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BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, Winfield, British Columbia, Canada

Design-builder TriCorp Developments Inc. specified Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc.'s KS42 Shadowline Embossed Panels to maintain the desired concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide in 23 controlled atmosphere storage rooms at BC Tree Fruits Cooperative's packinghouse. Tree fruits including cherries, peaches, pears, nectarines and apples are grown in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Lowering the temperature and oxygen concentration and raising the carbon dioxide concentration reduces the rate of product metabolism. Controlled atmosphere storage reduces the respiration rate and losses of flavor, texture, size and color. The duration of storage for BC Tree Fruits Cooperative's apples increased from seven months to 12 months since the renovation with Kingspan's insulated metal panels was completed in October 2013.

Bruce Huntley, general manager at TriCorp Developments, says the old building had pressure differences caused by inefficient fiberglass-batt insulation over plywood and spray-on foam insulation. This increased operation costs and caused shrinkage in the apples. "They needed to get the quality and weight back in their apples through increased storage efficiency," he says.

Eric Chawla is regional sales manager for controlled environments in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba at Kingspan Insulated Panels. "With TriCorp's experience in this market, we were quickly able to agree on a panel type for this application and went into production in just a few weeks," he says.

Owner: BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, Kelowna, British Columbia

Design-builder: TriCorp Developments Inc., Chemainus, British Columbia

Metal wall panels: Kingspan Insulated Panels Inc., Deland, Fla.,