The Latest Technologies for Effective Insulation Your Contracting Business May Need
Time and again, insulation proves to be one of the best investments property owners can make for their building’s efficiency. The trick for any good contractor working with insulation is to know what kind of insulation is out there, and how to use it best. In the past few years, there has been some serious innovation. New options and approaches make insulation better, safer and more effective. As a contractor, knowing the latest developments in effective insulation could help you make a better product.
People have been using a combination of insulation types for some time now. Varying insulation options on any given space can increase its efficiency and efficacy. Lately, businesses are starting to use foils as a way to reflect the conditioned air back on itself. Low-emittance materials can cut down on the rate of radiant heat transfer. This technology has been available for windows for years, and now works for insulation. The benefit to this approach is that you don’t need a ton of space for it to work. Adding a thin layer of foil insulation can notably increase the R-value of it, even in the thinnest walls.
Improvements to Indoor Air Quality
A building that is properly insulated and sealed can still pose problems for indoor air quality. Certain types of insulation are more prone to accumulating moisture from air leaks. That moisture can grow mildew or mold. These can cause health problems for people who live or work in the building. New insulation trends feature the use of synthetic materials that are impervious to moisture. The addition of a vapor barrier inhibits air transfer and acts as a second layer of protection.
A lot of the insulation conversation revolves around how to keep conditioned air inside and moisture outside. You might also wonder what else travels between the walls. Experts worry about the gaps that often exist between curtain walls and floors. Gaps like this can make it much easier for fire to spread. Having an effective hole that ranges from 1-8” is the last thing you want separating the people inside the building from disaster. The answer may be surprisingly simple. If people install a layer of mineral wool insulation in that gap, they will provide a better fire barrier. This type of insulation is non-combustible and widely available, making it an ideal solution for this problem.
The way that insulation works to block air escaping and intruding depends a lot on the way it was originally sealed. Air leaks make even the best insulation less effective. Properly sealing the building envelope can be a lengthy step of the building process. Companies are working to develop ways to make this process faster and more accurate. The use of computer metrics to determine the extent of leaks in an air duct system informs a technician of the building’s needs. They can apply a sealant that identifies and seals the smallest leaks that might get skipped in a visual inspection. The result is a better seal that increases energy efficiency.
These days, almost everything in construction focuses on doing it better, smarter and less expensive. It’s no surprise that the trend applies to insulation, as well. Getting a head start on the latest technology may make it easier to break into certain careers related to insulation. To learn more about opening your own business in construction, contact CSLS today!