The Knauf Insulation Process and Product Development (PPD) Laboratory building has undergone a refurbishment programme, which has resulted in a highly insulated and thermally efficient building fabric.
Knauf wanted to make use of all of the internal space of the laboratory, and enhance its external appearance, whilst maintaining a breathable building fabric.
Architects Gornall Cross, based in St Helens, assisted in the new design. To upgrade the thermal efficiency of a solid wall requires an insulation layer to be installed either on the internal surface (Internal Wall Insulation, commonly known as IWI), or on the outer surface of the wall, EWI.
Knauf's ThermoShell® EWI was used.
“In this instance, EWI was the most fitting solution,” said architect Stephen Culley, “as it avoids any internal disruption, so it is particularly suitable for large residential properties, flats and office buildings.”
Due to the scale of the building over 400m2 of insulation was required.
The refurbishment programme resulted in a highly insulated and thermally efficient building fabric. ThermoShell® EWI provides various benefits to the project:
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Reduced fuel consumption and energy bills
- Externally insulated, so no disruption to occupants
- Meets current as well as anticipated future thermal regulations
- Durable and designed for the lifetime of the building
- Prolonged building life
- Aesthetically pleasing - provides the opportunity to enhance and upgrade the appearance of the façade