It is easy to get confused when selecting insulation materials. There are different types of insulation, each with different forms and shapes, and a range of different properties.
Thermal properties are the primary consideration in choosing insulations.
The insulation material you choose depends on:
– how you will use it,
– where you will use it (there are recommended U-values for different areas of the building fabric, see below Diagram 1 from Part L of the Irish Building Regulations),
– and how much you are willing to spend.
We want to share with you two of our favourite articles/websites with helpful and unbiased information:
1 – What’s the best insulation material to use in eco renovation? by David Thorpe, and available in SuperHomes.
2 – Insulation materials 1 – Introduction by GreenSpec.
On these websites you can find answers to specific questions like:
You can also find detailed information about the properties of the different types of insulation:
In Ireland, Part L of the Irish Building Regulations deals with the conservation of fuel and energy. Part L is a complex and important regulation that provides guidance to ensure a better energy performance.
Diagram 1 of Part L summarises the minimum fabric insulation standards applicable in Ireland.
If you are still confused after reading all this information please contact us before you make costly decisions. We can review your existing conditions, discuss options and make recommendations to improve the energy performance of your building in a sustainable and cost effective way.