Is it Time for an Insulation Overhaul?

September 21 2017

With autumn just around the corner, now may be the perfect time to think about your insulation and review if it is meeting the needs of your building’s occupants.

It is a well-known fact that having the correct insulation in your building can reduce your energy consumption, lower the building’s carbon footprint and therefore save money on energy bills.

Thermal comfort is paramount to providing a pleasant environment for those occupying the building.  Insulation helps reduce significant temperature variations, which can be a major cause of concern in all types of buildings - from office spaces, factories through to retail, commercial premises and indeed domestic properties.

There are many options available that provide a simple and effective way to insulate buildings, which can reduce heat loss, lowering energy bills and in some instances help with the acoustic impact of the building.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, cavity wall installation can reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly, and it is quick, easy and mess-free to install.  With external walls accounting for up to 35% of heat loss in a building, the impact of having the correct cavity wall insulation for the property can be substantial.

For use on the underside of aluminium, tiled, slate, steel and asbestos roofs as an alternative to re-roofing, it is worth considering Polyurethane Insulation which provides very high insulation standards, sealing gaps and moulding to any contours. It can also provide significant structural strength and create their own vapour control layer.

Depending on the type of building occupied, loft insulation provides a barrier, which helps prevent heat loss from the lower levels of the building, and can stop up to 25 percent of the heat generated in your building being lost through the loft space.  The flexible nature of loft insulation means it can be installed as a rolled product, boards or slabs – and depending on the roof space, it is even possible to blow or inject insulation into the roof void – which is especially useful if access is limited.   

Even with buildings, which have traditionally been seen as hard to reach - such as high-rise flats, insulation doesn’t have to prove difficult or expensive. Kershaw Contracting Services were able to help in such a situation, when Haringey Council found themselves having to insulate tower blocks in a cost effective and efficient manner.  Moving away from the traditional scaffolding access system approach, Kershaw was able to provide a team of abseiling rope access technicians, who were able to complete the insulation of 13 tower blocks in just six weeks. Tenants of the 499 flats are now benefitting from homes which are warmer, more comfortable and less expensive to heat.

If you would like more information on the types of insulation available, either for new build or retrofit purposes visit our insulation pages