Deland, Florida -- Insulation experts can now convince customers about the efficiency and value of various roof and wall systems wherever they are, simply by using an app on their phone. No need to carry documents and laptops around, just pull out your iPhone and get busy.
This is the result of a first from Kingspan Insulated Panels North America: a new 'Path to NetZero' mobile app.
This tool, introduced by the insulated metal panels manufacturer at the US Greenbuild 2010 event in Chicago in November, allows building industry experts to simulate the process of achieving high-performance and net-zero buildings.
"The new app instructs users to select one of four cities, a building type (school, office, or warehouse) and a baseline building designed to ASHRAE 90.1.2004," explained Paul Bertram, director, environment and sustainability at Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. (ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.)
"Users then choose a Kingspan insulated roof and wall system and compare savings. Benchmarks for the tool are aligned with the Department of Energy Commercial Building Initiative and US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009/3.0 requirements," added Bartram, in a company release.
The free app is designed for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android mobile devices, and is also available at www.pathtonetzero.com.
Visitors to this microsite can find exclusive information on net-zero energy building and request an energy analysis of their buildings.
Path to NetZero is based on an EnvelopeFirst study commissioned by Kingspan and conducted by the Architectural Energy Corp.
Kingspan says this study, which simulated three buildings in four locations, indicated that continuous insulation with high effective R-value and superior air-tightness achieved significant energy savings, followed by renewables such as photovoltaics (PVs).