Whilst it is not accurate to state categorically that any generic construction product is ‘sustainable’, insulated panels certainly have a significant contribution to make towards an ethos of sustainable construction, not purely from an environmental point of view, but also with benefits to be found in the economic and societal aspects too. Below is a simple summary of some of those key benefits.

Environmental benefits for a sustainable future

  • Maximum energy conservation for least thickness and weight
  • Low weight leads to lower levels of supporting steelwork or building framework
  • Insulation performance is built-in and guaranteed for the life of the panel
  • Panel-to-panel joints are factory engineered for tightness and low air leakage. (Air leakage is a major factor in the energy loss from buildings.)
  • Panel manufacturers present a range of details and accessories so that the panel system as a whole contributes to the energy conservation equation.
  • Panels are delivered to site as single-piece units, reducing the number of deliveries to site, and enabling construction times to be reduced by up to 60%, with resultant savings of fuel, power, energy, water and waste.
  • Refurbishment using insulated panels can save energy, improve existing stock and create jobs.
  • Insulated panels are extremely durable, leading to long-term performance and reducing the need for replacement, thereby saving resources and energy over time.

Economic benefits

  • Significant numbers of jobs can be created, both directly and in associated industries.
  • Increased energy efficiency in buildings brings immediate potential savings for end users, which carry on long term.
  • Industry growth as the requirement for energy efficient buildings increases, both in the new build and refurbishment markets.
  • Reducing reliance on imported energy by reducing demand.

Societal benefits

  • Help in combating the effects of global warming.
  • Potential to increase energy security.
  • Employment.
  • Healthier, more appealing and more comfortable buildings.

EPIC members recognise their responsibilities in working towards a sustainable future and demonstrate excellent performance in minimising the environmental impact of their manufacturing processes and maximising the environmental benefits of their products, contributing to the well being of the communities they operate in and conducting their business in an economically viable manner.