many homeowners when considering either upgrading or building a home are aware that heating their home will be a very expensive running. Cost over the years of occupancy. The common mistake is focussing on the actual heating system rather than allowing an equally amount of research and money in how they are going to insulate their home. I often say that you can heat a field if you put in enough heaters to do so, however as you will probably instantly agree a field would be very quickly clod again once the heat source was switched off .
Your home is the same, whilst the source of your heat and the cost is very important , it is much more important to retain that expensive heat within the habitable area of the house when you remove or turn of the heat source. As we move towards passive homes the importance of really good insulation is becoming more and more important.
For example; an A rated home which would have really good insulation, a top class heating and ventilation recovery system and first class air tightness would have no heat loss and require no traditional heating system as we know it. We cannot all build A rated homes but we can take steps to deep retrofit our existing homes and dramatically improve our energy efficiency whilst reducing our carbon footprint and saving money in the process.
Typical measures which are relatively inexpensive to install are, cavity wall insulation, attic insulation, heating controls and energy saving lightening. We can also be more vigilant in running our homes by switching off lights, turning down our thermostats by even one degree and having showers instead of baths. We in Ireland have not been particularly good at playing our part in a voluntary capacity to reduce carbon emissions and with a little better housekeeping by everyone we can play our part and enjoy monetary saving whilst doing so .
Premier Insulations have over 30 years experience in the delivery of home insulation retrofit measures in Ireland.
Premier specialise in cavity fill insulation for both exiting homes and new built homes whom want to get it right from the start.
So your considering wall insulation for a new home you are constructing . You will have many choices and different architects will have varying opinions as to the best methodology of wall insulation. Most new homes with the exception of IFC homes will be built with a cavity. Some arcitects will specify a board type insulation be it polystyrene board or polyurethane board. This is typically supplied in 4 x 2 sheets is very expensive and difficult to install properly especially when it comes to joining corners etc. Builders generally do not like board for a variety of reasons mainly because it is bulky for storage , difficult to install, and incurs a lot of cut offs and waste. Other building systems will include constructing a hollow block wall and erecting a steel stud system internally and fitting board in between before finally fitting a gypsum board and skimming out.
The next option , the easiest option and the option makes most sense is to construct your cavity wall and install blown platinum bead prior to plastering. The benefits are obvious: No storage of board on site , no risk of the insulation been fitted improperly by block layers who have received no training or certification in fitting board.
Absolutely no wastage , installed by NSAI Certified insulation company’s who are fully trained in the process. The u-value which you require can be easily achieved by predetermining the width of the cavity at either 100mm /150mm, 200mm or for passive homes 250/300mm. The most common cavity width is 150mm which when filled with platinum bead achieve a u-value of .019.
So for your next project contact the experts . Premier Insulations. Your in safe hands.