make the building as sustainable and energy efficient as possible. One of the building’s most striking features is its curved roof, a complex and ambitious architectural design. Mythology recounts that Bunjil morphed into an eagle to watch over his people, and two large wooden features, descending from the roof, resemble his wings.
Following 2015 research data which showed that buildings in New York City were responsible for 67% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, New York officials updated their energy efficiency standards for both new and existing buildings.
A historic 34-strorey high rise on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue was due for renovation, specifically a roofing remodel on a particular floor to improve the building’s performance. With the new standards in place set by the New York City Energy Conservation Code, a retrofit was needed to achieve these standards.
This project came with significant design challenges for the building owner. The addition of multiple layers of insulation would require significant renovations to the roof, and the additional thickness from the introduction of insulation posed challenges in ensuring railings were at an adequate height.
There was also the major issue of the need to vacate space around the works during periods of heavy activity. This would require moving some tenants out for a period of six to nine months – causing significant disruption for them as well as loss of income for the building’s owner.
In looking for a solution which would cost less, save time and meet the regulations the building owner chose next generation Kingspan OPTIM-R insulation. Designed for projects which require creative solutions, Kingspan OPTIM-R is ultra-thin and perfect for retrofit applications.
The insulation did not affect the railing details or impact on roof pavers and door thresholds. This meant heavy renovation works were not required and therefore no need for tenants to vacate the building. With New York City also facing a labour shortage at the time, the opportunity to cut down on project time meant that contractors had the leeway to ensure the best workers were on the job.
With over 3 months saved in construction time, a higher-performing building and cost-savings of over $1.2 million – the 5th Avenue retrofit represents an excellent example of how a creative, next-generation product can offer the solutions clients need without negatively affecting quality.
Scotland’s first dedicated design museum blends architectural expression with energy conscious design. Home to curiosity, innovation and learning, the £80m building is situated on the edge of the majestic River Tay.
Commissioned by Dundee City Council, the iconic landmark is the first building in the United Kingdom that has been designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and was built by BAM Construction. The visually-striking structure provides a new social and cultural hub, comprising 1,650 m2 of exhibition space connected to the historic riverfront. Inspired by Scottish cliffs, the angular form of V&A Dundee immediately demands attention.
The building also celebrates the best in energy efficient design achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating. Kingspan utilised the air source heat pumps in combination with geothermal energy to improve energy conservation. The V&A features thirty 200-metre deep bore holes to heat and cool the building. To ensure rainwater is effectively channelled off the flat roof, Kingspan’s tapered roofing design team created the detailed layout and specification for the final roof insulation scheme. These solutions address the potential heat loss from the museum’s expansive flat roof and also provide drainage management to prevent long-term maintenance issues. All three Kingspan Insulation products installed at the museum have been assigned the highest possible BRE Green Guide Summary Rating of A+.
On the second-floor circulation, foyer and galleries, Kingspan Access Floors supplied an RMG600 medium grade system for the museum. Finished with Attiro magnetic engineered timber flooring, this provides a high specification overlay finish with the benefits of a functional design which allows for easy access to the service void below. With 500,000 visitors expected in the first 12 months, the flooring solution also ensures durability.
A fire station is first and foremost a civic structure. It also doubles as a work space, home base, gym, indoor training facility and even a public polling place. When designing Madison, Wisconsin’s largest fire station, local OPN Architects was tasked with addressing each of these program uses in their design – all while meeting the city requirement for low energy use.
OPN Architects designed Station #14 with a geothermal energy system, rooftop photovoltaics and translucent daylighting panels. These features allowed them to exceed local energy code by 30%, earn a LEED Platinum rating and achieve a 70% reduction in energy use over comparable facilities.
Station #14 had to accommodate a specific site orientation for fire trucks leaving the station, which required the main façade to face west. City engineers and OPN Architects wanted to introduce a glass wall for daylighting, but they were concerned about controlling solar heat gain and
glare. Their solution was 2,630 sq. ft. of Kingspan Light + Air | CPI Daylighting UniQuad® translucent wall panel system.
We wanted daylighting, but with a west orientation for the main façade of the building, we knew we’d have to work hard to control solar gain and glare. Instead of all glass, we looked for another material. How could we minimize solar gain and glare? The product really stood out for its qualities of daylighting and energy efficiency. The patterning, and the modularity of the system all worked out with our design. – Mark Kruser, AIA, | Project Manager, OPN Architects
An advantage of the UniQuad system was our ability to integrate it with the glazing/framing system we were using. We have the taller spans and were able to reinforce that from the back. They worked well together. – M.K
Raising the Roof on Madison Fire Station #14
The 19,232-square-foot Station features 6,000 square feet of community meeting and firefighter training space. During the day, daylight seeps in from the outside, while soft, ambient light illuminates the station at night, giving it a strong, visible presence in the community.
In every way, Madison Fire Station #14 exceeds expectations. With a significant energy savings, even surpassing code, and with more than 40% of materials purchased locally, Station #14 has the ability to reach Net Zero tomorrow. At a minimum, though, Station #14 will be sustainably lit for years to come