Choosing the right material is as important as investing in insulating our buildings in the first place – there is little point doing it if the insulation can’t offer good enough performance to really make a difference, or isn’t going to be up to the job in the long term.
Specifiers need to understand the differences if they are to make an informed choice about which insulation material to use in order to do the job they want and get a good return on their investment.
The illustration compares the thicknesses of some commonly used insulation products to achieve a comparable thermal performance. It is evident that the polyurethane significantly outperforms the alternative products.
Climate change is one of the major industrial challenges of our time. Business, science, politics and industry are being called upon to slow down any further rise in greenhouse gas emissions and use available resources more efficiently.
It is clear to everyone today that there is a finite limit to fossil fuel sources. Natural gas has recently become a focus of speculation.
Faced with these facts, various concepts and strategies for sustainable protection of the environment and climate, for the future, have been put forward. A key approach is improving thermal insulation in buildings.
A concern for property owners is energy conservation measures and the costs entailed. The technologies and materials required, have been available for some time and can be very cost effective. In many cases, investing in thermal insulation measures pays for itself in less than ten years, and in many countries grants and attractive loans are being given. Get on board!
The Kyoto Protocol has put pressure on the industrialised countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
According to the EU directive, energy certification aims to create incentives to carry out renovation measures.
It gives information on the energy rating of buildings and is intended to be given to potential buyers or people renting property for construction, purchase.