Energy saver thermal insulation. Thermal insulation in a building is required to maintain a comfortable and hygienic indoor climate at low ambient temperatures. Through thermal insulation thermal conduction is reduced or thermal radiation is reflected rather than absorbed by the lower-temperature place. Also thermal insulation is required to protect the constructional elements against thermal impact and moisture related damage.
During winter, thermal insulation in a building results in energy conservation leading to a decrease in heating demand and hence the protection of the environment. In summer, thermal insulation helps to prevent overheating of buildings through reducing the transmission of solar radiation, absorbed on the building’s exterior surfaces, to the interior. In short, thermal insulation reduces this flow of heat.
Thermal insulation in buildings is assuming tremendous importance and has a potential to reduce energy consumption to an extent of 5-8 %. Such being the significance of thermal insulation in energy savings, many techniques and products have been developed in recent years mainly with the aim of providing comforts to the inhabitants and cutting down the energy costs. For example, Thermal Insulation Division of Supreme provides top-of-the-line insulation solutions with its ‘INSU’ range of products. Some of the products offered by Supreme Industries are:
INSUshield – FR, a non-fibrous, fire retardant (FR), closed-cell tri-dimensional chemically cross-linked polyethylene foam, and is an ideal environment friendly insulation material which is proven to be better alternative to conventional Glass Wool insulation material in terms of performance. It is a certified ‘Class O’ in Fire Propagation and ‘Class 1’ in Surface Spread of Flame as per BS 476 Part 6 & Part 7, respectively. Its tri-dimensional crosslinked structure makes it a weather resistant and shock proof material. Also it is chemically inert and non-toxic.
Another insulation material, INSUreflector, is an effective insulation against radiant heat transfer. It is an insulation material laminated with aluminium foil on one side or both the sides. Its bright aluminiumized film surface is an excellent reflector of all long wave radiant heat that strikes it – reflecting 96-99% of all radiant heat. (Note that ordinary building materials usually reradiate not more than 90% of the heat).
Both these products have proven track record and are readily available in the market.