Energy Efficiency

THE ENERGY SAVING PROPERTIES OF INSULATION KEEPS BUILDINGS WARM IN WINTER AND COOL IN SUMMER

The bigger the temperature difference between the inside and outside of a building, the faster the building will lose heat in winter and gain heat in summer. Insulation helps maintain a stable inside temperature by slowing heat transfer by convection, conduction and radiation.

Generally speaking, the larger the temperature difference between the inside and the outside of a building, the thicker the layer of insulation needs to be to reduce heat flow.

INSULATION IS CRITICAL ACROSS ALL SECTORS

A vast amount of energy is lost through the fabric of a building. Insulation incorporated into fabric can make a profound contribution to the building’s long term energy saving.

Increasingly, designers have the responsibility to improve a building’s energy efficiency by designing an envelope to best achieve maximum thermal performance according to the buildings function and activity. Different sectors have different requirements - for example, balancing heat retention and cooling in public and commercial buildings is often a key consideration, whereas for residential buildings, higher insulation and heat retention alone have a direct impact on the carbon emissions (and bills) associated with heating, and is the overriding design parameter. 

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