Insulation Materials are More Important Than Ever

In the current environmental and economic climate, we all need to think seriously about what insulation materials we are going to use in our buildings. It is of paramount importance whether you are constructing an office block or a housing estate. Insulation materials are at the top of many council and housing associations lisat when it comes to choosing a building contractor to complete their building projects.

Building insulation materials are thermal insulation used in the construction or retrofit of various buildings. The materials are used to reduce heat transfer by conduction, radiation or convection and are employed in varying combinations to achieve the desired outcome. This usually in the form of thermal comfort with reduced energy consumption.

Consideration of Insulation Materials

Factors affecting the type and amount of insulation to use in a building include:

  • Climate
  • Ease of installation
  • Environmental impact and sustainability
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Durability – resistance to degradation from compression, moisture, decomposition, etc
  • Flammability
  • Toxicity
  • Ease of replacement at end of life

Sometimes a combination of materials can be used to achieve the best solution and there are products which combine different types of insulation into a single form.