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Insulation Building Regulations

David Jones - 21 Oct 2019
Spray Foam Insulation Building Regulations

It’s fair to say that insulation building regulations change as frequently as the weather. In order to both meet and exceed them, it’s essential to invest in a product that utilises the latest insulation technology to a building’s advantage.

In this article, we explore why Icynene provides the superlative solution to the insulation building regulations of not only today, but tomorrow…

The Principles of Building Science

Comprising of a range of sophisticated and interconnected systems, building science is far from simple. But if you get the basics right from the outset, the challenges take care of themselves.

Indeed, such is the strength of sysmbiosis between systems that even the most seemingly minor adaptions can have calamatous consequences if approached individually. Therefore, each product destined for use in a project should first be evaluated in terms of its ability to work in harmony with the existing systems that surround it.

When such systems work together in tandem, energy consumption is optimised. As the Holy Grail of insulation building regulation requirements, ensuring successful system efficiency should be given top priority.

Why Icynene is the Insulation Innovation of the Future

Period properties may appear visually exquisite, but their overall functionality leaves a lot to be desired. Pre 1930s, poor insulation was par for the course, with substantial air leakage and cold spot conundrums as a result.

In contrast, Icynene is firmly at the forefront of future thinking. Air barriers are a predominant part of code and industry standards, with building scientists stressing the importance of investing in insulation that provides an impenetrable air barrier to eliminate air leaks.

Icynene spray foam insulation products are also extensively tested in a range of different categories including, but not limited to: fire, emissions, sound transmission and energy performance.

In addition to this, all products in the Icynene range have undergone vigorous evaluation procedures, to ensure that they meet the very latest insulation building regulations and codes of conduct.

Key Points of Building Science

  • Controlling air tightness is essential, yet noone can live in a completely closed environment. There must be mechanical controls that allow air flow through a home, such as ventilation with heat recovery equipment.
  • An effective air seal is able to assist in limiting the onslaught of airborne allergens and pollutants. Such particulates can pose serious health hazards, and easily exacerbate existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma.
  • By cleverly controlling the movement of moisture, issues with damp are eradicated. Consequently, condensation is dramatically reduced, resulting in less mould spores that can cause severe irritation to the lungs.
  • The importance of air seal in construction should not be undermined; the structural integrity of the building demands it.

Fraunhofer Gives Icynene the Official Seal of Approval

Icynene is known to provide a superlative seal for a wide range of projects, yet a recent study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute suggests that Icynene’s success extends far beyond this fantastic feat. According to the study, this seal is so effective that in most cases, an additional vapour barrier is deemed unnecessary, unless local certification suggests otherwise.

In fact, such is the level of permeability expressed by Icynene that it absorbs only neglibible amounts of water, providing a refreshing contrast to traditional materials, as it allows walls to breathe and dry bi-directionally.

Icynene’s open-celled composition adds extra prectical clout, enabling water to drain and dry quicker, improving overall thermal resistance in the process.

Advantages of Icynene for Building Projects

  • A property’s energy performance is a key crierion for both builders and renovators, so the fact that Icynene provides an effective barrier means that heat retention rates increase, resulting in a direct decrease in overall energy consumption.
  • Icynene’s increased longevity is impressive. Unlike other insulation materials, it doesn’t degrade over time. This high-functioning foam has been built to last, ensuring that its enhanced insulation propeties remain intact for many years to come.
  • Building regulations are in a constant state of transition. To keep abreast of them, preparing for future developments is crucial. Air-sealing tests are likely to be introduced in the future, meaning that Icynene’s allegiance to airtightness puts it one step ahead of the game.

In conclusion

To conclude, temporary measures have their place, but in regards to insulation, new-build projects should always be approached with long-term efficacy in mind. Degradation of existing insulation materials, such as fiberglass, is a very real risk, resulting in sagging and settling over time.

Moral of the story? Insulate effectively with Spray Foam and exceed the latest insulation building regulation requirements with relative ease.

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