Improve Work Conditions
Insulating buildings is the most financially attractive of all energy efficiency and renewable energy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Insulated factories reduce the need for additional power generation capacity by “smoothing out” the peaks in energy demand. Factories are often poorly insulated, resulting in extreme working conditions of excessive heat in summer and freezing temperatures in winter.
Both heating & cooling require vast amounts of energy to maintain a consistent ambient temperature all year round. Factory insulation includes; ceiling, wall and floor applications, plus insulation to equipment. Insulation effectiveness is rated by its R- value which is a measure of thermal resistance within a building. The greater the R-value, the better performance from the product in retaining heat in winter and expelling heat in summer.
A well-insulated factory can go a long way in improving the thermal comfort for its workers by regulating heat loss or gain more efficiently. The majority of heat loss takes place through the roof. A well-insulated factory reduces reliance on the use of artificial heating and cooling systems, making the working environment healthier, cheaper and more eco-friendly. There are various products available, some of which offer additional sound and fire insulation. Insulating your factory is a great way of reducing the burden of future increases in energy costs.
There are various insulation products and applications available to suit the type and design of the roof and walls of your factory building. There are four main forms of insulation:
- Pre-cut Batts or Insulation Blankets: there is a wide range available which are typically supplied in roll form and then cut to size.
- Lose Fill Insulation: this is pumped or spread over the roof area to take the form of roof cavities or spaces.
- Rigid Insulation: is supplied in pre-cut boards which are placed next to one another over the roof area.
- Reflective Foil Insulation: has an aluminium surface which reflects and retards heat transmission. This system is more effective in summer than winter.