Insulation solutions that increase floor space

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4 August 2016
ABC headquarters in Brisbane maximized the internal floor area using the K12 Framing Board.

New research findings report a return on investment can be as high as 856 percent when analysing the use of advanced slimline wall insulation solutions in new non-residential buildings when compared with conventional solutions using glass wool fibre batts.

World-leading asset management and construction consultancies, Currie & Brown Australia and Sweett Group UK were commissioned by Kingspan Insulation to investigate the “Real Value of Space in Commercial Real Estate”. The study was to quantify the potential financial benefits that result from insulating the external walls of new non-residential buildings using Kingspan’s high-performance slimline wall insulation solutions.

Currie & Brown and Sweett Group developed a research program to analyse the thickness differentials of various insulation systems and evaluate their impacts on costs and returns in a development. They then analysed three case study buildings to illustrate the outcomes of the analysis.

Concrete external wall constructions were examined and two Kingspan Kooltherm build-ups were compared against conventional steel stud-and-track wall systems using 90 mm glass wool fibre batts. The differential in thickness and cost were taken into account in the analyses.

The study found that Kooltherm K12 and K17’s slimline design allowed for thinner external wall build ups, returning a greater internal floor area, and the potential for an improved return on investment.

The findings show that despite the requirement for an increase in capital expenditure of $18.03 per square metre for the wall build-up using Kingspan Kooltherm K12 Framing Board, a positive return on investment was found for all scenarios with rental rates of $400 per square metre or greater, across all yield rates, the highest of which was 856 percent. 

The study also found that because Kingspan Kooltherm K17 Insulated Plasterboard is cheaper as an installed system than conventional steel stud-and-track wall systems incorporating 90mm glass wool fibre batts, every square metre of additional space created with this system produced a net gain in value.

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