Insulation playing a significant role in building performance | Thermafleece

Insulation playing a significant role in building performance

6th March 2019

Thermafleece MD  Mark lynn was part of a CPD Accredited seminar  at this year's FutureBuild -  examining in detail the role insulation plays in health and well being, preventing overheating and moisture and breathability.

Entitiled: Insulation: More than just U Values’ the seminar was chaired by Simon Corbey, ASPB Director the panel consisted of Gary Newman (Executive Chair ASBP) Mark Lynn (Vice Chair ASBP and thermafleece MD) Martin Twamley – Steico and Andrew Mitchell, Natural Building Technologies.

In his introduction, Simon Corbey said ‘Insulation can account for more than 50% of the volume of the building fabric so it’s important to appreciate what insulation is capable of doing. In fact, insulation and natural fibre insulation in particular play a significant role in at least eight aspects of a building’s performance - thermal, acoustic, fire protection, health, comfort, buildability, durability and sustainability. Buildings should be considered not as standalone discrete entities, but as part of a system in constant and dynamic interaction with people and the environment. This interconnectedness means benefits, problems, solutions and consequences cannot be effectively addressed in isolation. As we build ever more air tight buildings and refurbish existing ones, often with energy efficiency as the main driver, the case for delivering effective moisture control becomes ever more paramount. This must be alongside good detailing, quality installation and an effective ventilation strategy. Our climate is changing, that is certain. The number of so called “tropical days” with temperatures over 30°C have quadrupled in the last two decades and 2018 was the warmest year on record. On average most people spend up to 90% of their lives in enclosed rooms and it is therefore critical that the buildings in which we live are able to cope with these temperature extremes. The first, and most critical step, in this process is to ensure that the building fabric not only consists of materials which can lock carbon in and therefore reduce carbon emissions to start with, but also provide an internal climate which is comfortable for the inhabitant during both cold and warm periods.

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