India with extreme climatic conditions where difference between peak summer temperature and cold winter temperature is more than 20 degrees in many regions of the country, providing comfortable indoor climate is a necessity, rather than luxury.
In India most of the buildings are built with brick walls with cement plastering or Reinforced Cement Concrete (RCC) with width varying between 125 mm-250 mm. Roof is usually made of Reinforced Cement Concrete with thickness varying from100 mm to 150 mm. While walls are built to withstand the building and wind load, roofing is finished with just water proofing. Thus, thermal insulation is rarely considered essential in traditional Indian buildings.
However, times are changing and with that people’s tastes and preferences are also evolving. People have started recognising the benefits of thermal insulation and as a result, insulation in buildings is assuming tremendous importance. Thermal insulation helps in energy conservation by reducing heating and or cooling load on the building envelope. Also by keeping temperature under control, insulation helps in enhancing human comfort and eventually contributing to increased efficiency. Further by controlling the extremes of the climate, thermal insulation mitigates damages that might be caused to the building.
Extreme caution should be exercised while selecting materials for thermal insulation as the requirements vary from building to building and also from region to region depending upon the weather conditions and materials used in construction. Supreme Industries’ INSU range of products are meant to fulfil thermal insulation requirements.
Supreme’s ‘INSUshield’ is a non-fibrous, fire retardant (FR), closed cell, tri-dimensional chemically crosslinked polyethylene foam and is an ideal environment friendly insulation material, with a perfect solution for all insulation needs for ducts, roofs, pipes, vessels etc., and is a better alternative to conventional glass wool insulation material. Another product, ‘INSUflex’, a fire retardant closed cell flexible elastomeric tubing thermal insulation product, offers a high water vapour transmission resistance factor which ensures a low stable thermal conductivity, thereby saving energy and ensuring efficiency of the system for ensulating split air-conditioner copper tubings for addressing typical heat ingress issue in PEB structures. ‘INSUreflector’, a radiant heat reflective insulation material made of polyethylene air bubble film (ABF) laminated with aluminium foil on one or both sides is used to block the radiant heat transfer.
It should be noted that these products are included in the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) Product Catalogue, signifying the highest quality of the products. Also these products can be used on any of GRIHA rated projects and the application of approved products on such projects.