Commercial Building Insulation: Why is It Important?
The latest building energy codes are driving greater energy efficiency, which means tighter and better insulated buildings. Designing and constructing beyond code—including quality commercial building insulation installation—delivers buildings that are more energy efficient, quieter and healthier, which can give you a competitive advantages:
1. Greater energy efficiency, lower energy bills
The value of energy efficiency is obvious: it saves building occupants money on energy bills and reduces power plant CO2 emissions to lower carbon footprints. The benefits continue to grow in importance as energy bills rise and the public becomes more conscious of carbon impact. As energy efficiency figures more prominently into building transactions, savvy commercial building professionals will recognize and capitalize on this trend by designing and constructing buildings that exceed code and standout from competitors.
2. Meeting occupant needs for comfort
Thermal comfort is a major driver of occupant satisfaction. A building that is uncomfortable or has significant temperature variations is likely to result in disgruntled occupants. Insulation and air sealing are key drivers of thermal comfort, but meeting code is no guarantee of occupant satisfaction. It may be easy to assume that more localized control of heating and cooling is the answer to satisfying occupants throughout a building. But without proper insulation and air sealing, heat will always move to cold areas—which means occupants will use even more energy trying to stay comfortable.
3. Acoustic Impact
The body of evidence demonstrating the links between noise and workplace productivity and satisfaction continues to grow. Acoustic design is highly complex and dependent on many building factors—including building type, location and occupancy. Insulation alone may not be able to deliver a quiet workspace, but it should absolutely be part of acoustic design and solutions. The acoustic properties of different insulation types should also be compared and evaluated.
4. Sustainability and Responsibility
Comparing and choosing insulation types is an important part of sustainable design, contributing to lower energy use, improved indoor air quality, and greater comfort. Spray Foam insulation types can also contribute to requirements for recycled content and minimizing GHG emissions.