Insulation for a better tomorrow

Why you should insulate

 

Why Insulate?

The buildings that we live and work in use massive amounts of energy in heating, cooling, lighting and providing hot water.

 

Space heating and cooling accounts for some 60% of this energy use so is the obvious starting point for any energy saving strategy.

 

By far the most effective way to reduce energy consumption and the associated CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions is to reduce energy demand. Insulation is the most cost effective way of improving energy efficiency and should be considered ahead of any other energy conservation measure – the Fabric First approach.

 

The ‘energy triangle’ shows this approach;

 

 

 

 

There are two strings to this argument - on a personal level and at a global level.

 

Personal Level

Up to 80% of the energy bill of a home owner is due to space heating costs; therefore reducing energy use must be a priority. On top of this energy costs are predicted to continue to rise over the coming years.

 

The following diagram shows the typical distribution of heat loss from an uninsulated house.

 

 

 

 

Insulating the houses and buildings that we live and work in has a number of benefits;

 

  • Reduced fuel heating bills
  • Greater thermal comfort
  • More economic sizing of boilers and other space heating equipment
  • In many instances the solutions are simple and cheap, for example upgrading the loft insulation
  • Fit and forget – no need for any maintenance or replacement
  • Improved indoor air quality when used in conjunction with an air tight building and controlled ventilation
  • Improved acoustic insulation

 

Global Level

Buildings are responsible for approximately 40% of energy use and this equates to over 40% of the UK’s CO2 emissions. By tackling this area we can make a major contribution to prevent climate change and reduce energy use. Heating and cooling are the main energy consumers in buildings. The use of air conditioning for cooling (which is considerably more energy intensive than heating a building) is expected to increase considerably in the near future. Most of this energy is wasted due to inadequate insulation.

 

Insulating the houses and buildings that we live and work in has numerous benefits;

 

  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Mitigate the impact of climate change
  • Less dependence on imported energy
  • Reduce the use of fossil fuels
  • More efficient use of renewable energy sources

 

Mineral wool is made from a naturally occurring, sustainable resource, making it the greenest option on the market. Not only is it an extremely cost effective means of reducing the heat loss, mineral wool is the only insulation that has sound proofing and fire resistant qualities - making our homes even more comfortable places to live.