In what markets, and for what kind of projects are insulated panels ideal ?

Since insulated panels were first introduced in the 1900’s, when they were used to insulate shipped goods during long weeks of transit, their sophistication and usage has grown enormously.

Right now, they are being used for the rapid construction of emergency buildings such as clean rooms, treatment rooms and cold stores to enable the NHS, and the food, pharmaceutical and related industries to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this section of our website, we outline some of the main ways in which organisations use our insulated panels.

If you don’t see what you are looking for here, please contact us. We are always pleased to give you our expert opinion on whether or not insulated panels will suit your project, and if they do, which type of panel would suit you best.

Controlled, Cold & Clean Environments

A controlled, or critical environment is one where it is imperative to be able to control one or more aspects of a building, room or space.

This might be temperature, air quality/air tightness, air pressure, segregation, noise or a combination of these and other factors.

Cleanrooms are an important category; they have more rigorous requirements than a more general controlled or cold environment. The requirements of your industry and applications will determine the level of control you need; for example, packing medical devices requires

your room to be accredited to ISO class 7 or higher. Please feel free to talk to us about which of our panels meets the criteria you need.

Typical applications for controlled and clean environments include:

  • Food processing and preparation
  • Fruit ripening rooms
  • Storage and warehousing
  • Distribution centres
  • Retail solutions
  • Dual-compartment rooms
  • Internal fire rated builds including fire walls
  • Spray booths
  • Drying rooms
  • Data Centres
  • Pharmaceutical manufacture and storage
  • Laboratories
An internal controlled environment, large warehouse with roller doors for loading wagons. Insulated wall panels like those made by Hemsec

Medical & Pharmaceutical

The medical and pharmaceutical industries have a range of requirements which we can help to fulfil, using our range of panels. Higher levels of control will need our ‘clean’ range.

Typical applications here include:

  • Hospitals
  • Hospital wards
  • Clinics and treatment centres
  • Isolation wards and isolation pods
  • Medical theatres
  • Emergency treatment rooms
  • Emergency accommodation
  • Medical device manufacture
  • Medical device storage
  • Drug manufacture
  • Drug storage

Please contact us to discuss your specific project and we will offer you our time, care and expertise in ensuring you secure the product that best fits your needs.

Modular & Volumetric

Nearly all our panels are applicable in the modular and volumetric markets, and the UK building industry is becoming increasingly aware of their benefits, particularly in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).

Our Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are timber-faced panels which, as their name suggests, can be used to create the structure of a building at the same time as providing a very high level of insulation.

Likewise, our external metal-faced insulated panels have exceptional inherent structural strength and both timber and metal panels may be used for single or multi-storey buildings in:

  • Houses and apartments – from luxury to affordable and all points between
  • Education – schools, colleges and universities
  • Hotel and leisure complexes
  • Retail units and depots
  • Commercial buildings
  • Industrial warehousing and depots

Our carrier panels are ideal for enabling the application of facings.

We work closely with a network of partners to provide fabrication and installation services to those of our customers who need them.


Hemsec insulated panels coming off the production line and lifting into a rotating cooling area

Our Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) and external metal-faced panels may be used for offsite construction, where all or part of a building is manufactured inside a factory and transported to site.

Typical offsite projects include:

  • Houses
  • Single apartments for assembly onsite
  • Workspaces such as site cabins and offices
  • Classrooms
  • Washrooms
  • Hospital units
  • Hotel rooms


Our Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are used for:

  • Walls
  • Roofs
  • Floors

They feature either as the main building component or part of a variety of high quality, low carbon residential buildings including:

  • Luxury housing
  • Housing estates
  • Affordable homes
  • Apartment blocks
  • Garden rooms
  • Orangeries
  • Annexes
  • Home offices and studios
  • Barns and sheds
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