Rather than talk about our favourite insulation types and why they are so brilliant for saving energy in commercial buildings, we are going to talk about all of the negatives of not being properly insulated.
Let’s get started saving energy then…
Sagging and settling
Time takes its toll, and this is never truer than with old-school insulation types, such as batt and blanket insulation systems. These types of material allow cold bridging condensation to happen. Water vapour allowed inside of a poorly insulated building, and inside of the insulation layer itself, has a detrimental effect on the building’s performance. Added weight from moisture and progressive distortion causes the insulation to ‘fall’ out of its place, what we call sagging. In effect, the insulation is no longer tight to the surfaces and creates pockets where air can escape from. As a result, heat can be lost at a much faster rate.
Frankly, it’s bizarre, but it happens that contractors insulate the floor and walls, but forget the ceiling. Or maybe they remember the ceiling and floor but forget the walls. When insulation is only half installed, it’s pretty futile, as the warm air is just being pushed somewhere else to be lost. Remember, a thin layer of insulation with 100% coverage is going to be a lot more effective than a thick layer of insulation on 50% of walls, floors and ceilings! Also, it’s important to consider that heat rises, so an uninsulated ceiling may be the most fatal omission of all.
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Ignoring the gaps
If you are working on a project to start saving energy in commercial buildings, it’s worth paying attention not to what is insulated, but to what isn’t, and sometimes that’s really hard to spot. Gaps appear over time with weaker and cheaper insulation types, but not with resilient insulation materials like closed cell spray foam. The gaps are not so hard to fill, and often all you need is a drill and some spray foam, though we recommend hiring a professional to make the holes and apply the insulation. If you can’t find the gaps by pressing your hand to the wall…
Have a thermal scan of your home taken
This is actually a highly advanced process that could be pivotal for saving energy in commercial buildings, where a certified professional comes and uses infrared thermography equipment to take thermal scans of your premises, showing where all the faults are. Since a lot of this insulation will be hard to reach to replace, we recommend using spray foam to fix the issue. You can start saving energy in commercial buildings right away once you have the scans!
Most people need to be warm, and they’re willing to keep turning up the thermostat to achieve it. So, unless your commercial building is properly insulated, that thermostat will keep rising, along with the energy consumption and bills. It’s not just warmth either, acoustics must be perfected to provide soundproofing around the building, reducing interdepartmental disturbances and problems.
Essentially, an uninsulated building doesn’t perform well enough for commercial use, with high energy bills, lots of noise and unbearable winters. A poorly insulated building is not much better. A well insulated building that isn’t insulated with spray foam is great right now, but is vulnerable for the future.
For saving energy in commercial buildings through insulation, it’s hard to look past the strength, longevity, ease, affordability, environmentally friendly and soundproofing properties of closed cell spray foam.
Spray foam insulation for commercial buildings is quickly becoming the only cost effective solution for business owners and building construction professionals alike. To see more benefits, make sure you check Spray Foam Insulation Health and Safety Guidelines here.
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