Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in London, designed by Foster and Partners makes use of many of Dow Building Solutions Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) products, helping it achieve ambitious sustainability goals, including a BREEAM rating of Outstanding.
The headquarters covers 3.2 acres between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral offering almost 1.1 million square feet of sustainable office space, alongside public amenity spaces that be home to cultural artefacts and restore historic sites including the Temple of Mithras.
Several thicknesses of XENERGY™ and FLOORMATE™ thermal insulation has been supplied by Radmat to the main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine: 140mm XENERGY™ SL, 50mm FLOORMATE™ 300-A and 150mm FLOORMATE™ 500-A. The new building has been designed to score a 98.5% BREEAM rating, which is the highest score achieved to date by any major office development during the design stage.
XENERGY™ SL is a flame-retarded, XPS roof insulation product, which achieves a much improved lambda insulation performance than our well-known STYROFOAM™ products, delivering a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than five. It has an A+ BRE Green Guide Rating and is BBA certified.
FLOORMATE™ insulation products from Dow have a high compressive strength, making them suitable for the majority of high load bearing applications when used appropriately.
FLOORMATE™ versatility can be attributed to its mechanical strength, high design load as well as resistance to moisture and repeated freeze/thaw cycles. FLOORMATE™ is blown with CO2 and has a Global Warming Potential of less than five. The boards offer low thermal conductivity to help meet energy efficiency demands, easy and fast installation as well as a durable floor structure when used appropriately.
Gary Sutton, Divisional Manager for Radmat said: “Dow extensive ranges of XPS products meant they were ideally positioned to supply the necessary materials for this landmark project. The versatility of their insulation materials offers design flexibility to architects while meeting sustainability targets.”
Richard Powell, Sales Manager, Dow Building Solutions, said: “XPS products from Dow are capable of providing exceptional thermal performance at lesser thicknesses, allowing architects greater creative flexibility, while ensuring excellent performance. We’re delighted that these properties helped Bloomberg’s headquarters achieve its record-setting BREEAM rating for a major office development.”
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