As buildings start to decarbonise through energy-efficiency and
renewable energy, the focus will shift from operational carbon – such as heat
and light – to the growing priority of embodied carbon.
Insulation materials can reduce a building’s structural and ancillary product requirements, leading to embodied carbon and materials savings.
Our insulated panel systems are designed for ease of assembly and critically, disassembly, enabling their reuse or recyclability at deconstruction.
Low Carbon Insulated Panels
In 2021 the team at our IKON Global Innovation Centre, working with our supply partners, developed a low carbon insulated panel. It has 25% less embodied carbon than a standard insulated panel and upwards of 45% recycled content.
This initial development is focussed on the steel element of the insulated panel but we have several exciting R&D projects ongoing which focus on the embodied carbon and renewable elements of the insulation core.
In a 100k m2 industrial building, this would equate to a saving of over 1,100 tonnes1 of embodied CO2e in the building envelope alone.
1 Comparison between insulated roof and wall panels with 100mm thickness and 10metre panel length in building height