Eco-Insulation explains why cellulose fibre ceiling insulation is the ideal solution for schools and other public spaces.
Eco-Insulation’s cellulose fibre ceiling insulation was recently installed at the Durbanville Preparatory School.
The school, which was facing an ongoing issue with excessive electricity usage due to air-conditioners in classrooms, found the ideal solution in cellulose fibre insulation. By reducing their reliance on active temperature control interventions during seasonal temperature extremes, it provided the opportunity of cutting on expenses while lessening its pressure on the grid. Many public infrastructure buildings in South Africa were originally built during times of cheap power supply, which meant that thermal or energy-efficient buildings were low on the priorities checklist.
Eco-Insulation is ideally suited for public buildings and is increasingly being specified within the built environment. Richard Ellis, general manager and principal installer in the Cape Town area, says: “One of the greatest advantages of our products include the fact that it’s a turnkey service in all sense of the word – delivering on time and on budget.”
The Eco-Insulation team worked in the background at the Durbanville Preparatory School while classes were still going on, which makes installation convenient and non-invasive. Eco-Insulation is installed via a simple pneumatic hose. From there the product flows over the surface of the ceiling very efficiently and evenly distributes itself, sealing off the area close to 100%. The hose is fed from a pump that is operated from outside the building. Once installed, it mats together and does not migrate around the roof space. Eco-Insulation products also cause minimum disruption to the roof’s infrastructure – single tiles or roof sheets are removed to facilitate access, which means there is minimal potential for damage.
Ellis explains that decisions for the retrofitting of energy-efficiency measures are currently driven by the occupants, tenants and users of the building, since they are the most immediately affected by energy cost increases.
Eco-Insulation has an approved method of removing and disposing harmful glass fibre material, which usually presents a major issue for property owners, as many established municipal waste facilities will not accept hazardous waste. The company was recently one of the first to receive its PCC (Product compliance certificate) issued under the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act of 1977 by the Thermal Insulation Association of Southern Africa.“The insulation industry needs to provide easy, cost-effective solutions to retrofitting, and argue the case for better passive temperature control. In our case, Eco-Insulation is definitely the more cost-effective solution.
“As far as housing projects are concerned, our promise is energy-efficient, on time and on budget. We save the project manager and ultimately the property owner money, and we are SABS-approved,” concludes Ellis.
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