Understanding the reasons for insulation is important when selecting the optimal solution.
Buildings’ insulation requirements are not all the same since the optimal solution depends on variables such as the climatic region and the building’s intended function. Understanding the purpose of insulation is a good start in selecting the appropriate solution for each project.
The main reason why buildings are insulated is to create a comfortable indoor temperature for the occupants of the building when it is used for its intended purpose. According to Isofoam general manager, Conrad Smith, for most people, this comfort level ranges between 20°C and 28°C, outside of which people would want to change their environment.
Although even economically insulated buildings may need some form of heating or cooling to achieve comfortable internal temperatures, a well-insulated building requires less intervention than a poorly insulated one, which in turn keeps energy usage and associated costs down.
“Good insulators such as IsoBoard will contribute to energy savings for the expected life of the building, after recovering their installation cost, with minimal fall off in thermal performance,” notes Smith. “This is a significant factor if the building has an economic function, whether it is a chicken farm, shopping mall or office building.”
Health and safety
Insulation also regulates temperature variations, which can contribute to certain health benefits such as better sleep and less stress. While it shields against life-threatening temperatures in the most extreme environments, in moderate climates, it can eliminate internal condensation, reducing mould growth and subsequent exposure to spores.
“From a safety point of view, IsoBoard does not support flame spread and has a fire classification of B/B1/2/H&V in terms of SANS 428. It also does not support mould growth, or contain food for vermin,” Smith points out.
Any building with an economic purpose needs insulation to reduce and control heating and cooling costs. Un-insulated factories, for example, are very uncomfortable to work in and people can be expected to be less productive than in a comfortable environment. Something like environmental conditions, for example, plays an especially important role if the building is used for agricultural purposes, as plants and animals also have preferred temperature ranges to function at their peak.
“In agricultural applications, we see that the yield from inputs is always higher, or, the volume of inputs required is always lower, if the building is well insulated. For instance chickens will have a higher feed conversion ratio, drink less water and have lower mortality rates if within their comfort range. Significant improvements in yields at lower cost are achieved by farmers using IsoBoard,” explains Smith.
IsoBoard can be installed in roof liner, ceiling, cavity wall or under floor applications, and it can often be repaired in place when damaged, and painted if required. Seeing that it is effectively waterproof allows its use in inverted roof applications, as well as in highly humid environments such as agriculture, aquaculture and plant manufacturing buildings. IsoBoard is also suitable for use in residential applications where moisture and condensation are prevalent, such as kitchens, bathrooms and economical housing.
The low mass of the board, its strength, length and flexibility, as well as the tongue and groove edge profile make it easy and cost-effective to install.
“It is the ultimate ‘Boer-maak-n-plan’ product from an installation point of view, as there is always a way,” adds Smith.
Isofoam SA (Pty) Ltd
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