With energy costs constantly on the rise and sustainability issues being at the forefront of every design interview we have, there is no better time to talk about one of the easiest ways to save energy and reduce our carbon emissions: Insulation.
The specific type of construction that this article addresses is cavity wall and roof construction. Like in most homes and a lot of commercial and multifamily buildings, these are walls that are built with wood or metal studs and roofs built with rafters or trusses.
In many circumstances, it may be too late if your building is already built, but for those of you planning for new construction, or a remodel/addition, now is the time to be thinking about these things.
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Not only are there some great new technologies available for insulation, but this is one area where you probably get the most bangs for your buck when it comes to thermal performance.
This is primarily because, it’s all relatively cheap (note: relatively is a relative term). And remember that a good thermal envelope with a sound insulation package helps save energy in both heating and cooling seasons. Below is a synapsis of some conventional methods and what to expect with each.
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